So, low energy availability is the villain here and lack of periods is just one of many problems associated with RED-S. Essentially, when the body doesn't receive enough energy (specifically carbohydrate) relative to demand, it will prioritise fuelling movement and down-regulate other physiological processes in order to conserve energy. Over-exercising, relative under-fuelling (intentional or unintentional), psychological stress or any combination of the three can lead to low energy availability.RED-S can result in a multitude of dysfunctions with signs and symptoms including frequent illness and injury, lack of or irregular menstruation, fatigue, decreased performance and training response, impaired concentration, stress fractures, cold intolerance, mood swings, weight loss, delayed puberty and decreased morning erections in men.
and decreased morning erections in men.
Is it better to get strong at a healthy weight (whatever that is) or calorie restrict and risk the consequences of RED-S?
but I realise now there was also an element of compulsive behaviour and using exercise as an emotional management tool.
Branding as ĎRed-sí gives an opportunity for an industry to pop up around what appears to be already well recognised psychologically mediated sets of symptoms e.g disordered eating and compulsive / obsessional training. Theyíll be some Red-s experts out there Iím sure. Life coaches in the wholistic sense.
The name RED-S is dualistic in that it reads as a physical illness, a collection of signs and symptoms.
Careful Dan you are starting to make sense.
The textbook is wrong RED-S is a nonsense diagnosis. Most likely made up by some sport scientist / coach collaboration who donít want to call it what it is so they can still keep hammering the same old shit.
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