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Energy level after meals?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Since beginning to eat paleo I've conquered my leaky gut, lost 20 lbs, gotten much stronger, improved my concentration, acne has cleared up, and that's just in 3 months. I'm still working on controlling an insatiable appetite though.

After eating 1200-2000 calorie meal do energy levels drop? I've noticed a general fatigue after a heavy breakfast or dinner. It goes away over night or post workout.

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:21 PM

I've messed around with IFing and found it harder for me mentally and physically as well

Aa2449ce84ceb77369317eb08fadf630

on August 23, 2011
at 11:20 PM

My carbs are generally under 50 grams per day, mostly I eat a lot of meat, I'm at college so the quality of food is pretty low

Aa2449ce84ceb77369317eb08fadf630

on August 23, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Yeah, and some probiotics mixed in there

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on August 22, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Oops good point :) I guess I really take the not counting calories thing to heart ;)

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:39 PM

How did you conquer leaky gut? Just by paleo alone?

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Agreed! That is a BIG difference!

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on August 22, 2011
at 11:13 AM

Yes. That is a hell of a lot of food! I would tots need to have a nap after eating that much.

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on August 22, 2011
at 11:11 AM

wmertens - a 5 egg omelette, with 5 slices of bacon and 1/2 cup of greated cheese is only 890 calories (according to cron-o-meter), He is asking about 1100-1200 calories.

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on August 22, 2011
at 02:13 PM

When you say "Paleo", what does that mean? 1,200-2,000 calories isn't 1,200-2,000 calories since the macronutrient profile of the meal significantly affects how those calories are processed in the body.

You note, "I'm still working on controlling and insatiable appetite", which leads me wonder whether or not you are still consuming relatively large amounts of carbohydrates in the form of fruit or starchy vegetables.

Although the research is mixed, at least anecdotally carbohydrates are more stimulatory to the appetite than protein and fat.

The classic example, is, "Can you imagine eating a whole stick of butter?" vs "Can you imagine eating a cup of frosting?" While neither seems appealing to me, I know that I could much more easily eat frosting than pure butter. I also can't recall ever hearing anyone say, "Last night I ate one steak, and before I knew it, I ate the entire package!"

Seratonin release is also stimulated by carbohydrate consumption (research link here) and this could, in addition to the re-routing of blood flow to the stomach, be causing drowsiness. The fact that you mentioned "It goes away over night or post-workout", seems to point to this as a possible factor since exercise and other forms of stress produce an increase in epinephrine (rat study here) which would have a stimulatory effect.

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:20 PM

My carbs are generally under 50 grams per day, mostly I eat a lot of meat, I'm at college so the quality of food is pretty low

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:12 AM

Haven't noticed this myself. A three egg omelette with bacon and cheese just keeps me humming along. Do you notice a difference according to the amount of carbs? You may still have insulin management issues.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Agreed! That is a BIG difference!

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(5914)

on August 22, 2011
at 11:11 AM

wmertens - a 5 egg omelette, with 5 slices of bacon and 1/2 cup of greated cheese is only 890 calories (according to cron-o-meter), He is asking about 1100-1200 calories.

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on August 22, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Oops good point :) I guess I really take the not counting calories thing to heart ;)

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on August 21, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Yes, I sometimes often get lazy after big meals, esp ones with lots of fat. If they are really big, I start to cold sweat as well.

Eating 1000+ kcal meals is teh shit! It makes me happy

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on August 21, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I've heard, anecdotally, that tiredness after a big meal can be because of increased blood flow to the digestive system and therefore decreased blood flow elsewhere, but I don't see why it should last that long. Are you eating enough regularly? Just wondering why you're eating such a large meal, is it because you're IFing? Perhaps you'd be better trying 3 meals a day spaced out to see if it improves your energy levels. IFing can really drive some people crazy with hunger. Also, if you had leaky gut issues, long periods of fasting can adversely affect your probably already low gut flora.

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:21 PM

I've messed around with IFing and found it harder for me mentally and physically as well

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