Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Slight drop in energy after 2 weeks intensity training - NOTE

Over the last few days, I observe a light drop in energy.

I am still high but notice that my energy level is still maybe at 80% of its potential throughout the day and especially when I train.

I feel less like pushing my body with heavier weights or pushing the effort.

I still do 3 hours training/day average.

here are some possible causes for that drop:

  • I used slightly less flour in the smoothies and energy mixes
  • Temperature! there was strong heat
  • Too much dried fruit - I added again more raisins and dried prunes as evening snacks and training snack - probably a 50% dried fruit increase over the last few days
  • Intense sexual activity - Experimenting some new tantric techniques
  • Protein powder - I started adding it maybe a week ago in the form of shakes and evening snacks mixed with fruit.
  • Insect bites - I'll expand on that one another time
  • Body is recovering after 2 weeks of high intensity training.
As I experienced this before, I get the strong feeling that it's simply related with not taking enough carbs in the form of whole flour.

This means that my salads and energy mixes are more veges + fruit and less flour.

Another element that can play a role is the dried fruit. In the first week of training, I actually didn't use much snacks or dried fruit while training. I only started doing this again recently.

This means that more fructose in my system could negatively impact on my energy level.

In the first couple of weeks, there was something else as well.

My calorie intake was relatively low as I wanted to test something with food cravings and observing hunger signals.

I felt that even though my body was slightly out of balance because of low calorie intake, my overall energy stayed higher!

Higher than it is right now.

One of the core differences is that the rich evening snack that I am having now was not there.

My weight is stable and even dropped another about 2 pounds in the last week.

As I said in another post, I was testing what happens when I cut oils and fat intake by half.

As I am lighter, I feel that logically, I should feel even higher in energy which is not the case.

Experimenting with protein powder? yes! That could have a big influence too because that's a highly processes product - we can't really talk about live food right there anymore.

So, it's possible that taking this protein actually ads digestive energy demand in my body and I get less high quality nutrients and enzymes by using it.

The reason why I am testing again taking it is to see if it has an impact on my muscle mass or not. 

So far I didn't observe a big impact on my muscle mass after taking extra protein for a few days.

Of course, this is highly subjective as I am not using any solid measurer system to check this. It's only a visual estimation

I'll keep this in check and post some more updates as soon as I have some answers.

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UPDATE

Just one day after posting the ideas above, my level of energy is back to 100%

The temperature outside is still the same.

I am still engaged in intense sexual activity.

I just had 3 hours training yesterday.

Etc.

In other terms, 90% of the circumstances I described yesterday are still there.

The only thing I shifted is:

I added a bit more whole flour to my smoothies and salads.

I took way less raisins and cashews during the day and had none during training.

I had a smaller late night snack.

I have the feeling that overall I ate less calories during the day and I did let my body drift to 20% hunger signals especially during the training period.

So here are again the facts summarized:

  • More flour = More carbs
  • Less dried raisins = Less fructose
  • Less calorie intake = Less load on digestive system
All these elements mean that my energy level went up!


Something that I noticed (and it's quite logical actually) is that my energy level is higher when I am a bit hungry than after eating.

That's not surprising and I will expand on that one in another post because it is vital for our, energy level, nutrition and training strategies.