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Full-time/part-time workers, how do you cope?

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#1 Paloma.



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:11 AM

So this relapse is the first time when I have been restricting and working 5 days a week. I’m previous years I found it much easier to cope with the tiredness of not eating enough because I was only working casually a few days per week. Now I work 36 hours and am struggling to deal with how exhausted I feel all the time. I literally spend my days off laying around because I am too tired to do anything else, and I wake up everyday feeling exhausted.

So I guess my question is how does everyone who works full-time, or part-time (4 days or more) deal with working and restricting and not die of exhaustion? I currently restrict between 600-1000 calories per day, and am intermittently fasting so I only eat between 2pm - 8pm. I am willing to change my calorie intake, but not the eating times.

Also, obviously high restriction gives you more energy from food, but for high restrictors, how much exercise do you do to make up for eating more calories. If I upped my intake I would definitely have to up my exercise.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:19 AM



honestly.. lots and lots of caffeine..and high restriction.. I eat 1400ish calories and aim for a -900 deficit.. so I need my tdee to be 2300ish most days

I think if you can work your way up to eating over 1000 calories it will help with feeling less exhausted! obviously it's easier said than done tho







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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:52 AM

I eat about 1000/day and I never work out so my deficit is around 600, which is enough to lose slowly. I make sure that everything I put in my body has lots of nutrients and I change my diet according to stuggles with my body, for example if I get leg cramps in the night I make sure to eat more potassium and magnesium.
I also try to sleep 8 hours (not always possible bc you know, I have a life) and I eat several times during work (low calorie snacks), which like you said isn't ok for you. Maybe drinking lots of caffeine will do the trick?

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 02:19 PM

I work full time and know the problem. I mostly have between 200 and 600 calories a day, and I drink a lot of coffee and green tea. On the two days a week I don't work I sleep a lot. But I'm really tired and exhausted at work as well.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 07:55 PM

I work 40 hour weeks with 2 year olds..... yep. Talk about a headache all day😂

But I have myself in a routine now. Before work I get a venti iced americano because it’s only 15 calories! That keeps me going until lunch time.

Then on my lunch I usually get a sugar free Red Bull or some kind of sugar free monster and that does the trick until I can get home around 6 pm to make and eat something for dinner.

On the really bad days I keep a Coke Zero on deck, and also a single serving bag of baby carrots (35 calories/bag) and that keeps me feeling okay!!

So basically lots of caffeine and I would say a lot of water!!!

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 08:00 PM

Well my normal non PMS eating is about 1400 cals and I work 80+ hours a week during this time of year. I sit at a desk a lot so I don’t need much energy. It’s sounds like you’ve been restricting too low. If you can eat more try also some light cardio like walking for 30 min a day. I do drink a lot of coffee and probably get my anxiety from it though.
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Posted 17 January 2018 - 08:02 PM

I feel you! I work full time and have a family and a house to run! I restrict to 500 cal a day and drink too much Diet Coke! But I really am exhausted by the end of the day, and weekends I rarely go anywhere cos I'm too tired! I've thought about allowing myself more calories on weekdays, but just can't bring myself to do it. Being exhausted is just part of the deal I guess xo
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Posted 17 January 2018 - 08:55 PM

I work 42-43 hours.
5 days a week, fulltime.

Hight restriction,

when at work i have 3 small snacks/meals to keep me going during the day, cause low blood sugar levels. I burn more than i eat, though.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:03 PM

I work 60 hours a week and I'm constantly on my feet so I'm burning way more than I can even attempt to put in. At first it was okay, because in the beginning it was 40 hours. But when I got promoted and now have to work 60 I barely make it through the day sometimes. So I've been forced to up what I eat. Now no matter what I do, I'm forced to just maintain. Not lose.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:42 PM

Caffeine and I always make sure I eat something before I go into work. 100 cals before work can make or break the day. I'm definitely still exhausted but yknow. 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:41 PM

Literally just had a fricking 7-10:45 am shift today at my college’s dining hall. Drank a Diet Pepsi beforehand lol

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:42 PM

There's a coffee bar at the place I work and coffee places near both my schools 


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 11:37 PM

i survive on green tea all day. I really really want to quit, and maybe I should before I keel over at work. There have been days where it was too close for comfort. Living like this turns me into a giant mega-bitch.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:18 AM

I for the most part eat around 600 cals or so a day, I usually eat once a day at dinner time or later. I also work 35 to 40 hours a week, my longest shift is easily 12 to 14 hours long, and I don't always sleep more the 2 or 4 hours a night.

Caffeine is my best friend, I also take an EAC stack but I don't recommend that simply because I know it's really not good for you. But it works.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:22 AM

Honestly i use a lot of stimulants. I work 12 hour shifts in health care and use pseudoephedrine or phentermine or modafinil almost regularly. I can usually get through these fine with only eating oatmeal in the morning and some yopro yoghurt with Pepsi max midday. I don’t recommend this tho my hair and body is all fucked.

My tdee is typically around 2400-2800 when working and I usually eat around 800 calories. I’m lucky though as I’m just so distracted and busy at work it’s easier for me to not think about it.

If I get dizzy I have glucodin (glucose tablets) that I eat and also drink a hella lot of water or Powerade zero.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:28 AM

I eat 1000 calories a day and work 34 hours a week. I miss being able to fast for days. Now I eat twice a day, once at 12:30 pm and once around 10 pm.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:32 AM

I just have a part time job (20 ish hours a week) since i’m in college haha but honestly I restrict to around 600-900 but caffeine and low calorie snacks (fruits and veggies usually) help a lot,I’ll have some on my lunch break if I feel like eating that day. mainly I eat when I get home from work though, I think I’m just used to not eating a lot before/at work so that’s how I do it

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 01:14 AM

I work 55ish hours a week and honestly it sucks no matter what you do, you just have to grit your teeth and muscle through it.

Usually the first thing I recommend is high restriction (if not just because i'd RATHER NOT have my coworkers pick up on my ED) but you have a pretty similar intake as me. Only other things I could recommend are taking care of your general wellbeing (get enough sleep, supplement any nutritional deficiencies etc) and make the effort to socialize or find stuff you enjoy because it makes the week seem a lot more pleasant/fast. (Which is pretty hard for the best of us, but I know having a quick chat and laugh with a coworker makes a big difference to my day because i'm a sad lonely piece of shit. If that's not possible, find something you enjoy doing and make them for it!) 


That's just in my personal experience so it may/may not be helpful to you. I also drink a lot of coffee and smoke a lot of weed which probably makes a difference too.


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 01:35 AM

I work 40-50 hrs a week (20 in the office over three days and the rest physical work over 2-3 days)

I restrict to ~100 cal a day on office days and fasting on physical days but that cal count is NOT counting Black coffee(no sugar)

I just drink ALOT of black coffee (4 tsp per cup and 2-6 cups a work day) and am usually so busy I don’t have time to pay attention to hunger and being tired, I also usually do my work outs in the early am before work, if I try to work out in the arvo that’s when I see black spots

Everyone’s different but for me I have my cals at lunch time because that’s when I have to eat with other people and it helps to give me a little boost to finish off the rest of the day as I usually won’t drink coffee after 1pm or I don’t sleep as well
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 01:44 AM

Lots and lots of caffeine. My job is also high stress and I never stop moving, stuff being at work actually energizes me. I completely forget I’m hungry (and that I have to pee) for hours.

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