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Paleo for 30 days - fitness worse. Anyone else?

Commented on April 25, 2014
Created April 22, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Hi,

I've been on Paleo for 30 days now, and have lost 16lb weight. I'm sticking to it completely, with no "treats" or anything. But when I go to the gym my fitness is worse than it was before. If I try to do the same cardio I was doing before I started the Paleo, I am exhausted and unable to attain my previous level of performance.

Has anyone else had this happen? Or know what can be causing it?

I'm eating tons of vegetables and fish/meat. It's not lack of food that's causing this.

I look tons better, and feel OK, just have no stamina anymore.

92e2994d966bedc06771c864009940fd

on April 25, 2014
at 10:40 PM

Huh - I never thought of it that way, but you are totally right. Makes perfect sense..

7160a3fb485cb0af573c0292fdb08144

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on April 24, 2014
at 09:35 PM

Hi Penelope, When thinking about the intensity of a workout, let's break it down into 3 levels: Low level, Medium level, and High level. Low level activities such as walking are quite natural for humans. Walking long distances or gathering plant foods would be examples. High level activities such as sprinting are also natural as humans have always had to do such "exercises" as running away from danger or chasing some animal on a hunt. Medium level activity is just not something that humans have been doing until very recently. Your heart doesn't know how to respond to that.

92e2994d966bedc06771c864009940fd

on April 24, 2014
at 05:47 PM

Hi Manley,

Yes - treadmill and crosstrainer machines, and a little on a rowing machine is what I do. About 20-30 minutes. Then maybe 10 minutes of situps/pressups and stretching. I'm by no means an athlete.. I'm a tubby little middle aged woman wobbling around in the gym about 3-4 days a week. Otherwise, sat at a desk.

Why do you say that type of workout is really unhealthy? That's all I've done for years.. Should I change?

* looks horrified *

92e2994d966bedc06771c864009940fd

on April 23, 2014
at 05:55 PM

Wow thanks for that BobK. Some stuff to seriously consider, which doesn't seem too clear in the books I currently have on Paleo. As I said, I'm only a "beginner" at all this, and despite reading 3 books on Paleo already, I still have a lot to learn.

I'm quite blown away by how helpful and supportive people on this forum are.

Many thanks for you answers and guidance. These articles are really interesting - thanks for that. I haven't read much about this sort of thing, apart from what's in the Paleo books themselves, so they were great.

x

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on April 23, 2014
at 03:53 AM

i would presume you have lost some muscle (as well as fat & water), so that will not help things

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on April 23, 2014
at 01:56 AM

@PenelopeTheDuck you're welcome :),,, i've been there myself (more than once!!) - i was desperate to lose some body fat and thought that keeping ALL my carb consumption post-workout was the way to go, but each time 2 weeks in and my performance would be getting worse.. Eating a fruit or a small portion of sweet potato on HIIT or lifting days made a huge difference for me

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on April 22, 2014
at 09:17 PM

yeah, carbs are probably the primary culprit but you cant say its not lack of food thats causing this when you lose 16 lbs in 30 days.

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on April 22, 2014
at 09:05 PM

92e2994d966bedc06771c864009940fd

on April 22, 2014
at 08:59 PM

Hmm - you may well be right there. I guess thinking about it, I have breakfast around 10am, then go to the gym around 2pm, then have lunch afterwards. Although I'm not hungry before I go, I haven't eaten a huge amount of food at that point. I would eat most of my carbs afterwards, at around 3pm, and then at dinnertime (7ish). I'll try having more carbs before I go.

Many thanks for the suggestion :)

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86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

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on April 22, 2014
at 07:34 PM

are you getting enough carbs?

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on April 22, 2014
at 09:05 PM

86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

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on April 23, 2014
at 01:56 AM

@PenelopeTheDuck you're welcome :),,, i've been there myself (more than once!!) - i was desperate to lose some body fat and thought that keeping ALL my carb consumption post-workout was the way to go, but each time 2 weeks in and my performance would be getting worse.. Eating a fruit or a small portion of sweet potato on HIIT or lifting days made a huge difference for me

92e2994d966bedc06771c864009940fd

on April 22, 2014
at 08:59 PM

Hmm - you may well be right there. I guess thinking about it, I have breakfast around 10am, then go to the gym around 2pm, then have lunch afterwards. Although I'm not hungry before I go, I haven't eaten a huge amount of food at that point. I would eat most of my carbs afterwards, at around 3pm, and then at dinnertime (7ish). I'll try having more carbs before I go.

Many thanks for the suggestion :)

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on April 25, 2014
at 01:15 PM

I started paleo diet 2 months back and I lost 4 kgs weight. I am regularly going for gym and doing cardio along with weights. I really love paleo and here is a godd app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.saisasank.paleodiet

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on April 23, 2014
at 07:30 PM

What do you mean by cardio? If you're talking about treadmill/jogging style cardio, then carbs isn't your issue. You don't need carbs for that style workout (though that style of workout is terribly unhealthy anyway). If you're doing anaerobic exercise, then yes, it's impossible to perform well on a low-carb diet. You should try to get the vast majority of them within 30 to 60 minutes after your workout though.

92e2994d966bedc06771c864009940fd

on April 24, 2014
at 05:47 PM

Hi Manley,

Yes - treadmill and crosstrainer machines, and a little on a rowing machine is what I do. About 20-30 minutes. Then maybe 10 minutes of situps/pressups and stretching. I'm by no means an athlete.. I'm a tubby little middle aged woman wobbling around in the gym about 3-4 days a week. Otherwise, sat at a desk.

Why do you say that type of workout is really unhealthy? That's all I've done for years.. Should I change?

* looks horrified *

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on April 23, 2014
at 01:28 AM

OP ... as others have answered you're probably not properly fueling your activity level. How about some details

Gender (F), age, height, weight, body fat % (est?), waist. Current stats & starting states (est?)

Nutrition details? Foods eaten, qty & frequency.

Exercise details?

Carbs are not essential for life but for high levels of activity they are 'useful'.

http://graemethomasonline.com/carbohydrate-daily-requirements/

Here's another about fat burning vs carb burning

http://eatingacademy.com/how-a-low-carb-diet-affected-my-athletic-performance

My takeaway from this....if you're fat adapted you can perform at decently high levels of exertion for long periods of time without the need to consume carbs. And you can perform at low levels of exertion for LONG periods of time w/o the need for substantial carbs.

Low intensity burns fat..... this where you want to be to burn your fat stores. And oyu dont want to over do it. :(

http://graemethomasonline.com/long-slow-cardio-another-dagger-to-the-heart/

92e2994d966bedc06771c864009940fd

on April 23, 2014
at 05:55 PM

Wow thanks for that BobK. Some stuff to seriously consider, which doesn't seem too clear in the books I currently have on Paleo. As I said, I'm only a "beginner" at all this, and despite reading 3 books on Paleo already, I still have a lot to learn.

I'm quite blown away by how helpful and supportive people on this forum are.

Many thanks for you answers and guidance. These articles are really interesting - thanks for that. I haven't read much about this sort of thing, apart from what's in the Paleo books themselves, so they were great.

x

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on April 22, 2014
at 10:28 PM

carbs carbs carbs... People seem to believe this notion that paleo is optimum for everyone. It isn't not Atleast the textbook typical version. HF/LC sucks for those who are very active. I'f you are overweight I'm sorry but in my experience calories are most critical. If you are a healthy weight eat carbs and eat tons of them. I went from tons of fat and less than 15g of carbs daily to 150-250g a day without cutting fat and guess what? I only gain led endurance and stamina.

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on April 22, 2014
at 08:03 PM

Pretty sure it is the carbs, but doing less cardio is going to benefit you in the long run. Lift weights and walk or easy jog.

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on April 22, 2014
at 07:25 PM

If it's not a lack of some food that is causing it then it can't possibly be assosiated with paleo or diet in general. Maybe you should include how many calories you are consuming and how many carbs.

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