Since going paleo (strict 3 months ago, progressively for the past year), I have found that unless I eat some fat and protein (steak/boiled eggs and nuts) before the gym (weight training 4xweek) my muscles fatigue quickly and start to shake and don't stop until I eat. I end up almost blinding myself with my eyeliner in the change room afterwards!
I have read about the benefits of working out in a fasted state, but have not been able to. The funny thing is, before going paleo I was able to work out without breakfast, or with just a bit of yoghurt or piece of fruit. Even that won't do now. I always train first thing at 6.30am.
Has anyone else had a similar experience, or know why this might be? Thanks.
It's hit or miss for me. Some days I feel amazing and get a good workout and somedays I feel like I hit a wall.
To me I noticed it depends on what I eat for dinner the night before. If I eat a giant meal at night my fasted workouts the next day go great.
Maybe try to up your dinner intake of quality foods and that might help.
I sometimes getmuscle shakes too. Happened sometimes before paleo and sometimes since. I think i is more to do with glycogen depleting workouts and the level of fatigue in the muscles.
Try heavier weight and fewer reps for more strength and power, than grinding longer sets out. This seems to make the difference for me.
And dont be afraid to punish some carbs after a decent workout if you are feeling shakyand flat.
Try drinking some bcaa mix before your workout. Go to leangains.com and read the articles on fasted weight training for more info. It gives you the benefits of fasted training while still providing your muscles the protein they need to get through the lifting.
In my non-medical opinion: you have low liver glycogen.
Make sure to include plenty of dense carbohydrate sources into last meal before your fast that's before your workout. Consider sweet potatoes, plantains, cassava, etceteras. I get approximately 50-175g of carbohydrates a day (less on rest days - I'm very active 5 days a week).
You want to make sure that you have lots of available energy during your workout - or your muscles (yes, and fat) will be used for energy. Hypothetically, the fat-as-energy is actually ideal for weight loss. Realistically, if that transition happens during or immediately after your workout, you will be dizzy & weak, as well as possibly having lost muscle.
When I have exactly the same symptoms, I've realized I failed at replenishing liver glycogen. Don't be "very low carb" unless you plain to stick with it, and can measure that your body is actually in ketosis, and you have adapted. Eat enough dense carbs - coupled with a fast and workout, you will almost certainly still see the effects your want from a fasted workout.
If by "shaking" you mean muscle twitching, I get this sometimes too. I attribute it to one or a combination of the following; lack of potassium (eat a banana, avocado, etc), lack of salt (eat some salt), or dehydration (drink some water). SO, basically I attribute it to some wacky electrolyte imbalances. Hope this helps.
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