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There may be an “adjustment period”
If you’ve been eating sugar, processed flours, and starches as your primary source of energy, your body is used to “sugar burning”—using dietary glucose as its primary source of fuel. By converting to a diet more in line with our ancestors, your body will have to re-learn how to convert fat (both stored and dietary) and protein to glucose (a process known as gluconeogenesis). For some people, this transition can be rough, with some flu-like symptoms and lethargy. Stick with it through the first two weeks, and after the initial conversion process, you’ll notice a substantial difference in your energy levels. One tip might be to use approved starches such as sweet potatoes to keep your glycogen levels up in the first week as you slowly wean yourself into a fat-burning mode.