Hi, I am new to eating paleo, still reading lots of info online, and trying to sort it all out. I am male, 49, 6'1 and 225 pounds. My goals are general health of course, supporting my workouts, and losing some body fat. My last Fitday entry (I am couting for now until I get the hang of this) showed me eating 1996 calories for the day. I had 100.6 g of fat (48%), 161.2 g of protein (34%) and 87 g. of carbs (18%). I generally eat more calories than that, shooting for around 2400-2500. Just had a low day that day. The ratios are about what I have been eating, and in the last week and a half I have been doing paleo (though I have been gluten and dairy free for awhile), I have been incrementally lowering my carbs and upping my fat. All is well except the last two days I have felt very fatigued and lethargic. I know that is sometime a side effect of starting a LC eating program. Are my carbs that low? I know others here eat much lower. Should I count on that feeling going away? I have also been headachey in those two days as well. Should I stay the course and trust I will feel better as my body adapts? Eat more calories? (I workout 6 days a week, a combination of resistence training and some interval cardio....and I am not seeking advice to work out less...I know those arguments and am happy with my level of activity.) I like eating this way, my clothes are feeling looser already, but I don't want to feel like a headachey zombie throughout my days. Any advice is appreciated.
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on January 16, 2011
at 04:44 AM
You are simply not fueling yourself adequately with meat and fat for your level of activity. This was discussed a while back: http://paleohacks.com/questions/18974/why-am-i-hitting-a-massive-wall-in-the-afternoon-evening-after-dropping-sugar-dai/18988#18988
Dr Doug McGuff..the author of Body by Science and owner of a box in South Carolina...would not approve of your 6 day workout..primarily because of not giving the body time to rest and heal. Judging by his testimonials a 15 min workout once a week is all one needs to get incredible results....if done correctly. Fred Hahn in NYC also gets get great results with this type of once a week workouts.
But each to his own.
on January 16, 2011
at 12:30 AM
I agree with Scott. What you wrote looks very good, IMO.
Many find they need to drink some extra water, and rest a little bit more, until they become accustomed to using fat for fuel, rather than carbohydrates.
Also, some find a bit of extra sea salt useful.
I took extra vitamins/minerals during the adjustment phase.
It took me close to three weeks to make the initial adjustment, as is more typical for older folks.
All the best to you.