I started an exercise routine about two to three weeks ago that includes about 30 minutes of cardio & 40 minutes of weight training. My diet has been relatively healthy. However, lately I’ve been feeling slightly dizzy and low on energy. What would you recommend? – Candido Sanchez


question-color-v2Your workout and diet description are fairly vague, so it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why you are feeling dizzy and low on energy, but I’ll try my best to steer you in the right direction!

If your diet has been stable, it is not likely the type of food that is causing the issue, but your overall calorie balance may be the problem. When you increase your exercise workload without also increasing your overall calorie consumption, you can feel depleted and lacking energy. If your goal is just to be healthy and fit, rather than to lose weight, then consider adding a healthy snack to your diet on exercise days to even out your energy levels.

What can I eat to give me more energy at the gym?

You’ll need to pay more attention to other details such as your sleep duration, meal times, actual foods consumed and exercise timing to find out what is triggering your symptoms. If your dizziness or lethargy persists or impacts your daily activities (e.g. ability to drive safely, cook a full meal, care for yourself or your family), please see your healthcare provider.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

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