How to Get Over the Atkins Flu

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Get Over the Atkins Flu
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The Atkins diet is a way to transform your body into a fat-burning machine by limiting your intake of carbohydrates and eating mainly protein and non-starchy vegetables. During the first week of being on the diet, getting past the body's need for carbohydrates and sugar can cause withdrawal symptoms such as body aches, muscle cramps, headaches and nausea. By implementing a few tips, you can get through these flu-like symptoms successfully without going off of the diet.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottled water
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Warm bath

Drink 8 bottles of water (8 oz. each) within each 24-hour period.

Eat plenty of low-carb snacks between your three daily meals.

Use a hot tub or take a hot bath to soothe your aching muscles.

Schedule a massage with a massage therapist to work out kinks and knots in your muscles and aid in relaxation.

Walk briskly for 30 minutes to help your muscles rejuvenate themselves.

Allow yourself plenty of rest. Take short naps when you feel tired.

Take your choice of ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief as directed on the bottle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Typically the Atkins flu only lasts 24 hours. After that you should regain your energy and strength.
  • If symptoms do not subside within 48 hours, stop following the Atkins diet plan.
  • Don't eat or drink anything containing caffeine. Caffeine can cause more unpleasant symptoms and stall your weight loss.

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