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Feeling DIzzy/Lightheaded

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Hey

So I have been Paleo since Jan 1 or so (apart from a glass of wine on a special occasion)

Lately I've been feeling pretty dizzy and lightheaded especially when standing... and i don't have much energy at the gym (can't go up to the next weight)

stats -

56kg 174 cm (5'8 and half) female 27 years old bmi - 18.5

fats - 40% protein - 40% carbs - 20%

obviously this varies a bit day to day! but carbs are generally only around 40 - 60grams and this is from sweet potato or vegies

daily calories - 1300 - 1400 gym - trying to lift weights around 20 mins twice a week apart from this i'm very sedentary (work from home) so nervous about upping calories seem to be maintaining weight but body taking a bit of shape!

How do i stop feeling so dizzy? have done a blood test and blood sugar, potassium, magnesium, sodium everything was very normal! blood pressure on the lowish side and heart rate only 45bpm so pretty low!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on March 01, 2013
at 02:15 AM

Nuts are good, but keep them in moderation. About a handful a day, max. I would focus on cooked veggies with fats - my favorites are kale cooked in a little bacon grease, and cauliflower roasted with coconut oil. Green beans with butter is easy too, and bell peppers sauteed in olive or coconut oil. If you can tolerate dairy, berries and cream is yummy (and frozen berries with cream poured on top tastes like ice cream!).

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

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on March 01, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Thankyou I will definitely try upping my calories slowly until I feel better

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

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on March 01, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Thankyou for your response! I will definitely be getting my iron levels checked and also will slowly upping my calories until I feel better. Do you think I should up carbs too? I was thinking of adding in some nuts to my diet to bump up my calories/carbs/fats?

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

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on March 01, 2013
at 01:35 AM

Thankyou I will definitely try upping my calories slowly until I feel better

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

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on March 01, 2013
at 01:34 AM

Thanks for your reply! I will definitely try to up my calories slowly! Do you think adding in some more nuts like almonds is a good idea? They are calorie dense and a good source of fats plus some carbs?

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

(8)

on March 01, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Thankyou for this suggestion! No i didn't get iron checked but will definitely do so!

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:11 AM

Ignore diabeticbinger. He clearly has his own issues to sort out. However, it does seem that you exhibit some typical symptoms of anorexia. As a former anorexic myself, I will just say that even though you may genuinely think it's just a coincidence, 9 times out 10 it's not, and you would really be best suited in the long run if you take care of this ASAP. Take care.

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on February 27, 2013
at 04:49 PM

Exactly. Holy crap - undereating to an extreme.

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:01 PM

Wish I could downvote comments.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:09 PM

I understand that feeling. However, please remember the immense cultural pressure that women are under to have a certain body (regardless of their actual body type). And all conventional diet wisdom just feeds into that... The only way to get that body with CW is by overtraining and starving. Paleo can be the first step toward a true understanding of health and strength. Don't shoot them all down! lol

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:16 PM

-1 to each of these underfed, overtrained anorexics who feels "dizzy"...

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on February 27, 2013
at 11:59 AM

-1 to each one of these underweight, underfed, overtrained anorexics who feels "dizzy"...

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on February 27, 2013
at 11:57 AM

-1 to each one of these underweight, underfed, overtrained anorexics who feel dizzy...

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on February 27, 2013
at 11:51 AM

Am I wrong to nail every one of these underweight, undereating, overtrained anorexics with -1? Or is it the same girl, different account?

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on February 27, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Wolframalpha says you are underweight and that you should be 23lbs heavier

Eat more food. You will be tired and dizzy unless you provide your body with the stuff it needs.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on February 27, 2013
at 04:49 PM

Exactly. Holy crap - undereating to an extreme.

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

(8)

on March 01, 2013
at 01:35 AM

Thankyou I will definitely try upping my calories slowly until I feel better

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:16 PM

did you get your blood checked for iron as well? iron deficiency anema is very common, even if you are eating meat. you may have to take a ferrous glucanate supplement with meals once a day (iron supplement). i have been iron deficient for awhile and that is exactly what happens when youre iron deficient.

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

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on March 01, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Thankyou for this suggestion! No i didn't get iron checked but will definitely do so!

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:27 PM

Why are your carbs so low? Your BMI is at the bottom end of the normal range. 40-60 g of carbs is someone overweight trying to lose weight.

That's why you are dizzy, especially if you are trying to work out. If you want to stay within your calorie range, you need to tweak your ratios. Perfect Health Diet (by Paul Jaminet) recommends 65% fats, 15% protein, 20% carbs. Maybe up your calories to 1500, but make most of that fat and a few more carbs, a little less protein.

I follow this ratio on sedentary days. On workout days, I eat even more carbs, just before I work out (usually 1 cup blueberries), or else I'll burn out / get dizzy / puke.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on March 01, 2013
at 02:15 AM

Nuts are good, but keep them in moderation. About a handful a day, max. I would focus on cooked veggies with fats - my favorites are kale cooked in a little bacon grease, and cauliflower roasted with coconut oil. Green beans with butter is easy too, and bell peppers sauteed in olive or coconut oil. If you can tolerate dairy, berries and cream is yummy (and frozen berries with cream poured on top tastes like ice cream!).

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

(8)

on March 01, 2013
at 01:34 AM

Thanks for your reply! I will definitely try to up my calories slowly! Do you think adding in some more nuts like almonds is a good idea? They are calorie dense and a good source of fats plus some carbs?

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on February 27, 2013
at 06:36 PM

If you aren't feeling good on what you're eating now, you do need to change it. Eating a bit more carbs, fat, protein. Eating less only makes sense if your body has fat stores to go to for high energy needs. Your's doesn't. Eat more.

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

(8)

on March 01, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Thankyou I will definitely try upping my calories slowly until I feel better

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on February 27, 2013
at 04:28 PM

You may want to consider slowly upping your calories. Your intake seems a little low for someone who does not need to lose weight. If you do it gradually over the course of a week or two, your body will adjust :-) Right now, with your intake at a level where you may be at a deficit, your body might be trying to compensate for not getting enough food but also not having any stored fat to feed off of. If you are exercising regularly, you'll especially want to consider bumping up your calorie intake a bit. And I agree with ensuring your iron is at a good level, especially in females it can be a very common problem. Mine tends to be on the low side at times and I feel dizzy, fatigued, etc.

34cf961cbf7b5c3dfe87ce36c9d34548

(8)

on March 01, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Thankyou for your response! I will definitely be getting my iron levels checked and also will slowly upping my calories until I feel better. Do you think I should up carbs too? I was thinking of adding in some nuts to my diet to bump up my calories/carbs/fats?

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