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2 weeks in and I feel great. Will there be a crash?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Tomorrow will make 2 weeks that I cut out everything except meat, veggies, and some berries. I am up at 4:30 a.m. for maybe 10 blue berries and two cups of coffee then it's off to the gym for cardio. When I get home I eat 8-12 whole boiled eggs or a few cans of tuna. Between class, 3 days of heavy weight training, training clients, and when it warms up I own a landscape company I manage to eat usually 6 times a day with 300-400 grams of protein total. I mix in celery and broccoli and some blue berries for energy, fiber, and to fill full. I started researching the Paleo diet as a weight loss tool but I am now loving it for everything it stands for. I feel great. I am toning up and can not seem to get enough sex. I thought my drive was high before but now I seem to want it more than once a day. Sorry if that bothers anyone but it is just a change that I have noticed. Will this last or am I doomed for a crash. Keep in mind that I know how to fight cravings being on strict diets in the past for wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Any help is welcome.

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What kind of cardio do you do? How intense? For me, I did high school cross country on the paleo diet for 2 weeks and had a huge crash due to a dangerously low carb load in my muscles. You may want to add some root vegetables.

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Like this answer. Especially "I do wonder if this isn't a factor in why some people get jaded with their choices as they never really give their bodies that seasonal period of conservation."

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Being an ex-wrestler myself I wish I had followed this formula for eating when I was in college. Ah well, better late than never. I don't see why you would crash at all. I'm not as active as I once was so about 5-6 eggs, a pound of fatty meat, and some vegetables every day is good for me. Much as you seem to be training have at it. The "crashes" really only seem to occur when people pile on the cardio and simply don't eat enough to recover.

Back in the day we would just starve ourselves for weigh-ins which in all likelihood led only to lose pounds and pounds of muscle mass along with a bit of fat to continually cut weight. Just imagine if we all knew better.

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on February 07, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Quite a few hit more of a slide than a crash at about 1 month in. For some it seems to be a natural loss of enthusiasm as the foods become routine and they start leaning back towards some of the more convenient or faster rewarding foods that don't harm much in context. Others find that they just don't have quite the same high energy they experienced at first and move towards reintroducing some for of carb refeeding or at least cycling in some sense. Many are endlessly tweaking to try and solve everything through their diet.

Personally, the philosophical part suggests that at this time of year we're not really meant to be buzzing with energy and so I cope a lot better with limited fruit and veg with that in mind. In summer there'll be lots of exciting things to look forward to. Obviously in the mdoern world it's possible to maintain full burn all year round, but I do wonder if this isn't a factor in why some people get jaded with their choices as they never really give their bodies that seasonal period of conservation.

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Like this answer. Especially "I do wonder if this isn't a factor in why some people get jaded with their choices as they never really give their bodies that seasonal period of conservation."

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on February 07, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Lee,

I will say that everyone is different so what I experienced may not be what you experience. I started out on paleo eating only eggs, meat, vegetables, and some fruit. I felt fine in the beginning but after a month I started to get dry eyes and dry mouth.
I decided to add back some safe starches to my diet and my dry eyes and dry mouth went away. I now eat a banana or a portion of sweet potatoes on a regular basis and I feel a lot better now.

Here is some info you might find useful: http://paleodietnews.com/2789/the-paleo-diet-and-safe-starches/

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on February 07, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Most people that experience a crash do so within the first two weeks. I never experienced the "carb flu" that some people have. If you've made it this far, you're probably good to go!

8-12 eggs in one sitting?! Wow! Do what works for you, but that would be overkill for me (I eat 2-3 eggs a day). My only suggestion would be be more variety -- but you definitely sound like you are doing well.

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