I’m so disappointed, I had to go back to eating carbs today as the heart palpitations I have been having for the last 5 weeks finally got too much.
I started keto this time on August 1st, and did ok for the first 7 days, then the palpitations started and I have had them every day since. No other sypmptoms such as headache or dizziness, just the heart, and only when resting/sleeping.
I’ve tried every dose and combination of electrolytes, potassium, magnesium, salt etc and nothing works.
My doctor has run every test Full bloods, all perfect, ECG and echocardiogram, all fine, however on my 24 hour Holter monitor test it showed all the paplpitations, and they were ectopics and Afib, though only minor. He wasn’t interested in discussing my diet just gave me a script for beta blockers and aspirin, of which I refuse to take.
I know this is being caused by the diet, so I went to a dietician last week, who specialises in keto, she asked me to take more magnesium 600mg a day. I did feel slightly better for a few days but then straight back to where I was. So I dosed up on salt and potassium, made it worse.
I finally now have had to give up, but I am so disappointed. I don’t know how to start over. For now I am eating a chocolate bar to drown my sorrows.
Has anyone had similar problems, and if so what did you end up doing?
My ‘stats’, 53yo, 5’2", healthy, 63kg, need to lose 5kg. Blood pressure fine. I have been intermittent fasting daily for the last 3 years usually 18:6, and A couple of years ago I did several 3 day fasts that were hard, but doable.
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I started keto about 6 weeks ago, I have done it before in my life with no problems, it was many (10-15) years ago (before it was popular), and I would have called it dirty keto. At the time I was a runner and very fit.
Not so fit now!
This time my first week I was attempting “vegan keto” so I was not eating enough protein and probably about 30-40gm carbs a day so I would probably not have been in ketosis that first week, but not had enough carbs for my body to run on. That’s when the palpitations began on day 8. I went to the doctor who ran all the tests.
I decided to add fish and eggs into the mix, fish 3 times a week, 4 eggs a week, and got rid of the sweet potato and corn.
After 3 weeks I still wasn’t low enough on my carbs so I went down to 20gm a day and added more meat and added dairy back in. Still no change.
At this stage 3 weeks in I am 20g carbs, 60g protein, 100g fat - tracking and achieving this daily.
I must say that I did not really lose much weight, about half a kilo in the whole 6 weeks, and I did not feel any better, still sluggish, tired etc as I had been feeling for the last few years.
However I did not feel any more unwell, no apparent keto flu or headaches etc. only the palpitations which is why I didn’t think electrolytes were a big issue, but was still adding as much salt as I could stomach on my food, with the odd 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp low salt in a glass of water to add some.
I tried to eat plenty of green veg and good healthy fats, butter and coconut oil the whole time. I want the benefit of as many whole foods or veg as I can have in my 20gm carbs.
I used keto pee strips the first 2 weeks, and it was mostly dark purple, then I purchased a blood monitor and it ranged between 0.6 and 1.6 most days, usually around 0.9-1.1.
I drank 2.5-3 litres of water daily, I do not drink coffee or tea so there is no caffeine. Water fasting till noon when I eat my first meal.
I take a big list of supplements every second day, DHA, ALA, curcumin,NAC, B12, Iron, and several more.
For the last week I upped the Magnesium from 100mg (Cabots mag, a mix of 4 types mostly citrate) a day, to 600 or 800mg of Magnesium amino acid chelate (Mag bisglycinate).
One day I took 2 doses of 500mg potassium and it made the palpitations significantly worse, it’s what really scared me and made me stop the diet.
Since I started eating carbs yesterday my weight has not gone up, though I expected it would with some water retention, so I don’t think I have been dehydrated.