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  • HELP! I GOT FAT SOMEHOW...this got to be really long, sorry!!

    Friends,
    So, I've been doing this Paleo/Primal thing for a few years now, and as some of you know, the many ways my body has healed have been incredible. I never had a weight problem, though, I would fluctuate 10 lbs the most, and be able to rectify that situation in pretty short order. I am 5' 1 1/2" so that much extra did make me look a little chubby..lol.
    I normally gain a few lbs in the winter that pop right off in the spring with no worries.
    My issue? I am up again, like at my last 10 yr high! I quit smoking in September (for good this time!) and packed on at least 15 lbs...I tossed my scale. I was definitely treating myself, and I was OK with that. Now, I want it gone, and I cant seem to make it go!! It's all in my middle, and chest, and it is gross.
    I gave up dairy and nuts in January, no change. I went lower carb (less than 50), nothing. Went HIGHER carb, nothing. Dropped to 1200 cals a day, 60 % fat, 30% protein, 10% carbs...nothing except I wasn't so bloated.
    I live on meat and veg, a smidge of fruit, a glass of wine each night, (ok maybe a beer or 2 here and there)..I will drop all alcohol next for a full 30 days to see if it makes any difference...and I ran out of coconut oil and never replenished, so I will stock back up on that...use butter, ghee, animal fat or olive oil.
    I could eat all day long, even when I am physically full, this is new for me, I certainly CAN "IF" and do one meal a day, but why the appetite?
    I am on the Nuva Ring for Birth Control now, (about a year) if anyone has had weight gain or appetite issues, please let me know! My sex drive is in the toilet, too. (but Hubs and I have had our problems)
    I don't work out at a gym, I have 2 little kids (we love to play!), a physical job where I walk miles a day, I am rehabbing some rental property we own (so I can move back in and save some $$) and I am back in school at age 38. EEEKK.. Come spring, I LIVE outside when I can...I feel happy and positive about my life in general!
    I am looking for some brainstorming help!
    I eat more starchy/local (New England) veggies in the fall/winter, and heartier, fattier meat dishes...nothing new there..in the summer I eat lots of seafood and greens, less fat, no eggs, no breakfast either, usually, etc...maybe I should give my summer diet (not local) a go for a bit?
    Do I need to bang out some cardio or heavy weights? I feel strong and have great stamina, I just cant button my pants! My bloodwork is great, I had my first physical this year in many years and have no health issues.

    My mother has reminded me that I am not as young as I used to be...hrmph!

    HELP!
    Last edited by Juliemama; 01-20-2012, 11:03 PM.

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    It doesn't matter about your age!, so don't listen to your mum. I think it's the birth control pills and the fact you have given up smoking. I know when I was on depo provera I put on 11kg in 6 months without any diet changes. Can you go off it and see if the weight moves?.

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    • #3
      You may be suffering from chronic stress, whereby you are producing cortisol in preference to other hormones. If so, you'll need to address the stress. Sorry if that thought is stressful
      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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      • #4
        It sounds like you are doing everything right, and I think you get plenty of exercise/movement (Lucky you to have a physical job; I'm stuck behind a desk 14 hours a day - makes weight loss HARD!)

        I'd take a hard look at that hormonal BC (NuvaRing). I think in some susceptible individuals, hormonal BC can cause weight gain and bloating.

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        • #5
          How long did you eat 1200 calories a day for? Were you weighing your food?

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          • #6
            Thanks for the help, guys! It very well may be the birth control...I have been on this NuvaRing for 1.5 years...I had the Mirena IUD for 6 years before that...then 2 yrs off for back to back babies and breastfeeding, prior to that I was on the Pill for 12 yrs. Now may be a good time to experiment..although I just recently had a Nuva Ring mess up and a pregnancy scare. Not sure I want to live on the edge as far as natural birth control goes.
            As for stress and cortisol, I feel pretty much in the driver's seat in my normally stressful life...
            Keep the suggestions coming, I am out of strategies!

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            • #7
              Jimhenson, I did 1200 calories for about a month, I think. I didn't weigh my food. I was a cook/chef for a long lime and I am pretty good at eyeballing food measurements. It is something to keep in mind, though. I got aggravated with this as I was smaller eating 2500 cals a day...I am not the most patient, I want results NOW....lol. And I love the fact that I can usually eat as much as I want of REAL food when Paleo/Primal. How long do you think I should stick with 1200 cals? I can eat 1200 cals for breakfast...lol

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              • #8
                Maybe DON'T worry about calories then! If you were eating much more at a smaller weight, you might actually be doing yourself a disservice by stressing over eating less (key words: stressing over!).

                Maybe just don't worry about what you "should" eat, or what is in season, or what you usually do-- and just eat whatever good, primal REAL foods your body wants at the moment.

                I'm not saying it's, like, magical, but it is worth a shot! If nothing else, it'll lower your stress level.

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                • #9
                  Oh wait, but it one more thing: that strategy will likely work a whole lot better if you cut out the alcohol. I know that isn't welcome advice, but my personal experience is that drinking means a few extra pounds, pretty much no matter what.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, Bouy1, I just feel like I could eat all day long, which is NOT normal for me. I cant really trust my "appetite" at the moment! I do not drink any more or less than usual. The weight being centered in my middle concerns me a bit, though.

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                    • #11
                      I generally feel like I can eat all day, too! My solution (at this point) is to stick to three meals a day... so I'm not actually eating all day, but I am letting myself eat until I'm content. Good luck and keep us posted!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Juliemama View Post
                        Thanks for the help, guys! It very well may be the birth control...I have been on this NuvaRing for 1.5 years...I had the Mirena IUD for 6 years before that...then 2 yrs off for back to back babies and breastfeeding, prior to that I was on the Pill for 12 yrs. Now may be a good time to experiment..although I just recently had a Nuva Ring mess up and a pregnancy scare. Not sure I want to live on the edge as far as natural birth control goes.
                        As for stress and cortisol, I feel pretty much in the driver's seat in my normally stressful life...
                        Keep the suggestions coming, I am out of strategies!
                        Going by this, I'm guessing your age at around 40~ that magic age of metabolism slow down I had the 'middle age' spread happen to me too~ right now, at 62, I'm finding IF to be productive~ Oh, and even though I didn't gain weight when I quit smoking (at 48) I've read many times that nicotine tends to speed up the metabolism and when you quit, it slows back down to normal~ that could also be a contributing factor~

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                        • #13
                          Something you should consider is your thyroid. The weight gain in the middle and your sudden inability to shed the pounds sends up flags. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do aside from never starting of course! But many people and mostly women start to show thyroid (hypothyroidism) after quitting the cigs. The theory is that the smoking covers up the symptoms and as mentioned before speeds up the metabolism. Quitting the nicotine after many years is a huge change to your bodies chemistry. My girlfriend has had the exact same experience after quitting about 2-1/2 years ago. Her thyroid was basically non functional. So I would get it checked out immediately. The sooner you address it the better. If this is the problem and I'd be a bit surprised if it isn't, you'll want to do some research and find a good doctor who specializes in this area. It is not an easy thing either. Most doctors are very inadequate in this and you will be frustrated beyond belief as the weeks, months and years start adding up and sti
                          ll no relief. The good news is that my GF is finally starting to feel better. Primal eating, carefully monitoring her physical activities so as to not overtrain and thyroid hormone. She's not all the way back to her old self but she has improved dramatically in recent weeks and has lost 5-1/2 pounds over the last two or so weeks. That is a major breakthrough!!

                          I wish you well with this and hope you are able to get it turned around quickly.

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                          • #14
                            I have heard bad things about the nuva ring including weight gain/and lowered sex drive. Hormones can do really whacky things! that is why I didnt switch from the pills to the nuva ring. Man I really would love to see what happens if I went off the pill for a few months to see if it effects my weight. I'm nervous about going with natural birth control as well. We need to pay off the wedding before having children.
                            Primal since March 2011

                            Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Forever Young View Post
                              Something you should consider is your thyroid. The weight gain in the middle and your sudden inability to shed the pounds sends up flags. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do aside from never starting of course! But many people and mostly women start to show thyroid (hypothyroidism) after quitting the cigs. The theory is that the smoking covers up the symptoms and as mentioned before speeds up the metabolism. Quitting the nicotine after many years is a huge change to your bodies chemistry. My girlfriend has had the exact same experience after quitting about 2-1/2 years ago. Her thyroid was basically non functional. So I would get it checked out immediately. The sooner you address it the better. If this is the problem and I'd be a bit surprised if it isn't, you'll want to do some research and find a good doctor who specializes in this area. It is not an easy thing either. Most doctors are very inadequate in this and you will be frustrated beyond belief as the weeks, months and years start adding up and sti
                              ll no relief. The good news is that my GF is finally starting to feel better. Primal eating, carefully monitoring her physical activities so as to not overtrain and thyroid hormone. She's not all the way back to her old self but she has improved dramatically in recent weeks and has lost 5-1/2 pounds over the last two or so weeks. That is a major breakthrough!!

                              I wish you well with this and hope you are able to get it turned around quickly.
                              +1! It sounds hormonal/endocrine related to me. I'd have a full thyroid panel, including antibodies, as well as a 24 hour Adrenal Stress Index saliva panel and a female hormone saliva panel. If you want to avoid the doctor frustration that Forever Young mentioned (which I know ALL too well!), you could go right for a functional health doc. Chris Kresser would actually be great to work with: Clinic
                              http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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