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1/12/18 6:26 P

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I have unintentionally done the low-carb thing before (I have some GI issues and unfortunately it was a lot of the carby foods that were irritating). What I found helpful was to eat most of my carbs of the day around my workouts. So I'd eat most carbs a couple of hours before my workout.

I've heard lots of people say that they eventually adjust to lower carbs and their strength goes right back to where it was before lowering carbs, but I think it really depends on the individual. But you find that after some time consuming lower carbs your energy and strength bounce back.

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1/10/18 12:29 P

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I low carb as well....the majority of my exercise is walking. I throw in gym workouts maybe twice a week. Are you getting plenty of protein? I ask because my carbs stay between 30-60 g daily and I have plenty of energy...which is saying a lot for a big girl!



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1/8/18 12:34 A

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I struggle with exercise when I don't eat enough carbs. I can do strength training, but trying to get through more than 30 minutes in the pool without enough carbs in my system is miserable. I have cut down on them, but below a certain point is just counter-productive for me.

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1/5/18 3:41 P

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If you're working out intensely, you're going to need some carbs. Rather than cutting out carbs, maybe try a new (or old) fitness routine again to mix things up. I tend to have better results from doing that than by restricting a nutrient category.

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1/2/18 7:19 P

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I lost 93 lbs on a low carb program. It took me a year and right now after the holidays -- well, 3 months during which I had 2 vacations, my birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas -- I am 11 lbs over my goal. In defense, I did eat whatever I wanted!!! I am back limiting my carbs but I also walk an hour a day. I have to walk because it keeps the depression at bay. I am truly addicted to carbs. The additional sugar from carbs and yes, sweets, has given me an RA flare-up. Thank goodness it is just my hands right now so I can still walk. I am looking for the balance. I will find it. Low carb got the weight off and I am not hungry. It doesn't work for everyone but it worked for me.

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1/1/18 10:29 P

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Remember, exercise is important too. The human body needs carbohydrates to fuel exercise. If you feel crappy while exercising, it means that a low carbohydrate diet may not be working for you.



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12/27/17 1:56 P

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Popsecret: Thanks for the cheering. I did go back to my regular carb intake. I'd managed to lose over 30 lbs that way, so I am now wondering why I tried to change.

I ate over 200 mg of carbs yesterday due to a party. But normally I eat 100-150.

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read the INGREDIENTS!

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12/27/17 9:54 A

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There absolutely is a relationship! Carbs are our body's preferred source of fuel, especially if its used to functioning with a higher level.

I'd bring them back up to your normal intake levels, and then slowly cut them over time if that's what you're determined to try. Try to get most to all of them from good sources....whole grains, fruits, veggies, beans...but simpler carbs right before a workout can be easier for the body to utilize immediately.

Low carb doesn't work for everyone, and making yourself feel gross just isn't worth it. Exercise is too important!

Hope this helps :)

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12/26/17 10:10 A

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I once tried to reduce the amount of carbs I was eating. I was curious to see if low carb would help me change my body composition and build muscle more quickly.

Needless to say, when I got to the 100-150g range for carbs, I swiftly started experiencing exactly what you described. I stuck it out for a few days with no improvement, then ultimately decided I liked my intense workouts (and my fruits, veggies, and whole grains) more than I liked the lower carb diet.



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12/24/17 12:37 A

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I agree. Make sure you're not starving yourself by throwing out the carbs and putting nothing back. You still need to get near your bottom calorie allotment every day and being close to the top end every now and then is not a bad thing either, especially if you're feeling what you describe.

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12/19/17 9:36 P

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When you cut your carbs, did you also cut your calories?
How many calories are you eating daily?

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12/19/17 5:13 P

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This past week I decided to bust the plateau I'd been on by cutting carbs. I try to eat between 50-100 carbs daily so it's not severe.

Today at the gym I struggled with my routine, was weak with the weights and sore. Is there a relationship with low carb and how I felt?

People!
read the INGREDIENTS!

"It's not what you eat between Christmas and New Years that matters, it's what you eat between New Years and Christmas that counts. "

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