Quickly absorbed and converted to glucose in the body, "fast carbohydrates" include refined grains, starches, corn, and sugar.
Low-carb diets are popular to combat rapid carbohydrates' harmful effects. Limiting certain items can be healthy, but quitting can be difficult.
So, is carb withdrawal a genuine phenomenon, and if so, how do we overcome it?
Verywell Fit notes that after a few days on a low-carb diet, some individuals experience a constellation of symptoms known as "low-carb crash" or "keto flu."
Verywell Fit says that happens when the body has used up its glucose stores, stored as glycogen in the liver, but hasn't transitioned to using fat and protein for energy.
Some people cut carbs without negative effects, but others suffer nausea, headache, diarrhea, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps or pain.
In the beginning, it's okay to eat 20-25 grams of nutritious carbohydrates such nuts, seeds, vegetables, and cheese every day.
The body can't function without fat in the diet, and eating adequate fat can also keep hunger at bay and curb cravings.
Low-carb crashes have also been linked to fluid and salt loss. Bone broth, if consumed multiple times day, may prove beneficial.