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Feeling terrible and dont want to workout anymore... HELP!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I am 14 years ild and have been doing paleo for 2 months now. I greatly suffered from the "low-carb" flu and my energy has gone up a little bit but I still feel SUPER weak.. it is a chore to get up and do anything. I'm 5' 1" and 101 lbs and around 20% body fat, but I would like to be less. I eat around 1100-1300 calories a day, 30-80 g carbs, 70-90 g protein, and 45-65 g fat (this is just what I have noticed the numbers being around when I tracked my food). This is an example of what I ate today; Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1/2 cup spinach, 1/4 red bell pepper, 1/4 tsp ghee, 1 cup homemade chicken bone broth Lunch: 1/2 cup zucchini, 8 spears of asparagus cooked in olive oil, 1/2 cup broccoli and 1/4 red bell pepper cooked in 2/3 tbsp coconut oil, 4 oz shrimp Snack: 1/2 orange and 16 almonds (I think I need to tone it down on the nut consimption... is it too much?) Dinner: homemade chicken soup (4 oz whole foods rotisserie chicken skin off, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup chard, 1/4 red bell pepper, 1 cup chicken bone broth, spices) I also go to the gym 3 days a week and dive on my highschool team 4 days a week (it is really not exercise... half the time we sit in a hot tub and wait for our turn as wr are freezing our butts off outside) my workouts look like this: warm up: 1 mile run and stretch arms: 3 sets pull ups (15,10,5) 3 sets shoukder press (15,15,15)- 50lbs legs: 3 sets deadlift (10,10,10)- 100lbs 3 sets lunges (8,8,8 per leg)- 70lbs 3 sets single leg heel raises on stairs (30,30,30 per leg) abs: 3 sets hanging leg lifts (15,10,10) 3 sets incline sit ups (20,20,20)- 10lbs 3 sets v-ups (20,20,20) so what am i doing wrong? why am i still so tired. also, ive been working out in my own at the gym for about a year now since i quit gymnastics and i HATE it... how can i keep up my strength but enjoy it? is there a sport that i could do? sorry this is so long... thanks for any input

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on February 27, 2013
at 05:37 PM

oh that sounds good! mmm dinner...

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at 04:28 PM

Ditto that. I had a similar experience when I ate at the carb level you are at. This went away when I focused more on eating healthy foods and less on what macronutrient levels they fell into.

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on February 27, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Eat more potatoes & sweet potatoes.

I'm all about ketosis, personally. But, I don't think it's supportive of your life stage.

As for working out, get involved in a sport. Something you like. Doesn't need to be through school, just make sure the coach is quality.

The martial arts industry is expanding. People involved in that sort of training tend to take their health & nutrition very seriously, so it would open up that resource, too.

20% body fat is pretty frickin gangster for a young lady. You will seriously endanger your development if you get much leaner.

Try supplementing with some Himalayan or Celtic salt to boost your adrenals. Honestly, though, if you just get adequate starches you'll probably bounce right back.

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:11 PM

Eat a few more carbs. I personally think there are loads of benefits to low carbing and no necessity for moderate-high carbing in general. That said, after a heavy workout (which includes any kind of weights) there is no reason not to and ample reason in favour of having a couple of sweet potatoes to replenish one's depleted glycogen. If you want, you can still keep carbohydrate content very low outside of the post-exercise window.

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on February 27, 2013
at 04:28 PM

Ditto that. I had a similar experience when I ate at the carb level you are at. This went away when I focused more on eating healthy foods and less on what macronutrient levels they fell into.

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:02 PM

You are 14 and eating like this? Wow? I need you to talk to my 13 year old daughter. :) Here are some thoughts ...

First, you need more carbs and fat, less protein. I know that may be different from other things you have read, but more fat is the heart of being paleo! Try aiming for 1200 cal, 70g carbs, 70g protein, 70g fat. (It's easy to remember!) The fat will keep you from feeling hungry. The carbs will give you the energy you need to workout and be 14. Try to use your carbs wisely; eat more on days when you have intense workouts. (I try to eat some about an hour before hitting the gym). Some people go low carb to lose weight, but in general, if you are exercising daily, you have to increase your carbs. You have to find the balance that works for you.

Second, you are in the crazy land of teenage girl bodies. Expect your body to do weird things for a few years while the hormones are in charge. It will probably be trying hard to put on some fat in spite of everything you do ... biologically, it is prepping you to bear children (I know, I know, right?) It should level out in your late teens (I think I started to lean out a little more starting around 16). If you focus on eating right, working out, building muscle, it will all work out, I promise. Later in life when you are pregnant it will do the same thing again!

I have read from several sources that women often gain muscle and fat initially, then over time lean out the fat leaving the muscle. Again, just make good choices, eating in a way that makes you want to play and exercise, and over time it will work out. You will be strong and healthy.

And on a totally random note, I haven't tried this yet, but someone else on here mentioned it: http://www.barmethod.com/. This workout supposedly helps to lengthen the muscles so that you bulk less and get longer, leaner muscles. I thought it might be fun to do on my off days.

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:43 PM

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on February 27, 2013
at 05:28 PM

You don't need to lose weight. You're 14 and growing. You're laying the foundations for your bone density. Eat. You don't have to track everything so precisely. Learn to respect your own body's signals.

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on February 27, 2013
at 04:06 PM

Wolframalpha has your ideal body weight 16lbs heavier than you are now.

Reduce the amount of exercise you do. Increase the amount of food you eat- but keep it paleo.

So, I'd just drop everything except the diving until you start feeling better.
Then, do some strength work twice a week and remember that the rest periods between workouts are actually very important. If you don't rest you will get weaker and weaker until you are just not able to do anything anymore. Risk of injury goes up too.

This is definitely a case in which your body is telling you the truth. You are pushing it too hard in the wrong direction.

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Eat Starch!!!...my favorites are white rice and potatoes with olive oil. I can eat up to 20 pounds of potatoes on a very active week and remain very lean.

the more active you are the more carbs/less fat you should be consuming especially immediately after activity

White potatoes + Oregano + basil + parsley + salt + olive oil + bacon grease = Heaven

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 27, 2013
at 05:37 PM

oh that sounds good! mmm dinner...

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