I've been eating paleo for over a year. I lost a couple of kilos and seem to have plateaued at 59kgs even though I could visibly do with losing a few more. I would never go back to eating a SAD diet because my psoriasis and also some visible inflammation I had (my fingers would turn bright red and swell up a couple of hours after a meal) have cleared up, so I know I'm healthier. But I just feel so sore and lethargic all the time. I exercise 3-4 times a week only for half an hour, mainly do body weight exercises and don't over work the same area. Exercise-wise I should be recovering more quickly. I have to nap every day and feel sore all the time. I'm starting to question paleo but at the same time I could never go back. And I now have a (possibly warranted) fear of fruit due to fructose (Thank you Luswig).
Anyone else have a similar experience, what other options are there? I'm ready to say 'screw it all'.
"muscle glycogen depletion is associated with fatigue and injury" Ref
could be that you are not fully repleting (if that's a word) your muscle glycogen stores between workouts.
looking at some of your other Q's, may be you need to try & force yourself to eat some 'safe starches'. & they may be best 'taken' around your workouts, pre &/or post, whatever works for you.
in an attempt to respond to your comment below Milfy, as AG says, "it's not that simple...",
some thoughts...if you are losing weight, you will (almost) definitely be losing muscle (protein) as well, that in itself will make you feel a bit 'crap'.
if you don't want to 'carb-up', keep your workouts aerobic, then your muscles 'should' prefer fatty acids as fuel, as you switch to anaerobic exercise, your muscles 'want' to switch from fat-based to carbohydrate-based fuels (#1). This of course assumes this 'ability' is working okay in you & your muscles are switching between fatty acids & glucose for fuel just fine.
& if you are low carb, another process that needs to be in good order for you is Gluconeogenesis, to convert protein (& to a lesser extent fatty acids) to glucose, both to meet any immediate glucose requirements (ie. maintain blood sugar level & fuel for the brain which always needs some glucose) as well as to allow liver & muscle glycogen to be restored. & if you are not getting enough protein in your diet, then it will come from your muscles (not quite as simple as that...but hopefully you get the rough picture)
If you are struggling to recover @milfy, i recall a Robb wolf podcast where a listener said he was struggling to recover from workouts. Robb's answer was to get checked for hemochromatosis as a high number of his clients with the same symptoms tested positive for it. Just a thought. Aside from that What are your ratios like... Are you very low carb? are you getting enough protein?
I read this by another poster on here…maybe this is why?…..
Well, if it is not only lean proteins you're eating, you can rule out rabbit starvation.
When you eat large amounts of protein at once and in the absence of sufficient carbohydrates it can lead to a strong insulin spike. However, without the sugars (from the carbs) in your blood stream for the insulin to work on, you'll get rebound hypoglycemia, which will lead to cravings for more food- specifically, carbohydrate.
This problem can be relieved by either eating smaller amounts of protein spaced out into frequent meals, or only eating large quantities of protein with some accompanying carbohydrate.
For more Paleo Diet hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/122346/why-does-a-lot-of-protein-make-me-hungry.html#ixzz2pXHSrT00
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