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Fat Distribution and Seasonal Eating

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

This year I have put a strong focus on eating seasonally, and so with the advent of fall and then winter I began to eat some more starchy vegetables, apples and nuts. I gained 8 lbs, which was expected, I gain 10 or so lbs in the winter and don't worry much about it. It peels off just fine come February. Usually I see the weight a bit in the tummy area, and a bit just evenly distributed. This year, though, it's very obviously NOT showing up on my middle at all, and is distributed through my hips, butt and thighs. This is cool, I have some junk in the trunk for once! What is the likely cause of the shift in fat distribution from the last several years?

I've been paleo for a year, and before that I had a diet fairly low in processed foods, but I was still eating grains/legumes and tons of sweet fruit.

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on December 27, 2012
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I'm 25 years old

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on December 27, 2012
at 08:58 PM

How old are you? Might be an effect of changing female sex hormones...

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on December 27, 2012
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As long as your hormones aren't all screwed up, the type of fat generally dictates where it will be stored (in women, mostly). Hip and thigh fat is generally the good omega-3 stuff (DHA, EPA) that women need to have reserves up in case they get pregnant since that's what makes the baby's brain grow.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201206/eternal-curves

Likely your diet is more healthy now and you're storing fat where you're supposed to be.

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on December 27, 2012
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I suspect that it is hormones rebalancing from having a nutrient dense diet. I have noticed the same thing on my body after 2 years lacto-Paleo.

At 49, I would actually expect more belly and less hips, but it's shifting the other way.

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