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    So, I have been lurking here for months and have been attempting to apply the Primal Blueprint way of life to my family's life. So far, things have been going well. The kids are thriving, hubby is going strong, and I am feeling better and not tired at all anymore. Now, the problem...I am gaining weight! I see others are too, but I am at a loss as to what to do. I was veg before, basically because I wont put anyting in my mouth that is not pastured and organic. So, I was def leaner before when i was eating a diet of veggies, cheese, some grains, and tubers and pulses. Now, we eat pastured/organic meats/fish, organic veggies, and little cheese/nuts/fruits. I am 4'10" and used ot be about 95 lbs and in a size zero. Now, I am about 99 - 100 lbs, in a size 3 (I wear juniors pants because women pats are just not made for small women). Anyway, I digress...

    Now...size 3. All my clothes are 0 and now I cannot wear any of them. The cottage cheese looking fat on my thighs has smoothed out a bit - not sure if it is my new love for squats or what, but it looks better than it did on my veg alone diet. I do low impact pilates or weights every morning, but nothing too terribly strenuous. Just enough to keep me toned (though it is currently not working) and my heart rate up a little.

    I totally overate nuts when we first started this, then I backed off and went hardcore on the avocados. I thought perhaps that was causing the weight gain so I have since backed off on thise as well.

    In the interest of full disclosure - I never keep my carbs anywhere near the 100 range. always about 200 or more. Usually from veggies, some fruit, yogurt, but I am trying to get pg with #3 and I dont want to be in ketosis. However, I am afraing that by ading all the fat and protein from the meat I am now consuming and not lowering the carbs I am kinda shooting myself in the foot. Is that right? Do I HAVE to keep the carbs so low to maintain weight. I just dont want ot keep packing on the lbs. I am totally and completely fine with being a size 3. I dont want to be totally and completely fine with a size 5, ya know? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

  • #2
    Why don't you want to be in ketosis?
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    • #3
      From what I've heard people have different levels that are right for carbs. Since the diet is making you feel better it sounds like you have got it mostly right. It might be worth cutting the carbs back to 100, and see what happens. If you stop gaining weight you can then edge them up to see if you gain. Carbs are not particularly good for you for all sorts of reasons other than weight gain, so cutting back to 100 will probably be better for you anyway. I wouldn't worry about ketosis. Most people go into ketosis when they sleep (assuming they are not getting up every 3 hours to eat). It is a normal part of human metabolism. You are already going into ketosis without realising it!!
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      • #4
        Aren't you gaining muscle? Maybe you should check your body fat percentages so you know whether you are gaining muscle or fat before you decide to change your diet. I would also add nuts back, but cut out dairy. I don't want to be in ketosis either and I don't eat low-carb.
        Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
        Starting weight (09/2009): 200 lb (90.6 kg)
        No longer overweight (08/2010): 145 lb (65.6 kg)
        Current weight (01/2012): 127 lb (57.5 kg)

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        • #5
          Thanks for the responses. I have thought about cutting the carbs back but I am also trying to get pregant, thus the reson for avoiding ketosis. While I realize that pregnancy results in weight gain (have 2 kiddos already) I know what i am in for with that. My stumbling block is gaining weight without the pregnancy, but due strictly to my diet. I also used to have to eat every 2 hours or so, but maintained alower weight than now, when I feel satisfied after breakfast and luch and do not snack. Does that make sense?

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          • #6
            Your carbs are that high? No wonder you're gaining weight.

            The simple solution to your problem: STOP EATING THAT MANY CARBS. Eat meat and fat. Stop eating carbs. Bring them down below 100.

            Ketosis is only harmful if you're a Type I diabetic with uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
            Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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            • #7
              Mirrorball, why cut out dairy? For paleo reasons or weight gain? I have always seemed to do well with dairy before when that was a primary source of protein during my veg days. I do have a few nuts here and there, but when we first decided to follow this primal way of living after Thanksgivign, I over did it with the nuts and really gained weight, too. Then, I stopped the nuts and leveled out. Now I am up about 4-5 lbs. It may be muscle, but the fat on the inside and outside of my thighs (saddle bags) is protruding further than before. I do eat full fat yogurt and whole cream top milk in my coffee - always have. I tend ot have a about a cup of mixed berries a day with my yogurt, which I realize adds carbs, but I dot want ot miss out on the variety of nutrients thye offer. I could cut the cheese though. I dont have much anymore anyway, though I have been havine more this week than previously. Anyway, sorry for my random streams of thought. I am worried because I need to fit into a dress in a couple of weeks for my sister's wedding and i am more than kinda concerned. thoughts?

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              • #8
                Thanks griff. I kinda figured. You really think it is carbs even though then come from veggies and fruits. I have cut out most fruit except for berries and an occasional banana or apple. Like I mentioned, I was eating a whole avocado a day, but they have a lot of carbs, too. Augh. And, I really thouth ketosis was bad for getting or being pregnant. I'll have to find the info...

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                • #9
                  I don't think you can really say you're "doing PB" if you are 200+ grams carbs per day and 100 lbs. I weigh twice as much and try to keep my carbs under 100 gram/day. If you sign on to the PB way of thinking about nutrition at any level, you'd not be surprised to gain weight - you are probably drastically increasing your overall calories and not allowing any fat to get burned away with your high carb load. Since Ketosis is just another word for fat burning (and hence healthy weight loss), totally avoiding ketosis = gaining weight. I'm not trying to criticize, but maybe you are a bit confused as to how this is all supposed to work? The book is very clearly written, if you haven't bought it yet I would recommend it very highly.
                  If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                  • #10
                    A carb is a carb, etsmom. Remember Mark's basic rule: Dietary carbs drive insulin which drives fat storage. The more carbs you eat, the more fat you're storing. It doesn't matter what the source is.

                    I've never seen anything reliable that says ketosis and pregnancy are counterindicative of one another.
                    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

                    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


                    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by etsmom View Post
                      Mirrorball, why cut out dairy? For paleo reasons or weight gain?
                      For both reasons. I know someone who recently tried to add dairy back to his diet and gained 5 lb. And I have read so many bad things about dairy that I think no one should eat it. The proteins in dairy aren't recognised by our immune system because we didn't evolve to eat milk from cows, and this can cause inflammation, which can cause atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, arthitis and other diseases. Milk helps calves put on weight.
                      Last edited by Mirrorball; 05-12-2010, 01:34 PM.
                      Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
                      Starting weight (09/2009): 200 lb (90.6 kg)
                      No longer overweight (08/2010): 145 lb (65.6 kg)
                      Current weight (01/2012): 127 lb (57.5 kg)

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                      • #12
                        no, no, Tfarney, you are right. It doesnt seem like i am doing much of anything. I did read though the book, but I dont own it. I have ordered the cookbook, though. Noth that it will help much in the way of my questions. I just 2nd guess myslef when I used to eat beans, nuts, grains (whole, but still grains) fruits and veggies, and cheese and dairy all the time and weighed less. Now I eat more primally and I am gaining weight. That is where I come up short. I am totally convinced on the grain and sugar thing, I just cant seem to keep my carbs down because I like lots and lots of veggies, and yougurt and berries have a lot of carbs - which I dont want to cut out. But, Maybe I will. Oh, checked back on my livestrong food log and my carbs are more like 175 average with other days being 200 and others lower of course. I'll order the book and be a bit more strict about what i am consuming.

                        It is not that i am completely unhappy with what is going on, though it does sound like it. I am just puzzled and worried it may continue. That is the biggest worry.

                        Griff - thanks. I get it a carb is a carb. That will be my new motto. I did check into kestosis and pg, ans while I couldnt find the article I wanted, other places did say that the ketones are passed to the baby and not properly eliminated - potentially harming the brain. Normally I am not one to freak over something someone "thinks" may happen, but when I am pregnant I tend to go overboard with being sure the pregnancy is as healthy as possible. So, I'd really like to stay out of ketosis - even if there is not documented proof that it is harmful. Just the fact that some "think" it is harmful is enough for me to steer clear for the 9 months. Seriously, the stories I could tell about the lengths I have gone to aboid certain things. I guess the extra hormones mess me up a little more than some other women...

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                        • #13
                          You're not going to go into ketosis on 100 grams of carbs a day.

                          Try to get your carbs down into that part of the zone for a week, and let us know what happens!

                          Good luck.

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                          • #14
                            you need to reread this
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-p...ate-continuum/
                            Calm the f**k down.

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                            • #15
                              How much veggies and fruit do you actually eat? I'm a foot taller than you, I eat lots of veggies for every meal (3 or 2 times a day), raw and cooked, often nuts and occasionally fruit - and I stay under 50 grams. Are you eating a lot of tubers and legumes? The latter are not considered Primal.

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