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Energy and weight loss

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Created December 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM

So i have been on paleo for about almost two weeks now.. (i added in greek yogurt in the mornings) but besides that.. i have been pretty strict!

My energy is pretty high, i am having a hard time sleeping! Anyone else experience this? I love the energy and i know that it will be very useful when school starts again but i was just curious if it was an effect of paleo!

I also started doing some weights and less cardio (but walking a lot)..i am not sure if i have lost weight yet...but i cant imagine that i wouldnt eventutally by eating this way.

Anyone else have interesting side effects a few weeks on paleo? i would love to hear!

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on December 30, 2011
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Mechanism for carb -> serotonin: 5 amino acids (including tryptophan) share a single transporter across the blood brain barrier. Carbs spike insulin, insulin pulls 4 of those amino acids into muscles. Then, tryptophan has less competition for the transporter. Once tryptophan gets into the brain it is the precursor for serotonin, so serotonin levels are expected to rise. I think I also heard that this doesn't fully explain serotonin from carbs, but it does partly. Just in case anyone was interested!

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on December 30, 2011
at 06:50 PM

@Sarah and Toni, for some weight loss does prove elusive. The magic formula for me seems to require enough sleep, a lot of moving around and enough food volume (leafy salad, bone broth stew) to allow me to feel satiated. Many people here speak of nutrient density but I have good luck with nutrition plus food volume. The salad and broth really help me feel full and content without putting my food portions way out of line.

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on December 30, 2011
at 06:49 PM

@Sarah and Toni, for some weight loss does prove elusive. The magic formula for me seems to require enough sleep, a lot of moving around and enough food volume (leafy salad, bone broth stew) to allow me to feel satiated. Many people here speak of nutrient density but I have good luck with nutrition plus food volume.) The salad and broth really help me feel full and content without putting my food portions way out of line.

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on December 30, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I'm waiting for that weight loss too, Sarah, and like you stay under 100 grams of carbs a day and hardly have any fruit. I won't give up eating this way, but I sure wish I could lose a few pounds!

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on December 30, 2011
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Totally.. i feel a lot better i really do. I was in good shape before and ate pretty well but was still eating grains, oats, and simple carbs just not as much..but now i can feel the difference without it. Although i wonder when i will see some weight loss? I Def tryt o stay at least under 100 grams of Carbs. Although i only wanna loose a few pounds, i dont really want to be SO strict to where i dont allow myself fruit. I have for sure limited myself to 1 or 2 servings a day though. impatient but patient!

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:47 PM

i had a HUGE increase in energy, but at the same time i started sleeping better than ever -- especially once i realized that even the smallest amount of caffeine gets me tossing and turning (i just have decaf now). other awesome 'side effects': clearer skin, stronger nails, tonsils that had been swollen my whole LIFE all of the sudden became a normal size, better digestion, less likely to get sick even when the rest of the world is coughing and sneezing on me, way less anxiety surrounding food, more positive body image, more proactive and willing to get up and do random or new things, less compulsive attitude to working out, I GET TO EAT BACON WHENEVER I WANT!!!... there are so many awesome things that have happened in the past 2 years of being paleo! i'll never eat another way :-)

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on December 30, 2011
at 07:42 PM

If you are doing a low carb version of paleo or primal blueprint, you may be in ketosis, which always worsens my sleep.

The reason being that there is so much more competition for tryptophan getting into the brain (there are five amino acids that can pass the blood brain barrier, tryptophan is one, and in combination with Magnesium and B6, this makes seratonin, which is then converted to Melatonin as it starts to get dark, making you sleepy) when you are on a low-carb diet.

You can try a couple of things.

  1. 5HTP supplement will raise seratonin levels
  2. Magnesium/B5 supplement, this will help with creation of seratonin (I've had great luck with Magnesium at bed time).
  3. Small amount of carbs before bed. A small potato or or sweet potato.
  4. Melatonin Supplementation (may have long term effects on your hormone levels, not sure about it).
  5. Valerian root (makes me super sleepy).

Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 30, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Mechanism for carb -> serotonin: 5 amino acids (including tryptophan) share a single transporter across the blood brain barrier. Carbs spike insulin, insulin pulls 4 of those amino acids into muscles. Then, tryptophan has less competition for the transporter. Once tryptophan gets into the brain it is the precursor for serotonin, so serotonin levels are expected to rise. I think I also heard that this doesn't fully explain serotonin from carbs, but it does partly. Just in case anyone was interested!

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on December 31, 2011
at 01:10 PM

well, i also have similar experience at first because of following paleo diet. but as you cotinue to follow it the side effects will reduce. I guess some regular sleeping and eating some healthy will help you.that is the benefit of eating healthy.

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on December 30, 2011
at 06:41 PM

i had some restless leg symproms at first- which surprised me. i started back on iron supplements and it totally went away.

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Food taste better. I could have never eaten a salad in the past without dressing, now I can eat one plain just fine. When I eat something I know I shouldn't I can feel the effects. I was very strict the 1st month I was on Paleo and then I decided to treat myself to a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. I had the biggest sugar rush I ever had since I was a kid.

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on December 30, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I'm waiting for that weight loss too, Sarah, and like you stay under 100 grams of carbs a day and hardly have any fruit. I won't give up eating this way, but I sure wish I could lose a few pounds!

8fc0309b8b5462349ba7fc4401642162

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on December 30, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Totally.. i feel a lot better i really do. I was in good shape before and ate pretty well but was still eating grains, oats, and simple carbs just not as much..but now i can feel the difference without it. Although i wonder when i will see some weight loss? I Def tryt o stay at least under 100 grams of Carbs. Although i only wanna loose a few pounds, i dont really want to be SO strict to where i dont allow myself fruit. I have for sure limited myself to 1 or 2 servings a day though. impatient but patient!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 30, 2011
at 06:49 PM

@Sarah and Toni, for some weight loss does prove elusive. The magic formula for me seems to require enough sleep, a lot of moving around and enough food volume (leafy salad, bone broth stew) to allow me to feel satiated. Many people here speak of nutrient density but I have good luck with nutrition plus food volume.) The salad and broth really help me feel full and content without putting my food portions way out of line.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 30, 2011
at 06:50 PM

@Sarah and Toni, for some weight loss does prove elusive. The magic formula for me seems to require enough sleep, a lot of moving around and enough food volume (leafy salad, bone broth stew) to allow me to feel satiated. Many people here speak of nutrient density but I have good luck with nutrition plus food volume. The salad and broth really help me feel full and content without putting my food portions way out of line.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:56 PM

My experience matched meret's--much higher energy, longer blocks of restful sleep.

I do find that if I have anything on my mind it affects my sleep causing me to wake up at night or have vivid dreams. The trigger can be any strong emotion, either positive or negative. To enjoy 7 hours of continuous sleep I need to be in a pretty serene mode.

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