Low Carb Frequently Asked Questions - Exersize on low carb




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CountryGirl18
02-11-2008, 05:57 PM
Do any of you who do low carb exersize daily? Im not talking about hitting the gym 2 hours a day, maybe just a couple of miles of walk/jog?? And does it effect you since youre not taking in alot of carbs??


bambifox
02-11-2008, 09:36 PM
I do Atkins (for the most part), and I work out about 4 days per week. I actually have alot of energy doing this low carb thing. Also, I'm seeing much faster results versus not working out. Joyce

sylvia78
02-14-2008, 01:04 AM
I interval walk the treadmill for 25 minutes 4 days a week when I carpool to work. My highest interval level is a 4.5 run for 1 minute. I am working my way up to interval running the entire 25 minutes. When I don't carpool, I get in about 1/2 mile walking to and from the buses. I don't do strength training yet because I have a high percentage of muscle already and I eat enough protein so I'm not losing muscle with this diet.


michelle204
02-19-2008, 09:48 PM
I ride my stationary bike 10 miles a day (30 min.) I try to do this every day. I mostly do it to burn some energy. I find since I lost the weight there is now energy to spare.

Azure
02-19-2008, 10:32 PM
Just to talk about having energy while exercising, the answer is yes! On a Very Low Carb Diet (or a Low Carb, High Fat diet), a person is in the state of ketosis. Ketosis is a state where the body has no glucose (carbs) to burn for fuel, so the body switches to using fat for fuel. For that reason, to keep energy up on a VLC diet, many of us eat 40-60% of calories from fat!

Many scientific types also believe that in a ketogenic state the body more easily recognizes stored fat for energy as well. Even if that isn't the case, high in fat and protein and low in carbs means that someone on a diet like this usually doesn't have hunger spikes throughout the day.

I personally have found absolutely no problems with exercising intensely 3-5 days a week, including lifting heavy weights, taking cardio kickboxing classes or doing interval sprints on an elliptical, outside or on a stationary bike :)

KLK
05-17-2008, 01:37 AM
Hi! Ive been doing low-carb/higher fat for the last 6 weeks or so. I haven't been working out (I've been working on finals) but I plan to resume working out this coming week and I'm happy to read your post! I've lost some weight kind of effortlessly on this diet even without exercise, so i'm excited and anxious to see what will happen once I DO workout. And my mood/hunger has NEVER been so stable in my life... I haven't had the urge to binge since I started this.


Just to talk about having energy while exercising, the answer is yes! On a Very Low Carb Diet (or a Low Carb, High Fat diet), a person is in the state of ketosis. Ketosis is a state where the body has no glucose (carbs) to burn for fuel, so the body switches to using fat for fuel. For that reason, to keep energy up on a VLC diet, many of us eat 40-60% of calories from fat!

Many scientific types also believe that in a ketogenic state the body more easily recognizes stored fat for energy as well. Even if that isn't the case, high in fat and protein and low in carbs means that someone on a diet like this usually doesn't have hunger spikes throughout the day.

I personally have found absolutely no problems with exercising intensely 3-5 days a week, including lifting heavy weights, taking cardio kickboxing classes or doing interval sprints on an elliptical, outside or on a stationary bike :)

snapless
06-09-2008, 01:35 AM
I'm 40 and seriously out of shape. Only started low carb and exercise combined 6 weeks ago but is going well.

30 minutes on treadmill 6 days a week (random hills from 1.5 to 7.8, 3.5 speed) and have just added 15 minutes on elliptical (flat low speed), as well as abdominal (machine) and glute (machine), 3 reps 10 each low weight. So, spending about an hour a day in the gym 6 days a week.

I don't think it's too much time to spend toward getting myself healthy and fit.

RubyJan
06-09-2008, 02:38 AM
yeah, snapless that does look like a good schedule. I do Pilates twice a week for 90 minutes, and use a rowing machine at the gym for 60 minutes three times a week. That averages out at 5 hours week. I think I might try and add another hour. You've inspired me! RubyJan

Jonsgurl0531
07-31-2008, 02:44 AM
I do more south beach than atkins.. but I do watch my carbs as I am so used to doing ot (I lost my first 30 pounds on atkins) I go to the gym 6 days a week 2 hours a day and I never have a problem with energy.. Sometimes I might not wanna go but I get my butt in gear and go :)

sandyfanny
08-02-2008, 10:18 AM
I've given myself the two weeks of Induction to sit on it. I've been very tired; everything's an effort because I haven't exercized regularly in a three or four years...mortifying! As of Monday, I'm going to begin by walking 30 minutes every day (two or three of them with my NEW PERSONAL TRAINER using hand-held weights). I tried to explain to her that if I'm walking any time, I'm carrying lots of weight. She isn't buying it.

And we'll being using a gym for work with weights and equipment twice a week, maybe three times. This is a huge challenge for me. And, like almost everywhere right now, it's hot! Fat girls do not like to be hot. The Carolina coast is in the mid to high nineties every day with equal humidity - we're easily over 100 degrees with the heat index every day. That'll only last for about another 4 or 5 weeks, and then it'll get more reasonable.

I like Yoga. I'd like to pick it up a couple of times a week or develop a simple daily routine. What do you guys think?

snapless
08-04-2008, 01:06 AM
I like Yoga. I'd like to pick it up a couple of times a week or develop a simple daily routine. What do you guys think?

That's what I do on my 'day off' (Sunday) from alternating strength training 3 days a week and cardio training 3 days a week. I find it to be not only mentally relaxing but the stretching and posing seems to also help me with the strength and the cardio training I do the rest of the week.

RunnerKim
12-30-2008, 12:26 PM
OK, here's my deal....I am a long distance runner. I run 10+ miles on the weekends and 4-7 miles 4 days a week (all outside in all weather...no gym membership or treadmill). Since going LC I am extremely tired. When I run I don't know how to describe it but I can literally feel my body taking energy from my muscles. My arms and quads have a very weird sensation in them and as soon as I'm done with a run I do a ketosis strip and its in the darkest shade you can get. So what i've been doing is eating a very complex carbohydrate an hour before running. I generally do a packet of Kashi's oatmeal. It gives me enough glycogen stores to get through my long run, benefit from the exercise and still put me back into a state of ketosis within 2-3 hours. This is called a Targeted Ketogenic Diet (or TKD). You can find out more by googling it.

19Deltawifey
01-08-2009, 12:44 PM
Kim I am the same way. When I ran with hardly any carbs in my system I felt like I was going to fall over at any moment, I just felt like at any minute I was going to collapse or faint. I don't run as much as Kim but I run about 15 miles a week and with low carb it was impossible for me to keep up my stamina. So I added carbs before and during my workout and some carbs after and for the rest of the day I eat maybe 8 carbs. I am also on the TKD. I am back in ketosis within 3 hours or less after I workout.

CountryGirl18-this is one of those things where you are gonna have to test it out and see how you feel. I lost motivation to workout when my carbs were really low because I just did not have the endurance or strength to run like I was doing for the longest time but just like others you might feel perfectly fine. Just listen to your body and see how you feel after you workout. For me I know that if I wasn't running I would be able to do my workout with barely any carbs. But running and having your heart rate at 165+ for 30 minutes or more you will probably need some carbs. Good Luck

NickiChick
01-26-2009, 02:39 PM
I have been on Atkins, which is as strict as they come regarding carbs, for a week today. I went to Curves three times last week. When I got home, I was exhausted, but a "good exhausted." My ketosis must have really kicked in over the weekend, because I have so much energy I can't sleep. Best wishes! :exercise:

ale2121
01-29-2009, 10:16 PM
i've been low carbing it for the past two months. Lately, I've started working out and I'm unreasonably exhausted. It's a scary feeling to me, and I hate it. I think I'm gonna do some research and come up with another diet plan.

dancediva33
02-11-2009, 11:27 PM
I am so glad I found this subject. I am a Jazzercise instructor and teach high impact aerobics 5 nights a week. I just started low carb this week because I have been at a plateu in weight loss for quite awhile. The scale is finally starting to go down (yea!) but I have noticed I can barely get through my workouts. It's like I hit a wall after the first half hour. Then I am completely wiped out for the rest of the night. I am going to do some more research and try eating some carbs before my classes to see if that helps. Thanks for all your advice.

Leeesa
02-11-2009, 11:48 PM
I had the same problem with bonking on a low-carb diet, that's why I gave it up even though it was helping lose weight (couldn't figure out what the point of losing weight was if I couldn't do my regular runs and bikes), I've never heard the TKD but I'm going to look into now!

kelly315
02-11-2009, 11:51 PM
It's a really good idea to try to exercise if you're on a low-carb diet. When you exercise, you make more blood plasma, which thins your blood out. Since a lot of people don't stick to strictly lean meats and egg whites when they're on low-carb, the plasma could help balance out extra stress on your heart. (Or better yet, avoid too much bacon and egg yolks)

MrsEvilGenius
03-03-2009, 02:37 PM
Everyone is different, of course, but i wonder if it's dependant on what your body is used to (or has grown accustomed to)?

I am on a fairly strict Paleo diet (since Aug 08) - almost no carbs (less than 10/day), and high fat and I have so much energy I can't sit still. I am self employed and i have trouble sitting in front of my computer for more than a few minutes and working!

I walk 3-5 days a week and do strength training daily, I have 5 children under the age of 8, plus I farm livestock, so I'm pretty steadily active during the day. I haven't encountered any tiredness - but then again, I'm not doing athletics like a lot of you.

Initowinit
07-15-2009, 05:49 PM
Hi- we seem to be in similar situations. I am also woking with a trainer and half of the time I think she is crazy. But- I do see progress. The past 6 months my goal was just to go to the gym-to commit to exercise seriously after a lifetime of -not exercising. True- the first weeks I hurt all the time and was so exhausted after workouts I wanted to nap ( and sometimes did.) Now I am beginning to see the muscles appear from under the fat and I am lifting more-moving longer than when I started. Now on to the diet... This seems as scary as working out-, but Ikeep telling myself that if I submit to the diet I will see results_ just like the exercise. Good Luck to you. QUOTE=sandyfanny;2297838]I've given myself the two weeks of Induction to sit on it. I've been very tired; everything's an effort because I haven't exercized regularly in a three or four years...mortifying! As of Monday, I'm going to begin by walking 30 minutes every day (two or three of them with my NEW PERSONAL TRAINER using hand-held weights). I tried to explain to her that if I'm walking any time, I'm carrying lots of weight. She isn't buying it.

And we'll being using a gym for work with weights and equipment twice a week, maybe three times. This is a huge challenge for me. And, like almost everywhere right now, it's hot! Fat girls do not like to be hot. The Carolina coast is in the mid to high nineties every day with equal humidity - we're easily over 100 degrees with the heat index every day. That'll only last for about another 4 or 5 weeks, and then it'll get more reasonable.

I like Yoga. I'd like to pick it up a couple of times a week or develop a simple daily routine. What do you guys think?[/QUOTE]