Headaches While At A Calorie Deficit

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  1. Turbolag

    Turbolag TID's Official Donut Tester

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    This is the main reason why its hard for me to stay on a restricted calorie plan. I get really bad headaches throughout the day. I have no clue why.

    My current setup is like this:

    2900 calories

    250-270g protein

    250-300g carbohydrate

    65-85g fat


    When I eat as much or whatever I want I don't get these types of headaches. And they don't go away, no matter how long I stay on the plan. When I did my last restricted calorie setup, it was for 12 weeks. I had a headache everyday for the whole duration.

    Any ideas?? This is seriously irritating me and I'm ready to call it off. Its not worth being in pain.
     
  2. BrutusMaximus

    BrutusMaximus Member

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    Could be related to blood glucose levels or some other type of solute like sodium or potassium.
     
  3. Grumpyfit

    Grumpyfit MuscleHead

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    Where's you BP Turbo when this is happening?
     
  4. F.I.S.T.

    F.I.S.T. MuscleHead

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    Could definitely be related to low blood sugar level brother.This is common for many bbr's and strength athletes running clean or restrictive diets which is often very low on sugar consumption.Too low a blood glucose level can dramatically effect this.Try have a "not so clean" snack once in a while.

    You can also try tweaking your carb intake a bit.Even is this is a normal range for you,sometimes it helps to increase this a little bit and it can help with headaches as well.Try those tips out man and see how it goes.
     
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  5. IronCore

    IronCore Bigger Than MAYO - VIP

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    nope... a head like that is just going to hurt my friend!
     
  6. shortz

    shortz Beard of Knowledge VIP

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    2900 cals and 300g carbs; I'd hate to ask where you were before the diet.

    My first thought was actually a caffeine headache if you cut back on tea/soda.
     
  7. Turbolag

    Turbolag TID's Official Donut Tester

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    I think I realized what it was guys. If I'm right, I'll post back what it was.

    We'll see.
     
  8. F.I.S.T.

    F.I.S.T. MuscleHead

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    Hope it resolved for you brother.Keep us posted.
     
  9. Zomb131

    Zomb131 VIP Member

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    Try caffeine?

    One cause of head aches is vasodilation of arteries in the head. Caffeine causes vascular constriction. Hence the use of caffeine in migraine medication.
     
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  10. Torres

    Torres MuscleHead

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    Very interested in what Turbo has for an answer . I too suffer from headaches , bad . Sometimes caffeine helps and most times I know my blood sugar is low , so I'll eat like a candy bar and no more headache !!
    Let me know what u come up with Turbo !!!
     
  11. IronCore

    IronCore Bigger Than MAYO - VIP

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    [video]www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg[/video]
     
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  12. Turbolag

    Turbolag TID's Official Donut Tester

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    Caffeine does help, but I can't have caffeine anymore. Definitely works though.

    So I'm pretty sure it was two things:

    1. Calories were too low, even for a deficit\

    2. Like What FIST suggested, and Torres, is to have something with sugar in it that is not so clean every now and then.

    So I'm going to try these two ideas, and put them to the test and see how it works.

    Thank you all for chiming in with your replies.
     
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