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Keeping energy level high
I need some help figuring out why I am tired ALL of the time. Working out should help me keep my energy level higher, but it isn't working. (I am not overdoing it). I eat a really healthy diet, I don't do too much caffeine, just 1 cup of coffee or a couple of tea. I am getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I feel like I could lay my head down and fall asleep at any time of the day. Oh, and I am not depressed either.
Anybody have any idea of how to help me keep my energy level up?
What do I do? I asked the doctor and she said there is nothing I can do... but there has to be some natural techniques that will help. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!
Mon. Nov 3, 7:03pm
Okay, you eat really healthy
but what is your calorie intake like?
I've been eating really healthy for the last 2.5 days doing the Fat Smash Diet - Phase 1 - Detox. I can tell you that even though I ate everything I was supposed to, I had no energy to do a real solid workout. This might not be your case, but I can tell you I'd rather have a couple extra calories in me and a couple extra pounds on me and the energy to burn, than feel like I felt in the past 2 days.
This is not to say Fat Smash is bad. I will try it again...but maybe when I plan and need lighter workouts.
Monday, November 03, 2008, 8:07 PM
I usually eat around 1400 calories, if I have a super heavy workout then 1600. I am 5'10 and weigh 165lbs, so that is enough for me. I am trying to loose 10lbs, but ever since it started to get darker earlier (sun not up until 7:30am and it is all the way dark by 5:00) I have no energy.
I have tried the fat smash diet and I actually found I had a lot of energy on it, maybe its because I did it over the summer:)
Monday, November 03, 2008, 8:15 PM
have you tried herbs? I'm just ordered "diet and energy" from New Chapter. Look me up and I'll let you know how it worked. Also, do you have allergies? hidden allergies? I have a ton of allergies. I thought I was allergy free because except for tiredness I was pretty good. I cut out the last few foods and wow, what a difference. Also, maybe you have adrenal fatigue. I do, and I absolutely need like 9-10 hours sleep. I am literally missing hormones and some are so low. Remember, its hormones that keep you alive. Look into adrenal fatigue. A great book- "Adrenal Fatigue: A 21st Century Syndrome".
Good Luck and Blessings
Monday, November 03, 2008, 9:29 PM
Ask your doctor if you can get tested to see if you are low on any vitamins!
If you have an office job, try to get up and walk around everyonce in a while!
Monday, November 03, 2008, 9:56 PM
Thanks for all of the advice...
I checked out the adrenal fatigue website, and it sounds like me. I also don't think I have any food allergies, I am only alergic to dust and mold.
I will also ask my doctor to check my vitamin levels. I take Womans One A Day, but maybe what is in there isn't enough.
If anyone else has any suggestions I could use them!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008, 9:44 AM
you didn't say how old you were. I (54) was surprised to find out that I was hypothyroid. Once I got my T4 levels back up, it was like a fountain of youth. Maybe have you doctor give you a TSH test, too.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008, 10:21 AM
at 5'10 and 165 I DONT think 1400 is enough for you if you workout. While it may provide speedy weight loss it isnt enough to fuel yourself and thus, you are tired. Try 1500-1800. Your weight loss may low by.25-.5 lbs/week, but you wont feel so tired.
Your women's 1 a day should be enough vitamin wise unless you are diagnosed with a deficiency.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008, 12:15 PM
Thanks again everyone! I am 23, so I feel like I should still have some energy left in me!! I am just not as energetic as I was when I was in college, and I never slept then either.
I have been told before that I should bump up my calories, and I tried but it didn't help with the energy. I actually gained 2 lbs that week when I ate 1800 calories. So i realize that my metabolism is probably screwed up too, and that doesn't help with the energy level.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008, 1:16 PM
In the past couple of years we had moved and were doing lots of remodeling and getting waay too much take out. I had gained 10 pounds and realized lately that I had gotten used to feeling like I was walking around in a fog of general fatigue. It wasn't enough to keep me from doing things, but I didn't have the joy and energy that I used to. I never had the energy to go hiking anymore, dragged myself through workouts when I did them, and was never up for anything fun. I recently did 2 things that have made a MAJOR difference.
1. I stopped my 1-6 a day diet coke habit (that I've had for 15 years - this was hard!)
2. I went very low carb for 2 weeks and now only eat whole grains at 1 meal.
I don't think I have food allergies either, but I can't describe how much my energy has shot through the roof. My skin looks noticably better (more radiant, firmer, clearer) and my cravings for sweets and comfort food have radically diminished. I feel 'lighter' inside and out - it's like my whole body is telling me I was doing it wrong.
I eat lean protein, tons of veggies (prepared healthfully), fruit and LF dairy. I have the occasional sandwich on WW lite bread, or a bit of pasta with dinner, but never without fruits and/or veggies. If there's sugar in the label in the top 5 ingredients I don't buy it, and I buy very little that is processed. Yes, it takes more work, planning and creativity with recipes, but the payback is more than worth it!
I can't begin to describe what a positive change this has been for me. I know this isn't for everyone, but I'm a believer. I also go to the doctor regularly and she does bloodwork every other year, so I'm fairly positive that my thyroid is normal and I'm not anemic. However as other posters have noted, that's a great place to start.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008, 2:20 PM
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