Carbohydrates soak up water and sodium. This is why when you first start a no carb diet, you suddenly drop several pounds of water weight in a matter of days. The issue is sodium is an essential component that dictates your body’s electrolyte balance. And if your sodium is out of wack, it will disrupt this balance and cause a host of unpleasant symptoms. At this point, many guys may assume that their body simply demands carbs to such an extent that they can’t possibly cut them out without experiencing these side effects. Little do they realize that the true cause of their issue is simply that their sodium levels are too low because their diet suddenly has no carbs in it. Some of these symptoms include loss of muscular fullness (being flat), loss of strength, faintness, nausea, and brutal headaches. To mitigate this, or nip it in the bud before it even happens, add adequate amounts of sodium to your no carb diet from day 1. Not accounting for the loss of sodium when your carb intake drops to zero is one of the most common mistakes made during a no carb diet. When there are no carbs in your diet whatsoever, it becomes necessary to manually add sodium to your meals. This means you will need to start adding salt to most, if not all of your meals. There are other ways to get an adequate amount of sodium into your diet, but salting your foods is the easiest and most convenient. Once your sodium balance is back in check, all the negative side effects should be alleviated, and you will feel much better and able to perform optimally in the gym again.