I'm nearing the end of my fourth week of the zero carb way of eating.
Honestly, I didn't do a hell of a lot of research in to this lifestyle before jumping in, but the bits that I did hear about, sold me on it very quickly, and I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it for a while. It's not like I haven't experimented with diet changes before, so it wouldn't be a complete stretch to try this one out. Also, getting in to it seemed much easier than say the Keto diet, or other low carb diets. There's plenty of information on the net regarding this way of eating, so I'm not going to rehash it here. This is more about my experience so far.
I didn't jump in to it completely cold turkey. I had my first meat only dinner on the 16th June 2018. I still drank Pepsi Max (sugar free) that night, but by Sunday I switched mostly to water, only having a bit of Max. By Monday I was drinking water only.
The Wednesday afternoon, I had a bit of a dizzy spell, but it soon went away. Then Thursday afternoon, a dizzy spell hit me hard, and it would NOT go away. I managed to get home ok. I ate some fried eggs and went to nap. I woke up about 2 hours later feeling terrible. I was feeling so dizzy that I was worried that there might be something wrong with my blood pressure. I have hypertension, and when it started a few years ago, my symptoms were dizzy spells, so this was making me think it was my blood pressure. I no longer had a blood pressure machine, so I carefully drove down to the pharmacy and bought another one. Once I got home, I tested my blood pressure, and it was fine. A little on the high side, but still within bounds. So it wasn't my blood pressure causing the problem. Maybe it was my blood sugar? I figured a spot of sugar might help, so I ate an ice lollie. Bad idea. A short while later, I began to feel very nauseous, and threw up my afternoon snack, and the putrid green ice lollie. Yuck.
My appetite was gone. I felt a lot better after throwing up, but still incredibly dizzy. It felt like I was very drunk. Even slightly turning my head was bad. I got back in to bed and slept.
Friday morning, I woke up, still dizzy. I had a shower, and called in sick to work. I got back in to bed and slept most of the morning. I still had no appetite. On the plus side, I weighed myself after my shower, and my weight had dropped by 3 kilos. Side note: My weight has fluctuated quite a bit since I started this way of eating, even going back up to what it was when I started, and it hasn't yet come down that far, but it IS coming down.
I did a bit of research, and it seems some adverse symptoms are to be expected initially. Your body is changing from burning carbs to burning fat, and this change takes a toll. Various suggestions were to supplement electrolytes, magnesium and possibly potassium. I went to the pharmacy, got some magnesium and potassium supplements, and from the store, I got some Powerade Zero. It was the only sugar free electrolyte drink I could find. I suppose I might have found something else at the pharmacy, but I didn't think to look there.
I started drinking the Powerade, and started taking the supplements. To my annoyance, the potassium supplement had lactose and sucrose in it. I also noted that the Powerade had some carbs in it, but with the way I was feeling, I chose to deal with it.
Unfortunately it wasn't a miraculous cure. I did, however, start to feel slightly better. The dizziness was still there, but started to lessen. Eventually by Monday, I was still slightly dizzy, but at least I could safely drive and go to work.
By the Wednesday, I had weaned myself off the Powerade, and had stopped taking the supplements. Meat and water only.
I lie, I still have tea (black, unsweetened) now and then, and also coffee (with double cream, not milk - although I've now tried it with butter (unsalted) and it was pretty good). I shouldn't be having the coffee at all, or the tea for that matter, but drinking water all the time gets boring.
Apart from those few days where I felt absolutely terrible, I'm feeling pretty good. My sense of smell has improved quite a bit (which can be a curse), my weight is coming down. I have much more energy. It used to be that I couldn't wait to take a nap after getting home from work. Now I no longer feel the need.
I'm still hoping my skin will clear up eventually. Reports are that it should. I'll just have to persevere and see where this way of eating takes me.