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    I have been doing this for a few weeks, I think 3, and I am not experiencing the energy, weight loss, etc that others are noticing. I am doing p90x, in week 7 right now, and I feel that my workouts are much harder than they were. Some days I can barely make it through. I am also getting dizzy again. I have done this in the past, but not in quite some time. What am I doing wrong?

  • #2
    What are you eating?
    How's your sleep?
    Stress level???

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    • #3
      Breakfast is almost always eggs, some kind of meat (bacon, chix sausage, pork sausage), and sometimes veggies

      Lunch is varied: spinach salad w/ berries and some meat or romaine salad w/ various veggies, meat and goat cheese or some meat w/ veggies

      Dinner: meat of some kind, veggies

      I eat coconut oil daily, also coconut butter on the spoon if feel fat is low, coconut milk in my coffee and smoothie, avocados usually in a salad or with my eggs.

      I have never slept great, but am sleeping better than normal as I have been taking a Chinese herb called Melazandra for a while now. Lately I have been sleeping later than usual.

      Right now stress is okay, but it was high before I started and right at the beginning.

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      • #4
        Some people take longer than 3 weeks to adjust to using fat as fuel not carbs. Don't worry about your workout being harder, this is a good thing. I was reading about it somewhere on the leangains site I think. Your body is working harder and this will be having a positive effect. Just like running up a hill makes you feel like you are working harder than running on the flat. If it feels like you are working hard, you probably are, it's just that you are not fueling it with rocket fuel (i.e. carbs). You are still getting significant benefits. I think once your body is more effective using ketones as fuel it will become much easier. In terms of dizziness, if it is a real problem it might be worth easing back a bit until you are fully adapted.

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        • #5
          I feel the same way, i am not feeling the energy everyone is speaking of, and i have tried uping my fats, and then having no veggies, then veggies, and i have tried everything, i get heaps of sleep, i am never stressed, and I am not loosing the fat like everyone else. But i keep at it in hope that its going to change, I have been doing this for 5 months now, and pretty much primal, except the occasional birthday party i go to and eat some crap. It's starting to annoy me only cause i want to feel good. I have felt good in years, since i was a youngin so i want to feel it again. :S

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          • #6
            I haven't done P90X myself, but it's rather strenuous. I wouldn't recommend trying to both put your body to the limit with strenuous exercise and wean it off of carbs at the same time. Also, you're saying that you're not sleeping well, so that doesn't help either.

            You may have to pause your P90X for 1-2 weeks, make sure that you get plenty of quality sleep *and* food, and then try again from a point where you have high energy levels to begin with. And when you do P90X, I would suggest to eat a lot, especially after the workouts. And add some PB-compatible carbs to those menus, like fruit or sweet potatoes. Strenuous exercise *will* deplete glycogen, and you're not doing your body a favor if you insist that it builds glycogen from protein and/or fat, when you could simply eat 50g of carbs to speed up the process.

            Of course my real recommendation would be to opt for a less strenuous program. I just finished reading Strength For Life, which is at it's core a 12 week (about 90 days) fitness program (with a preceding 12 day preparation phase and suggestions for maintenance afterwards). If you do that one right it will be quite intense and challenging, but as it seems to me, quite a bit less strenuous.
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            • #7
              Hmm...I'll just echo some of the already expressed sentiments. Iagree that 2-3 weeks may not be enough time for your body to switch to burning carbs to burning fat as your primary fuel. Also, while I haven't done P90X myself, I know it is quite intense. It could be that it is too intense and isn't allowing your body to properly recover. Give it a little more time.

              Darthash,

              Have you incorporated some Intermittent Fasting? Many report it helps break plateaus. It's helped me for sure.

              Cheers

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              • #8
                marks made some comments on p90x and how it's not primal. In his opinion, it requires simple carbs following the workout to replace glycogen stores.

                also, exercising that intensely increases your potassium, sodium and zinc needs fairly dramatically so I'd consider that as a possibility too.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Roach View Post

                  Darthash,

                  Have you incorporated some Intermittent Fasting? Many report it helps break plateaus. It's helped me for sure.

                  Cheers
                  Yeah, I've tried it, I just feel well hungry, and tend to feel like crap when i IF lol.

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                  • #10
                    I want to try to explain how I feel ... but we all know how hard that is.

                    Three months in now ... I feel good. I'm not jumping with energy but I'm not wearing out too quickly either. Most of the time, I simply have enough energy to work through until I'm finished.

                    I am seeing a correlation between "off plan" occassions and energy dips. I was not good on Monday and on Tuesday needed a spare "break".

                    I think because I'm so "experienced" with dieting, I thought I had a handle on how to cheat responsibly. But primal is different. Scarfing a handful of candy is not really a cheat, it's more like a surprise poisoning Probably the several times that I've had just a bit of grain, have slowed my progress.

                    I'm not anywhere near how I used to lift! Not even close! But I'm gaining muscle without it. I think this would be an extremely difficult concept for folks who love to lift.

                    I wonder if someone could address that. CW is all about gains and we're used to making progress ... another plate, another notch ...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cillakat View Post
                      marks made some comments on p90x and how it's not primal. In his opinion, it requires simple carbs following the workout to replace glycogen stores.

                      also, exercising that intensely increases your potassium, sodium and zinc needs fairly dramatically so I'd consider that as a possibility too.
                      maybe that's why your dizzy. and sleep is extremely important, that's when you release growth hormone, a potent fat burning hormone, and seratonin, which makes you feel good. I think you might also be training too hard with the p90x, maybe you could cut back a little on that.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by betty74 View Post
                        I have been doing this for a few weeks, I think 3, and I am not experiencing the energy, weight loss, etc that others are noticing. I am doing p90x, in week 7 right now, and I feel that my workouts are much harder than they were. Some days I can barely make it through. I am also getting dizzy again. I have done this in the past, but not in quite some time. What am I doing wrong?
                        There is absolutely NO WAY I could have done p90x on my first month of low-graining. Your body must get accustomed to this and it's just too much. Take it down...DO the exercise recommended for PBers - long walks/hikes, lifting heavy, and the occasional sprints/intervals...really, its super simple - I did p90x way back before I did primal blueprint and I got no where near the results I'm getting in half the time on PB. I know the first week of PB I felt amazing however my psycho cardio sessions had to end I was getting nauseous and dizzy 15 minutes into them...now I just follow the pb execise plan and I feel fantastic and losing more weight then I ever did on any crazy workout program.
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                        • #13
                          i was doing p90x while beginning the primal lifestyle. i had kinda slugged out on the p90x nutrition plan and was feeling very fatigued during the workouts. it got better when i began primal, actually. it took some time but my energy level did improve during the workouts and the fatigue subsided. now that being said, i stopped p90x in about week nine? so i almost completed but have decided to just totally shake up my fitness routine and really follow my energy level and what i feel like doing. that's one thing i hated about p90x...i hated feeling locked into that schedule or being stuck in my living room or feeling guilty if i didn't do that workout or took a day off. since ending p90x i've taken about 2-3 weeks off of working out. i was still taking walks with my dogs 3-4 times a day. no weight gain, even some weight loss. i plan on incorporating some of the routines in my training, but only if i feel like it. maybe try some lighter intensity training more along the pb guidelines and see how you feel.
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                          • #14
                            Take some time off from the workout.

                            I over did it a few weeks ago (couple of intense MMA workouts, running 22 miles, and racing in a 5k over the course of 5 day work week), and hit the wall. I felt fine while I did it, but by the weekend I was on my face; tired, joint pain, cranky, hungry.

                            Took a couple of days to chill, and felt fine.

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                            • #15
                              I have been taking extra days off of the p90x since starting eating primal which I was not doing before. I really not want to stop the program. I do enjoy it and I need the routine. I have been researching both here and just the web on Primal and p90x and it seems many do it. I am really hoping that my energy improves soon. The workouts really only amount to about 45 minutes when you remove the warm-up and cool-down so the strenuous part isn't really long. I really will just feel like a quitter and like I cheated myself if I stop now. Stupid, but true.

                              The dizziness I mentioned is more in general than during the workout. Like when I stand back up when I am gardening. I am thinking it is a low blood pressure thing. I have had this happen a lot in the past. I guess the reason I probably haven't noticed it for a while is that I haven't been gardening. lol In the winter I don't have that up and down issue that I do while working in the garden. It is really quite annoying.

                              My sleep is much better than it normally is. The melazandra I am taking does help me to stay asleep. I am accustomed to poor sleep as I have NEVER slept well ever since I can remember.

                              I am going to start tracking my food again to see where I really am. I did for a few days and then gave up. It is time consuming. lol

                              According to what I figured from the book this is what my day should look like:
                              Calories 1900
                              Protein 142.5g (30%)
                              Fat 111.9g (53%)
                              Carbs 80.8g (17%)

                              Yesterday looked like:
                              Calories: 1523
                              Protein: 85.6
                              Fat: 102.8
                              Carbs: 72.5

                              So need some work there. When I was tracking I was staying where I needed to be better.
                              The carbs yesterday were from berries, cashews, and avocado

                              I guess I just need to be more patient with my body. I am just so frustrated with not feeling great and not losing weight. I have been eating clean and exercising regularly since November 2009 and while I have lost inches the pounds are barely moving. I feel like I am forever going to be stuck around 150. I am currently 147.7 today, but my mini goal has been 145 and it seems impossible to get there. I lose a few pounds and gain them back. It is a vicious cycle.

                              Sorry I am just venting and bouncing thoughts. Thanks for the input. If I can wrap my head around a p90x break I may try it, but I am really hoping to finish it out.

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