Are You Constantly Tired and Cranky? You May Have the Carb Flu

If you're unfamiliar with the term "carb flu," know that it doesn't mean catching the actual flu virus from a piece of bread, an order of french fries, or a plate of spaghetti. Instead, it refers to the flu-like symptoms that result from cutting all carbohydrates out of your diet: carb withdrawal. We've all been there: In colder weather especially, it's easy to feel bloated, rundown, heavy, and generally ugh. So you make it your mission to go carb-less; you'll be a full-on Atkins convert, right?

Fast-forward a few days, and you start feeling worse than you did at the beginning. You might experience headaches, fatigue, mental fogginess, or muscle aches. Basically, it feels like you've come down with something, even though you haven't. And even though you're eating lots of other carb-empty foods, it seems like you're completely devoid of energy and life. That, my friends, is carb flu. Keep reading to see what two expert nutritionists have to say on the issue, as well as what they recommend to fix it!

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.