desidou Posted November 11, 2012 Share Posted November 11, 2012 I just completed another Whole30 (my second, did one prior in January 2012). This time, I had my body mass calculated to help me track my progress. I lost 11 lbs in the 5 weeks between testing, but 7 of those were muscle loss. I did start to slowly reintroduce foods after my strict 30 days was up. I started with half 1and half in my coffee, some butter to fry my eggs in (when I ran out of ghee) and I had a few tortilla chips and a little bit of cheese dip (oh my, was it addicting) at dinner a few nights ago at a mexican restaurant when we were out with a group. I did not experience any noticeable negative side effects from either reintroduction. I have not been in the gym at all during the 30 day period, so I will be honest about that. Still, I am stunned at the huge loss of muscle. I lost almost twice as much muscle as fat. I know I need to get back into the gym, but seeing this much muscle loss is making me consider that I may not be eating enough. For breakfast I'll have 2 scrambled eggs with broccoli or spinach, maybe a link or two of chicken (or turkey sausage) and a small apple or clementine (maybe 2 tiny clementines) and coffee with coconut milk creamer (homemade, not the junk out of a carton). Lunch is usually a good sized helping of protein, 1-2 veggies (one may be a starchy one like sweet potato) and a 16 oz glass of water. Dinner is about the same. I weight around 125 and my activity level is low-moderate (right now). I'll usually have a serving of fruit with dinner or lunch. I've been limiting my nut consumption as I think that caused issues in my first Whole30 - I believe it was contributing to gut irritation. I've had headaches frequently in the past week, but I was thinking it was dehydration, not undernourishment. Any thoughts on this massive loss of muscle? I will start to incorporate some body weight exercise to help me maintain what I have until I feel like getting back to the gym. I also recognize that I tend to overschedule myself and that can lead to stress. I am trying to reign that in and may consider starting to practice yoga so I can teach myself how to relax and lead such a stressful/busy life. I know adrenal fatigue is a real possibility for me, so I am very aware of trying to control that. I guess my biggest lesson from this is that it's a learning journey. I have to learn what works for me and how my body responds. I am disappointed in the results, but I know that my lack of gym time this month had a LOT to do with it. I guess I didn't realize it was that important. Thoughts/advice? Desi Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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