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Is low energy starting paleo normal??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Hey Guys, I just started with the Paleo Diet this week and have been recording my progress. But the last 2 days (day 4 and 5) honestly I have been really struggling. I normally do a lot of exercise but I just don't feel like doing anything, I feel like I want to be asleep all the time. I have followed it to the letter and I can see I have had a lot of good benefits already however, I can't concentrate or exercise, I have also felt quite hungry / or just lacking in something the last couple of days - is this just a phase and something everyone goes through or does anyone have any suggestions?

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on March 15, 2013
at 04:32 PM

You don't need to restrict carbs. Just eat the potatoes and fruit but skip the pasta.

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on March 15, 2013
at 02:31 PM

With all this said here and my earlier comments, remember you are most likely now a sugar burner (using sugar as your primary fuel), after 21 days of strict Paleo, you should be come a fat burner (using fats as your primary fuel), more explained in Sisson's 21 Day Transformation.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:57 PM

Don't forget your essential fats. Lean meat is good, but you need your saturated fats to feed your brain. Plenty of posts here about that.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:50 PM

www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:44 PM

I am not sure what that is exactly. I am not eating any carbs except from veggies and before I pretty much lived on bread potatoes and pasta. At the moment I am exclusively eating lean meat and fruit and vegetables. Does that help? and thanks for answering me by the way

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Are you low carb? Changing your macros significantly will result in a bit of a reaction like you mentioned.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:53 PM

Think about withdrawal symptoms. I felt sluggish for about 10-12 days, then miraculously around the 14th day or so I began feeling fabulous. Be strict with this for at least two weeks or as Mark Sisson's books says, 21 days; Robb Wolf, 30 days. You can also look into Dianne Sanfillipo's 21 Day Sugar Detox.

In the end, these all help but if you are trying to avoid spending money right now, just stay strict with your Paleo: no grains, no dairy, no processed foods (anything pre-made/pre-packaged) little fruit (mostly berries, no tree fruits). It will come, sooner than you think.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:54 PM

Eat some sweet potatoes. Even if you are not "low carb," your carb differential from what you were eating before is probably quite large.

Long term, if you exercise a lot, you may want to add in safe starches (white potatoes, rice, etc). Read "The Perfect Health Diet" by Jaminet for more info.

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on March 15, 2013
at 04:12 PM

Low carb flu will pass. Took about two weeks for me, then it passed an I felt amazingly euphoric. Energy was in abundance!

Long term very low carb probably won't be good for you. You won't want to go back to the same ratio pre-Paleo, but putting in "safe starches" or a weekly carb nite will go a long way.

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on March 15, 2013
at 02:17 PM

Chances are that you were metabolically screwed to some extent before starting and now having a hard time readjusting. You feeling like this could mean that blood sugar levels are getting too low and have been hit with hypoglycaemia. As Cutbert stated, as long as you stay away from the bad carbs you're doing pretty fine, if you feel really bad try some protein + good carbs and fats in a mix like the Zone Diet, should put you on the good side of things. Then you can keep experimenting and trying to go lower. As you become more insulin sensitive it's most likely that you will start feeling better with lower carbs (the so called sugar detox).

Also, make sure that you are getting enough energy from good fats like grass-fed meat and dairy, avocados, coconut oil, macadamias, blue fish, seafood and the likes. If there is a lack of carbs, then the body needs a compensation in the form of fats so your body can use them to get its glycogen so it can mantain good energy levels for a joyful living!

Also maybe you could put an eye into your water and salt intake, low carb means lower fluid retention and if you go iodine deficient then there may be some thyroid problems that lead to symptoms like the ones you have described.

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on March 15, 2013
at 02:31 PM

With all this said here and my earlier comments, remember you are most likely now a sugar burner (using sugar as your primary fuel), after 21 days of strict Paleo, you should be come a fat burner (using fats as your primary fuel), more explained in Sisson's 21 Day Transformation.

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on March 15, 2013
at 01:46 PM

Since I started with paleo (ok, it's only one week) I have a deep sleep but I am not tired in the morning. I get up easily. Before I was very tired after waking up and my sleep wasn't the best.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:40 PM

Low carb flu? How many carbs (g) are you eating a day? Are you eating enough calories?

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