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Exhaustion Worse After gluten-free

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:45 AM

You need more calories.  If you are strength training and only consuming 1400-1600 calories, that is most likely not adequate.  If you are Celiac, you are not absorbing everything you need from a nutrient perspective already, then you burn the rest up on exercise...  Additionally, have you drastically reduced your carb intake?  Hopefully not if you are active.  You'll need those carbs.  I inadvertently cut my carbs drastically.  When I went gluten free, I mistakenly was eating an Atkins-esque diet without meaning to.  I didn't know the right way to cut out gluten and ended up not getting carbs.  I eventually started experiencing Ketosis.  Bad stuff.  I dropped to 137 lbs and I'm 5'11.


I started eating 2800-3000 calories per day and stopped working out altogether to get my weight up.  7-8 months later, I'm checking in at 172 and have finally started biking and went for a run last night.  Anyhow, when my caloric intake was down along with my weight, I was tired, anxious, and depressed.


You may not be in the same boat as I was but you are working out much harder than I was and you aren't getting enough calories in my opinion but then again, I don't know what your fitness/health goals are...

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:13 AM

Thanks for your reply Eers. I eat about 120-160 grams of carbs per day so I know I'm not going to the ketotic route. I figured I was probably too low on the calorie scale as everything is just going right through me with the D and all. I posed this question to my doctor via online message and she has not gotten back to me yet. I don't want to drastically increase my calories at once (plus I'm not that hungry - hitting my goal for the day is difficult right now). I'll likely increase it by 100 calories or so a week and get to a happy place. I don't think I'd ever give up working out. It's therapy for me.


My goal is to compete in bodybuilding at some point so I'd like not to gain a lot right now as I'm trying to do a cut but I realize that may not be feasible right now in my life. Sigh.

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Diagnosed Celiac via blood test 8-22-13

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Endoscopy/Biopsy Oct-26-13 positive for Celiac

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Egg, sugar alcohols Intolerant 5-2014

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