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    11cactus11 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Undereating or Overtraining

    I started the PM last week, and felt drained. I know that this is the conditioning phase, but it was more than simply a lack of conditioning.

    I kept my reps low and not even close to failure. I didn't think I overtrained, and tried everything to rule out the possibility of overtraining.

    I noticed that I haven't been eating alot. Protein, for yesterday, was less than 80g. I weigh 200 lbs. I decided to eat more calories, especially protein.

    My results: I feel better, and not drained/weak.

    On the other hand, I haven't exercised since Thursday. But, I still felt drained this morningl it was only after eating more that I felt better, and my back didn't feel tired/weak.

    My conclusion: Undereating can mimic similar results as overtraining.

    Any comments/thoughts?

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    I haven't been eating much lately and I feel like I've been overtraining. By the way, I haven't worked out in 3 weeks, so that should support your conclusion.
    Luke-ISSA CFT & IKFF CKT

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    I didn't really find the PM too taxing when I first started it, but when I got to the point where I added in the clean/press/snatch practices and my swing volume improved, I did start getting worn down. I just added a little fruit into my diet and that seemed to clear up the problem.

    Another thing is be sure to get enough sleep. You know when you've had one of those workouts where you need it. I think it's better(for me at least) to get the extra sleep on the front end by going to bed early, instead of sleeping in late.

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    Until I actually tracked the calories on how much I ate each day for a month including the carb, protein, and fat ratios, I found that I was significantly undereating, but thought I was overtraining. I increased eating and after a few days of significantly more calories, the sluggishness was pretty much gone. Eat more seems to work IMO.

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    11cactus11 is offline Senior Member
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    Its so simple, really; eat more quality foods; I feel stupid.

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