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feeling foggy, low energy and crappy!!!!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2012 at 1:43 AM

feeling like crap lately! help!

female 25 5'6 132

1300 cals fats 50g carbs 100-120g protein 130+

weight training 3x a week cardio 2-3x

thoughts???

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:53 AM

thank you for taking the time with my question. I am definitely working to increase my fat intake as well as my calories slowly. Im sure this will help me get to my optimal leaness. Thoughts? I am lean but my lower tummy and hips hold a slight extra bit of fat (maybe five pounds to lose?). I also have pcos and suspected candida.

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I did notice that!!! I salted a few things and I do believe it made a difference. I dont know if it was coincidence as i didnt want to add salt and become dependant with alot of my fooods.

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:37 AM

same here!!! My stomach is flattest with a lower carb intake. I usually see consisten results with 130g and under. I am usually around 100 or less.

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:36 AM

hey!!! thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my question. Since posting this, i have focused on eating more calories and fats slowly. I had a problem with consistent clean eating but it seems to becoming more consistent eating paleo. I have managed to eat 1500 and will continue to increase slowly. There are other factors preventing me from increasing carbs ( medical) but i am dealing with a health care professional and i am currently doing a food journal for her. :) i agree with you about the number game it's frustrating. thanks again!!!

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on June 22, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Thank you for pointing that out - again - MathGirl72. I have to keep my carbs fairly low or I gain weight/bloat, etc. Not everyone can eat a sweet potato slathered in ghee every day - though I certainly wish I could! YUM! :)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Peter, increased carbs aren't an option for everyone.

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(20436)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Agree with other posters, could require tweaking your calories/macros. If you just started paleo, add electrolytes. One other thought - you might just be coming down with something - perhaps a little extra rest/sleep/downtime is in order. Easier said than done, I know!

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on June 22, 2012
at 01:19 PM

My exercise routine is about the same and a sweet potato or 4 per week is definitely a great addition. In particular, it feels right after a good cardio-type workout.

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(5914)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Or just eat more carbs

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 22, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Agreed. Women have been so brainwashed into into thinking that 1200-1500 calories is more than enough. News flash: IT ISN'T USUALLY, *especially* if you're working out the way the OP is. EAT. MORE. The body is fatigued and the mood is crappy because you're essentially starving yourself without even realizing!

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(5381)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:13 AM

Too little fat, too much protein. Protein is less ideal as energy, we use carbs or fat mainly. Eat fattier cuts/meat, add some fat in.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:03 AM

Do it! VLC is hard, especially when you train so much. SWEET POTATO FOR THE WIN!!!!

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 22, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Agreed. BTW, really cute pic, Sam Knox.

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on June 22, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I agree with Ralph. Eat more calories and try to get 100 or so carbs during workout days.

584cdd1a2dd83e46b8b76758f4c57b19

(600)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:20 AM

That's exactly what I was going to suggest too :)

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:06 AM

1,300 cals may be enough for you, but it may not be. It seems that you're pretty active. Could you try increasing your calories a bit? I also like the others suggestions of increasing carbs. Perhaps add some starch without removing anything else from your diet.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:04 AM

You are preaching the word, Sister Lyndsay.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:56 AM

When did you start eating this way? If recently, you may be going through "low carb flu".

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:51 AM

More carbs, limit protein to around 130 g day. Add in starchy carbs - even some white rice. 150 - 200g day dont count carbs in non starch veggies

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 22, 2012
at 12:58 PM

I agree with the folks who've told you you're probably undereating.

Women have been so brainwashed into into thinking that 1200-1500 calories is more than enough. News flash: IT ISN'T USUALLY, especially if you're working out as intensely and frequently as it sounds like you are.

EAT. MORE. Your body is fatigued and your mood is crappy because you're essentially starving yourself without even realizing! Food is fuel and nourishment, not the enemy. Don't be afraid to EAT, girl! You can't expect to do that much exercise on what is likely barely enough calories to meet your resting metabolic rate. I usually hate the numbers games, but an adult woman at 5'6" and 132 does not need to be afraid of eating more than 1300 calories.

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:36 AM

hey!!! thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my question. Since posting this, i have focused on eating more calories and fats slowly. I had a problem with consistent clean eating but it seems to becoming more consistent eating paleo. I have managed to eat 1500 and will continue to increase slowly. There are other factors preventing me from increasing carbs ( medical) but i am dealing with a health care professional and i am currently doing a food journal for her. :) i agree with you about the number game it's frustrating. thanks again!!!

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26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:59 AM

One sweet potato a day (topped with virgin coconut oil and garlic salt) keeps the the crabbiness at bay! Lord, almighty! YES!!! TESTIFY!!!

584cdd1a2dd83e46b8b76758f4c57b19

(600)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:20 AM

That's exactly what I was going to suggest too :)

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:04 AM

You are preaching the word, Sister Lyndsay.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:03 AM

Do it! VLC is hard, especially when you train so much. SWEET POTATO FOR THE WIN!!!!

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on June 22, 2012
at 01:19 PM

My exercise routine is about the same and a sweet potato or 4 per week is definitely a great addition. In particular, it feels right after a good cardio-type workout.

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03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

on June 22, 2012
at 02:26 AM

I'm no expert, but for me, 1300 calories would not be enough. I am 5'7 and 140 lbs. I eat closer to 2200 calories a day and I don't exercise nearly as much as you do. I do life weights, though.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 22, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Agreed. Women have been so brainwashed into into thinking that 1200-1500 calories is more than enough. News flash: IT ISN'T USUALLY, *especially* if you're working out the way the OP is. EAT. MORE. The body is fatigued and the mood is crappy because you're essentially starving yourself without even realizing!

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F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

(3804)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Thoughts:

1) Overtraining

2) Undereating

Edit: I think people may be misreading the macro numbers. They are 50g fat, 100-120g carbohydrate, and 130+ protein. At those levels of carbs and protein, the OP is almost certainly not in ketosis, and carbs are apparently adequate for level of activity. I would say, in addition to inadequate total calories, too much protein and too little fat.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 22, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Agreed. BTW, really cute pic, Sam Knox.

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:53 AM

thank you for taking the time with my question. I am definitely working to increase my fat intake as well as my calories slowly. Im sure this will help me get to my optimal leaness. Thoughts? I am lean but my lower tummy and hips hold a slight extra bit of fat (maybe five pounds to lose?). I also have pcos and suspected candida.

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C3f9730405f7885f9ccaad364404c433

(412)

on June 22, 2012
at 07:46 AM

You're not eating enough... To maintain weight at your level of activity you need 2000 calories: 90g fat (40%), 175g carbs (35%), 125g protein (25%). For fat loss, optimal ratios depend on your lean body mass.

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2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:26 AM

If you'd rather not increase carbs for various good reasons, you could simply increase your sodium and potassium intake and meet your caloric requirements eating 70%-80% fat.

Increase sodium, potassium or both in ketosis?

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Or just eat more carbs

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on June 22, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Thank you for pointing that out - again - MathGirl72. I have to keep my carbs fairly low or I gain weight/bloat, etc. Not everyone can eat a sweet potato slathered in ghee every day - though I certainly wish I could! YUM! :)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Peter, increased carbs aren't an option for everyone.

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:37 AM

same here!!! My stomach is flattest with a lower carb intake. I usually see consisten results with 130g and under. I am usually around 100 or less.

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F287713b432503cfe37fb567847131a8

on June 22, 2012
at 04:10 PM

So great to hear this-so how are you eating then? I find the whole carb thing a struggle. How much etc!

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A7e67ce8d8ff86449913488199b4ac11

on June 22, 2012
at 04:01 PM

I'm new at Paleo too but I think I can give a crack at it! I'm on my second week and I'm at the point where I'm starting to enjoy it. My first week I was feeling just as you were, sluggish, tired, cranky, and my workouts seemed to be 10x harder. When I showed other Paleo enthusiasts my diet we saw that I ate almost zero carbs and not enough food in general. As soon as I started adding a little more carbs and eating more I felt great. Don't get discouraged! Alot of people starting out on Paleo feeling like crap, but it gets better, trust me. You can do it!

P.S. - Sweet Potatoes are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 22, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I eat VLC and I've discovered that I start feeling like crap if I don't consciously salt everything I put on my plate. If you don't want to increase carbs or calories I would try upping my salt intake first.

4515a1c502d1dc4d502e74478c5f99f2

on July 19, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I did notice that!!! I salted a few things and I do believe it made a difference. I dont know if it was coincidence as i didnt want to add salt and become dependant with alot of my fooods.

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