I could use some advice. I don't know what is going wrong at the moment. I always love training, but recently I just have NOT wanted to go to the gym. My strength is way down on all my lifts too. At first I figured okay, my body just needs a break. So I took 3 whole days off completely and even let myself eat a lot on them. I was also craving junk even though I normally do not, so I actually gave in and 2 or 3 protein bars (my favorite junk food!) and a bit of chocolate. I figured this should solve things. I also got 8 hours of sleep each night.
So I finally went back to the gym yesterday and my lifts were worse and I felt so lethargic! So I thought maybe I needed carbs. So yesterday I ate almost 200 g of carbs (double my normal intake). I then also didn't set my alarm. I slept 10 hours straight! I woke up and did not want to go to the gym at all STILL!! I went anyway. My back lifts were okay, but everything else sucked, and I felt ravenous and weak. I've eaten a normal diet today except for just now - I ate my normal dinner and was just sill HUNGRY. So I ate more.
But I am worried - I have gained fat visibly and my waist went up 1.5 inches (much more than normal swelling that occurs when I eat more) in the last week even though my weight has stayed constant. It's like my body is recomposing for the worse!
I don't know what to do. I don't know whether to try taking MORE time off since that didn't seem to work, or if I need to just push through and force myself to eat and workout normally even though I'm dragging....I am just not sure. I hate feeling this weak and I hate seeing my body comp. go down the drain! I just don't know what to do to best fix it.
Any suggestions please??