Get your cortisol levels down.
Urgent message to Mark and opinion of Forum members.
Hi Mark and everyone. Here is the thing. Going primal has made me FAT!!! before anyone assumes anything here is my background. I was an ex body builder and competed in women's body building. So I was and still very strict with how I ate. Never had any fats such as butter or cream and only ate lean protein, always free range and lots of vegetables and I would have fruit such as strawberries and apples once a day. I did have oats in the morning with my breakfast but lived off egg whites not the yolk. When I was introduced to Marks daily apple I thought this is what I need to break out of my strict regime and get my body to being healthy. So I do cross fit training now, I eat all organic/free range butter, cream and meat and loads of green vegetables. I walk 4-5 days a week for about 45 minutes to one hour, here is the thing I am getting fatter.
Last edited by JoS; 10-17-2011 at 01:29 AM.
Get your cortisol levels down.
What do you mean by fat? No disrespect but without some numbers we can't know what kind of problem we're dealing with, or even if there is a problem (e.g. body image issues). Also what are you eating in a typical day?
One preliminary thought is going more towards "traditional" paleo e.g. Cordain, or my preference De Vany. They're less of a giant leap from your previous diet.
Last edited by brachiate; 10-17-2011 at 03:15 AM. Reason: I agree about the cortisol FWIW
Hi, thanks for your reply. I have gone from being lean with excellent muscle definition to carrying a spare tyre around my waist. I know have a 'muffin top' that hangs over my jeans.
My typical day is breakfast: omelette with 3 eggs with spinach, avocado which is a 1/4 of a half or 4 boiled eggs, or 2 kangaroo sausages with spinach or steamed zucchini - its always protein and veg
Lunch is either a salad which contains spinach, carrots, sprouts, zucchini, and protein which can be a tin of tuna in saltwater, 2 kangaroo patties, chicken breast I might have steamed vegetables instead of salad
Dinner is protein, which can be fish 2 x week or kangaroo steak its always lean protein and steamed vegetables which my vegetables for breakfast, lunch or dinner always consist of broccoli, carrots, bok choy, spinach, silverbeet, tomatoes, pumpkin, chinese broccoli, I never eat white potatoes and occasionally I would eat sweet pot but that is probably once a week.
Throughout the day I might have a handful of raw nuts, but thats about it for snacking. I used to eat six meals a day with body building. I have now stopped as from today but I was having pure cream in my coffee from organic cows and cooking in pure butter and coconut oil.
I only drink herbal tea oh and alcohol I only have 1-2 glasses a week. Sometimes not even that.
Surprising, as you say! I won't pretend to know the solution, but I suppose there's always a possibility of hormonal things e.g. thyroid. If not then like I said the De Vany approach to paleo is an idea, including intermittent fasts to increase insulin sensitivity and spend periods using body fat, and the tweaks to optimise exercise. Dairy (and apparently coconut) doesn't agree with some people. Good luck anyway.
Simply too many calories for your current activity level? Lots of folks on here are current exercise junkies, and those of us who live less active lives can't eat the volume of food that is discussed here on a daily basis.
JoS won't tell her weight & height because she is actually in very decent shape,
That means 60 kg = 132.277 lb, 176 cm = 5.7 feet. A lot of folks on this board WISHED they were in as good a shape as JoS is in."I weigh 60kg and my height is 176cm. I know my weight should be between 65-70 but honestly I would have 8 fat rolls instead of the three I have now on my stomach."
She doesn't like my advice, so she started a new thread.
Is the walking your only exercise? [I just noticed the bit about cross fit, which I don't do, so will leave in the following comments.] I wonder if it might not be a good idea to include the third leg of primal, i.e. sprint. Either running (probably best), or sprints on a bike or in the water, full out as if you were running from a saber-toothed tiger! That and/or once a week, lift really heavy -- something you can literally only do one to three times. Rule of thumb is that if you can sprint/lift heavy more than about once a week, you are not sprinting hard enough or lifting heavy enough. It should really strain your system and take a while to get over. Read more on MDA (the search is very helpful) about the chemistry of these activities -- also, see this article: Body by science - especially for women.
Edit: with crossfit in the mix, perhaps it's more of a cortisol & calories thing.
Other than than, you may need to count your calories. For many people, primal alone does the job. For some people (especially women), primal plus calorie restriction is needed. Edit: did it take you four years of strict primal to get the muffin top? Then calorie restriction is probably your answer.
On the other hand, you do sound very fit. I wonder two things - if the muffin top is as pronounced as you feel it is (are you comparing to being in competition form? which is difficult or impossible to maintain over an extended period of time), and if you are stressing out about your body enough to raise your cortisol and in effect create a vicious circle. Do you sleep well? Other health issues?
Primal is about body composition and health, not necessarily meeting some preconceived or idealized body image.
Last edited by beachrat; 10-17-2011 at 06:25 AM.
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If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." ..Richard Feynman
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Calorie restriction will just force her body to burn more muscle & bone, then after the calorie restriction is over, she will store even MORE fat. Her body thinks it is into "Starvation Mode" and will HORDE every fat cell before, during and after any calorie restriction. She got herself into this mess by eating too many meals and snacking.
Last edited by Grizz; 10-17-2011 at 07:02 AM.
Hello Grizz, that is not true at all I started a new post because I didn't know how to use the firum, and when I originally posted in the meet and greet I could not see it. That is my true weight. Please believe me when I say that Primal and eating fat, is making me fat around my mid section. I wish it wasn't. I enjoy cooking in grassfed butter and eating pure thick cream. I live and breath primal living. I may not be obese, or have 20kg to lose but everyone is different on how much they want to carry. I am lean everywhere else, yes but again I am holding onto stomach fat for some reason.