I think the lower light in winter triggers carb cravings. It's natural to crave them. It's up to you to decide how to handle the cravings. I give in a little, just not a lot. Last night I had Thai, Pad Vun Sen (??). It's bean curd noodles, vegetables and fried tofu. Most definitely not primal. But, like you, I really didn't feel like meat or eggs last night. I stay on plan most of the time, so the occasional cheat is no big deal.
High Weight: 225
Weight at start of Primal: 189
Current Weight: 174
Goal Weight: 130
Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012
There are two sayings that I like that seem to fit this scenario:
Repression leads to obsession. (IOW, don't disallow anything to the point of obsession.)
Everyday, once a day, give yourself a gift. (Eat some tahini if you want it.)
Yes you can lose weight without giving up carbs, but a huge increase in carbs might make you feel more hungry. If 90% of the US eats according to CW, and 50% of the US are overweight to obese, that means approximately 45% of US people are both eating high carb diets and are not overweight. For some of us, the only way to make chronic hunger go away is to eat low carb, but it doesn't hold true for everyone.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.
Could be that your goals are unrealistic. 5'7" 135 is a fine weight. Sure you can lose more weight but at some point in women you start hitting hormonal issues or lose more lean mass than you would like. Don't know for certain....whats your BF%?
Yea, I'm 5'5" and my goal weight is 152-155. I'm at 165 now and have some people get concerned when I mention losing more weight (I squeeze the fat on my belly to show them they are wrong). But my belly is actually pretty flat at this weight. It's just not at all toned.
But there are differences in build, if you have a very fine build I could see a lighter weight being optimal for you. But can't see you having much muscle.