Why I find it hard to wake up early after being paleo?

by 45 · October 10, 2011 at 8:36 AM

I used to wake up early without any problem , now I'm in my 4th week of paleo and it's getting harder to sleep less then 7 hrs. Everything else is OK, except that sometimes I feel weak most of the day, like my muscles are tired. I tried few times to do a workout in the morning as I used to, but couldn't get out of bed. Had to shut the alarm and go back to sleep.

I try to be orth paleo and mostly succeed (except some dark chockolate once or twice a day). I'm deffenately no low carb as I eat around 200gr carbs a day (I know that thanks to fitday.com). But I'm sure it was much higher as I ate lots of bread,rice and pasta. I had a rough time with headaches and dizziness but it seems to be over now.

I had an ingury and couln't workout for 3 months, now I'm better and want to start training again it's very difficult.

What am I missing ? Thanks.

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1176 · October 08, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Maybe your more balanced body is telling you you should be getting more than 7 hrs of sleep per night.

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19355 · October 07, 2011 at 10:43 PM

It might be helpful to describe what your previous diet/macronutrient intake looked like.

Without that information, I can toss out a few possibilities that may or may not be relevant but here goes...

Inadvertent calorie restriction - When you cut out grains, beans, processed foods, etc. it is very easy to underconsume calories as you are still figuring out what is or isn't "paleo".

Insufficient fat intake - Many people new to paleo try to do LFP (low-fat paleo) and end up eating a lot of lean protein and a small amount of unsaturated fat from things like avocado, nuts, etc. Upping your fat intake can help energy levels. If tolerated, coconut oil is a good option, as are the animal fats.

Paleo has nothing to do with it - It's possible that some other lifestyle factor is out of whack.

77338 · October 09, 2011 at 12:27 AM

This interests me quite a bit. Even though you are sleeping and feel weak, you say that those other bad things are much better. I've been the same way. Since going Paleo and especially caffeine free, my mood and personality issues have stabalized, but I'm consistently tired and muscles feeling lazy, but not really weak. Long story short, I see this as my brain and body being in a cast, and it needs time to heal. It would ruin my life if I tried doing normal things, such as going running with a broken leg would dement you for life, or you could rest for 6 months and have it heal, and have your normal life back again. I'm taking a risk here and saying no to hanging out with friends, no to sports, to work, and just sleeping because I feel like my brain needs to heal properly or there's going to be permament damage for life which I can't live with such non-visible damage.

841 · October 09, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I felt like this about 6 months through paleo, and it lasted for a while. But 6 months later, I have never been waking up easier and definitely don't feel tired/weak.

The only thing that really changed was my life, not my diet.

(FYI, right now zero carb)

12804 · October 07, 2011 at 10:22 PM

200g of carbs is still pretty low for active people, sounds like your body feels starved. I'd up the carbs until you feel normal and refreshed.

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