8 years ago the NHS (bless their cotton socks) diagnosed me with IBS. They then proceeded to put me on a bunch of various exclusion diets (read – starvation diets) with no effect for my symptoms than to make me very sick and lose a lot of weight. By the time we got to the correct diagnosis 2 years later (coeliac disease, lactose intolerance and a couple of other randomly unconnected allergies) I had not just lost 15kg in weight but i’d effectively lost all my muscle tone.
My current weight is 48kg which I’m not entirely happy about but seem unable to put it back oh. I’m 5″8 and 28 years old. I’ve TRIED the gym but I have nothing to work with and all the personal trainers I’ve had (4) just seem to be geared towards body builders or those who want to lose weight. According to some machine in my local gym my body fat percentage is in single figures which I personally find a little hard to believe but I can assure you, its probably not much. So I tried eating more. I’m coeliac and lactose intolerant and those diets are not the easiest to cope with and I just found myself getting miserable and bloated because I was trying to eat more.
Any exercise now levels me and I hate going to the gym as 2 minutes running on the treadmill and really i’m about to collapse. I will not forcefeed myself to give myself fat to turn into muscle as its only going to give myself a bad relationship with food.
So, what options are available for me?
It sounds like you’ve been through a lot, so I’m glad you finally received the correct diagnosis. Based on that, you may want to seek guidance from a Registered Dietitian (if you haven’t already) who may specialize in your conditions and ensure you are getting the proper nutrients. A specialized plan can be developed to help you put the weight on that you want.
Your nutrition will have a big impact on not only your weight, but also on your energy levels which impact your workouts. You mention that any exercise levels you (as opposed to doing too much too soon on the treadmill?), so I would start by making sure you are getting the proper nutrients into your body.
I hope others also have some suggestions for you as well…