Clean Eating + Working Out = HELP!

Commented on April 13, 2016
Created August 07, 2015 at 6:47 PM

I've followed the Paleo diet for almost 3 years. Over that period of time, I've slowly but surely lost 100lbs (yay!). I eat strictly Paleo at home, but occasionally add in rice/greek yogurt or things "on the border" of Paleo when I'm out with friends.

Clean eating is easy for me most of the time.

Working out is easy for me - I love doing it.

But when I'm trying to do both - eating clean/stricter Paleo, and working out 4-6 times a week, I really struggle. My body craves more food but truly seems to crave sugary snacks, even if I haven't had them in a long time. 

I can't seem to be able to do both, and I'm at a point in my journey and in my weightloss where I really need to be doing both and doing them well. 

So I had months and months of great, clean eating. My work finally slowed down enough to allow me to up my work out time and intensity, and amount of days per week I can work out. But now that I'm working out (lifting, running, sprints, body movements, yoga) 5-6 days a week, I crave sugar ALL THE TIME. 

Has anyone experienced this before? I'm just so exhausted with battling every day to stay eating clean and spend time at the gym/working out. Because I've already gotten over these sugar cravings! And when you're tired from a long day of work and working out (I'm sure you can relate!) and you've told your brain no 5,000 times, eventually giving in seems inevitable. 

I must also say - I've done 3 Whole30s, and a Whole60, and plan to do another Whole30 soon. I got over my sugar cravings a long time ago. I don't drink soda (ever). I don't get sugary coffee drinks (ever). I don't eat sugary things on a regular basis, so I'm confused as to why my body is craving them!

Any advice? Any foods I should be targeting on high intensity days? Any way to reduce the sugar cravings?


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on April 13, 2016
at 10:38 AM

You are talking exactly like me. I love exercising but I am a foody person, I eat each and very type of food so I would suggest that you should also start eating what you like, just try to manage time and drink loads and loads of water(luke warm).

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on September 27, 2015
at 08:39 PM


I'm a Personal Trainer and a Paleo follower and I would recommend that you cycle your carb intakes. You should try eatting more carbs immediately before and after your workout.  Then you should keep to your regular lower-carb schedule the rest of the day.  Eating some healthy carbs (like fruit, sweet potatoes, etc.) right before your workout and then again immediately after your workout will give you the energy you need to exercise and it will prevent you from feeling groggy or having cravings. I would recommend that you experiment with eating different quantities of carbs around your workouts until you find what amount makes your body feel best. You do not need to worry about eating healthy carbs (in moderation of course) at these times because it is almost impossible to store fat during the time period surrounding intense workouts.  

Hope this helps,

Paleo for the Modern Caveman



on August 08, 2015
at 03:22 PM

You're probably not eating enough carbs when you're working out for your level of activity.  Try to add in maybe a cup or two of rice, or a yam/sweet potato.

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