Terrible cramp

During the night to today I woke up more than 5 times with really terrible cramb in both my calf and even in front of the leg “outside” the shin(?). A couple of times It hurt so much so I almost passed out… When I think about why this happened I can see two reasons. One is that I was standing at our “booth” at the fair from 9 AM to 4 PM without sitting down more than maybe 5 minutes… The other reason is that I do not recall drinking very much during the day. A couple of coffees, one small glass of white wine and one small glass of water. Today I have drunk a lot more and I will drink a large glass of water right before I go to bed.

The dinner tonight was chicken, brussels sprouts and tomato/taco butter.

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The intakes was

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6 Responses to Terrible cramp

  1. Margit says:

    Drinking lots of water is good medicine against leg cramps. But if they still come back, you should see if you get enough magnesium with food. If not, then add some leafy greens (like spinach) or nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, brazil nuts etc) or magnesium supplements to your menu.

    • Tommy says:

      I do not really have reoccurring problems. Small cramps every other month so no real problem. I tried magnesium pills but I tend to always forget to take them after 2-3 days…


  2. wukang says:

    It might be sodium, you need more for the very low carb.

  3. NS says:


    I had the exact same calf problems when I went VLC…it is absolutely related to mineral loss, specifically magnesium loss. This is the best magnesium supplement I’ve ever found:


    It is highly and instantly absorbable and I even often use it before exercise to prevent any cramping events. The re-curring cramping problem however, along with very achy joints such as in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (do you suffer from this as well?) made me question my VLC strategy and I later changed to a non-starchy-vegetable-based rather than fat-based LCHF regimen. Subsequently, all of the symptoms disappeared. You might be interested to know that another prominent and very intelligent high-fat blogger found similar results as I did and maintained a higher vegetable intake to remedy the problem. Here is his blog if you’re interested:


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