My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 38

CB101959Weight: 158 lb

Transgressions: none

Exercise: none


I’m getting a few nocturnal leg and foot cramps waking me from my sleep.  Or they’re there when I wake up.  Not sure what’s going on.  Perhaps a mineral deficiency (magnesium, calcium?).  Not enough exercise?  Just a fluke?  Most people get leg cramps now and then.  Will monitor a while for spontaneous resolution. has a message board that discusses muscle cramps.  Us the “search” function. 



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3 responses to “My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 38

  1. I tried the low carb thing a few years back and started to suffer not cramps but spasms. Scared the crap out of me as my grandfather had Parkinson’s. A banana made the spasms go away so for me it was probably an electrolyte deficiency.

    • Isaac, you may be right about an electrolyte disturbance (usually deficiency) causing cramps and muscle spasms. Very low-carb diets seem to be associated with deficiency of potassium, magnesium, or calcium in some people. What’s not at all clear is how often this occurs. Undoubtedly, supplementing with those minerals resolves the problem in at least a few folks.

      I don’t hear about or see this problem much with traditional “balanced” low-calorie diets.


  2. judith

    Not uncommon in the low carb world.
    According to the gurus, it is because there is not the usual water retention so….you know the rest….potassium is lost.