I am a quadriplegic and am working out in the gym 6 days a week.


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I am a recovering quadriplegic (central chord syndrome C3,6,7) and am working out in the gym 6 days a week. 3 on, one day off. I do upper body one day, lower the next and on day three combine aerobics and back. My problem: I feel that I do not have the energy based upon what I am eating. I am eating about 50 grams fat/day, 1500 – 2000 calories/day. What should I be eating in the A.M. vs. P.M.?

I have heard that I shouldn’t eat certain foods at certain times because it will cause me to have a low of energy in the afternoon, causing me to be weaker in the afternoon or evening.

You’re welcome. Sounds like you have a great exercise program and are dedicated to maintaining your flexibility and strength.

Have you used the Healthy Body Calculator to determine how many calories and grams of fat to eat based on your weight goals? Unfortunately, I have not been able to find good data for persons with spinal cord injuries and any effect it may have on metabolism.

Limit carbohydrates (in particular starches and high sugar foods that have a high glycemic index) midday and eat more low-fat protein (meat, poultry or fish) for more energy. Have you considered working with a physical therapist who does strength training with spinal cord injured people?