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03-16-2012, 04:04 PM
I just recently changed my diet, now I am having a hard time with energy levels and I am unable you wake-up for my work outs. I am also getting the results that I am looking for but like I said I am very low energy right now. I am thinking about changing my work out time from morning to evening.
03-16-2012, 04:23 PM
If your diet is low-carb then this will affect your energy levels dramatically. I cannot get on with low-carb diets for this reason. They work for some people, they don't work for everyone.
Also make sure you are getting sufficient Vitamin B, which can affect energy levels.
Without knowing more about your diet it's impossible to give further advice.
03-16-2012, 06:46 PM
I have cut my carbs big time. Sticking to more dairy and meat, still eating my veg as well. I think as well my calorie intake is not enough as well I don't count cause I find it bother some.
03-16-2012, 06:56 PM
An application like MyFitnessPal can help with the calorie counting. As I said, reducing carbs doesn't work for everyone and it will make you tired.
Find a balance that works for you. In many ways a calorie is a calorie; you can keep carbs low without cutting them altogether, and so long as you are in calorie-deficit you will lose fat. If the low carb diet is preventing you from working out then it's a no-brainer to find a different way to achieve the same result.
Perhaps keeping carbs to breakfast, so they fuel your workout, and have a carb-rich meal (such as a banana or some muesli) an hour or two pre-workout, then restricting the carbs later in the day might work for you?
03-16-2012, 07:50 PM
If you've been eating a lot of carbs, you'll get drained really fast when you cut back. Gotta make sure you up the proteins & fats too. As Dave said, MFP is a great tool for tracking your intake.
03-16-2012, 08:54 PM
The problem with MFP is that it assumes a standard ration of carbs/fats/protein. So if you are boosting protein levels to promote muscle growth it reports this a bad thing and turns the values red. It is impossible to set your own ratio. It is also impossible to set a minimum value for dietary protein (so that you can make sure you always get the
Lean Mass Weight (Kg) x 2.75 = Daily Protein Requirement
needed for growth).
Also it crashes badly or gets itself into an eternal loop if it tries to synchronise but can't find the server (because of poor wireless signal strength, for example).
And you can't trust the database. The most common error is people entering sodium values as grams when the software requires mg (making the value 1,000 times too small) or entering salt values instead of sodium values. But if entering a packaged food, it is not uncommon for the manufacturer to change the recipe and/or the weight per pack and these changes are rarely reflected in the database values. Apart from raw foods, I've had to enter just about everything I regularly eat manually.
03-17-2012, 10:26 AM
You can set your own ratios Dave. I think its under goals. Not at a computer right now. I've customized mine.
03-17-2012, 11:35 AM
Well you don't seem to be able to do it on the website. I don't think I tried on the app.
03-17-2012, 11:40 AM
It's there. It's buried somewhere. Like they don't want you to see it.
03-26-2012, 04:59 PM
Thanks for all the help and tips.
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