Anonymous asked: Hey Nerdfit, I was wondering how not to feel tired and run down when lifting and also eating at a calorie defecit. I am eating oats and whey + blueberrys for breakfast at about 5AM, then a lean meat, veg, and wholewheat pasta for my lunch and dinner, this results in about 1700 calories a day. I have the most important exams of my life in two months and this is why im taking in alot of complex carbs, I need to study my ass off and concentrate all day until may.I hit the gym in the AM before class
This one is tough. It’s difficult to keep peppy when not in caloric deficit, and even hard when you are in deficit.
I’m going to provide you with two specific ideas. The first being a rather common solution. The second, not so much.
Firstly, integrate some antioxidant teas throughout your day. Antioxidant rich teas can help keep your energy levels high, and often have a little help with caffeine. Though, you might have already heard this, as it’s not a revolutionary idea.
The second idea, is to reduce the number of carbs you’re intaking. I know this sounds weird, but try replacing them with healthy fats such as macadamias, coconut, most nuts (no peanuts), avocado, etcetera. It’s a common concept called FatFueling vs CarbFueling. Yes, this is a paleo-based concept but a sound one. The healthy fats provide energy without spiking the insulin as heavily as carbs. Not only that, fats provide vital nutrients required by the body for both energy and the construction/maintenance of “structural” elements, such as cell membranes.
Though, since you’re watching your caloric intake, you’ll have to ensure the calorie rich foods you’re eating are equivalent. This will result in your meals getting a little smaller in total mass.
Good luck with the exams! Hit me again, let me know how it all goes.