Active Low-Carber Forums
Atkins diet and low carb discussion provided free for information only, not as medical advice.
Home Plans Tips Recipes Tools Stories Studies Products
Active Low-Carber Forums
A sugar-free zone


Welcome to the Active Low-Carber Forums.
Support for Atkins diet, Protein Power, Neanderthin (Paleo Diet), CAD/CALP, Dr. Bernstein Diabetes Solution and any other healthy low-carb diet or plan, all are welcome in our lowcarb community. Forget starvation and fad diets -- join the healthy eating crowd! You may register by clicking here, it's free!

Go Back   Active Low-Carber Forums > Main Low-Carb Diets Forums & Support > Exercise Forums: Active Low-Carbers > Advanced/High Intensity
User Name
Password
Register FAQ Members Calendar Mark Forums Read Search Gallery My P.L.A.N. Survey


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 10:12
Ilushka Ilushka is offline
New Member
Posts: 4
 
Plan: No gluten
Stats: 145/139/139 Male 168
BF:
Progress:
Default Muscles depleted, contracting

Hello dear guys,

I have started low carb diet month and a half ago, and I'm feeling absolutely amazing. During the previous week I started to feel my muscles constructing and I had very hard time to run, for the first time since I sttarted the diet. I am running for 4-5 times a week. I loading safe carbs (no gluten, only with fiber) during the weekends, but now i am feeling i have to eat more carbs, as i am feeling depleted. I am afraid that muscle is burned during the workout.

My question to is - should i eat safe carbs each day, before workout or load more carbs during the weekend in order to solve the issue.

Thank you very much.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 12:05
bkloots's Avatar
bkloots bkloots is offline
Posts: 8,441
 
Plan: Atkins/LCHF
Stats: 195/153/135 Female 63in
BF:
Progress: 70%
Location: Kansas City, MO
Default

Hi, Ilushka. It sounds like you got off to a good start with low carb eating.

If your body has adapted to Fat-burning (may take several weeks) you'll get your energy back by consuming enough good fat. Also be sure you are getting enough salt. Try drinking one or two cups of chicken or beef bouillon every day.

Low-carb eating will not cause your body to lose muscle. Eat an adequate amount of protein, good fat, and salt to help with hydration. You should feel your energy perk up soon.

Best wishes.
Reply With Quote
  #3   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 12:37
Ilushka Ilushka is offline
New Member
Posts: 4
 
Plan: No gluten
Stats: 145/139/139 Male 168
BF:
Progress:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bkloots
Hi, Ilushka. It sounds like you got off to a good start with low carb eating.

If your body has adapted to Fat-burning (may take several weeks) you'll get your energy back by consuming enough good fat. Also be sure you are getting enough salt. Try drinking one or two cups of chicken or beef bouillon every day.

Low-carb eating will not cause your body to lose muscle. Eat an adequate amount of protein, good fat, and salt to help with hydration. You should feel your energy perk up soon.

Best wishes.

Hi Barbara, thank you for replying. I love running, this is actually the first time I am experiencing this type of problem. I usually eat large amounts of Tahini and Avocados.

From what I understood, carbs are not needed at all?
Reply With Quote
  #4   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 15:48
bkloots's Avatar
bkloots bkloots is offline
Posts: 8,441
 
Plan: Atkins/LCHF
Stats: 195/153/135 Female 63in
BF:
Progress: 70%
Location: Kansas City, MO
Default

Quote:
From what I understood, carbs are not needed at all?
That's right. Once you are adapted to low-carb, you'll get your energy from fat and, to a certain extent, protein. A good resource for you: The Art and Science of Low-Carb Eating by Phinney and Volek. They are sports guys.
Reply With Quote
  #5   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 16:41
Ilushka Ilushka is offline
New Member
Posts: 4
 
Plan: No gluten
Stats: 145/139/139 Male 168
BF:
Progress:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bkloots
That's right. Once you are adapted to low-carb, you'll get your energy from fat and, to a certain extent, protein. A good resource for you: The Art and Science of Low-Carb Eating by Phinney and Volek. They are sports guys.

Many thanks!

All the best,
Ilushka
Reply With Quote
  #6   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 17:00
gonwtwindo's Avatar
gonwtwindo gonwtwindo is offline
Senior Member
Posts: 6,308
 
Plan: General Low Carb
Stats: 164/162.6/151 Female 5'3"
BF:Sure is
Progress: 11%
Location: SoCal
Default

We don't hold onto water like we used to...I'd say it's more likely to be dehydration...your electrolytes might be off. That causes muscle contractions in my calves. I supplement with magnesium & calcium (250 mg. each), plus salt my food just under my bloat threshold. If you are not eating salmon, avocados, mushrooms and dark leafy greens (and obviously fruit) then you are probably low in potassium, too. DV is 3,500 mg. Higher than you would think.
Reply With Quote
  #7   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 18:53
inflammabl's Avatar
inflammabl inflammabl is offline
Senior Member
Posts: 1,647
 
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 296/220/205 Male 71 inches
BF:25%?
Progress: 84%
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ilushka
Hello dear guys,

I have started low carb diet month and a half ago, and I'm feeling absolutely amazing. During the previous week I started to feel my muscles constructing and I had very hard time to run, for the first time since I sttarted the diet. I am running for 4-5 times a week. I loading safe carbs (no gluten, only with fiber) during the weekends, but now i am feeling i have to eat more carbs, as i am feeling depleted. I am afraid that muscle is burned during the workout.

My question to is - should i eat safe carbs each day, before workout or load more carbs during the weekend in order to solve the issue.

Thank you very much.


Muscle is burned due to inadequate protein or calories. Not due to lack of carbs.
Reply With Quote
  #8   ^
Old Sun, Apr-26-15, 19:14
subra66 subra66 is offline
Registered Member
Posts: 29
 
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 175/146/146 Male 164cm
BF:34%/27%/22%
Progress: 100%
Location: Bangalore, India
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by inflammabl
Muscle is burned due to inadequate protein or calories. Not due to lack of carbs.

I agree on this.
I have had the same problem from riding cycle on empty stomach and while on low carb for the past 3 months. Problem is disappearing as I increased my protein intake since two weeks.
Reply With Quote
  #9   ^
Old Mon, Apr-27-15, 02:12
Ilushka Ilushka is offline
New Member
Posts: 4
 
Plan: No gluten
Stats: 145/139/139 Male 168
BF:
Progress:
Default

I am taking vitamines and eating Salmon and Avocados on regular basis.
Thank yoy for replying guys, I will increwse my protein intake as well as water.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:05.


Copyright © 2000-2017 Active Low-Carber Forums @ forum.lowcarber.org
Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.