I have been very active ever since I was in middle school, and have always had extra fat around my waist that seems to never disappear. I'm beginning to think I have hormonal problems or something along the lines of adrenal fatigue.
When I was 12 until I was 16, I played about 30 hours of basketball a week on multiple teams. I was definitely over training and felt tired and weak all the time. I would basically play basketball then come home and sleep, every day. I have a feeling this could have impacted my hormonal balance in some way.
For the last 4 months, I have been eating paleo and following the 5x5 strength training program. My lifts shot up very fast when I began training, but have stalled the last month and a half. My legs haven't been recovering fast enough to squat 3 times a week and I feel tired all the time. My hunger levels have also dropped and I rarely feel hungry but I eat anyways because I know my body needs fuel to recover from my workouts.
Im 18 years old at 6'2" and 180 lbs. I usually have a big breakfast of eggs and a little fruit in the morning and a big dinner of some meat and vegetables. After workouts, I add some potatoes to my dinners.
I'm wondering if I have cortisol issues or an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. I have also have had a slight case of Gyno (man boobs) since I was in junior high, even though my body fat is not too high(14-15%).
My question is, do my stalls in my weight training and inability to lose my extra body fat have to do with some hormonal imbalances? If so, how do I balance my hormones back out to normal?
(Sorry for all the information, thought it was necessary to know for this issue)
I finally got tested and I do have high cortisol. Now that I know why my weight training was stalling, how do I keep my cortisol levels down and my testosterone levels up? And can I still lift weights or will that give me cortisol problems? I've learned that training fasted and waiting a few hours to eat after my training is a BIG no-no for high cortisol people, but what else could help me?