We talked a little about over exercising in our last post but we wanted to dive down a little deeper to explain why it is best to pull back on the reins and what to do in lieu.
At first during the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol), Paleo, SCD (Specific Carbohydrate), and Keto diets our brains and bodies are doing their darndest to adjust but it doesn’t happen overnight. A certain level of keto-adaptation for both the brain and muscles has taken place within the first few days or week but the transformation isn’t complete. Until around the third week our brains and bodies will feel famished without the usual dose of glucose supply and our ability to perform in the gym will be somewhat diminished. Our endurance and explosive energies won’t be what they were as our bodies adjust during the first few weeks of our new Keto, AIP, Paleo, or SCD diet.
So what can we do? Do we neglect the gym entirely?! No, but we do need to slow it down during these beginning stages of the diet. Specifically, we need to stay below our maximum aerobic heart rate (180 beats per minute minus our age) and reduce our typical energy output by pulling back on the amount of weight/reps we do by around ten or twenty percent depending on how our body is reacting. We can’t try to be the king of the gym during this time so our bodies can adapt appropriately so we need to put those ambitious objectives out a few weeks until our body and brain are ready.
After the third week or around there our bodies will have adjusted nearly completely to our diet choice and we can begin to resume our typical workouts by slowing building back up to them. Those on the Keto and Paleo diet will have rewired their bodies for fat-burning rather than sugar and the pounds will drop. Those on the AIP and SCD diets will have rewired their brain and body in a similar way but it may (likely so) take much longer before the symptoms of their disease will improve as everyone’s body is different and results will vastly vary.
As always, we hope your efforts to change your life for the better whether it is to lose weight, improve your health in general, or help manage a disease are successful. We hope you keep us in mind to supplement this effort with our AIP, SCD, Paleo, and Keto diet compliant proteins and other products! We have grass-fed beef protein powder supplements which will easily work well in a shake or smoothie. Happy dieting!