Make a lot of changes all at one time can have this impact. We really need to learn 'baby steps'. It wouldn't hurt you to go back more than a couple steps (exercise AND nutrition) and then move forward gradually. I would also be inclined to look at when you are up to par, doing the exercise on 5 days and having 2 off. Tiredness often is the body telling you you are pushing it a bit too far.
Just from hanging out on these boards for the last year or so I can tell you that what you are experiencing -- feeling great when starting on the new routine and then getting a massive sense of fatigue and/or hunger a few weeks later -- is really, REALLY common. Generally the people having this issue are not eating enough to sustain their level of activity; it's not just an issue of the sudden change in lifestyle. Double and triple check your ranges. A typical average height, averagely overweight woman who is not exercising is still going to need to average up to 1500 calories per day (range 1200-1550 I think). Someone who's working out moderately will need a few hundred calories more than that, perhaps 1400-1700. Someone who is exercising intensely or for long time periods, or who has an intensely physical job, might need 1600-1900; a rare few might need even higher than that.
In the long run, going too low on calories (that is, creating more than a 500-1000 calorie daily deficit) is usually detrimental. You wind up exhausted and/or starving, you're more likely to binge; you may even notice your weight loss grind to a halt as your over-stressed body starts shutting stuff down where it can to conserve energy. None of this is good for you.
So first, look at your ranges. Once that's in order, if you're still having troubles after another week or two, then consider tapering your calories down more slowly and/or decreasing your exercise for a while; many people do better that way and there's nothing wrong with it. And if it persists or any longer than that, see a doctor, because there are many reasons for fatigue that have nothing to do with how much you're eating. But most likely you just need to eat a little mroe and/or exercise a little less.
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5 1/24/14 1:52 P
You're absolutely right! I believe I may be overdoing it. I'm going to dial it down just a bit on the exercise, especially since the last thing I want to do burn out or get injured... I'm experiencing the fatigue now.
I appreciate you taking the time to reply!
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1/24/14 12:53 P
How long have you been working out six days a week ? If it's only been for two weeks, then that may well be the reason you're so tired. Working out for an hour six days a week may not seem like a lot. BUT if you've been sedentary for a very long time, going from sedentary to six days a week may just be too much for your body to handle.
Plus, you've probably cut your caloric intake pretty dramatically too. So, you're eating less and exercising more. Which may seem like a really good way to lose weight, but it's not. a person needs to SLOWLY ease into a routine. Don't try to do too much too soon or you will end up fatigued, injured and burned out.
Your exercise should be sustainable. Because what happens when you do become injured and can't work out ? What happens is you regain all the weight plus extra. Don't let that happen. Slowly ease into a regular exercise routine. Give your body time to adapt so that you don't become injured and can't work out. The point of exercise isn't to just burn calories.
A proper exercise routine will help you live a long, healthy productive life. So, it's important to find some balance. My suggestion would be to cut back on the number of times you do boot camp and the circuit training workout. Start with 2-3 times per week. not more. If you'd like to do some thing else along with those workouts, take a daily walk. Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise and will help keep you from getting injured.
truth... exercising too much will not speed up your weight loss. remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Slow and easy really does win this race.
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5 1/24/14 12:03 P
Thanks for your response. I am not under any unusual stress. My sleep habits are improving, this is still something that I am working on. I am still trying to figure out the whole food, calorie counting, carbs, protein, fat, etc. In as much as I think I may be doing the right thing (in terms of my eating and food choices) I am not always sure, this seems to be a struggle now, especially since I am really paying attention to what I am consuming.
I am currently working out 6 days a week. I have bootcamp 3 days and I do a circuit DVD 3 days. Perhaps this is too much? Again, I am not sure.
I'm still learning how this is all supposed to work and make sense. I do understand that people are different. I just need support and am still trying to find out what will work for me, I am aware that there is no one solution.
Thank you again for your response.
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4,012 1/24/14 11:39 A
There are tons of different reasons you could be feeling tired. Are you under any unsual stress at work, home (family), school or relationship ? Being under stress can wear a person down even if they get a decent night's sleep.
Are you eating enough ? Food = energy and no food = no energy ? many women in a quest to speed up their weight loss will drastically cut their caloric intake. that's not healthy. Eating too little will not speed things along. eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss long term, not help it.
Perhaps you're doing too much exercise for your body to handle. Once again, many people at this time of year are very gung ho about losing weight. Which is great. However, the problem is that these people tend to do too much too soon for their bodies to handle. So, one reason you may be tired is because you're doing too much. If you were sedentary for a very long time, you can't expect your body to want to do an hour of exercise a day.
A person should slowly ease into a new routine so that their exercise will become just that, a routine.
Maybe you're coming down with a cold or flu. It's been a bad flu season and fatigue is a sign of flu. Maybe you're menstrual cycle is close. Many women get tired whenever their cycle is set to begin.
These are few possible reasons for being tired. There are many many more.
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5 1/24/14 10:16 A
I began my health and fitness lifestyle transformation on 1/6/14. I've been doing great staying active, eating right, and I even noticed my energy increased. However, now I have been feeling very tired the past three days. I managed to get a workout in the day before yesterday, but yesterday I was soooo tired I just slept. I'm pretty good at listening to my body, but I thought that I would have more energy than this. Could this possibly be my body adjusting to change? Has anyone else experienced this?? I am working from home today and fighting closing my laptop and going back to sleep!!!!! *zzzZZZzz*
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