Dizziness - Whew, how long does this last??

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Dizziness - Whew, how long does this last??

Postby Suzie Q » July 1st, 2006, 8:12 am

Greetings all! I'm relatively new to Medifast (this is day 10) and I just found this wonderful site and have been encouraged by reading so many posts. However, I have one concern I don't see addressed. I have a frequent feeling of light-headedness and sometimes actually feel dizzy. Is it true that a bit more salt can be helpful for this? When will this subside? I've been true to the program, but have only lost 5 lbs so far. (5'8", 185 lbs). Any insight would be helpful. Thank you to all.
PS. Sometimes I get really sleepy in the afternoon and have taken a couple of naps. This is unusual for me and I question if that's normal?
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Postby Arklahoma » July 1st, 2006, 8:23 am

Greetings, Suzie Q

This can be a common side effect from this type of weight loss plan and it is usually caused from an electrolyte imbalance. The best recommendation is to use the MF Fast soup b/c it has sodium and potassium. If you don't have any handy then try some bouillon. Every one is different so this could last a day or two or for a couple of weeks. Just give your body a chance to adjust to all the changes.
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Postby GucciGoo » July 1st, 2006, 8:27 am

If I ever feel dizzy I have a cup of chicken broth or bouillion. Makes it all better!
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Re: Dizziness - Whew, how long does this last??

Postby lilgorg » July 1st, 2006, 9:07 am

Suzie Q wrote:PS. Sometimes I get really sleepy in the afternoon and have taken a couple of naps. This is unusual for me and I question if that's normal?

Suzie, i think this is absolutely normal! i love, love, love to sleep. i wish i could take naps in the afternoon but i never am in a place that i can (exept on the weekends) so i do lil combat naps on my train ride home . in fact, i love to sleep so much, if i were hungry or sleepy, i'd rather sleep! but then again, i'm a bit strange about it so i might not be the best person to ask. :D

P.S. i know folks are gonna ask what a "combat nap" is...it's a real quick nap just to rejuvanate urself. it comes from the fact that when the soldiers are in combat and are tired, they take very quick, short naps. i guess i just picked up the term being a military brat.
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Postby Jen » July 1st, 2006, 9:15 am

I never had any dizzyness, but for the first 3 or 4 days on MF I fell asleep on the couch in the afternoon.
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Postby Aerie » July 1st, 2006, 11:49 am

I suffered both the dizzies and the tiredness for the first week, but it quickly subsided. Stick with it.
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Postby dede4wd » July 1st, 2006, 8:12 pm

I had the same problem at about the same amount of time in. I didn't have fast soups or boullion, so I sprinkled a little salt on my snack (celery) and switched from regular water to Glaceau Smart water because it had electrolytes. Try a few suggestions and let us know if it keeps up!

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Postby smartipantz » July 2nd, 2006, 5:50 pm

You have received some great advice here.

One thing to keep in mind for those who are on high blood pressure meds.... this program will help your blood pressure so keep an eye out for that. One of the typical symptoms is feeling tired and dizzy. One of my friends actually had been feeling this way a short time into the program and had to have her blood pressure meds reduced. What a great thing!! But please keep your eye out for those symptoms.... too low of blood pressure isn't good either!

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