Construction worker on Paleo Diet - low Glycogen Levels at end of day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 08, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Im a Carpenter/Construction worker. Ive just switched to Paleo style eating at work (more sustained energy levels) but im worried about my glycogen levels dipping too low on intense working days. I carb up after work to restore muscle glycogen.

Should i be worried about muscle loss at work from low glycogen levels?


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on April 08, 2013
at 08:35 AM

Paleo doesn't have to be low carb. You're doing an intensive job (I known your pain, my dad was a construction worker too), so make absolutely sure you eat starchy vegetables, and fruits and white rice if you can tolerate them. Running your body on fat as effectively as you did with carbs all these years, can take over a year (Dr Jack Kruse claims two years). Sure, you can get used to very low carb in a couple of months, but it will take much longer to burn all the ketones your body is producing and not pee them out. So for now, follow a moderate carb version of Paleo, and adjust as you go.


on April 08, 2013
at 10:18 AM

carb up with rice at night and you will be fine, low glycogen does not imply muscle loss so dont worry about that as long as you eat adequate amounts of animal protein!


on April 08, 2013
at 10:13 AM

Eat dates and bananas on the run if you need. If you have sustained energy levels now don't worry about glycogen dipping. Deal with it whenever, if it happens - I agree with Eugenia - eat more carbs, whether in fruit snacks or during meals. Especially as you've just switched and were probably eating a lot of carbs anyway, there is probably no need at this moment to restrict carbs if you're active...

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