My osteopath is currently concerned about my weight gain, as am I (I’ve gained 65 pounds on this program and haven’t seem to see that stop — granted, I made a few mistakes along the way). She recommended these three Standard Process supplements. What do you all think of them?
Cholacol — which supports ‘healthy fat digestion’ and promotes bile production
Hypothalamus PMG — which supports the hypothalamus
Gymnema — which contains substances that decrease absorption of sugar in the intestines and also might cause insulin levels to rise.
I have never even heard of these supplements. I would recommend researching them thoroughly before taking anything, though, to determine the effects they will have on your body. Decreasing sugar absorption sounds in conflict with the goals of 180.
65 pounds is indeed a lot, unless you were starting from a really low point. Maybe you need to adjust your approach.
Adjustments are in progress and more are on the way. Other than gymnema, the other two supplements seem nothing but helpful.
That being said, I think exercise will do the trick more than any of these supplements. Life circumstances made exercising very difficult at the beginning of my re-feeding phase and I neglected to do that and watched a bunch of TV instead. I’m almost certain that the large weight gain came from those two things, as well as a bit too much fat in the diet.
But if I keep gaining after a month or two of exercise, and my macronutrient ratios are all pretty normal, well, I won’t know how to adjust from there. My diet is 3500 to 4000 calories a day, well balanced, and I’m 6’1″ 245lbs. What could I do from there other than limit calories?
I think it’s all so personal, and a lot of it is listening to your body I know Matt has worked one-on-one with people in more difficult situations, so that’s always an option if you continue to have issues. Hopefully the exercise will do the trick.
I happen to think that TV is pretty fattening, so I would imagine you are right about your weight gain there. A lot of people give up exercise during initial refeeding, as the body heals itself, but ideally that extra time is spent on things like sleep rather than TV.