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Feeling run down and gain weight every few months?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 03, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Every 2-3 months I am hitting this wall and all of the sudden I feel exhausted, run down, and brain fogged. I also seem to gain some abdominal fat which tells me there is a cortisol issue. This is the 3rd time I've experienced the same exact symptoms. Nothing is drastically changed that brings on these symptoms. The past two times I have just increased carbs, stopped working out, and tried to get as much sleep as possible.

Another symptom worth noting is that some of my IBS symptoms have begun to creep back. I am having movements 2 times a day after my morning and afternoon meals and I am experiencing a little constipation, which tells me my gut needs some healing as well. I take probiotics, eat fermented foods, and drink chicken broth 2-3 times a week.

These measures seem to correct the symptoms after a couple weeks, however, my hack is why is this a reaccuring problem? It is kind of frustrating to just hit a wall and have to lose progress on my training and feel like crap for a week or two.

My carb intake is probably around 75-100 grams a day from veges, yams, and some fruit and I probably eat 1 gram of protein per lb of bw. Everything is cooked with large amounts of good fats.

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on August 04, 2011
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I have a pretty big yam PWO but probably should increase carbsa the rest of my meals. No diahrrea, but i was done to once a day with no constipation or need to go the rest of the day. That was down from 7 times a day when I had IBS. I know 2 is much better than 7 but I dpn't know why it increased to two everyday out of no where.

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on August 03, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Based on what you say about how you've gotten past it -- sleep, rest, some carbs -- it very well could be a cortisol deal. Maybe 3 weeks on and one off is a natural cycle for your body? I'll be interested to see what others have to say on this -- think I experience something similar, with regard to the unexpected uptick in weight.

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on August 04, 2011
at 11:53 AM

You said you increased carbs, stopped working out and got more sleep and it then improves. It seems clear to me that you're burning yourself out, do you have post workout carbs Yams, Sweet Potatoes etc? Try upping your carbs on workout days and see if its resolved.

Movements twice a day can be normal for some people, or is it diarreah?

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

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on August 04, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I have a pretty big yam PWO but probably should increase carbsa the rest of my meals. No diahrrea, but i was done to once a day with no constipation or need to go the rest of the day. That was down from 7 times a day when I had IBS. I know 2 is much better than 7 but I dpn't know why it increased to two everyday out of no where.

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on April 17, 2013
at 07:14 AM

I'm in the same boat and its frustrating. Happens once a month particularly after a good week of training, I thin crash. This to me sounds like I'm run down which isn't fun!

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on August 04, 2011
at 01:42 AM

I have a similar thing going on, whereby everything seems to work well, then I go 'off' - my IBS starts grumbling, my sleep deteriorates, my mood crashes. I'm really pleased you asked the question, because I tended to think that I must have done something wrong and I'd start tweaking my eating. It works for a little while, then I'm back in the same state again.

I'm sympathising rather than answering, I guess, so sorry if I'm hijacking. Hope there are some good answers coming!!

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