View Full Version : Low Energy (again)

01-26-2006, 02:55 PM
I shifted back into my cutting cals (going to try 2000 and hopefully not have to work down) and immediately my energy levels flatlined again.

I feel like a zombie at work. It feels like it did nearing the end of my last cut in November. I just want to sleep all day. Or curl up and die. One of the two.

I get that running at a deficit is going to affect this kind of thing but it's only a few hundred measly calories. Why should it kick my ass so much? :bang:

I take in 70f/150c/150p as minimums (takes me to 1800, which is theoretically my BMR). Maybe it's the way I split my meals? I eat half my cals before lifting and half after, with a lot of my daily carbs coming after.

01-26-2006, 03:58 PM
Why don't you try to eat your carbs in the morning and during mid day? Then spike post w/o with dex or something? After w/o, just go with fat and proteins. No carbs at dinner and later will ensure you go to sleep on time hopefully as well.

Vapour Trails
01-26-2006, 04:37 PM

It sure helps me get throught the rough spots. I have been eating less than 2000 cals a day for about 3 weeks.

01-26-2006, 06:58 PM
Hmm. I suppose caffeine pills are an option.

I'd thought about getting all my carbs pre-WO. The biggest drawback is that I like pasta/potatoes/rice fresh but I can deal. Maybe rebalance dinner's calories a little to allow a few more carbs first thing in the morning. Maybe just get up from and get moving a little bit more to keep my system wired.

Does anyone else feel like their brain is unplugged on a cut?

01-26-2006, 07:14 PM
Have you tried waving your cals through the week?


1: -500cals
2: -600cals
3: +200cals
4: -500cals
5: -600cals
6: +200cals
7: -500cals

Giving you a deficit of 2300cals per week.

01-26-2006, 10:57 PM
Yes, last cut I tended to be up a little on lift days, down on non-lift, with a cheat-day budget of +700 cals (adding 100 per day to the week). Averaging out to 1850 a day. It worked well, definitely, but I had brutally low energy until I got to the gym to lift (a light set of warm up benches wakes me up). THis cut should be shorter, a month or two, but I'm trying to nip the zombie thing in the bud.

01-26-2006, 11:10 PM
Well if your only just under maintenance, you should not be feeling like ****. Are you sure your BMR is what you think it is? That seems low, but I am aware that you have endomorphic genetics. Good work battling it, brother.

01-26-2006, 11:17 PM
I didn't lose or gain in December when I was at 2400, lifting heavy. Of course, it took two weeks to gain when I was at 3000. It's always a bit of guess work... but if the bulk numbers were right my maint is 2700. If the maint numbers were right it's 2400. Either way 2000-2100 is a pound a week which is what I'm aiming for (since I'm just above 20% bf it should still be possible to get a pound a week of mostly fat).