I have started to change my diet and attempt to become more healthy with the goals of being in much better shape, becoming healthier, and feeling better overall. With this in mind, I have done my best to either eliminate all together or massively minimize my soda consumption, drink large amounts of water, restrict carbs, lower significantly the amount of calories in my meals, etc. My typical meal plan now looks like the following:

  • High protein shake for breakfast - mixed with water
  • Handful of peanuts mid-morning for snack
  • Lunch is usually a flax and low card tortilla with fresh spinach and sliced deli meat
  • Handful of peanuts mid-afternoon for snack
  • Supper is either another wrap like lunch or something with high protein content, sometimes it is just another shake like for breakfast
  • Try to drink nothing but water or tea during the day but usually water

The trouble that I have started having is a reduce amount of energy or feeling of fatigue. I am wanting to start something like P90/P90X but do not think that I could complete it right now due to sluggishness and general malaise. Is there something that I should be doing differently to help with this? How can I continue to be healthy and increase my energy levels? Note that I would still like to keep carbs and/or calories low to help loose weight.

  • P90X has its own meal plan. Nov 13, 2011 at 20:13
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    I second what LCountee is saying... be aware of your calorie intake... my general rule of thumb is never try and knock more than 500 calories off a day.. remember exercise will burn them as well so add more into your daily total to account for it... don't know your size, sex, height etc so figuring your rough calories is ni on impossible but it would seem to be (6" 1 13.10 stone bloke) that your are not eating enough, even before exercies.... I have to give my self little treats, such as a small bag of popcorn, (120 calories), really helps mental and physical energy.
    – Jon
    Nov 13, 2011 at 21:30
  • what time of day do you try and exercise? For my best energy stuff before breakfast / earlier in the day is best for me... evenings are harder to get motivated after a full day or work and kids etc
    – Jon
    Nov 13, 2011 at 21:31

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Maybe your calorie reduction is too drastic to support increased activity. Try figuring out how many calories you are consuming, and comparing that number to the calories you need to maintain your weight (you can find tools online to help with this). To lose a pound a week, you would need a deficit of 500 calories a day. If your calorie deficit is too large, you may not have enough energy. It is a balancing act.

Also, make sure you are getting enough sleep. The general recommendation is eight hours, but it varies by person.

  • +1 on the sleep as well... that will kill any energy straight away.
    – Jon
    Nov 13, 2011 at 21:31

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