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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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i used to feel the same way, but if you keep at it and just make the exercise routine, you'll find that you have so much more energy, especially if you combine it with lots of fresh fruit and veg and water.
i know it sounds cliched but it's true.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 5:17 PM

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I agree with 3:23. You need to eat. If there's no fuel in the body, there is no energy! 5 to 6 meals per day, approximately 300 calories per meal.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 5:59 PM

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Sunday, July 29, 2007, 6:17 PM

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more energy -a suggestion that helped me -big time!!!

I had the same issue. I drank tons of coffee daily and had a yo-yo diet and tried "The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natalia Rose. In a few days I felt like a million dollars! It was totally amazing! The book does get into different levels of dieting and raw foods but you don't have to drastically change your diet, there's a basic drink you can drink daily -upon rising (provided you have a juicer) it's easy to make, not expensive, full of so many vitamins and enzymes, I highly recomend it. The calories work in our favor as well! The book is so easy to read and really explains basic digestion ie-good health. Her take is that you can ultimately eat healthy without counting calories or having to do intense exercise and feel amazing. For the most part, people get healthier and lose weight as an added bonus. -If nothing else, the juicing recipe she provides is a keeper for all or most diets. I'm sure you can check out her web site. Good luck!

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 7:10 PM

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AM exercise doesn't work for everyone- I always feel zonked if I exercise in the AM.

One thing I would suggest though, is getting your blood sugar tested. My mom had the same symptoms the you descrine, and it turns out it was her blood sugar crashing and peaking that was causing all her probs. It's a simple enough test, that may be worthwhile if you exhibit any other symptoms- it's not the kind of thing you want to go left untreated.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 7:31 PM

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Yes there can be some medical things going on with unrelenting fatigue. Talk with your MD and rule out a medical problem first then experiment with nutrition and exercise. Also, maybe there is a sleep problem.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 10:22 PM

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