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Hack my cortisol

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 30, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I really think I have cortisol issues. According to the scale, I've gained 10lbs in two months. I CF 4 or 5 times a week. It makes me feel better otherwise I'll sit at home and think about the stress in my new job. I eat a lot of red meat, hardly any fish. The only fruit I eat is a banana post wod carb. I don't consume nuts. I don't bake. Just meat, eggs, bacon, coconut, leafy plants and other veggies. I eat three times a day with a post wod carb. I get hungry three times a day. Each meal is enough to bring me over to the next one. So I'm not snacking. my body composition has changed from the amount of CF I do, but I enjoy going. I get so much more than just strength training out of it, so I don't know if going less during the week is going to help. I'm definitely a worry wart and trying to work on it. But I'm obviously getting nowhere because I've been feeling bloated and inflammed around the midsection and thighs so decided to step on the scale and saw it was 10lbs higher than when I weighed myself in August. and no I'm not pregnant nor is there even the chance that I'm pregnant. What's the issue and how do I hack it?

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on October 31, 2011
at 01:26 PM

"I get hungry three times a day. Each meal is enough to bring me over to the next one. So I'm not snacking"..... seems fine then

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on October 31, 2011
at 09:16 AM

thanks you're probably right. Do you think I'm eating too much though?

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on October 31, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Excellent advice jeff....

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on October 31, 2011
at 01:25 AM

To play devil's advocate with Albert, perhaps you are eating too much. One thing to try would be two meals a day, the first and largest of which is your post-workout meal. Sort of a Leangains type of thing.

15c0cfc9e64ad10661692c9e42441074

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on October 31, 2011
at 12:06 AM

more than 3 times huh? I'll try to cut back...but it's seriously depressing. but you think I'm not eating enough? I definitely think I probably eat too much1 I'll have 3 hard boiled eggs and a carrot stick for breakfast, lunch is a large salad with onions, more carrots and either chicken, shrimp, or tuna drowned in an olive oil dressing I make. and steak for dinner with a plant or veggie. if I was going to eat more, am I looking to up my calorie intake like adding nuts or eat more protein?

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on October 30, 2011
at 11:36 PM

two out of those 4/5 days are endurance. the rest are metcon

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at 11:15 PM

Are you doing 4-5 serious "metcons," per week? Or is it varied, i.e. lifting, skills, oly, etc.? Most gyms are only programming metcons these days to satisfy the populous. If that's the case, switch things up and do some lifting or skills work and skip the metcon a couple times per week.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on October 31, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Sounds like overtraining to me. How is your sleep? You can also measure your HR when you wake up and when you are fresh it should be fairly low but when you're unrecovered it will be higher. There is not a real absolute scale for this (Some cyclists see waking HRs in the 30s!) but the important thing os for you to find your baseline when you're fresh so you have something to compare it to when you've ben overtraining.

I'd take at least week and do nothing but walks and body weight exercises (air squats/pushups/stretching) if you can't just relax.

I wound up taking about 4 weeks to recover from overtraining, not completely off but maybe 1-2 workouts/week and nowhere near a max effort. I feel much much better on account of it.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on October 31, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Excellent advice jeff....

15c0cfc9e64ad10661692c9e42441074

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on October 31, 2011
at 09:16 AM

thanks you're probably right. Do you think I'm eating too much though?

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on October 31, 2011
at 01:26 PM

"I get hungry three times a day. Each meal is enough to bring me over to the next one. So I'm not snacking"..... seems fine then

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on October 30, 2011
at 11:53 PM

My man Raj Ganpath over at Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger. swears that anything more than 3 intense WODs/wk will absolutely do this. He recommends swapping a few out for some brisk walking. Also, you might not be eating enough.

But I feel ya on not wanting to cut back -- like you, I get so much more out of my CF experience than just good workouts.

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on October 31, 2011
at 01:25 AM

To play devil's advocate with Albert, perhaps you are eating too much. One thing to try would be two meals a day, the first and largest of which is your post-workout meal. Sort of a Leangains type of thing.

15c0cfc9e64ad10661692c9e42441074

(70)

on October 31, 2011
at 12:06 AM

more than 3 times huh? I'll try to cut back...but it's seriously depressing. but you think I'm not eating enough? I definitely think I probably eat too much1 I'll have 3 hard boiled eggs and a carrot stick for breakfast, lunch is a large salad with onions, more carrots and either chicken, shrimp, or tuna drowned in an olive oil dressing I make. and steak for dinner with a plant or veggie. if I was going to eat more, am I looking to up my calorie intake like adding nuts or eat more protein?

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