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    So I'm 3 weeks in primal, I would say I am 90/10 or even better. I've been noticing a lack of energy during my workouts, not everytime, but enough to be concerned. For some exercises I'm doing less reps or slightly lower weight. Will this pass? Can I do something to help my energy level? I am finishing up myt 3rd round of p90x and will be starting p90x2 in 2 weeks and I'm concerned that I won't be able to keep up. I know I should be able to because I've been reading about all the athletes on this forum. I'd love to hear feedback. Thanks!!!

  • #2
    I wasn't doing anything as intense as p90x when I went low carb clean paleo for the first time (I vary between paleo/primal, lower/higher carbs depending on how I feel). Basically I was just doing normal heavy and quite dense/intense weightlifting. First 4-5 weeks were horrible - I had to reduce the weights, reps and was feeling totally demotivated. Afterwards, however, my strength/energy came back and it's been constantly quite good since - whether I eat low/higher carb or paleo/primal.
    Hope time will help you too. And may be a higher amount of "good carbs", if you can/want to include them.

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    • #3
      Firstly make sure you are eating an adequate amount of calories every day (I need 1800 a day without activity for maintenance, more like 2500 with a good amount of weights/cardio etc), then look to include some starches to provide energy and help recover from your p90x workouts. I always refer to Mark's carb curve for daily carb intake, shooting for 100-150g a day.
      My Journal: Waking up early and eating breakfast again!

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      • #4
        After I posted, I went to MFP where I track everything I eat, and I realized that I have been on the low side of my carb intake, I averaged over a week around 75, but that was because of 1 high day, (over 100) most days were between 65-75. That's probably why I have been feeling so tired. I take this all as a learning experience, about myself, what my "sweet spot" is and I definitely think it needs to be higher to perform better while exercising. I eat around 1800 calories a day. Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate both of you taking the time to respond.

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        • #5
          1800 calories a day may not be enough for the energy expenditures that you are demanding.

          also, fat gives you energy, not carbs. Try increasing your ratio of fat - good saturated fats, like grass-fed butter, pork, and beef fat... and fatty fish.

          Starch/carbs are great for recovery, to restore glycemic levels after working out. Not for providing energy for workouts.

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          • #6
            At the end of the day, I am still hungry. I wear a bodybugg, and sometimes I burn upwards of 2500 calories, but the past week I've been studying a lot for finals, which means 2100 calories. Bummer. I really want to eat at night bc I hate going to bed hungry, but I still want to get leaner. I know we need a calorie deficit, but does that work differently eating primal? I am definitely constantly upping my fats, I will continue to do that. Sometimes it just goes against the mentality that I've lived with my whole adult life (eating more fat=losing more fat?) but it DOES beat eating low fat!

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            • #7
              Eat the bulk of your weekly carbs at night, pre work-out day. Aim to eat most of your carbs end of day anyway; ideally no carbs at breakfast or lunch. See if it helps. Considering you're only 3 weeks into primal you're body may still be adapting to the new macro nutrient profile you're eating.

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              • #8
                Could also be a delayed carb flu. From what I've read here, sometimes carb flu kicks in right about three weeks.

                If it IS carb flu, don't worry, it will be gone in two weeks and you'll have a LOT of energy for P90x2. Hang in there and DON'T increase the carbs yet. If you don't feel more energy in 10 days or so, then yes you probably need a few more carbs.
                5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HanKu View Post
                  Eat the bulk of your weekly carbs at night, pre work-out day. Aim to eat most of your carbs end of day anyway; ideally no carbs at breakfast or lunch. See if it helps. Considering you're only 3 weeks into primal you're body may still be adapting to the new macro nutrient profile you're eating.
                  I will definitely try that. Thanks!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by oxide View Post
                    Could also be a delayed carb flu. From what I've read here, sometimes carb flu kicks in right about three weeks.

                    If it IS carb flu, don't worry, it will be gone in two weeks and you'll have a LOT of energy for P90x2. Hang in there and DON'T increase the carbs yet. If you don't feel more energy in 10 days or so, then yes you probably need a few more carbs.
                    Thanks for the encouragement, I am definitely going to hang in there, I hope it is delayed carb flu, and I am REALLY looking forward to having enough energy for X2!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RaeVynn View Post
                      also, fat gives you energy, not carbs. Try increasing your ratio of fat - good saturated fats, like grass-fed butter, pork, and beef fat... and fatty fish.

                      Starch/carbs are great for recovery, to restore glycemic levels after working out. Not for providing energy for workouts.
                      Yeah, I guess that's the reason why so many elite athletes and sports people eat fat for energy when competing or working out, rather than the old fashioned sugar drinks that doesen't work at all! And before competing in tour de france the professional cyclists load up on huge amounts of fatty food instead of pasta, bread and potatoes...
                      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                      - Schopenhauer

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                      • #12
                        I am going to continue with the fats, it just goes against all the CW I have adhered to for years, and used to work for me, but not anymore. Even in the area of weight loss, my body just became so unwilling to let the fat go the CW way, and in the now 4 weeks that I've gone primal (I just looked at my calendar this morning and realized) I've lost 6 pounds!!!! Since January up until 4 weeks ago, I have been only able to lose 9. Of course I lost inches, but there was always that stubborn fat. And this is doing 3 rounds of P90X, a month of Insanity, and running thru the spring and summer!! I LOVE BEING PRIMAL!!!!!!! My stomach is flat, you can see my obliques, my arms look more defined. This is just so cool, and I get to eat all these yummy foods!!!!!

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