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  • Can never manage 3 times a week in the gym anymore? - Lack of protein/ cals

    This has been bugging me recently, I used to be focused on 3x heavy weights in the gym along with a crap load of food and protein shakes. Now I am in a more relaxed lifestyle. I lift heavy things on the monday, and try to aim for some bodyweight/sprint/sledgehammer workouts on weds/friday.

    Thing is though, I am really gassed 24/7. I may manage my heavy workout on the monday, but I feel like i'm still needing rest right up until the end of the week. Since going primal I have cut out whey protein after my workouts, could this be a factor to poor recovery?

    I eat 3 meals a day with very little snacking. I have 3 eggs&bacon every morning. A salad with walnut oil and meat for lunch, and a heavy protein & veg dinner most nights. I work from home in a sedentary manner.

    Reccon I should re-incorporate shakes after a workout, or have a bigger breakfast? It's annoying, i'm only 21 and feel older (Recovery wise!).

  • #2
    Probably more total calories and maybe more carbs. Also, how much do you sleep?
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    • #3
      I always go to sleep around 10:45pm - 11:30pm and rise at 6-8am

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      • #4
        What's your height and weight?

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        • #5
          Reckon you should throw caution to the wind and try destroying a bowl of primal starches to get you prepared for your workout! You will be amazed by the beast it unleashes- just don't fall back into the microwaved oatmeal nonsense of the old gym days.

          Grok on!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mike333 View Post
            Reckon you should throw caution to the wind and try destroying a bowl of primal starches to get you prepared for your workout! You will be amazed by the beast it unleashes- just don't fall back into the microwaved oatmeal nonsense of the old gym days.

            Grok on!
            I remember when I did GOMAD (Gallon of full fat milk a day...give or take) I was smashing them weights around like no mans business, and then some. What do you recommend? Maybe this is what I need, Afterall I do weights, intense sledgehammer workouts, and sprinting, all of which must need some energy to burn up!

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            • #7
              I know you gave a rough diet up top, but can you try plugging in some info to a calorie calculator to get some calorie numbers and maybe a macronutrient breakdown?

              +1 on the starches, maybe start with sweet potatoes?

              +1 on wanting to know height and weight, as well.
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              • #8
                I eat a sweet potato before and after workouts. Consider carb cycling -- eating higher carbs sometimes, and lower carbs on non-workout days.

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                • #9
                  I'll second the more carbs thing. I play hockey and find that if I low-carb, I'm gassed after 10 mins.

                  Starches are a good option if you have time. I sometimes will make myself a banana-berry shake an hour or two before I play and I feel like I have much more energy for the game.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cavemanj View Post
                    I eat a sweet potato before and after workouts. Consider carb cycling -- eating higher carbs sometimes, and lower carbs on non-workout days.
                    This^^

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                    • #11
                      Will have a bit more of a carb feed on workout days then to get me energy. Thanks people.

                      I have egg and bacon every morning for breakfast and usually work out a few hours after that, should I have some carbs then, or is that mixing too much fat/protein/carbs of whatver

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                      • #12
                        Robb Wolf says he eats nothing but a bit of protein pre strength w/o's, and then a couple of boiled eggs and mashed yam post. Thing is, with no carbs, it will take a full day to recover from such a workout. But if you eat a mashed yam(no skin) you will be sorted within a few hours.

                        Here is a link on matt Lalonde crossfitting on a low carb diet(to summarise, he lifts fookin heavy and is in general a beast), but also, it took him some weeks to get adapted to low carb training.

                        CrossFit On a Low Carb Paleo Diet: Mat Lalonde Reporting

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                        • #13
                          And looking at the brief description of you food intake that you posted, it looks pretty light. Consider more tubers and parsnips/squash. And maybe walnuts instead of walnut oil.

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