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I’m feeling very weak and tired when just eating 120 carbs. What should I do? —Janet Rodriguez


Thank you for your question, Janet.

It can take a while for your body to adjust to eating fewer carbs. Although some people transition to a low-carb diet easily, others develop symptoms like the ones you've experienced.

First of all, if you are taking medication for blood sugar or blood pressure management, it's important to let your doctor know. He may need to reduce your dosage so that your levels don't drop too low.

Secondly, there are ways to make the transition to low carb easier. First of all, be sure you are eating enough fat at each meal. If you've cut back on your carbs and are also trying to follow a low-fat diet, you're likely to feel fatigued, weak and hungry. In addition, aim for a good protein source at every meal:  fish, poultry, meat, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese or plain Greek yogurt.

As stated above, it can take some time to get used to eating fewer carbs, but you will adapt eventually. You may even be able to get below 120 grams of carbs daily and feel great. Best of luck!

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.

I’m feeling very weak and tired when just eating 120 carbs. What should I do? —Janet Rodriguez
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