i can't seem to get this diet right

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM

i'm a little over four weeks on the diet and i'm still struggling with fatigue, brain fog, lack of energy. i'm doing about a 100 grams of carbs a day (don't want to go into ketosis and i'm not very active), good amounts of fats and protein. every meal is protein, fats, lots of veggies and fruit. strangely, as soon as i eat i become tired and as the hours pass i my energy comes back little by little until i eat again and the process begins all over again.

so, last night, i decided to eat at chipotle because i wasn't in the mood to make anything. i had white rice with veggies, steak, sour cream, cheese, and gauc, and afterwards i felt great! i had energy all night. so my thinking was that maybe i need to add some carbs, maybe go up to 150-200. this morning i had 1/2 of a sweet potato and i felt dizzy afterwards and nauseous. i've been fatigued all day. what is going on here? why didn't the carby chipotle meal fatigue me?



on May 16, 2013
at 02:08 PM

I read (in the Perfect Health Diet and on knolls.org) that there have been studies which show that eating carbs later in the day works with your hormones and has all kinds of positive effects while eating more carbs earlier in the day is not so great. So that might be a thing.



on May 16, 2013
at 12:07 PM

@Roth - come on, that hardly sounds like an insulin *bomb* ... a firecracker at worst (assuming it was a bowl and not a burrito).



on May 15, 2013
at 04:01 AM

I'm 6'2", 140 lbs. Shouldn't I be overweight if I'm insulin resistant?



on May 14, 2013
at 11:58 PM

If you're getting tired AFTER eating, you've got some digestive issues and/or blood sugar issues. I'm leaning towards blood sugar issues. Your chipotle order sounds like an insulin-bomb. Do yourself a favor and get a blood glucose meter. You may have issues with hypoglycemia/insulin resistance. If you find yourself getting tired after consuming protein, try a Betaine HCL supplement.

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on May 16, 2013
at 12:10 PM

Are you not terribly active? I'd wager that you will still get good results if you cap your diet at 150g of carbs a day.

Are you active? Heck, you may need more than 200g a day. I'm very active, and I get a range of 150 - 300g of carbs per day these days.

I think your guess is correct -- if you are not trying to get into ketosis, going from 100g to 150g of carbs a day is not a terribly big jump. You can even take a middle step to 125g, and see how you fair. But again, if you're active, that kind of minutiae is going to matter a lot less.



on May 16, 2013
at 10:24 AM

As with all diets, a sudden change can cause a lot of problems. It sounds like you might have switched to the Paleo diet too quickly and you haven't given your body enough time to adjust. You should go back to eating carbs and whatever else you cut then slowly phase them out.

If you still feel fatigued, you don't even have to go full Paleo. Go as far as you can with the diet while still feeling energised. As long as you feel good, healthy and energised, you're doing the diet right.

Keep in mind your fatigue could be a medical issue. What Roth said might be true, but self diagnosis is no substitute for the opinion of a medical professional.

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