Starting a New Diet and Have Low Energy? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself
Starting a New Diet and Have Low Energy?
5 Questions to Ask Yourself
Say you’re starting a new diet and low energy hits you after a few days in. It’s important to understand what we mean by “diet” and how you can respond to low energy.
What is a “diet”?
Diet is a tricky word to throw around. We mostly associate diets with “fad diets;” that is, something that is popular and widely used (and accepted) by our culture, or a “way of eating” that belongs to a specific category. For example, vegetarian, keto, low-carb, raw food, Atkins, FODMAP, vegan or plant-based, south beach diet (and the list goes on). We have an article all about why most fad diets fail.
Some diets are long-term while some are short-term. Some are meant to be short-term, some are meant to be long-term. Some are simply a style of eating, such as Mediterranean. The problem in our culture today is that people think when they choose a diet, it is the “holy grail” for their success and that it’s not meant to be forever. But, that poses its own set of implications. Your hormones can be negatively impacted, you may view food with negative connotations, you may rebound (hormonal implications again) and you may develop mental health issues (food obsession, binge eating, starvation, food as calories etc).
Although, let’s note that there are correct and safe ways to follow diets for optimal health. For those with specific health issues, some foods and food categories may in fact be removed for a specified period of time (in rare cases indefinitely) in order to facilitate one’s healing journey. However, after the withdrawal phase, many people begin to thrive. At CE Wellness, we work with a client’s symptoms (acute and chronic) and develop a plan that tends to their health while also their lifestyle. You can learn more about our process here.
Most people associate the success of a generic “diet” while comparing it to weight loss. However, if you lose weight but feel crummy in the inside, is it really working for you? Would you consider that successful? It may appear to be successful (physical success), but now you may be working through a whole new realm of symptoms which we will discuss below.
Why You May Experience Low Energy + Questions to Ask Yourself
Think of it this way – your body is accustomed to eating in a specific way for a long time. All of a sudden, you strip these foods from your body and most likely begin adding in more frequent or intense workouts.
You have essentially shocked your system.
Further, if you have picked a fad diet, you may have stripped your body from essential nutrients it needs to thrive, that may potentially include lower calories as well.
- Is your diet working for you? You may be losing weight (if that’s your goal), but how do you feel? Do you feel tired? Foggy brain? Having unrestful sleeps? Write down how you feel and any new symptoms since switching your diet.
- What is your main goal for adopting this diet? Why did you choose this way of eating? Did you do it by listening to your body, were you influenced/inspired or curious?
- If it’s meant to be short-term, how can you make some realistic changes to this diet to allow it to be sustainable long-term?
- If you are experiencing energy dips, how can you make some shifts in your diet? Do you know how to make these shifts? Start by identifying the patterns.
- Have you tried this method before? If so, did it work successfully for you? How can you define a diet to be “successful?” How can you make this diet work more for your bio-individual needs?
It’s important to remember that diets are general guidelines, yet most people follow them very strictly. We are all very unique with a different set of health concerns, goals, health history, medical history and DNA. With that, your diet should be catered to your health. By working with a registered practitioner, you can discuss your health and create an action plan moving forward. All of our programs help you create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. You can learn more or get a 2-week free trial here.
How To Pick A Diet For Your Needs
Aside from fad diets and diet categories as listed above, let’s talk about YOU. There are questions to ask yourself before you jump into a new “way of eating.” You can answer these questions and then structure a diet that works specifically for your needs and goals. I call this way of eating “flexitarian.” It’s a flexible way of eating that works for you. You do not fall under a strict protocol or set of rules.
Working with A Nutritionist But Still Feeling Tired?
Communication is key. I have seen many women that have worked with a health coach or nutritionist prior to coming to our online clinic. They say that they committed to a plan for a few short weeks and stopped because it was “too unrealistic” or that they felt new symptoms arise that weren’t dealt with. These symptoms can be:
- tiredness, low energy
- foggy brain
- poor memory
- sleep patterns shift
- and in worse cases, menstrual cycle altering, acne, hair loss, binge eating, blood sugar issues (dysglycemia) and digestive disturbances.
If you are working with a practitioner right now and are reading this because you have low energy or perhaps some of the symptoms listed above I strongly urge you to communicate with your practitioner. If they are properly trained, they should make appropriate modifications.