Again, I apologize for butting in on what was your post. I do want to respond to the sleep issue, though. I've always followed the suggestions for good sleep and, before I started this way of eating, I've fallen asleep very quickly and stayed asleep with maybe one bathroom break depending on how late I drank my last cup of water. That's why I know it's not my sleep habits. It has to be this diet. I do want to thank you for your comments and help, though. And, you're right, I really should have started a new thread for this. I tend to speak/type before I really think things through...
I agree everyone is different,I get the energy rush right away and my aches and pains get better,my Chiro swears by this diet for anti inflammation,he followsn it himself.I also work sometimes 70 hours a week and some nights I only get 4-5 hours,but I sleep like the dead for that time, if I try to get 7-8 I am up and down all night and wake exhausted!!! Diane
Pounds lost: 18.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,377) Posts: 1,671 5/28/12 7:40 A
Just keep tweaking - results are different for everyone - GF and I started at the same time, basically the same diet and we had very different responses. Also, for most people it seems to take 3 - 4 weeks (hence the 21 and 30 day challenges).
I can't quote the science on this but the energy seems to come from a reduction of inflammation and converting from primarily carb burning to fat burning.
Carb burners have lots of energy ups and downs, whereas fat burning has more even energy which most people generally describe as higher energy. Some people experience something called carb flu, which seems to be a combination of carb withdrawal and/or detox.
It was a full three weeks before GF had a noticeable difference in energy - coincidentally, she was not sleeping as well, but after 3 weeks her sleep got better and her energy got better - not sure if either was causal.
Anyway - stick with it a while longer if you can and continue to look for changes, including body comp and any inflammation changes.
I'd imagine it has to do with your low quality of sleep, which isn't tied only to your diet.
Have you followed suggestions for better sleep?
I've started doing a candle light yoga DVD before bed, and dimming the lights slowly for the two hours before bed. I try to block out as much artificial light I can, and keep my bedroom cool. Those have all helped me, but then, I wasn't sleeping especially poorly before.
Could/Should we start a new thread for this topic? It might be better in another area of the group forums. :)
current weight: 222.5
Fitness Minutes: (12,266) Posts: 43 5/27/12 8:41 P
Hey, guys. Sorry to butt in, but I've finished two weeks of PB and I am soooooooooo fatigued still. I'm getting PLENTY of fat and kept my protein intake at 1 gm per lb of lean body mass and my carbs average about 50. I don't do chronic cardio and get 7-8 hours of sleep per night (which is not good sleep as I keep waking up during the night). Where's this "burst of energy and well being I'm supposed to get? I have to admit I'm a bit discouraged. Oh, yeh, all my carbs come from organic (mostly local) veggies, with a small portion from nuts and seeds. Like I said, I'm sorry to butt in...
I'm new to this team and new to primal/paleo lifestyle. Just started in on it a few weeks ago and not 100% compliant yet, but getting there. I'm a carb addict, so I'm definitely for some support and accountability.
I'm blogging about my paleo/primal lifestyle change at outdooramy.blospot.com . . . .
Are any of you members of any other paleo/primal friendly online communities? I love Spark, but I get push back from the nutritionist any time I post anything low card or paleo related on the general nutrition boards, so I'd love to get involved some place with more primal/paleo type people! :)
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