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Old 10-25-2009, 01:34 AM   #11
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I'd take a few days and overeat. then just eat freely for at least 2 weeks. After that assess how you look and feel. Preferably with before and after pictures or an outside opinion. The mirror can exacerbate the dysmorphia issue more than the other two options.

From chronic overeating like that it's going to take a while for your body chemistry to get un-screwed if that's indeed what's going on.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:25 AM   #12
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David,
From my personal experience. I do not do well with IF and low carbs when my bodyweight / BF is too low. My guess is that I may have been spiking my cortisol levels. I actually had issues with high blood sugar which believe it or not corrected when I ate more food and more carbs. I was very lean at the point where I had the most issues, I just realized that there is a point where I am not as healthy even though I am really lean. I had great strength especially pound for pound but my metabolic workouts had tanked.

This is the personal experience of one your mileage may differ.

I agree with Garret a post workout carb up is at least a pound of sweet potato. Small amounts (say 4-6 ounces each) during the day taken with five or six mixed meals would be a good carb up day IMO.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:46 AM   #13
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Craig,
Interesting observations. I've seen Lyle McDonald comment on those same effects several times regarding low bodyfat and insulin resistance stating that it's a good thing from a survival standpoint. Getting really lean (as in contest or near contest lean) can cause muscles to be come insulin resistant in order to spare glucose for the brain.

there's certainly a fair bit of circulating cortisol as well. Interesting post.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:16 AM   #14
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Workout frequency may be too high....as that is usually seen alot as well. Especially as you get older.....you time to recover takes longer.

I've found more optimal results (for energy and recovery) with one hard workout every 3-4 days....the rest is just play time to walk, hike, bike....whatever. As long as the workouts keep progressing you will make long term progress.

Recovery sometimes is more time based than eating more in a shorter base of time....unless you are like 18 and then you can probably get away with anything....but that will come to an end at some point (I learned that the hard way....burned out and injured).
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:08 PM   #15
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i usually give in to one craving or another, and i usually don't think too much about it, and don't feel bad about it either.
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