I would like to know why people get an energy boost from eating paleo.
Is it the reduction in inflammation or is it because the body starts burning fat instead of glucose?
If I want to get the boost (which I havent gotten yet), do I have to go into ketosis for a few weeks and get keto-adapted, or would I get it even without getting keto adapted?
What happens if I am VLC and in ketosis for a week and then eat more than 100g of carbs one day? Do I have to restart my 2-3 weeks of keto-adaption?
Do I have to be keto adapted for my body to start burning fat for energy or does it do it automatically?
I do not want to loose any weight, I just want to have lots of energy and I would prefer for my body to have the option to burn fat instead of carbs. Not because I have a super need for it, but just because I like it to have options and to be able to fast for a day without any problems!
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on June 10, 2012
at 11:06 AM
People going paleo, either low carb or not, often feel better because they've taken the crap out of their diets. In cases where the crap was causing a lot of acute damage that recovery may feel like an energy boost. It's more returning to where our bodies and mind should be. I felt much better after changing my diet, but it wasn't something sudden, just gradual clearing of thought process, waking up cheerful and alert and with more energy.
Lots of energy comes with getting not only your diet right, but better sleep, reducing stress, using your body. It's not going to come instantly, you have to do the work.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
What do you mean by an "Energy boost"? You mean like a caffeine hit or something? I have never heard of anyone getting anything like that from eating paleo.
Paleo can give you lots of long lasting energy if you tweak it to suit your situation and your body.
I rely heavily on animal fat for my energy. I gradually shifted over to reducing carbs and increasing fat, a few years ago. It was a really easy and painless way of getting my body used to burning dietary fat.
on June 10, 2012
at 12:42 PM
It's probably the lower intake of phosphorus, allergens (gluten), PUFA and the higher nutrient-density (less anti-nutrients, more nutrients).
For some people just cutting out grains already makes them healthy. Others have to cut out nuts too. It all depends on how sick you are. I've binged on potato chips and nuts for 20 years, when I was 19 I turned into an alcoholic (sometimes drank up to 4 liters of beer daily), so for me paleo didn't give me the energy it seemed to give others. What I've never understood is why, when I was alcoholic, I had practically no health problems (it was the only year in my life that I never saw a doctor).
When I don't eat well enough it doesn't take long to get a body temperature that is way too low, and then I get a lot of issues, so I'm thinking that people that didn't eat too many PUFAs should get well fast, but people like me who fell into the whole ALA-Omega3 is awesome-trap will have to be patient and eat very very well to mask the problems.
on April 29, 2012
at 06:17 AM
Once you "train" you body to burn fat, a single meal or even a day of "non-Paleo" consumption won't hurt. It will break Ketosis, if you're generally operating at that level of carbohydrate consumption, but you can easily switch back and forth. The key is getting there in the first place. I found that the more experimenting I did with going in and out, the better my body got at it and the quicker I was able to make the shift back and forth. I've actually seen the timely shifting in and out can boost energy (in either scenario) and can be used to your advantage given whatever activity level you have.
That aside, I swear by MCT Oil. The stuff is a miracle. Anyone without a specific fitness/weight loss goal can definitely benefit from using MCT Oil in coffee or in some other form. I love Coconut Oil, I tend to "snack" on it and cook everything with it, but if you can also work some MCT Oil in, you will notice enhancements even better than what the Coconut Oil will provide.