Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 11 of going low carb - too few carbs/calories

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.21.2010

Well, I’ve been monitoring how I’m feeling, and I’m tired. I think I need to eat more.


I’ve been feeling exhausted at night and first thing in the morning, although I’m feeling okay during the rest of the day. My body also feels the need to sleep more than usual, which is not a good sign for me. I usually listen to my body’s sleep needs as a good indicator of health.

I’m running a total of about 20 miles a week now, and the program mentions that if you’re “very active,” then you should increase your carb count. I wasn’t entirely positive what they consider “very active,” since I’m not a professional athlete or anything like that, but after dragging a little yesterday and this morning, I’m going to increase my carb count by a little bit, like maybe 5-10 grams per meal, and see how I feel.

This will probably help with my calorie count, too. So whether it’s my carbs or my calories, this increase in carb grams should help my flagging energy levels. Please pray I don’t go donkey wild and eat more carbs than I should!


  1. From past experience, if you go too low on your carbs, it can affect your kidneys. I started running when I did this and I was in pain until I increased my carbs and calcium.

  2. Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to keep that in mind. I know I have enough calcium, so that's good.

  3. Camy, I agree with Linda--you have to increase your carbs when you are running. (And calcium is a good idea.)

    Could you find a sports nutritionist? You have to be careful because you're training for a marathon.

  4. The supplement program I'm on comes with a nutritionist/nurse who I emailed about my carb intake. She emailed me back and told me to increase my carbs by 5 g per meal and see how I feel. The past week was an easy week, mileage wise, and after I increased my carbs I felt better. I'll watch how I feel this week.

    My problem is that while I might be running, I still have the problem of my insulin resistance, and if I can't stabilize that, I'll keep eating carbs but my cells won't be absorbing the sugar. So I don't want to go too high in my carbs for at least another 2 weeks, to try to stabilize my insulin resistance.