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  • #31
    I started this to follow my husband. He had lost about 30 lbs in Jan 2011 and he had kind of relapsed. I thought going primal myself would help him keep up with it. And having no carbs in the house.
    5'7'' 127 lbs, primal since August 2011

    My journal:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread78819.html

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
      For the record: 5' 7" and 142lbs = 22.2BMI = Normal weight

      I mean if OP is stressed then that is self induced. It always is in cases such as this. Yes it's a mental choice to allow such things to affect you so.

      As to her weight. I repeat...if she wants help she needs to track the changes she has made. Then if she presents that data we may be able to offer some reasonable advice. Just recognize that she is not "overwieght" at this juncture and very well may have been underweight at the start.

      Oh, just found "my bf % was still around 15"......yeah....borderline dangerously low for a female before she changed her diet. I say good on her for putting on some much needed healthy fat and don't stress about it!
      Cellulite runs in my family. 142 lbs does not look good on me at all. A lot of so called "plus weight" models have better looking back thighs than I have.
      5'7'' 127 lbs, primal since August 2011

      My journal:
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread78819.html

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      • #33
        Neckhammer makes a decent point about your body fat percentage. I can't judge without a picture, but do you feel your body composition has gotten worse as you've put on the weight, or could it be healthy weight gain? Also, do you feel better eating high carb or low carb?

        Edit: That answers that question. I still recommend cutting back on the meat and adding fruit and starch.

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        • #34
          ^I understand, and you know your body best.... seriously though 15% bf is quite low. As an x-vegetarian you may be judging yourself rather harshly. Either way best of luck, and if your goal is to drop some of this weight then I believe fitday is the ticket.

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          • #35
            Well it seems you may have jumped from one extreme to another and that probably is the problem. Going from an unhealthy high carb vegetarian to a VLC primal diet is a sure way of gaining weight.

            Try an inbetween diet, cut the breas and soy, add in some fruit and starchy veg and lower the amount of fat.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Timthetaco View Post
              Neckhammer makes a decent point about your body fat percentage. I can't judge without a picture, but do you feel your body composition has gotten worse as you've put on the weight, or could it be healthy weight gain? .
              How do I know if my body composition has gotten worse? I now have a muffin top...
              5'7'' 127 lbs, primal since August 2011

              My journal:
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread78819.html

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              • #37
                If you have a muffin top you did not have before, then yes, your body composition is not as good. I would forget about the scales if you can, start measuring your waist, exactly the same way every time, in the morning before you eat.

                I would stop fasting. For some women it just stresses us and doesn't work for weight loss. Eat when you are hungry. Tracking your calories is good- but don't try to push them super low in an effort to lose weight. Your body needs to fix itself, keep them below your maintenance needs, but not by too much. If you are exercising, take 1-2 weeks off then go back to some walking and maybe a little higher intensity stuff, but not too much. Make sure you are sleeping well and preferably until you wake up naturally, just for a while to make sure you are getting the amount of sleep your body is wanting. You're playing a hormonal game.

                I don't know that adding more carbs is a good idea, since a drug apparently causes your weight problem- it may have diminished your insulin sensitivity.
                Last edited by AshleyL; 01-27-2013, 10:46 AM.

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                • #38
                  here is an update: I have stopped consuming dairy: I put 2 oz of lactose free in my coffee in the morning but that's it.

                  I added a few fruits: 1 or 2 oranges a day and a banana 2 to 3 times a week.

                  I eat breakfast: usually leftovers from last night's supper. Lunch is either more leftovers or a big ass salad. Supper is just supper... meat and veggies. No more snacking on nuts or dates. Bacon is now a rare occurrence.

                  Anyways... I lost 5 lbs, kept them off for 2 weeks, then we had a gala dinner Saturday so I ate what was on my plate. The 5 lbs are back of course. Only one meal!

                  Now I realize that at 5' 7" 136 to 141 lbs is not really overweight but man... my whole wardrobe does not fit anymore.

                  Has anyone gained unwanted weight here? If I was to go nuts and count calories and fat, what guarantee do I have that I will not regain the weight as soon as I put my guard down and eat "full primal" again?

                  The next step is to exercise a bit. It is cold here so I am getting an exercise bike and I intend to ride it 2.5 hours a week.

                  Bah, I am so demotivated right now.
                  5'7'' 127 lbs, primal since August 2011

                  My journal:
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread78819.html

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                  • #39
                    It sounds like you've somewhat stabilized your mental thinking about this. Cutting out dates and nuts is a good thing, as is the dairy. See how you do with some LHT and light cardio and report back in after a couple of weeks. Hope all continues to go well for you!

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                    • #40
                      If you've gained 5lbs from one meal then this is clearly not fat, and is most probably water retention.

                      Consider whether you might possibly have food intolerances that are causing inflammation and water retention?

                      Also - how do you feel in yourself. Are you well?

                      Recently I gained 3 kilos and felt like I was always hungry - but I've had a virus lurking since Christmas. For the first time last week I started to feel well again, and low and behold, my weight has gone back down to where it was before I got sick.

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                      • #41
                        Despite what everyone's said about you now being at healthy weight and BMI (which is true), I completely understand why you're upset. I was in a similar situation this year, though not as drastic. I too am about 5'7 (a little under) and weighed about 136 lbs in May of 2012. I got a summer job that meant I way more sedentary than usual, plus I was stressed out and going to bed late. In August I was 139 lbs. The weird part came after: I gained about 10 lbs seemingly out of nowhere between August and December, and I have no idea why.

                        At this point I've stopped caring about the reason and have started focusing on losing it, and it's coming off little by little. I've realized that, while I think primal is an excellent way of life, if you're cutting calories you can't blindly eat tons of meat and fat to your heart's content--I've been going with some leaner choices, while still getting some good, healthy fats, and it's been working. I've also been fasting 16 hours, sometimes a little more, about 4 times a week, and that's worked. Plus, it makes it easier to reduce calories. I lift about 3 times a week and do sprints or quick, high-intensity cardio twice a week (plus some light jogging).

                        If I were you, I would ask a doctor. I love my doctor even though I frequently disagree with her nutrition suggestions, and getting blood work (have you checked your thyroid?) could be helpful.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by frenchie79
                          Anyways... I lost 5 lbs, kept them off for 2 weeks, then we had a gala dinner Saturday so I ate what was on my plate. The 5 lbs are back of course. Only one meal!
                          Originally posted by spuggygirl View Post
                          If you've gained 5lbs from one meal then this is clearly not fat, and is most probably water retention.
                          This, plus the actual weight of the food and liquids you've ingested. I can "gain" 2lbs in the course of my gym session alone from just drinking water...

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                          • #43
                            Same thing happened to me, I went from low 120 to low 130'ies after I stopped artificially limiting calories to keep the weight down. The weight came on like a storm, and seem to be stabilizing now (though still wants to go up).

                            I don't like how I look now, but I sleep nights, don't live in a permanent state of HUNGRY (and actually experience full feeling every day), don't get afraid of any natural foods in any quantity and don't feel exhausted from low carbing and carb cycling. I think it was some sort of a biological shift since I am in my late thirties.

                            I held 115-125 range before my baby was born, and it was an effort, but not as insane an effort as it was to lose post-pg weight and keep it down for 3 years.

                            I am waiting to see if my body will settle into a muscle growing mode now that I have a bit more padding on, as before it plain refused to do it. If not, well, I will have to think of myself as voluptuous. I don't think I have what it takes to eat meat and spinach only and fast and not being able to sleep in order to reduce weight back to 120.

                            I gain 3-4 lbs every weekend, and lose it throughout the week. I don't eat that much more, but the weight gains are acute in the low weight range, I think. I found that salt and fat are big 'retainers' for me. It is pretty much guaranteed to jump if I ate salt fish, roast chicken or any pork. Some bloaters, like cabbages and whey do that too.

                            Jillian Michaels attributes acute weight gains like that to screwed hormones in her book "Making the Cut", and recommends all natural and organic, which we are already doing.... She thinks endocrinologist can spot it.
                            Last edited by Leida; 02-20-2013, 10:33 AM.
                            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                            When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                              ^I understand, and you know your body best.... seriously though 15% bf is quite low. As an x-vegetarian you may be judging yourself rather harshly.
                              I would question the method for measuring BF %. I am also a 5'7" female and I know that I would have to get down to 118-120 to have bf that low. At 125 I am around 20%. I understand there are differences based on LBM but my guess would be she is using calipers at home which can give really low numbers sometimes. From her descriptions of herself I would say we are about the same. I'm pretty unsatisfied with my body at anything over 130 and moderately unsatisfied over 125. NOBODY would look at me and say that I'm too thin.

                              I don't know what is going on for the OP that is causing the weight gain, but pretending that she was underweight and probably just needed to put on some fat to be healthy is way off. The "healthy" weight range is ridiculous. I can gain 30 pounds of pure fat and remain in the "healthy" range and I'm currently already at 24% BF. That would NOT be healthy.
                              Last edited by PaleoMom; 02-20-2013, 11:40 AM.
                              PaleoMom's Diet Recovery Journal
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                              • #45
                                thanks everyone for the comments. I am seeing my doc next week but I know that she is really into CW... she is very overweight herself and she eats a SAD diet (we work at the same hospital). I will ask for b/w: tsh, t3, t4, hormones... I know that until recently everything was normal... maybe it has changed.

                                Paleomom: I used both calipers and a scale that calculated bf. A relative is into bodybuilding and she told me that the calipers were more accurate. There was not much difference between the calipers and the scale. What do you use to calculate your bf%?

                                I did get the "you are too skinny" comment once in a while, but I suspect the other person was either jealous or just attracted to curvy chicks.

                                yes I do have a stressful life and I am not as active as I used to be. I stopped doing shift work in November '11 and I started working in the community (read: desk job).
                                5'7'' 127 lbs, primal since August 2011

                                My journal:
                                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread78819.html

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