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energy for HIIT?

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Created June 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I'm new to Paleo and on day 17. I've been pretty strict; I haven't cheated, and I'm feeling great. I have tons of energy, sleep better, etc...I'm 29, 6' 165, seem to have a fast metabolism so I really have to eat a lot, esp on paleo. I initially intended to do a fairly low carb version of paleo...but I've found myself eating a LOT of fresh fruit.

I lift weights 3-4 times a week and after an initial BIG plunge in the amount of weight I could handle, I'm already starting to break a few personal records. I generally eat some fruit before I work out so that I have a little extra energy. I try to do HIIT training 1-2 times a week, but I've found that my energy levels while doing HIIT are MUCH lower now. I used to run 8 sprints, no problem, and now by the 5th or 6th I am totally out of energy. It just feels like I'm out of fuel. I've tried eating an orange or something similar beforehand but it doesn't seem to help much.

Do I need to eat more carbs beforehand, or is this something I should just push through? I'm afraid that if I eat too many carbs my body fat % will go up, which would defeat the purpose of the HIIT. Any advice? Thanks!

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:22 AM

ok i'm gonna try the sweet potatoes. thanks for the suggestions. i'm off caffeine so red bull is sadly out of the question for now...

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:21 AM

Well, a year ago I was 6' 150...always been thin, have a runner's build. I got up to about 170 (with the help of a trainer) before I started paleo, and I'm trying to get up to at least 170. It's been difficult for me to put on weight. Also yeah, I spring all out for 30 seconds and then walk for 1:30. I used to run track in HS so I'm with you, it's not really a sprint if it doesn't reduce you to walking and panting. I usually take 1-2 days off a week but gonna try to rest some more and keep eating, eating, eating.

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on June 14, 2012
at 11:26 PM

it may go straight thru your system, not mine, you must be having some sort of reaction...may be its your body protecting you from the evil red bull :)

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on June 14, 2012
at 11:19 PM

it may go straight thru your system ;)

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on June 14, 2012
at 11:18 PM

it may go straight thru your system

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on June 14, 2012
at 10:49 AM

Seriously red bull? That goes straight thru your system. Bj how many sweet potatoes are u eating right now??

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on June 14, 2012
at 03:08 AM

not very paleo i know.....but i hit a 'full sugar' red bull (first time in years) the other day before some hiit sprints. & they were the best sprints i'd done in weeks. could just have been a coincidence. if it was related i think it was most likely due to the sugars (11 g of sucrose and glucose), more than any of the other ingredients ie. caffeine etc

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Maybe I'll give that a try. Thanks!

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at 12:26 AM

That's a really good point - thanks!

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at 11:36 PM

I am an advocate of increasing g-flux, which is a term Berardi came up with meaning increasing the amount and/or intensity of exercise while increasing calories. that is the best way to get the best level of fitness and the best body. Ask any olympic athlete. I would recommend adding in some starch at least 1x per day.

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on June 14, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Instead of fruit switch to yam, potato, or sweet potato. Lower fructose & more glucose that'll be rapidly available compared to fruit. Also consider a rest & a easy day. Yourl performance will sick ass if your body didn't heal from the previous workout.

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:59 PM

I am not really following you. Are you lifting 3-4 days per week AND doing HIIT 1-2 days AND sprinting or do the sprints count as your HIIT?

Either way, here are some of my thoughts:

1) 6' 165 seems very under-weight to me. Is there a reason (athletic or aesthetic) you want to remain that slight?

2) If you are sprinting, truly sprinting, it is likely that your work:rest ratio is off. People often underestimate how hard sprinting is. I see people program Tabata sprints all the time. If it is truly a sprint you can't recover that quickly. I would recommend absolutely no less than a 1:2 sprint to rest ratio. If going 100 meters or more, more recovery time would be required.

3) The bonking you are describing is almost certainly mental.

4) you are doing too much work in general. Sometimes more is just more.

E2d885a66875eb01e931d369fac7353c

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:21 AM

Well, a year ago I was 6' 150...always been thin, have a runner's build. I got up to about 170 (with the help of a trainer) before I started paleo, and I'm trying to get up to at least 170. It's been difficult for me to put on weight. Also yeah, I spring all out for 30 seconds and then walk for 1:30. I used to run track in HS so I'm with you, it's not really a sprint if it doesn't reduce you to walking and panting. I usually take 1-2 days off a week but gonna try to rest some more and keep eating, eating, eating.

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on June 14, 2012
at 07:19 AM

To much intense exercise combined with low carb, often cause problems. Eat more carbs or decrease training effort. Recommend introduction of starches in your daily diet and be sure to eat carb food after work outs (a couple of bananas is fine).

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on June 13, 2012
at 11:43 PM

There's not much additional benefit to more than 6 sprints. Anyway, my opinion is that if you have a diet that works for you, you should adjust your workouts to the diet, not the other way 'round.

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:26 AM

That's a really good point - thanks!

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