- Nov 11, 2022
Doing fairly well but have been stuck in this "pseudo-deficit" state for a while, where I can't seem to repeat previous success. I got down to 11% early this year, and the stress has just kept piling on. With the coffee, I'm sure my cortisol levels have been ridiculous. I'm back around 15%, and I've been having real trouble finding that mode again that got me to 11%. Diet fatigue has also hit me the past few weeks, and I've been eating like crap. I put so much intent into my workouts and get so little out of them, I have been thinking of switching to a surplus to genuinely try and gain some actual mass and strength. I am typically very strict with my diet, but I'm in a state of mind now where I now need a break. Maybe my body needs one, too. I know deficit isn't necessarily a stress-free event for the body. Been toying with TDEE calculators, and my protein and carbs were already fairly good for a projected surplus, but my fats are way, way low. Fat is 40-50g per day, usually, when I'm not in this frame of mind. I'm losing my job probably tomorrow, and my living situation is shite. So, I'm sure situational depression isn't helping pumps, either. I just want to sleep all damn day right now and eat chips. I'm all over the place with this reply. Sodium is pretty decent, though. I went through a stint a little over a month ago where I figured out I wasn't getting enough. Started supplementing with actual sodium tablets and things went back to normal.Not sure where you are health wise and condition wise, but maybe try bumping up the sodium and fats before jumping back on caffeine.