Energy foods

  • Geoedward

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    Oct 31, 2011 11:08 PM GMT

    I have really gone downhill as far as working out and eating right. I had an injury to my neck a few months back and had to go for treatments. I wasn't working out so I started eating less. I was finally able to get back to the Gym today. I was so discouraged. I am so weak and I have no energy. I know I have to eat more. I have a protein shake in around 6:30 in the morning with blueberries, strawberries and a banana. At around 10AM I have a handful of nuts and dried fruit. At around 1PM I have a sandwich for lunch, around 4 pm I have an apple and a banana. At 5:50PM I am at the gym. I really need help. I feel so depressed when I ma out of shape.
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    Nov 01, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    The hard truth is no food gives you energy. Unless there is some stim involved like caffeine. Or unless you just don't get enough cals and you are starving, which is almost never the case. It's just willing yourself to doing something that is uncomfortable.

    Get past this roadblock and you will be solid!


    Edit: make sure you get you post workout meal/meals as long as you know you worked hard enough to need them,
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    Nov 01, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    "Energy food" is a bit of a misnomer. Almost all foods give you energy. Since you took a break from the gym because of your injury, sound like you're lacking in strength/endurance, and not so much lack of energy. Trust me, everyone that takes an extended break from the gym feels weak when they return. It really kills your motivation.

    You just need to get over the mental hump. Start out at a steady pace. Don't worry about setting records or even trying to hit your old personal bests. Just get your body accustomed to working out again, and gradually build up. If you need a little extra push, consider drinking a cup of coffee before hitting the gym. And it always helps to have a gym buddy to help keep the motivation up.
  • Geoedward

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    Nov 01, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    Thansk Guys!
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    I know about lack of energy due to dietary restrictions. Your fitness goals aside, that diet is not going to keep you going through the day unless you want to be calorie deficient. Your fruit snacks are mostly sugar and water, although I won't be amongst those who would say that fruit is not your friend. Nevertheless, you should eat more nutrient-dense foods. Pair your fruits with protein to slow down your digestion and keep your energy levels steady, and eat more often. Peanut butter and hard-boiled eggs are easy to add.
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    Try juicing and then tell me food doesn't give you energy!
  • FRE0

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    Nov 04, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    Because of a bad cold, I got very little exercise for almost three weeks during which time I never went to the gym; I didn't want to risk spreading my cold. When I started working out again at the gym, I found that I had lost considerable strength, even in less than three weeks. Recovery was uneven. With some exercises, I recovered in about a week. With other exercises, it took more than three weeks to recover. Riding my bicycle was also slower and more difficult; I'm still recovering.

    You were out much longer, so recovery will take longer. What you were eating before you were out seemed to be working, so why change? You just have to be patient.

  • Jan 06, 2012 12:42 PM GMT
    Try adding raw spinach to everything to enhance your intake of green leafy vegies; it's great on sandwiches, heated in soups, meat dishes, even smoothies/protien drinks (you cant taste the spinach due to the other ingredients, so throw in a handful). I've heard that other vegies work well too; zuchini tho i've not tried it yet. Hope this helps...
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    Jan 06, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    I feel like you aren't eating enough protein - which may be effecting the energy for the gym and the recovery process after the gym.

    I know protein products tend to be expensive, but I think you would benefit by increasing your protein.