I’ve been following Dr. B’s guidelines for about 1.5 years with great control. I’m Type 1.
As a former carb junkie, I’ve never felt better. I’m never hungry or lacking energy. In fact, I feel better than I have in years. My lipid profile is nearly perfect now, too. Yes, & this is eating a fairly high fat diet. I honestly believe that Dr. B’s recommendations saved my life.
If you’re feeling weak & hungry, you need more protein & can try slowly adding more protein to meals. Protein has staying power because it digests slowly. I had no carb withdrawal feelings, so afraid I can’t help you there. Soon as I stopped the carb overload, carb cravings went away with no lingering adverse effects. Gone are the days when I felt like going sleep after eating from too many carbs.
To respond to Nyxks’ comment, that is dead wrong. About 58% of ingested protein (amino acids) turns to glucose, so the brain would never be starved for carbs. In addition, dietary protein is not the only source of amino acids. Blood contains amino acids at all times from tissues breaking down & being built up constantly. The liver converts those amino acids into sugar. Fat also converts to glucose, at much slower rate.
It’s utter nonsense that the brain needs excess carbs to function. Dr. Bernstein is hardly a “joker” or a “crack pot.” He’s a brilliant pioneer who has fought hard his whole professional life to establish healthy guidelines for PWD. He does believe we should strive for as near normal BG as possible when others say an A1c under 7 is good, or good enough.
For anyone trying to lose weight, low carb is the best way. My husband now eats lower carb, though not as restrictive as I. He lost 35 lbs., kept it off & swears he never had more energy.