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  • No energy on Primal diet :(

    Hi,

    I have recently decided to return to the primal diet, after getting fed up it previously and leaving to try the old calorie counting diet (with bread etc). I've been back on it just over a month.

    My problem is, I have zero energy. For exampple, the bike ride that I was doing with ease on the calorie counting diet, I now have to cut short because I am buggered. A hill on the bike ride that I didn't even realise before was a hill, i.e. it is just a slight incline, leaves me gasping for breath and my lungs burning, I literally can't get enough air in. I am doing the whole ride in easier gears - I can barely get it moving using the gears I was using before.

    It's not like I am low carbing either. I eat a few pieces of fruit a day, and a variety of veggies and nuts, and last night I ate a huge serving of sweet potato to try and give me some energy this morning, but it still didn't work.

    This was part of the reason I left the primal way of eating last time. I was on it for months and never seemed to be able to switch from sugar-burner to fat burner...

    Any tips on what I can do nutritionally to give me some energy back?

    Lucy

  • #2
    What else are you eating? Getting enough fat and calories? You could be eating a lot less than you assume.
    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

    "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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    • #3
      Eat white potatoes or white rice for starch. Nuts are virtually carb free.

      Why do you aim to eat low carb if you don't have diabetes or cancer already?
      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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      • #4
        also, could be carb flu.

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        • #5
          You didn't mention protein
          Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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          • #6
            Is that possible when not low-carbing?
            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

            "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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            • #7
              Is what possible?
              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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              • #8
                Carb flu.
                F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                • #9
                  Hi,
                  Hmm I doubt it's carb flu, as I am not low carbing. I am not counting my carbs, but there are plenty of fruit and veg sources, although admittedly no white rice or potato...plus it's been going on over a month, and persisted last time i was on primal after many months, and carb flu is meant to be short term isn't it?

                  Definitely getting enough calories.
                  breakfast was yoghurt with berries, big handful of nuts and pepitas, chia, banana
                  lunch was lettuce, mushrooms, hunk of feta cheese, 1/2 avocado, tuna or eggs, olive oil for dressing, homemade mayo, and an apple
                  dinner was a protein source, onions done in butter, large serving of sweet potato (or meat and veg in some form)
                  plus goats milk in coffee...

                  lucy

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                  • #10
                    Hmmm not low carb flu.

                    Possibly low calorie flu given how active you are.
                    F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                    • #11
                      Let me help those of you that automatically assume this person is low carb....

                      Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
                      It's not like I am low carbing either. I eat a few pieces of fruit a day, and a variety of veggies and nuts, and last night I ate a huge serving of sweet potato to try and give me some energy this morning, but it still didn't work.

                      I might go the other way with it and eat VLC for 1-2 weeks with plenty of fat. Get through the metabolic shift and acclimation. After that reintroduce carbs you see fit. This is akin to the train low race high sort of advice for athletes. You may not feel superhuman on VLC, or even better for that matter but by having your body make that physiological change THEN reintroducing carbs you may be able to break out of your sugar burning funk.

                      Then again could very well be just too few calories.

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                      • #12
                        I would estimate that yesterday I ate about 2400 calories. I know I am not meant to count, but it's a hangover from my calorie counting days that I just know anyway

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                        • #13
                          I hate threads like this because you can feel the sincerity oozing out of them! i clicked on your link and read some stuff you posted last May, this jumped out at me:

                          I saw my doc yesterday, thyroid issues, and he basically said, in his experience, even properly medicated, people with thyroid problems struggle to lose weight, and have to work much harder, and be vigiliant in keeping it off. With that in mind I've decided to commit to a really strict month (hence cutting out dairy), and hopefully some kilos (of fat) will shift.
                          So, have you gotten your thyroid under control? Without an awesome thyroid, you are up against the wall. Low carb is bad for you, calorie cutting is bad...only thing you can be good at is gaining weight!

                          How is your thyroid these days? On anything for it?

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                          • #14
                            Don't try and bully me. No my thyroid isn't under control, however, it also wasn't under control when I was eating bread and counting calories, and I still had more energy to exercise. The only thing that has changed is the diet.

                            Last time I tried primal, yes, I trield VLC and Low carb, and regular carb, I tried cutting out dairy, I tried intermittant fasting etc - all trying to lose weight, which I did not.

                            However, my question isn't about the weight that I have yet to shift, it is about my energy levels. I am just wondering why when I swtich to primal they plummeted again.

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                            • #15
                              Looks low carb to me. Certainly under 100g. Fat will ways suck compared to carbs when it comes to endurance exercise. If biking is important, up the starch.

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