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    Increased anxiety during cuts/deficits

    Good afternoon forums. I've been bodybuilding for over a decade now but I still seem to struggle to get down into the single digits, in fact I've probably only been that low once in my early twenties.

    The main problem I seem to face is increased anxiety and panic attacks when I'm deep into my caloric deficit—my body becomes increasingly sensitive to caffeine and pre-workout stimulants that REALLY hinder my progress. (There's just no way I'm going to eliminate caffeine entirely as that was one of my key ingredients to getting very lean in my early twenties.) I've been to the hospital multiple times in the last 5-6 years strictly from panic attacks and anxiety when I'm dieting down. I've been to a cardiologist and doctor several times and they tell me it all seems to just be psychological.

    Any tips on lowering anxiety during caloric deficits? It's like my body becomes ULTRA sensitive to stimulants it's incredibly bothersome and I've finally decided to commit and do something about this to attain my dream physique. Thanks!

    Note: I don't drop below 1800 calories during my cuts. Also, the increased anxiety may start at 12-14% body fat (I'm not even that low when it happens).
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    You know what's causing the anxiety--caffeine/pre-work out whilst in a deficit. It should be clear that you need to dial back on the caffeine or the deficit. That shouldn't take multiple trips to the hospital or specialists.
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    you already know exactly what your problem is, you know what you have to do

    you do NOT need stimulants to lose weight although they do make things easier (black coffee kills my appetite).
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    I've been smoking for several years, I know smoking is killing me. I've been to the hospital several times strictly from my smoking. Any tips, I'm not going to quit smoking?

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    The caffeine may play a role, but I’d imagine your hormone levels may be out of whack as well and be a key part of what is happening. I might be wrong, but I don’t think a person gets drastically more sensitive to caffeine by losing a few pounds. But we do know that cutting will lower testosterone and simultaneously increase cortisol, both of which will decrease wellbeing and increase anxiety/depression. So if I had to guess I’d say that’s a much bigger factor. You should probably get your levels checked. If that is the case there isn’t going to be a good way around other than be much more selective about meal timing, foods, and habits to try and minimize that aspect as much as possible.
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    Originally Posted by FireFlyorDie View Post
    Good afternoon forums. I've been bodybuilding for over a decade now but I still seem to struggle to get down into the single digits, in fact I've probably only been that low once in my early twenties.

    The main problem I seem to face is increased anxiety and panic attacks when I'm deep into my caloric deficit—my body becomes increasingly sensitive to caffeine and pre-workout stimulants that REALLY hinder my progress. (There's just no way I'm going to eliminate caffeine entirely as that was one of my key ingredients to getting very lean in my early twenties.) I've been to the hospital multiple times in the last 5-6 years strictly from panic attacks and anxiety when I'm dieting down. I've been to a cardiologist and doctor several times and they tell me it all seems to just be psychological.

    Any tips on lowering anxiety during caloric deficits? It's like my body becomes ULTRA sensitive to stimulants it's incredibly bothersome and I've finally decided to commit and do something about this to attain my dream physique. Thanks!

    Note: I don't drop below 1800 calories during my cuts. Also, the increased anxiety may start at 12-14% body fat (I'm not even that low when it happens).
    Sounds simple. Cut out stimulants and caffeine. If you know for sure that is what's causing the anxiety, stop taking them.

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    Originally Posted by jtaylor2010 View Post
    The caffeine may play a role, but I’d imagine your hormone levels may be out of whack as well and be a key part of what is happening. I might be wrong, but I don’t think a person gets drastically more sensitive to caffeine by losing a few pounds. But we do know that cutting will lower testosterone and simultaneously increase cortisol, both of which will decrease wellbeing and increase anxiety/depression. So if I had to guess I’d say that’s a much bigger factor. You should probably get your levels checked. If that is the case there isn’t going to be a good way around other than be much more selective about meal timing, foods, and habits to try and minimize that aspect as much as possible.
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    I’m very lean for a girl and have cut to even leaner for shows and I wasn’t any more sensitive to caffeine. Granted if my blood sugar gets to low, it has similar symptoms to “too much caffeine”.

    I would talk to your doctor and get some labs done
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    Thanks for the responses, guys (and gals).

    I currently fast throughout all of my cuts. I have about a 6 hour eating window from 4p.m. to 10 p.m. I also smoking pot in the evenings to help me get sleep(I'm thinking this might be a contributing factor to my anxiety). Any pot smokers here also deal with anxiety? I'm still not 100% sure on what causes the panic attacks, but I'm narrowing it down to caffeine and pot smoking at this point. Thanks!

    Edit: They always say I'm fine when I go to the hospitals. I've gotten x-rays done and have seen a cardiologist not too far back just in case. I'm really thinking it might be pot smoking. Would love from some smokers on here(pot only).
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