N.W. asks from Mechanicsburg, PA on October 03, 2008
Diet Fatigue & Jitters
I have quite a bit of weight to lose (could stand lose 70 lbs). My weight has fluctuated all my life from VERY fit to now. It is not that I don't know how to eat and exercise, it's simply a matter of doing it. And, I am not looking for the miracle diet or pill, I know they do not exist.
My question is... are their any supplements that anyone can vouch for that help with the fatigue and jitters. It seems as soon as start to cut back and convert my consumption to healthier items I get light-headed, jittery, and tired. I just want something that will help keep me feeling satisfied and not so weak. Anything that could help with cravings would be great too!
Oh yeah, and money is a factor... so it needs to be relatively inexpensive...
Thank you! Any recommendations would be wonderful!
2 moms found this helpful
M.G. answers from Pittsburgh on October 06, 2008
Aactivated Charcoal will also help you with the die off and to flush the toxins out. Drink filtered water.
A.J. answers from Williamsport on October 04, 2008
This is what works for me! I am always fluctuating, but usually pretty disciplined. Even when I'm too busy to exercise every day, eating like this keeps me form blowing up. They key to avoiding dizziness, starving and jitters is to eat small amounts frequently, and always include protein. The protein equalizes your system, feeds your brain, gives your body something to really feed on, so you don't burn through carbs with no satisfaction and get the jitters. NEVER go too long without eating, or your body reduces the amount of calories it needs, and then gains weight faster if you eat more. So, don't just grab some crackers, have a little cheese on them. Have some nuts in your cereal, have an egg with your toast, have yogurt with your banana, have turkey on your salad-and always some carbs as well, so you feel full. Stick to whole grains and skin-on potatoes etc. Eating more frequently small amounts helps you burn more calories. Don't cut out fats with artificially fat free food either! Healthy fats, like nuts, olive oil, avacados, at least 2% fat in your milk, feed your brain and make you more logical and stable and less exhausted. So. Eat frequent small amounts, don't get starving and depleted, eat normal portions at meals. Only eat healthy food, and don't eat right before bed. And exercise! Fat burning really increases with muscle building as well as cardio. Good luck to you! Always think of your healthy food as treats and your hideous cardio exercise as a luxurious heart massage, and your annoying weight lifting as an exotic butt lift procedure.
1 mom found this helpful
J.C. answers from Philadelphia on October 04, 2008
sounds to me like you have blood sugar management issues especialy if you are getting light-headed adn gittery. and you are gettign into too low blood sugar is what i am referring to which can result in those symptoms. so you may actually best to work a nutritionist to help you get that blood sugar issue under control before you start any supplements that may not help but may make the issues worse.
i am a nutritionist and when my clients have those issues, it is usually a blood sugar management issue more than anythign else. so eating regularly spaced meals is key (every 3-4 hours) and also making sure you get enough protein, carbs, veggies, good fats and fiber into each meal as well. cause if you just eat less or skip meals, you won't be helping yourself, you'll actualy get worse.
also, there may be some adrenal fatigue issues as well. but wihtout looking at your daily eatning habits and nutrient intake, i cannot comment on it. but fatigue is also a symptom of low blood sugar, too, so once we correct teh blood sugar issues, your fatigue will lift as well (and you should be able lose weight, too)
so if you ahve otehr questions, feel free to contact me directly if you want.
1 mom found this helpful
M.B. answers from Philadelphia on October 04, 2008
I've battled my weight my whole life (literally first put myself on a diet when I was four after a salesperson patted my chubby tummy and made a comment), and I've always said that no one knows how to lose weight like a fat person. We've done it often enough! You've gotten some great advice here. I just wanted to point out that sugar is physically addictive. It takes three weeks to get it out of your system. When my intake starts creeping up, and I try going off sugar I definitely feel fatiqued for a few days. Caffeine is also difficult. Even if you don't drink coffee, you might surprised how much caffeine is in sodas, iced tea, and chocolate. I was in college when I went off it, and I had to miss class for a couple days. I never know when I suddenly had to be horizontal. I've even heard of people who had to go the hospital for the pains it caused.
Don't forget that our bodies are designed to maintain the status quo (homeostasis). When we make big changes our bodies sometimes want to change it back. That is why right now you might really crave some of those old foods. And if you cut down on calories too much, your body won't even let any weight go because it is afraid of starvation.
The jitters shouldn't last, especially if you eat enough of the healthy stuff.
Good luck to you,
J.R. answers from Philadelphia on October 04, 2008
While this isn't a supplement I would highly recommend Weight Watchers. You can either do live meetings or do it online (online is cheaper). I lost 21 lbs before my wedding on Weight Watchers and will be returning in a couple weeks to lose the 50+ lbs I gained with my recent pregnancy. I like Weight Watchers b/c you can eat whatever you want as long as you count it towards your daily values. Good luck!
S.C. answers from Williamsport on October 04, 2008
I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a little over a year ago. I started counting grams of carbohydrates, and along with my diabetes medications, ended up losing 50 pounds, 30 of which I have KEPT off. Because I have no other diet restrictions, I can eat all the proteins I want to combat the "hungries" if I'm full up on carbohydrates.
If you want more details, get in touch with me. Total carbohydrate grams for most foods are listed on the label, so as long as you can figure out portions, you're good to go without any "new" expenses. I allow 45-60 grams for meals and 15-30 for snacks, depending of course on my blood glucose readings.
If you have medical coverage, ask your doctor for a referral to a dietician. They can help you form an eating plan to combat the problems you have faced.
Above all, good luck with your weight loss efforts. If you haven't been diagnosed with it, you may be able to avoid becoming a diabetic if you successfully lose the weight and keep it off.
P.W. answers from Philadelphia on October 04, 2008
I recommend using a balanced weight loss program like Weight Watchers which ensures that you eat enough food and the right foods to nourish your body. I lost 38 pounds previously on this program and am starting it again to lose some pounds I gained this year due to depression.
J.L. answers from Philadelphia on October 18, 2008
N. weight watcher is the best diet along with a multi vitamin you dont want loose it to fast make sure you are well hydrated with water not caffine. caffine will add to the jitters. if that doesn't help check with you dr abt blood work maybe you glucose levels are too low.
T.M. answers from Philadelphia on October 03, 2008
i have tried so many things...alli was ok i didnt have the side effects...if you are ready to make a committment do weight watchers you can get point values on line and try to follow...i find everything else tempor. sounds if your life is crazy and alot of chunks of time wasted try to take walks in between that will halp...and get your mind focused