Sanity and weight loss
You know, I envy people for whom weight loss is as simple as: go on a restrictive diet => lose weight. I'm currently at a point where I want to lose weight, but I'm recovering from an ED and I have no idea how to progress from here.
I gained a lot of weight since going primal a year ago. The gain was partly cos' I went VLC initially and it triggered the worst case of BED I've ever had, and partially because my recovery involved allowing myself to eat as much as I needed. I've lost some of that weight now: mostly from my face, waist and arms. I'm probably 23% bf but I look like a 5'8 pear.
So I want to lose weight, but I don't know how. I'm afraid to restrict my cals cos' it always ends in disaster for me. I've considered doing a mono food diet, or trying to restrict fat, but again, any kind of restriction sends me into crazy town. I'm also not the healthiest metabolically: was diagnosed with oestrogen dominance and am borderline hypothyroid, so I'm conscious that messing with my food intake too much can exasperate these conditions.
Right now I'm eating about 2K cals a day: reasonably balanced macros (don't count anymore): fruit, meat, rice are my main foods. Don't eat nuts or much dairy. I have a treat maybe once or twice a week: sometimes non-primal.
I'm physically active: walk, sprint, do yoga and advanced body weight exercises. I've just started taking Progesterone for the Oestrogen Dom. I feel happier, more energetic, and haven't binged or restricted in 4 months (longest I've gone without doing it in 13 years). I've lost weight just doing this, and I might still losing weight, but it's at a glacial pace.
Is there anything I can do to help the weight loss that won't make my insanity erupt, or do I just have to keep plodding along and be patient?
Thanks in advance!
PS. Please don't advice me to go low carb.
Last edited by YogaBare; 06-02-2013 at 10:41 AM.
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