Since I upped my daily workout routine two weeks ago, my energy level took a big hit. I’m struggling through my workouts and there are days I don’t have the energy for a walk or run. I started looking at my daily caloric intake as well as my macronutrient (fat/protein/carbs) breakdown. Did I need to change things up to keep pace with my more intense workouts?
Thankfully the solution is pretty simple.
My hubby suggested I take a look at a book I gave him for Christmas – The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Living. Within 15 minutes I had a simple, plausible answer. With my increase workouts I’m sweating up a storm, drinking more water and losing salt…a lot of salt.
Low Carb Diet & Salt Intake
With my low carb way of life, my kidneys no longer retain salt. Instead they quickly get rid of it along with extra water my body is storing. As I increase the length and intensity of my, my body is losing even more sodium, causing me to feel fatigue.
An easy way to add more sodium is a 1-cup of broth each morning, about an hour before my workout. That’s an increase of about 1-2 grams of salt into my daily diet. Since I’m low carb, my kidneys will get rid of the extra salt within hours, making sure I don’t have a build up to too much salt.
I started drinking chicken broth Saturday. Today I really felt the difference. I had more than enough energy for my 2 hours at the gym and have enough fuel for my afternoon walk.
Now I need to learn how to make my own broth.