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Tired all the time!

Since I've started working out and watching what I eat (just over a week now), I find that I have absolutely NO energy! My diet used to consist of a lot of suger, now I have none. Is my body just going through withdrawals or what? Any suggestions? TIA

Tue. Jan 13, 11:22am

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How many calories a day are you eating?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 11:46 AM

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More importantly, is your diet full of energy giving fruits and vegetables? A green smoothie in the morning rev's up my engine ;)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 12:05 PM

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OP - you're working your body in ways it's not used to. You're going to be tired! And any time you clean up the diet you'll go through a period of adjustment - hang with it.

Make sure you're eating well, eat quality foods after a strenuous workout, allow for days of recovery so you don't burn out, and get enough sleep. And, hang in there! You're doing great things for yourself!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 1:24 PM

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make sure you're getting enough iron.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 1:25 PM

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You should check your iron with your doctor. Are you consuming enough calories properly divided between fats, carbs, and proteins?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7:49 PM

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It's odd that you're getting tired after starting working out, since exercise is supposeed to increase one's energy. Getting your iron checked is a good suggestion--fatigue is a common side effect of anemia. Also it's important to get some complex carbohydrates into your diet. Simple sugars, like the kinds you're probably used to consuming, get processed very quickly and you get that much talked about "crash". Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand (like the kinds found in fruits and vegetables) get broken down much slower and are therefore constantly being released into your bloodstream, keeping your energy up much longer. I know that "carbs" is the new four letter word these days, but if you're exercising you're allowed to eat more of them than if you're sedentary (but it's not carte blanche to eat as many as you want!) In fact, it's a necessity. (I could tell you this really embarassing story about how I almost passed out during a personal training session, but I won't go into that.) Also it would be a good idea to take a good multi-mineral/multi-vitamin to help supplement your diet. B-complex vitamins and vitamin C are also good energy boosters. I started taking a B-complex twice a day a month ago and I can tell you that I've definitely noticed an improvement in my energy levels throughout the day. Hope this helps!

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 4:22 PM

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