I’m at 60 days of straight carnivore and I’ve been having cycles of fatigue with palpitations for the last two weeks. 3-4 days feeling great, then 3-4 days where I feel like a battery at 15% charge then repeat. By 15% charge I mean I feel leaden, like I’m walking through water, plus or minus a strong urge to sleep which is inconsistent. There are no other symptoms and overall I feel infinitely better than before the diet. My sleep is great, not overexercising, concentration is wonderful too. I’m otherwise very healthy with no preexisting conditions or medications. No history of high blood pressure or heart problems.
The diet has been the same for weeks with two meals a day at 12 PM and 8 PM - 500-700g beef, 80-100 ounces of water throughout the day, 1 cup or less coffee in the morning, 80g air-fried fat through the day, freely salting things to taste and taking the occasional electrolyte salt capsule. I started egg yolks four weeks ago and have two raw yolks every two days or so. I have 2-4 ounces of raw liver once a week (the taste is too repulsive, I can barely tolerate that). I take ancestral organ meats Brain and MOFO supplement as the beef organs one disagreed with me to hedge my bets against deficiencies. I started adding 10-20g honey into my morning coffee two days ago to combat this fatigue and haven’t noticed a change in fatigue or exercise tolerance.
I tried to eat more fat in the beginning, including the residual fat from ground beef and chewing all of the gristle but the taste and texture were nauseating. I still eat fatty cuts but they often have a “bloody” or some taste I find terrible unless I rinse them and boil or pressure cook. The air fried fat is delicious and I get 30-50g per meal. Over 50g per meal causes GI problems.
I read forum responses to similar questions that included answers like: need more salt, need less salt, need more fat, carnivore isn’t for you, try adding carbs … but without qualification or rationale. Many people with similar symptoms were doing some dairy/keto combination and I will not go that route for now, just meat, water, coffee, salt, maybe honey for flavoring but a limit of 20g daily or less.
I’m looking forward to the responses and thanks for your time!