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Still tired Day 13 (will it get better?)

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I am on day 13 and still very tired majority of the time.

Been 100% compliant.

Typical day


1-2 eggs, I/4 avocado, ghee, 2 cups cooked broccoli

M2: 4-5 oz chicken,dinner salad with mayo (homemade) dressing and 1 cup of green veggie cooked (like green beans).

M3: same as lunch added 1/2 fruit strawberries hand ful of nuts

Late in eve 1 bite of larabar.

I drink 40-60 oz water.

A few days I had to skip breakfast due to time constraints.

I am also doing 1/2 hour elliptical machine nightly with HITT 3 days week.

Sleep is ok, a few nights of insomnia.

Just can't seem to find all this energy everyone talks about? Will it come? Perhaps my body is still adjusting. I am typical a high carb eater

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You are not eating nearly enough. Your meals are too small. You need more protein and more veggies. Also, you need starchy veggies every day - potatoes, plantains, rutabagas, parsnips, etc. Skipping breakfast is a disaster for maintaining energy, especially when you are not eating enough anyway. 


You are supposed to add pre- and post-workout meals when you exercise because your body needs extra nutrition to cover the energy expenditure. No wonder you are tired!


Also, we recommend 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. Drinking 40 ounces of water is okay if you weigh 80 pounds. 


When you are hungry and can't sleep without eating something, eat a mini meal of protein, fat, and veggies. A larabar is always a bad choice.


Study this document and start eating more: http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf

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You might reconsider your workout regimen, at least for the next week or so. Like Tom pointed out, you're seriously under-fueled because you're not eating enough. Three HIIT sessions per week is pretty good amount of exercise and you need to make sure that you're eating enough to support that AND that you're getting adequate sleep. If something is mucking up your sleep schedule, then it's also interferring with your ability to recover from your workouts.


Add more protein to your breakfast and consider packing up your breakfast the night before so that you can grab it and go in the morning. Start getting into the habit of having some protein and fat before you workout and then have lean protein and a starchy carb (like sweet potatoes) immediately after you finish. Starchy vegetables are going to be extra important for you because you've previously come from a high carb way of eating and a dramatic swing to the low carb end of things takes some getting used to. Add that to hard workouts, broken sleep, and an overall lack of food and it's going to be pretty hard to keep going.

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I just read through this as I have been pretty tired.  Its Day 13 for me now and yesterday I went to bed at 8:30 pm.  I was just exhausted.  I realized after reading through this that I am missing the extra fat.  I have the cooking fat but need to ensure I have the extra fat as well.  AND, I had two days of eating 6+ hours apart.  Lessons learned and I am feeling better already.

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