Weight Loss Support - So tired/exhausted while dieting....

05-03-2007, 09:22 AM
Is this normal?? I am eating plenty of calories (around 2200, and still losing, based on my weight), and am eating fairly healthy (not enough veggies, though, I'm sure). I'm not exercising.

I just feel like I've been hit by a truck most nights and mornings.... I have NO energy after work, and in the morning, I feel like I could just sleep forever. It's been this way for several weeks now.

Can someone tell me what's going on??

05-03-2007, 09:40 AM
Hmmmm, I'd get checked out by your doctor.

Are you getting enough iron? Is your diet well balanced? Meat, vegetables, whole-grain carbs? Or are you heavily relying on microwave meals and 100-cal snack packs?

Are you drinking enough water?

It could be an adjustment phase, but you say it's been several weeks, you really should've adjusted by now.

What's a typical day's menu for you?

Janny O
05-03-2007, 10:17 AM
Hi Shyla2001,
I found myself in the exact same position. So, I tried eating more protein and taking more vitamin supplements. I am drinking Diet Coke Plus and it seems to give me a kick in the pants (has vitamins and minerals). And with almost 50lbs gone, it's seems that your body just naturally has more energy.
Good luck and see if that works.

05-03-2007, 10:18 AM
Hey there!

Having no energy can have a number of causes. I second what 2frustrated said about checking with your doctor. You could have anemia, for example.

Do you take a multivitamin daily? If you're not eating enough vegetables, you could be short on some important vitamins and minerals.

Are you physically active in other ways, besides exercising?

How many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-hour period? Are you getting 8-9 hours of sleep?


Janie Canuck
05-03-2007, 10:47 AM
Ditto - my first thought was "are you eating enough?", but it sounds like you are. I was anemic while in university, and it makes you feel absolutely exhausted. I'd get your iron checked.

Mrs Quadcrew
05-03-2007, 10:58 AM
What are you eating in those 2200 calories? Is it good nutrient dense food or is it junk food? That makes a huge difference too!

One other thing.....is there a chance you could be pregnant? I know that is the only time I just was exhausted. (and seeing your Dr. would be an excellent idea)

Bikini Dreader
05-03-2007, 11:10 AM
I would mirror what the others said but wanted to add my input.

I used to be exhausted all the time, the doctors just thought I "didnt get enough sleep". they didnt listen to me. I realized later after a couple years of barely being able to keep my eyes open in the afternoon, that it had a lot to do with my diet.

I started substituting a lot of the bread products and cheese that made up too much of my diet, with veggies and whole grains I gained tons of energy. I think I have a bit of an intolerance to yeast. Who knew? Regardless, I feel much better now. In fact, I don't purchase bread. Once in a while I will have a pita pizza (with half the pita) or something like that but my body really rejects the yeast and even worse anything white (white pasta, rice, etc). That is basically just a bunch of sugar!

Just a thought as the doctors really didnt take my tiredness seriously and it was infuriating after a while.

05-03-2007, 01:06 PM
Interesting post to read, I'm tired all the time too. Feel like a slug, and ALWAYS forget to take my vitamin. I'm hypothyroid which contributes to some of my groggyness. Goodluck to you, let us know if you go to the Dr and what they say!

Beach Patrol
05-03-2007, 01:22 PM
In addition to the already bunch of good advice/ideas you've received, I'd like to add that you SHOULD try to do some type of exercising. Exercising is a natural way for the body to get it's endorphins going. It's good for you, and the more you do it, the more you will be able to do it.

Good luck - let us know how it turns out for you!

05-03-2007, 01:26 PM
how much WATER are you drinking and what exactly are you eating???

05-03-2007, 01:58 PM
Just an update. No, I'm not pregnant, LOL. I had thought that might be the case, too, but found out for sure I'm not :)

The multivitamin, yes, I typically take one, but have slacked off the past few days. Will get back on track there for sure.

Regarding what I eat, yeh, it's alot of processed foods, I guess. I'm a busy working mom, so eat on the go alot. A typical day is:

Breakfast: always black coffee; with either a Luna Bar, a small smoothie from smoothie factory, or an egg mcmuffin

No morning snack, but eat early lunch

Lunch: typically a frozen lean gourmet or something; or grilled ckn sandwich from wendys; or subway 6" turkey & ham sandwich with all the veggies;

Afternoon snack: sugar free pudding cup and fruit cup (most days have both); sometimes yogurt w/granola

Dinner: varies ALOT, but typically some type of casserole with a veggie

Evening snacks: beef jerky; popcorn; fruit & yogurt w/granola; etc

Maybe that will help you guys help me identify the problem....

05-03-2007, 01:59 PM
Definitely, make sure you're drinking your water!

I also usually forget to take my multivitamin, so I started keeping a second container of them at work.

05-03-2007, 01:59 PM
Oh, and I sleep from around 10 or 11pm to 7am every day.

And no, I don't drink enough water.

And I might have a glass of wine (or two) some nights (left that out above).

Also will occassionally throw in a sugar free latte, either in the am, or afternoon snack.

05-03-2007, 02:03 PM
the problem is that you're eating junk. processed foods don't FUEL you properly you need whole grains, lean proteins low fat dairy some fresh fruits... and lots of veggies.

how much water are you drinking? should be at least 64 oz a day. I get 12 glasses...

I'm a busy working mom. I have 2 dogs. I work 9 hours a day. I run a home.
i get to the gym daily and i don't eat any prepared foods. everything from scratch.

boil a dozen eggs at a time. grab one for breakfast with something else. I have a great recipie for homemade oatmeal bars if you want. they can bake up while you boil your eggs...

make leftovers for dinner and have them for lunch.... I always make extra salad for dinner so i can just throw my protein on the salad in the morning and poof i have lunch...

05-03-2007, 02:04 PM
Definitely, make sure you're drinking your water!

I also usually forget to take my multivitamin, so I started keeping a second container of them at work.

we keep them on the lazy susan on the dinner table and everyone gets one at dinner....

05-03-2007, 02:17 PM
Your foods don't look that bad to me--there are better choices you could make, but also worse ones.

I do see not many vegetables & fruits, and maybe too many fast foods.

If I were you, I'd try having a few different things for breakfast--such as oatmeal or shredded wheat or Fiber One. Some banana is good with those cereals--or some berries. Use lowfat milk, if you're not lactose intolerant--I also don't see a lot of calcium-rich foods.

Not sure what I could suggest for the other meals, except more variety, less fast food. Subway is probably the best of those you listed, but again, it depends on what you are getting.

How do you track your calories? Do you use FitDay or some other tracker? You didn't say. We often see the point made that it's easy not to know exactly how much we are eating, calorie-wise. So the other thing would be to keep track of the calories for a week just to see what's really going on. You might be eating more, or less, than you think.

You seem to be getting enough sleep. Increase your water? Increase exercise, as has been suggested?

Having looked over what you've said, I think you would do good to see your doctor to rule out any medical issues, such as thyroid, anemia, etc. And you might ask for a referral to a dietitian, to get some help with your food planning.

Hope it helps! And I hope you feel better.


05-03-2007, 06:31 PM
I keep a notebook with me to track my calories. and I'm using CalorieKing.com to help me figure out calories, so I think I'm pretty well on track there...

A friend of mine is a dietician, so I've emailed to her the things I've posted here.

Thanks for all the replies!