This is my first question, so if this has been asked and answered, my apologies. First, a bit of background. Today is day 9 since I've transitioned to a paleo/primal eating plan. No grains, no dairy...a few legumes have snuck in, but otherwise I've been pretty clean. Lots of veggies, fruit (mostly apples, bananas, berries and a few oranges) and of course lots of animal protein. Incidentally, I've lost 9 lbs. Down from 209 to 200 as of this morning.
My question has to do with energy levels during exercise. My energy thoughout the day has been excellent during normal activity, but I have noticed that when I'm doing a longer workout session, I am getting tired about 30 minutes in, much more than when I was eating lots of carbs.
I am presuming (hoping) that this is a transitional thing as my body learns to start burning fat for energy...but am curious about other's experience in this area.
It took me almost a month and a half to have the same energy levels I had before Paleo - now my energy levels are way higher (it's been about 3 months). Give your body time to adjust.
And eat more fat!!!
I always felt like I needed to eat a couple hours before a workout. Now I can workout fasted with no problem. I feel stronger and quicker when I work out fasted (could all be mental). Give yourself time to adjust to the paleo lifestyle and soon you'll be doing the same.
I think the type of workout does make a difference. But I do know a bunch of people have had energy issues when first making the transition to paleo. This is fairly normal. I did not notice it personally but I would suggest to take in some carbs pre workout. I like a piece of fruit an hour before exercise (I do crossfit). For the past few weeks I have been taking in one piece of fruit pre workout and some carb post workout with protein. That's my day worth of carbs. But it does provide enough energy for intense training. Good luck.