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You’re certainly not the only one.
With regard to the eating cycle, it will take time to normalize – but the problem with any of them whether it be straight deprivation or binge/purge type behavior is the restriction or the fear of overeating and feeling like you need to compensate.
When food isn’t an issue for you, it really isn’t an issue for you.
but it’s very, very, very hard to do this alone. Give yourself some credit, you’re trying to take on a lot!
I highly suggest getting help from a professional, if your insurance will swing it consider a few programs.
Check out Youreatopia.com and http://fyoured.com/
It could at least exacerbate things. Regardless of how directly related it is to this condition, thyroid plays a roll in just about everything. A healthier metabolism can only benefit.September 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm in reply to: Anyone have experience with typical bodybuilding supplements? #12453
yeah, you can look up individual studies on maintaining saturation over longer terms vs cycling. But I don’t keep them on hand. This might provide some useful info.
haha okay, well N=1 and like anything context matters. If you look at the full text they look at one marker, in a controlled setting. There’s no way to control for all of the variables of how it might help or hurt.
placebo effect is an effect to.
Could he be more motivated by seeing a cosmetic pump? Absolutely. But is it doing something so direct physiologically – probably not so much (according to the studies) but see above as to how to apply that.September 6, 2013 at 3:15 am in reply to: Anyone have experience with typical bodybuilding supplements? #12375
Most are able to maintain creatine saturation with a dose of 3-5g taken on workout days only or ~4 days a week. It may take a bit more time for the cells to reach saturation, but it can be maintained without down-regulation and you can avoid some of the bloating/gastrointestinal issues that many experience.
it really hasn’t been shown to have any benefit on exercise. Pre-workout arginine supplementation has even been shown lower GH response to exercise in some studies (contrary to what most would expect).
It won’t likely do much more than give you a cosmetic pump. Carbohydrates will do the same thing.
“28 y/o male. 6?0? about 190lbs”
I don’t think that 3,000kcal is aggressive, or even necessarily re-feeding. That might be maintenance if you’re activity is very low. The initial weight gain likely has a lot to do with glycogen storage. You might need a good bit more food. The recs from Diet Recovery 2 say that a male should take an estimated body weight where they would be very lean and multiply that by 23 – let’s hypothesize that you might weigh about 175 if you we’re a true 10% (which is very lean and very different than what most people claim to be 10%)
175×23 = 4025…minimum.
Even 150 x 23 = 3450
I would personally try to get the most nutritional value I could out of the foods I was eating.
TSH isn’t very useful. Thyroid tests can help – but even those won’t always paint an accurate picture of what’s going on. I would continue with the calories, continue your own monitoring, and see about having a complete thyroid panel done.
I can relate in so many ways, and the closer I get to figuring stuff out – the more I realize there really is no endpoint. Even if you or I have spontaneous remission tomorrow – another one of life’s stressors will come up..that’s just the way it works :)
I’m certainly not recommending that you don’t take practical measures to improve the way you feel, I do the same. But I was so happy to hear about the meditation practice – and would encourage you to continue that. Meditation never rid me of my health ailments, but it allowed me to live with them as I pursued better health. It really allowed me to live my life, which I realized I hadn’t been doing even before my mystery symptoms came about. Of all the doctors, therapies, etc. I believe Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a continuation of practice has been the most beneficial thing for my well being – and it extends beyond just physical.
Best of luck.
Glad to hear about the meditation, I think that’s key. I know you were joking, but I was wondering if you actually practice at a Zen School?
If it were me, I would look into the thyroid again with a more complete panel to try and get a better idea of what’s going on – free t3, free t4, etc.
Gene/Immunology testing, specifically the HLA-B27 gene and see a rheumatologist about the hip pain. There are a few types of chronic arthritis that you could be at risk for (anklyosking spondylitis) sounds bad but if affects people to varying degrees – don’t flip yourself out about it, just worth checking into. The fatigue and pelvic floor pain made me think of it, and the stories of going a long time without diagnosis. You might not have any real pronounced structural damage that they picked up on.
Can’t speak to the effect of just ETF. Did you go through a period of severe restriction that would have damaged your metabolism? I certainly wouldn’t restrict, unless you discover some allergy or sensitivity but keep overall calories adequate or on the higher end.
keep up with the meditation. Stay open to possibilities, but don’t catastrophize. You’ve dealt with it for 9 years thus far, so chances are it’s not killing you any faster than the rest of us ;).
I also really like Kabat-Zinn’s work for the meditation aspect. Even coupled with the Zen.
Aches and pains are often associated with hypothyroidism, but it’s worth seeing a rheumatologist, and have gene testing for HLA-B27 to see if you’re at risk for certain forms of Arthritis – like ankylosing spondylitis. None of that is meant to scare you, even if you were to develop it – that doesn’t necessarily mean it would be active.July 13, 2013 at 2:05 am in reply to: Wanted:Female buddy/support who eat at least 3000cals daily #8686
Here’s the thing to be careful about with Peating or any guidelines you want to follow – it’s another way to demonize food, another way to try and gain control over something.
One of Peat’s main principles is that context matters, at the end of the day it’s still going to come down to what works for you.
It’s possible that the rise in cortisol from such strict regimentation will do more damage than the evil PUFAs and gluten will.
I would say try them out. If you’re having an actual adverse reaction..take them back out. But a diet free from fear and with adequate calories will do far more for your overall health (including physical) and recovery than a regimented one will.July 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm in reply to: Wanted:Female buddy/support who eat at least 3000cals daily #8557
Saisrice, would it be okay if I emailed you about the mindfulness (sorry to derail).July 12, 2013 at 3:36 am in reply to: Wanted:Female buddy/support who eat at least 3000cals daily #8496
is there even an ability to PM on this forum?
Dutchie, do you mind if I ask which Peat inspired coach you consulted with? Many of them provide quite a few recipes.
Some huge, huge percentage of the population has this. Sometimes it comes and goes during puberty, a lot of times it stays. Some cases are more pronounced than others, but you might be surprised to know just how many guys have a buildup of tissue.
Matt mentioned aromatization and bonding of estrogen to the breast tissue, but if it has been there for some time and has not changed, it’s unlikely that it will (for better or worse). Don’t fall into the trap of trying to raise T or lower E with pharmaceuticals, that will only damage your body and/or make the condition worse. A lot of bodybuilders develop gyno while on cycle because the huge influx of exogenous testosterone aromatizes (converts to estrogen) then binds to the estrogen receptor around the nipple. They’ll sometimes try to take care of this by taking selective-estrogen receptor modulators, or anti-aromatase..but those carry a lot of danger, and they don’t have a convincing track record when the tissue has already been formed.
I realize this is a tad cliche, but the feeling comfortable is on you. That won’t come with removal alone, just like getting suprajaktecut for the abzorz won’t bring confidence.
My suggestion would be to work on feeling comfortable first, if it continues to be an issue for you, you can look into surgery, just make sure you find someone who specializes.