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I just love this program and can't believe it's ease and results. BUT this week I am feeling so run down I can hardly stand it! It's becoming debilitating in my day to day activities.

I'm in the middle of my 10th week. I am following the plan 100%. I am otherwise healthy. I have a lot of weight to lose yet and will not quit the plan. This too will pass, right longtimers?..

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It is unusual to feel tired with this program this far into it, at least for most people. Maybe a checkup with your Dr to get blood counts, iron level, etc. If you are not getting electrolytes replenished that you are losing with all the water/potty trips Medifast includes, that may be part of the problem too. Maybe try throwing a bit more salt/sodium in the form of the dill pickles and broths into your diet. You could also be one of those (I was one) who needs to carry carb and calorie levels on the higher end of the Medifast allowance. Nutritional support would be able to tell you best how to supplement your plan.Your tiredness may also not be related to the diet at all, but possibly one of the many viruses starting to crop up for the fall/winter flu and cold season. Hope you feel more energetic soon!..

Comment #1

Are you exercising?.

How much water do you drink?.

Are you having a snack daily? If so, what?.

Do you split your L&G?.

What Medifast meals do you typically eat?.

Whats your break out of carbs, protein and fat per day?.

How many calories do you average per day?.

You say you have a lot to lose, but your BMI is 27...

Comment #2

No exercise t.

Approx 120 ozs of water.

No snack but sounds good!.

Don't split the L&G.

I really like the shakes and soft serve.

I average about 850 cals and close to 100 carbs. Don't know about the fat..

Thank you for your help...

Comment #3

First of all, you're doing amazingly so far!.

While I'm recently recommitting to the plan, and going through all the joys associated with the first week of being OP, in my experience what you're going through isn't typical (and by typical, I mean in line with what I experienced on my initial Medifast journey and what I've read from others here). While in the first week or two I did experience some feeling of lethargy as my body adjusted, by week 10 it seemed that I had more energy than I can remember having in a long time. As Schu suggested, you may be dealing with some unbalance in your system and may want to look into trying some of the things she suggested..

While in my first go round I didn't add any snacks into my meal plan, I have found this time that on days when I'm feeling low or if I feel like I'm starting to crash and it isn't time for a meal yet they can be exceptionally helpful in boosting me back up. If you look at your nutritional info and see that you're falling towards the low end of the spectrum as far as carbs and calories go, try substituting a higher carb and calorie meal in. Our bodies are all slightly different and maybe yours just can't operate normally at the bottom of the spectrum. There have been posts I've read on here from people who say that they actually lose more if they're higher on the spectrum just because that's what their body needs to function..

However, if those don't work and nutritional support doesn't have an explanation, definitely go get checked out by your doctor. It could be any number of things. And as Schu said, we are approaching that time of year when it seems like there's always a nasty cold going around. There's one going around my college right now, no regular cold or stomach bug symptoms, just a mild fever and intense exhaustion...

Comment #4

Maybe peel back your carbs a bit and see if you feel a bit more energy. Everyone is different, and 100g of carbs is probably teetering on the edge of ketosis. For you, it could be pushing you out, and along with it the associated energy boost ...

Just a thought...

Comment #5

Dear Medifast server,.

Stop being such an ***..

Thanks...

Comment #6

This has been helpful. I am going to try cutting back the carbs to see if I am out of Ketosis and if I don't improve I am going to the dreaded Dr. The ketosis/carbs thing hits a cord. I have a hunch about that being right. Thank you...

Comment #7

Maybe even try cycling carbs from lower a few days to higher for one, and so on. this seems to work for some. You may also need more calories in the form of proteins that don't add carbs. Are you by any chance using a lot of veggie burger type products? If so, maybe leave them off, as they are higher carb, and go with low or no carb protein choices, like more white fish or lean chicken...

Comment #8

On the days I feel run down and drained of energy, I just have an snack. My choice is usually a piece of cheese the little round ones from Laughing Cow or just an extra piece of chicken breast in my L&G. I also drink something warm such as tea with a some half&half. It helps me. I think it is just our bodies telling us with need a bit more protein? Maybe it is going on starvation mode and from what I read here sometimes upping the calorie intake some days actually turns into better loses...

Comment #9

I just love this program and can't believe it's ease and results. BUT this week I am feeling so run down I can hardly stand it! It's becoming debilitating in my day to day activities.

I'm in the middle of my 10th week. I am following the plan 100%. I am otherwise healthy. I have a lot of weight to lose yet and will not quit the plan. This too will pass, right longtimers?..

Comment #10


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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