Also could it be a lack of a protein? I'm not trying to cut protein but I calculated my intake and because I've replaced animal proteins with non-animal where possible (i.e. seeds/nuts) I'm not getting enough apparantely.
Hi all, thanks for the replies. To answer a few questions- Tota, I'm only running about 12-14 miles a week (one 4 mile run, one 10k run, one interval run) but I am doing more endurance training too like long bike rides (40 miles yesterday!).
I was trying to lose a couple of lbs of body fat but not that much. I'm not sure how long it was sicne I checked my weight but I knew I'd definitely lost a lot. My body fat has visibly decreased though.
Nessie- all fine and normal. I have a high fibre diet so rarely ever get any problems with that stuff...
Had urines done recently (3-4 months ago, and I've had this energy problem on and off since Christmas but this time it's worse) and was all clear. Like with the blood test, they were done when they were investigating the running injury (shin pain) to rule out any other problems.
Fido2dogs I've just started a food diary so I can try and identify some patterns if they emerge between diet and energy. I often find that exercise makes me feel more energetic. But at the same time, if I eat some simple sugars like honey or ice cream, or some bread, my energy increases.
Is it safe to be eating a lot of carbs (oats, beans, lentils, brown rice, fruit, sweet potato)? Is it only the bad sugars that increase diabetes risk etc?
After returning to training recently from a long-term injury I'm definitely not feeling myself. I keep going through periods of a few days/week of exhaustion, generally that gets worse through the day or sitting around for a while. I feel tired, even getting up off the sofa is a bit tiring, my strength and bounce just disappears. I've been getting the same sleep as usual but I'm waking up feeling more tired than usual. I'm working every day without much time for rest/relaxation but this is nothing new.
I'm still not training that hard, I've been building up gradually. 4 runs (12/14 miles) a week with strength work. I'm 6ft 4, 18 and with a high metabolism. When I was competing 10k last year I trained nearly every day and a lot harder than I am now but ate less and never had these energy crashes.
The only thing different is my diet, but it's a lot better than it used to be. It's higher in healthy fats (nuts, fish, seeds, less dairy and meat), more fruit and veg, more complex carbs and less refined carbs like bread, sugar, cakes, pasta. I'm eating what feels like loads and more regularly but I've lost nearly a stone in the past few weeks of training. I had my bloods tested recently and they were clear.
Any ideas of what this is?? I already feel like I'm eating a crazy amount of carbs for the little training I'm doing but I'm losing weight and can't alleviate the tiredness even with sleep, I'm thirsty too. I've been knackered and slow on my runs too despite fuelling up on carbs beforehand (although I was fine on a 40 mile bike ride this morning with a huge bowl of Porridge and fruit before, but crashed this afternoon). Help!
Now I'm back training after a year off injury I'm seeing quite quick weight loss, even though I'm eating a lot and regularly so that I hardly ever feel hungry. I know diet isn't as important as the training itself but I want to make sure I'm not losing too much weight as muscle mass or gaining too much body fat, because I'm losing weight pretty quickly. I am also considered that too much carbs in my diet will put me at risk of Diabetes/other things. I tried cutting carbs out of my diet and had no energy and felt awful.
I'm running 3 times a week plus one long endurance bike ride. Nothing too strenuous at this time.
A sample diet would be this, with my run after breakfast:
Breakfast: Large bowl porridge (75g oats) with soya milk, honey, cinnamon, few pumpkin seeds,
Post training snack: Banana and Peanut butter milkshake.
Mid-morning snack: Melon/Orange/berries or a few nuts
Lunch: Salad- i.e. Tuna (with Spinach, Tomatoes, Onion), Waldorf (Apple, Blueberries, Walnuts, Celery) or Houmous with mixed veg.
Dinner: Large bowl of Chicken breast with roasted veg and sweet potato/Chicken curry with Brown rice/Salmon with Quinoa
Other snacks: Celery, seeds, carrots, Green tea, coffee with honey,
If I train before dinner I'll have some carbs in my lunch, and if after dinner I'll have it in dinner and not in lunch (like a salad).
What are your thoughts? Does fruit count as 'carbs'? Any suggestions?
Just want to know, what's the difference between Pilates and general exercises like sit-ups and crunches? When people say to do core exercises I'm not sure I completely know what they mean.
I was given Pilates exercises to help deal with my back pain (which didn't work much)- I never felt the sort of burn feeling when doing sit-ups but was told I was doing them to work my inner abdominals and so wouldn't feel anything. These were very similar to situps. Meanwhile the exercises I was doing (sets of situps, bridges, planks, various crunches (obliques included) and a few others which I'm not sure what they're called) used to really feel like I was working my muscles but these contributed to my back pain after I injured it in a pool so I had to stop.