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No Energy...HELP!

Just curious if anyone has any tips on how to regain some energy.

I decided to (seriously) start losing weight/working out (I'm overweight by about 35lbs), but I'm finding that one of my biggest challenges is that I have no energy! I have to fight the urge to take a nap every day and it's so hard to get motivated to exercise when I feel like this! Help! Thanks :-)

Sun. Jul 29, 2:33pm

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OP, are you female or male?

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 2:34 PM

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Sunday, July 29, 2007, 2:35 PM

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Does anyone know of any natural remedies for fatigue?!

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 2:46 PM

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OP... I am with you! I am exhausted all the time, even with enough sleep and healthy eating and exercise. I have read posts on coconut oil and cleansing out your system, both of which have fans that swear you'll be bouncing off the walls with new-found energy, but I am a HUGE skeptic to quick cure-alls like that.
Thanks for posting the question... I hope there's an answer out there besides "try more caffeine". I want energy, not jitters!!

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 2:56 PM

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Oops... I forgot another suggestion:
Have you had your iron and/or thyroid tested lately? Those could be a big factor. (Unfortunately, mine are normal!)

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 2:58 PM

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I agree. I've tried more caffeine but it doesn't give me energy it just makes me jittery if I have too much! I'm going to look into this a bit more and I'll let you all know what I come up with.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 3:00 PM

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I have had them tested and same thing for me... 'normal.' Maybe I need a second opinion!

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 3:02 PM

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You need to make sure you are eating enough to fuel the activites you are doing (daily and cardio). I went through this and then realized I was not eating enough to fuel my body and was always tired.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 3:23 PM

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Addendum to 3:23's very relevant comment...

Make sure you're eating the right way. If you're doing the lots of vegetables and lean protein type of diet, you might be neglecting your body's need for complex carbs. If you're a vegetarian, excessive carbs/lack of protein could be the culprit.

When you eat might also be a contributing factor. Don't skip breakfast, it's a false economy. I'm in a group with a couple of women who think that coffee for breakfast, a 300-cal Lean Cuisine for lunch, and 1000 calories worth of take-out food for dinner is a good way to lose weight, and they're struggling with lethargy, motivation to work out, headaches - and the scale, which ain't moving.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 3:49 PM

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so, i don't think it's a 'cure-all' but someone recommended to me that i try b12 capsules. i tend to take them everyday, and i 'feel' more energetic... meaning that it may well be a mental thing- "i've taken my vitamin B, so i should be able to get more done" type of thing... just a thought.

also, multivitamins can do great things in general to make up for something you might be missing in your diet... something to consider. i 'can't' take them, but for anyone who can, i would recommend it. i feel more energetic later on when i take mine, but i get incredibly sick right afterwards (even with food/at night/in the morning/ different brand/ etc...) not sure what the deal is, but i'm not willing to put up with the immediate illness. Sorry, I didn't mean to 'hijack' the thread, but i'd recommend checking out some vitamins....
:) -k3

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 4:32 PM

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