in regards to losing/gaining weight.
If your lifting weights, eating every 3-4 hours is acceptable for gaining maintaining/weight.
If your not, all it will do is put you in a leptin resistance state, which you don’t want. Your just end up gaining fat & having to retrain your body to normal eating patterns.
As it quite stressful having these symptoms, your cortisol is likely to be higher than normal, which means you will be burning more muscle than if you had a balanced homeostasis. Less muscle means slower metabolism.
If you have adrenal burnout, eating frequently is suggested, but make you sure you get your macro nutrition right to suit what your going though.
I know its frustrating, but personally I wouldn’t aim to gain weight for the sake of it, the body will be responding differently. So eat when your hungry, not because you feel you have too.
Unfortunately I have hiatus hernia so I must eat more smaller meals since I cannot eat large meals (the food and acid comes back up as the stomach is smaller than it should be). I must have 2-3 hours between meals and it was suggested to eat 5 meals a day instead of three. If I eat three smaller meals, I lose weight and I cannot afford to loose any more, I’m skin and bones as it is.
Now, I don’t really get the rest of the stuff you wrote. Is there a layman terms explanation you can offer?
Thanks in advance!
Leptin is your hormone than controls hunger & could be called a master hormone, as it control what some of the others do. Leptin resistance causes inflammation, & lower natural growth hormone.
Cortisol is your stress hormone.
The only thing I can think of too not interfere with your treatment is play around with your macro nutrients, so maybe include more fats if you want to up the calories, & use the carbs available to you after exercise & in the evening (when they do a good job of stimulating serotonin, which improves your sleep).