This always seems to happen. When I back off of my training, I dial-in my diet, and vice-versa.
So, I've started training again and hit about 4 different exercises on Saturday (cleans, front squats, yoke walk, box jumps). Despite keeping my diet dialed in (I've been steadily losing weight), I gained 3lbs... and it hasn't went away despite my diet being as dialed in as possible (to be fair, the day after I trained I did take in an additional 600 cals or so).
Now, I understand this is stress-induced. I feel like an angry mob of children attacked me with billy clubs. I over did it. I know. Spare me the finger wag. Everyone over does it after a long lull in weight training.
What "hacks" are out there to help mitigate this cortisol and perhaps alleviate some of my DOMS in the process?
P.S. Lower-carb side of the spectrum, no tubers, no grain, occasional cheese (but very rare). Lots of raw veg is where my carbs come from approximately 15-20% of my 2100 cal/day diet.
My guess? Eat more. With plenty of active recovery - swimming, stretching, walking, yoga. After a long lull I don't try and put additional stress on my body after a hard workout by avoiding the carbs. And I don't imagine I'm capable of having a diet 'dialed in' straight away with a big change in activity level. I concentrate on avoiding the soreness, maximising recovery, and feeling like exercise isn't a huge mistake. Once my body's adjusted then I'll fiddle with the diet. Besides, 3lbs is nothing.
If you want to stick to a more 'natural' diet consistently then you gotta learn to avoid overdoing the exercise!