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    Default Lifestyle change and weight gain

    Bit of an odd one this, but help me out if you can.

    Around six weeks ago I decided to cut out meat and try veggie. At the same time I seriously stepped up exercise; working out for 30 minutes on my cross trainer on the fitness program (variation of resistance throughout each session) interspersed with circuit training, namely push ups (40) and stomach crunches (50) per session, five times a week.

    Since then my fitness level has fallen badly, in that I'm out of breath when walking up a flight of stairs, whereas before I had no problems whatsoever, and the weight has just piled on. I feel completely shattered and regardless of how much sleep I get, I feel permanently tired. I take a multi-vitamin each day and a liquid iron supplement (19.8mg per day - well within the norm) which I've done for a long time.

    I eat one meal a day, something I've done for the last 32 years and calories for that meal now are around 1,500, so much lower than an average day's intake for most men and what I used to eat.

    What the feck am I doing wrong? I genuinely feel terrible and I'm much more overweight compared to when I used to do absolutely no exercise and eat whatever crap I fancied (loads of takeaways and general rubbish) just six weeks ago.

    Any thoughts or experience?

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    could be adding muscle(its heavier than fat) might not be eating enough carbs/sugars etc.. or calories for what your expending. also it would be wise to get your bloods checked and see if your metabolising correctly etc.. check for iron deficiency etc.

    i'd increse food into 2 or 3 smaller meals and a bit more calories.. more carbs etc and cut down excersise a bit. see how you feel
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    It's not 'weight' (badly phrased by me) as such that I've gained as I don't weigh myself, it's fat. Whereas I was quite slim a few weeks ago, I now wobble like a jelly and I have a paunch which I've never had. I've reduced alcohol too as I thought that may be a factor.

    I'd have imagined that doing all the above would have had a positive impact on my health but the opposite seems to have occurred.

    I know what you mean about the meal structure but I've eaten the single meal a day for 32 years (due to feeling quite unwell if I eat prior to 2pm) but even with that I've been quite slim in the past.

    Thanks for the blood test pointer though, a couple of people have mentioned that in the past few days. I wonder if it's something more sinister that has been exacerbated by the lifestyle change?

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    I can't speak from experience as I am not overweight, nor on any special diet (save having type II diabetes, and thus managing it with watching what I eat: cutting down on salt, sugar and saturated fat), but something is clearly amiss.

    My suspicion is that you are making too many changes to your lifestyle at the same time. Is there a gym nearby you can join? - as I think your fitness requirements ought to be assessed by a qualified trainer. I would also try to make an appointment to see (or at least speak with) your doctor about having a check-up.
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    Hi Rob,

    Sounds like a bit of a protein deficiency.

    I would suggest that you go back to your old lifestyle right now - then the only changes I'd make is slightly smaller portions and slightly more exercise. I would also suggest that one meal a day isn't doing you any good - you got away with it when you were taking on animal proteins, but bear in mind that your new diet may not be providing enough. In any case the body can only assimilate so much protein at any one sitting, hence my misgivings about having only one meal per day.

    It would be worth trying

    (a) three meals per day minimum which include animal protein. Doesn't have to be meat, it can be fish, eggs, dairy.

    (b) if possible eat earlier rather than late in the day.

    (c) a good move if you are able is to do your exercising first thing, before breakfast - your body will already be in 'starvation mode' and rather than taking energy
    from your last meal, will get at your fat reserves quicker.

    Then again I'm a bit of a fat biffa, so what do I know?
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    Might be a low level bug Rob. No real symptoms apart from feeling not 100%. Had similar myself.
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    One of the reasons people gain weight in your position is simply NOT eating enough food! odd aint it..but if you aren’t providing your body with the energy it needs to fuel your daily activities, then it will have to begin sourcing it from somewhere else. You might be thinking the first place it will look is your stored body fat, but it is far easier for your body to begin breaking down your lean muscle mass so it can be converted to glucose and burned for energy.

    eat more and excersise a bit less. more carbs added in etc.. you need fuel first.

    also keep fluid up(water)
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    Sounds like going back to my previous lifestyle would be beneficial!

    I'll return to my previous diet but keep the exercise going and see what happens over the next six weeks.

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    Thanks chaps.

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    Failing that, it could be an excessive build-up of man's milk or fart gas, so you know the respective cures!

    Seriously though, mate, I hope you get things sorted out soon to your satisfaction. Some good advice has been given. One thing I'd add, if it hasn't already been suggested, is to stop eating altogether after 8pm - or try and have your evening meal as early as possible, allowing sufficient time for at least some (as many as possible) of the calories to be burned off, then consume nothing else but fluids (water, nothing sugary) before bed.

    One of the things that piles on the pounds most is late-night takeaways, washed down with beer!

    Also, try and always eat something decent for breakfast (don't skip it), as it staves off the temptation to snack until lunchtime, or gorge on too much food for lunch because you've eaten nothing since you got up. Little and often is better than nothing, and then a huge big meal

    In that respect, the old saying (although difficult to achieve with modern life) of 'Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper' holds true.

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