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New to paleo diet- experiencing extremely low glycogen.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I have only been on the Paleo diet for 3 weeks. Before this I was on a very low grain diet, so Paleo was not a huge change for me. I burn through a lot of energy at work (retail manager, on feet all day, rushing about) and I work out two to three times a week. I am slim, but liked the idea of Paleo for weight maintenace and for general health and wellbeing.

After the first week and a half of being Paleo I noticed I was not feeling very well. I started to experience extreme exhaustion, muscle fatigue and stiffness/soreness, depression and insomnia. My doctor ran some tests but said that everything is fine, though he recommended some more carbs (I didnt tell him I was on Paleo...). I have been off work now for 2 weeks. It is only now (after having a piece of gluten free bread) that I am thinking this might be a low glycogen problem. The toast has made me feel a little better. I don't want to come off this diet, but I think it has made me really sick.

I have been doing some reading about glycogen. Is there someway I can replenish my glycogen without coming off the paleo diet?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:45 PM

I am not suggesting she should be low carb I am suggesting that glycogen depletion is not likely the first order effect

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:43 PM

She is not doing enough glycogenic work to be depleted unless she is at a massive caloric deficit.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:23 PM

If someone is feeling glycogen depleted, how is it that they are also producing enough glycogen through GNG?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:23 PM

If someone is feeling glycogen depleted, how is it that they are also producing enough glycogen through GNG? They mention nothing of their daily calories, but yet you assume it's that and not what their body is telling in them?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:18 PM

If someone is feeling glycogen depleted, how is it that they are also producing enough glycogen through GNG?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:27 PM

@Michelle Only rice is not strictly paleo. Potatoes and all edible tubers and roots are pretty much as paleo as it gets (though there's various reasons to avoids specific types of tubers for specific people/cases.)

76a716ba2872800f7ac3f58d84c668b2

on March 01, 2013
at 10:15 PM

Are white potatoes and rice part of the Paleo diet?

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:11 PM

Potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice.

76a716ba2872800f7ac3f58d84c668b2

on March 01, 2013
at 10:15 PM

Are white potatoes and rice part of the Paleo diet?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 01, 2013
at 10:27 PM

@Michelle Only rice is not strictly paleo. Potatoes and all edible tubers and roots are pretty much as paleo as it gets (though there's various reasons to avoids specific types of tubers for specific people/cases.)

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:19 PM

The body will produce enough glucose via GNG assuming you are eating adequet calories. Your routine is not leaving you glycogen depleted.

I think you are probably not eating enough calories

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 01, 2013
at 11:18 PM

If someone is feeling glycogen depleted, how is it that they are also producing enough glycogen through GNG?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on March 01, 2013
at 11:43 PM

She is not doing enough glycogenic work to be depleted unless she is at a massive caloric deficit.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on March 01, 2013
at 11:45 PM

I am not suggesting she should be low carb I am suggesting that glycogen depletion is not likely the first order effect

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 01, 2013
at 11:23 PM

If someone is feeling glycogen depleted, how is it that they are also producing enough glycogen through GNG?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 01, 2013
at 11:23 PM

If someone is feeling glycogen depleted, how is it that they are also producing enough glycogen through GNG? They mention nothing of their daily calories, but yet you assume it's that and not what their body is telling in them?

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:58 PM

There doesn't appear to be any reason at all for you to restrict carbohydrates. Find gluten-free sources that you enjoy eating and eat them with every meal. The starch sources mentioned are good as well as whatever fruit you like. The high-protein, high-satiety nature of this diet should take care of weight maintenance for you.

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