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STRONG_SARAH
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9/13/12 1:50 A

That makes sense, I'll just try and barrel through it. Thanks!



ARCHIMEDESII
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9/12/12 1:54 P

SCAPPELLE,

Even though you ate a healthy for breakfast and lunch as well as got in some exercise, that doesn't necessarily mean you're going to feel invigorated the first few days. Like Coach Nancy noted, it's not unusual to feel fatigued your first couple of weeks.

Why ? Let's say you used to eat 3,000 calories a day before you decided you wanted to lose weight. You entered your information and the Spark software recommended that you eat 1,500-1,800 calories a day to lose one pound a week. To the best of your ability for these two days, you've eaten around say 1700 calories. That should be enough, shouldn't it ? No. If you used to eat 3,000 calories a day and you're now eating 1,700, your body is wondering where that other 1300 calories is.

food = energy and no food = no energy

Basically, you just need to give your body more time to adjust to the new intake. If you cut out things like sugary treats, caffeine, etc... your body is going to go through some withdrawal symptoms. So, you may feel fatigue for a while. I had the worst headaches when I went off caffeine. it did take a couple of weeks before I started feeling "normal" again.

Don't worry, it really does take time for the body to adjust. You're not doing anything wrong, but you may experience some withdrawal symptoms until your body settles.

One thing I would recommend is making sure you drinking plenty of water. Stay hydrating. drinking water can help.





KBAKER0955
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9/12/12 9:33 A

Started on this new journey to loose 60 pounds and its going ok I am feeling down now though terrible head cold and getting up is almost impossible lots of water and rest any one have any other remedies for a head cold or even what I could do so I don't feel like I am a couch potatoe? I have to stay motivated.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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9/12/12 8:06 A

Hi SCAPPELLE,

It's not unusual to feel a little more fatigued early on in the program as you cut back on calories and begin to expend more via exercise, therefore, you may want to try eating every 3-4 hours to help keep your energy high, as well as adding a little protein and healthy fat, such as nuts or nut butters to your meals/snack. The reason, these nutrients take longer for our body to digest compared to carbs, so that you keep fuller longer.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy



STRONG_SARAH
Posts: 1,065
9/12/12 7:54 A

It's only the second day of my diet and I feel terrible. It's 2pm where I am. I exercised this morning, ate a good breakfast and a balanced, healthy lunch and I should feel good. Instead I became terribly grumpy at noon, figured I needed to eat, so I ate, and now I need a nap. I'm completely drained!
yesterday I felt great, very enthusiastic, but right now I feel terrible.



 
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