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Exercising without stimulants

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Hey everyone,

So i have a problem with caffeine, energy levels and my workouts. Ive been strick paleo for 1.5 months now, i have really bad bloodsugar problems (hypoglycemia), so this lifestyle is very beneficial for me. I totaly avoid fruit (i crash after eating them). Im a pretty active female, 5x a week ill do some HIIT 12-18mins (10sec rest 50sec max effort). I used to do these workouts with great form and blast of energy. Ive removed my "pre-workout" energizer, this stuff is amazing for focus, strenght and energy (Vega sport pre-workout optimizer, 100mg caffeine from; yerbamate, green tea, vitamins, minerals, coconut palm sugar). I must say without it my motivation and energy for exercise is lagging.. big time.. i feel weak and heavy in my legs. The reason ive stopped using it is because caffeine really meses up my insulin levels and makes me shaky and super hungry afterwards, its expensive, and i dont want to depend on caffeine for motivation to workout. Makes me sad because i used to loooove/look forward to working out!

I know this is a really odd question, but if anyone has suggestions or ideas for me id really appreciate it.

Thank you so much for reading guys :-)

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on December 03, 2011
at 07:14 PM

@Stephanie, try scaling back your HIIT workouts to twice per week, and see how that affects your energy level.

E48146ad243fab742e69d10b633e05d6

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on December 03, 2011
at 12:38 PM

Bodyrock.tv are the workouts i follow. They post new workouts 5x a week. You think this is too much? I mean some people are following these routines. Dont get me wrong i do not mind the days off of rest.

E48146ad243fab742e69d10b633e05d6

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on December 03, 2011
at 12:09 PM

Thanks everyone :-)

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on November 27, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Stephanie, doing 5 HIIT sessions per week is comparable in weightlifting to doing intense bench press sets 5 days per week. Muscles grow on days off. Likewise, HITT effects kick in when rest allows.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on November 27, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Exactly. The only way she was able to sustain her over-training was through stimulants. Now that she's off them her body is crying out for her to dial it back to a more reasonable activity level.

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6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Hi Stephanie,

If you have low energy levels doing HIIT 5x per week, maybe your body is trying to tell you something--like don't do HIIT 5x per week! Also, maybe you need more sleep.

For most people, HIIT 1 or 2 times per week is plenty. It can take a few days to recover from HIIT. The rest of the week, you can mix things up with weights, walking, sports play, etc. Mark Sisson is a great resource for exercise information, including his free fitness ebook.

In summary, if you are well-rested and keep your activities fun and varied, you may not need extra stimulants.

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on November 27, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Stephanie, doing 5 HIIT sessions per week is comparable in weightlifting to doing intense bench press sets 5 days per week. Muscles grow on days off. Likewise, HITT effects kick in when rest allows.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on November 27, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Exactly. The only way she was able to sustain her over-training was through stimulants. Now that she's off them her body is crying out for her to dial it back to a more reasonable activity level.

E48146ad243fab742e69d10b633e05d6

(165)

on December 03, 2011
at 12:38 PM

Bodyrock.tv are the workouts i follow. They post new workouts 5x a week. You think this is too much? I mean some people are following these routines. Dont get me wrong i do not mind the days off of rest.

E48146ad243fab742e69d10b633e05d6

(165)

on December 03, 2011
at 12:09 PM

Thanks everyone :-)

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on December 03, 2011
at 07:14 PM

@Stephanie, try scaling back your HIIT workouts to twice per week, and see how that affects your energy level.

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D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 27, 2011
at 06:44 PM

You need to go through the caffeine withdrawal period.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:58 PM

Try creatine instead of caffeine. As far as motivation goes, that's all psychological. Once you start moving, you'll gain momentum and you'll work out. But yeah, lower energy levels before a work out are more likely to prevent you from starting.

I've seen stuff both ways about caffeine, that it raises and lowers insulin resistance - but it seems to do so temporarily. I haven't found the reference, but recall reading that caffeine basically opens up the fat cells, so if you have eaten, it helps push glucose/fats into fat cells, but if you're fasted, it helps move fat out. Not sure if that's true or not.

Edit: I'm not happy with this link, but it's one of the few I've found about this. I'd prefer something from pubmed as a reference instead.

That said, working out with some caffeine (but without any carbs such as sugar) will help you kickstart your work out.

You could get into the mood with music too. Something fast and heavy. For example, I work out to heavy metal. :)

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on November 27, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Pretty much what the others said. Don't do so much HIIT, work through the caffeine withdrawal pains. But also try taking a slug of coconut oil/butter 15-30 min before workouts.

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