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Women: have you redistributed fat to your "humps"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 20, 2011 at 4:12 AM

Interestingly, I find when I gain weight now I gain it in more well.. favorable places, both health-wise and appearance-wise. When I was overweight in HS and in college, my weight was all over the place, but a lot of it was in my belly, which made me look lumpy and didn't feel so awesome either. I slimmed down and lost all that weight, but lost a lot of my breasts and behind too. Now I've consciously gained some weight and it is all in my behind and breasts, which is exactly where I wanted it, since that fat is attractive to most men and associated with high fertility and good health. My waist and belly size has stayed constant and my jean and bra size has increased. I've talked to other paleo women who have had the same experience, which sort of contradicts the idea that you can't spot reduce and you are stuck with a certain body type.

Did I balance my hormones or something? Did this happen to you?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 07, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Man, maybe wait until I have kids and get all stretched again? That is actually kind of nice to know (in a weird way) that I can't just get them to go away b/c I've tried a lot of things and nothing has happened.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on April 07, 2012
at 07:04 AM

How long does one have to eat Paleo for this to occur...or is it really just n=1, eat Paleo, use a mirror?

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on April 07, 2012
at 07:02 AM

Spellcheck, please.

80890193d74240cab6dda920665bfb6c

(1528)

on April 07, 2012
at 06:22 AM

Dragonfly wins the thread. Only Fraxel removes striae. It takes about 4 treatments.

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on April 07, 2012
at 06:07 AM

Me too. I'm pretty slim and don't really need to lose weight, but I'm still boyish in my shape, and my weight consistently goes to the belly.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 25, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Protein, zinc, A, C and sufficent collagen (gelatin/bone broth) can help prevent new ones, and *may* help the old ones to heal faster, but time & some laser work may be your best option. Topicals don't tend to work.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 25, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Also, stretch marks are pretty slow to recede, anyone else find this? Coating myself in shea, bone broth everyday. Silvery ones all over my breasts, and purplish ones on my hips. Tips?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 25, 2012
at 06:25 PM

Yeah, the genetics behind this kind of weight gain interests me- I used to live in a Lithuanian part of town, and there was such a consistent pattern of tall women with slim legs and a tendency to gain weight in the belly.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on October 21, 2011
at 11:47 PM

maybe. My tendency to gain in my belly got worse after my pregnancy, but I've always gained heavily in my waistline! (mother and grandmother are the same way. bummer. i don't carry an extra ten pounds well at all.)

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

(2057)

on October 21, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Ha! I just noticed Jack didn't have a head. I must have been... Distracted...

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(39831)

on October 21, 2011
at 01:06 AM

We're all rooting for them.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 20, 2011
at 11:48 PM

So there's hope for these A-cups, yet! Thanks, Travis!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on October 20, 2011
at 11:07 PM

jesus, lipodystrophy is a side effect from some antiretroviral drugs used to manage HIV infections. not everyone who takes antiretrovirals gets it. its not a function fo the HIV infection, and looking up the cause i dont see the word "leptin" anywhere.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:38 PM

If used with meticulous attention to detail (ie done properly every day, every time), it's almost as effective as the pill, iirc.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Here are some good explanations. Keep in mind that there are "fertility awareness *based* methods" and that there is THE Fertility Awareness Method as described by Toni Weschler (author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility). Too be most effective, it's important to use all components of FAM (temp, symptoms - ie cervix position, cervical fluid, in combination with charting/calendaring days). http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/fertility-awareness-4217.htm

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:33 PM

Huge fan of FAM when I needed it, except that *dang* it's hard to avoid sex when fertile. Fighting biology is brutal. Better than using synthetic hormones though. Absolutely loving that vasectomy now that we're done procreating.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Interesting. My weight also hasn't changed but my breast size has. While I've been in the same committed relationship for 15 years, there has been *way* more sex in the last 18 mos, paleo nutrition for 18 mos and the change in breast size in the last 12-15 mos. Very very interesting.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Same experience here up top. For me, below the waist shape is more dependent on exercise. My HWR is always around .6 (even when I was heavier) so my waist size varied in proportion to that which is below it. I think the fat redistributing to my breasts is coming from my thighs (which while wonderful) is quite surprising.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:59 PM

Still waiting to see a picture of Jack's head. Does he have a head? He could be the headless horseman for halloween.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:58 PM

See -Thanks for the Joes Jeans recommendation. Jack -I will think on that but maybe your imagination is better than real life though! I will add that I have a huge tattoo of abstracted butterfly wings from the top of my neck, across my shoulders, and down past by ass -if that helps. I guess I just wanted to add to the torture = evil woman.

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(39831)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Low testosterone and thus a more gynoid deposition pattern.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on October 20, 2011
at 08:20 PM

What does Zinc deficiency do in a male, then?

62c5ce1936ead8fbe50021a42d61def0

(115)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:14 PM

The same happened to me when I traveled for two months & lost weight. Squats & deadlifts will perk those things right up! My butt got noticeably larger, almost too large but it will do you wonders and give them a nice shape!

F77c6462cf6596fe6dabeeb5931821ab

(365)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:09 PM

I cannot even imagine how an overweight Melissa would've looked like.

065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Ok I may have answered too quickly - FAM is considered a type of rhythm method. But most people associate the rhythm method with calendar counting, which this most definitely is not. Every woman, and every cycle, is different, so simply counting days is not going to work. With FAM you monitor at least two and possibly three bodily signs of ovulation and plan your sexual activities accordingly. It's as effective as condoms when used correctly.

065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:29 PM

It's most definitely not the rhythm method. Read up on it a bit, you might find it interesting.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:28 PM

It's 2011 and people are still advocating the rhythm method?

065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:24 PM

Fertility awareness method: http://www.tcoyf.com/ Women are only fertile three days a month, dontcha know. Learned about it from Melissa here on Paleohacks - best hack ever!

987245b845fb284e7866cfb133e94e09

(40)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:08 PM

It's gotta be the muscle, right? I've noticed something similar but a bit different. I'm kind of... ok...I'm definitely an hourglass, and my waist is getting smaller but everything else has stayed about the same. While I'm really happy to be losing some belly pudge, clothes just don't fit right! *sigh*

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:49 PM

I know what HIV lipodystrophy is. There is not one word in anything I've read about it being caused by "leptin issues".

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:48 PM

how do you manage pregnancy expectations? just curious...

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:45 PM

HIV lipodystrophy.....look it up.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:43 PM

i know 3 HIV patients personally and i don't see what you're talking about.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 20, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Re: denim, check out AG's as well. I have hips and they always fit perfectly, just low enough and none of that weird gapping at the back.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 20, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Age and whether or not you have had children probably plays a factor too.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

(451)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Senneth, Joe's "Honey" jeans are pretty good and I've found them on sale for around $100 pretty easily. The link is to their website, but hunt around and you can find them on sale. The waist is still a tiny bit roomy, but better than most. http://joesjeans.com/shop/product.php?productid=2646&cat=2

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 20, 2011
at 06:02 PM

My bits and pieces have stayed the same. Backsquats have done a bit of lifting on me bum but no change to the b's and t's except for that - even with my 12lb weight gain. It's like.. still soft and girlie mixed with the lean and mean if that makes sense? Ok, just did a look to verify and yep.. still the same.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Alright. Melissa, see, and Senneth. Why must you tease the PaleoHacks community with these torturous comments? I hereby decree an image requirement for such claims. It is the only way we can give you proper advice.

3193ead7a301b741aafa193c4476edea

(213)

on October 20, 2011
at 05:17 PM

hahaha good call

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on October 20, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Jack -My husband is not going to be so thrilled when he finds out I spend $200 per pair of jeans. (Its not the brand name, but the fit I am super picky about). 5 pairs of jean + work pants = Husband heart attack!!! Hope its worth it :) Damn Ray Peats Milk recommendations ;)

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Even the most cursory bit of wiki research will tell you that Quilt is making this particular "fact" up.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Wow, leptin again. Even the most cursory bit of wiki research will tell you that Quilt is making this particular "fact" up.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

(451)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Yeah! I've been trying to put on a couple of pounds as I got a bit too slim and it's all going to my hips, butt, boobs. My tummy is flatter than when I weighed five pounds less. My husband is in heaven. Thanks for sharing <3

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Don't forget that Leptin also controls the weather, cute bunny rabits, the price of gas and that fluff you get in your bellybutton...

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 20, 2011
at 03:45 PM

*"My husband is thrilled"*. It's amazing how many women do not understand how true this is. If it goes to the "right" places, it's pretty much awesome and it's what 90+% of guys want. I have this one guy friend that likes girls with completely flat butts and I am at a loss for words why. I think I understand the quantum physics of space time travel more than that.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on October 20, 2011
at 03:39 PM

and of course it has to do with leptin right....

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on October 20, 2011
at 03:38 PM

please share the secret to big boobs....

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on October 20, 2011
at 03:35 PM

I gained 10lbs on my newest tummy problem curing trial, and it all went to my waist and ass. All of my fav (and expensive) jeans no longer fit! My husband is thrilled, but my finances are so going to be wrecked!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on October 20, 2011
at 02:22 PM

LOL! Tsk, tsk... ;)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 20, 2011
at 02:10 PM

I'm still the same. Boobs and butt no change. The bod is still as lean as I was when I started CF and lifting but is now mean and 12lbs heavier with muscle. Same denim size, dress size, bra, etc. I lurve my breasteses but it would be fun to have some extra just for a day.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:34 AM

I guess there's hope for my rapidly disappearing rack after all. :)

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 20, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Post updated pics or it never happened.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on October 20, 2011
at 02:22 PM

LOL! Tsk, tsk... ;)

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:59 PM

Still waiting to see a picture of Jack's head. Does he have a head? He could be the headless horseman for halloween.

3193ead7a301b741aafa193c4476edea

(213)

on October 20, 2011
at 05:17 PM

hahaha good call

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

(2057)

on October 21, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Ha! I just noticed Jack didn't have a head. I must have been... Distracted...

5
065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:13 PM

I think there might be something to the balancing of hormones. This sounds crazy but my breasts have gotten noticeably bigger since I've gotten into a committed relationship and started having regular, unprotected, all natural (ie no hormonal birth control) sex. And I'm not pregnant. My diet's stayed the same, my weight hasn't gone up but I'm definitely curvier. I have pictures for comparison but don't think I'm gonna post them ;) Before the relationship I was eating right and crossfitting and was in good general shape but still pretty tiny up top.

My conclusion: sex is awesome and probably more important to our general health than we realize.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:48 PM

how do you manage pregnancy expectations? just curious...

065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:29 PM

It's most definitely not the rhythm method. Read up on it a bit, you might find it interesting.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Interesting. My weight also hasn't changed but my breast size has. While I've been in the same committed relationship for 15 years, there has been *way* more sex in the last 18 mos, paleo nutrition for 18 mos and the change in breast size in the last 12-15 mos. Very very interesting.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:33 PM

Huge fan of FAM when I needed it, except that *dang* it's hard to avoid sex when fertile. Fighting biology is brutal. Better than using synthetic hormones though. Absolutely loving that vasectomy now that we're done procreating.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Here are some good explanations. Keep in mind that there are "fertility awareness *based* methods" and that there is THE Fertility Awareness Method as described by Toni Weschler (author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility). Too be most effective, it's important to use all components of FAM (temp, symptoms - ie cervix position, cervical fluid, in combination with charting/calendaring days). http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/fertility-awareness-4217.htm

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:38 PM

If used with meticulous attention to detail (ie done properly every day, every time), it's almost as effective as the pill, iirc.

065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Ok I may have answered too quickly - FAM is considered a type of rhythm method. But most people associate the rhythm method with calendar counting, which this most definitely is not. Every woman, and every cycle, is different, so simply counting days is not going to work. With FAM you monitor at least two and possibly three bodily signs of ovulation and plan your sexual activities accordingly. It's as effective as condoms when used correctly.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:28 PM

It's 2011 and people are still advocating the rhythm method?

065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:24 PM

Fertility awareness method: http://www.tcoyf.com/ Women are only fertile three days a month, dontcha know. Learned about it from Melissa here on Paleohacks - best hack ever!

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Medium avatar

on October 20, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I'd put my money on a zinc deficiency rising out of your vegetarian years that forced an android body fat deposition pattern. As your body's zinc pools have been refilled, estrogen has risen and you've moved toward a gynoid pattern. Eating paleo for long enough will correct most mineral deficiencies even without supplementation since the phytate:[mineral] molar ratio is so much lower following just about every meal.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on October 20, 2011
at 08:20 PM

What does Zinc deficiency do in a male, then?

Medium avatar

(39831)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Low testosterone and thus a more gynoid deposition pattern.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on October 21, 2011
at 01:06 AM

We're all rooting for them.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 20, 2011
at 11:48 PM

So there's hope for these A-cups, yet! Thanks, Travis!

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on April 07, 2012
at 07:04 AM

How long does one have to eat Paleo for this to occur...or is it really just n=1, eat Paleo, use a mirror?

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A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

on October 20, 2011
at 04:49 AM

In the past, I've always gained weight in my breasts and behind. So that didn't change. (should I mention, that I've been gluten-free all my life?)

Since I've started eating this way (high starch Paleo now), I haven't gained significantly. So I can't tell any huge difference yet!

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2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on October 20, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Signalling theory at work. Being healthier improved the sending of "honest signals" that are hard to fake for the less healthy/fertile.

2
E69cdc23a8d09c3bc46a16695276f42b

(123)

on April 07, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Yes! I am delighted to have a butt for the first time in my life! I have to jump and wiggle around a lot to get my pants on now LOL. My boobs seem to be about the same size-wise, but since giving up bras, their shape is better. ;-)

2
7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on October 20, 2011
at 08:13 PM

My breasts haven't gotten bigger, but my butt no longer fits in some of my shorts. I've gained 7 pounds on a paleo diet and it's all gone to my legs, either as muscle or as comely fat. No matter what macronutrient composition I eat (I've had from 20-200g of carbohydrate a day from vegetables and potatoes) I don't gain weight in my belly. It's only an N=1 observation, but it gives evidence for the theory that food quality, not macronutrient distribution, is what matters in metabolically normal individuals.

Only on the Paleo diet can I wear horizontally striped shirts and super-skinny jeans while I down a pound of grass fed steak.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 25, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I posted this on another question, but I think it works here too:

I noticed the same thing when I changed to paleo- I got these scar-like stretch marks on my breasts and hips, when they both used to be really little (working on those stretch marks with shea butter and bone broth). Throughout this process, I didn't gain any weight, so it was literally just a dramatic re-distribution of weight. Before paleo I had been relatively unhealthy- went from a varsity rower who rarely got a period and worked out 14 times a week, to totally sedentary with crazy cramping and really, really thin hair (what's up vegetarianism). Going paleo was like going through a second-puberty for me: two cup-size changes, two pant-size changes, my waist shrunk, my nails grew in really strong, and my hair become way, way, way thicker. I still have a little lower-stomach fat pad, that isn't going anywhere (always had that even when rowing) that I assume is somehow integral to my reproductive health, because if I lose weight (usually lose a lot during exam period stress) you can see my ribs and my waist shrinks down super small, but that lower-stomach fat pad is still determined to hang on. I think this "womanly" shape should be a marker of health that women can look for- just look at their family members on both sides of the family, judge how healthy and reproductive they were, then look at themselves for a fairly good comparison. Obviously overall distribution will vary with genetics and heritage (esp. w/breasts, size will typically vary from family to family), but still this fertile shape is something to use a health measure.

On another note, I went paleo at around the same time I moved in with my boyfriend. I turned into one of those "oh-my-god-is-that-a-baby-why-dont-I-have-a-baby-can-I-please-go-touch-the-baby" girls, so I am also curious of the impact that being in a stable relationship and moving in together had on my sudden strong desire to have children along with my body changes. I think I went out and got our pets after a month of living together because I just couldn't stand not having something to care for, so that might also be a factor in the reproductive body changes!

For more Paleo hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/107273/change-in-fat-distribution-and-baby-making#ixzz1q9fCJxUm

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 25, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Protein, zinc, A, C and sufficent collagen (gelatin/bone broth) can help prevent new ones, and *may* help the old ones to heal faster, but time & some laser work may be your best option. Topicals don't tend to work.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 25, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Also, stretch marks are pretty slow to recede, anyone else find this? Coating myself in shea, bone broth everyday. Silvery ones all over my breasts, and purplish ones on my hips. Tips?

80890193d74240cab6dda920665bfb6c

(1528)

on April 07, 2012
at 06:22 AM

Dragonfly wins the thread. Only Fraxel removes striae. It takes about 4 treatments.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 07, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Man, maybe wait until I have kids and get all stretched again? That is actually kind of nice to know (in a weird way) that I can't just get them to go away b/c I've tried a lot of things and nothing has happened.

1
0e2772604bdb3627525b42d77340538b

on October 20, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Yes, yes I have.

1
24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on October 20, 2011
at 12:46 PM

No, that did not happen to me :( I've always had a fair amount of junk in the trunk; I think my butt shrank a little when I lost weight (I've noticed I don't get hit on as much when I go out dancing) but the boobs always seem the same- small-ish.

62c5ce1936ead8fbe50021a42d61def0

(115)

on October 20, 2011
at 08:14 PM

The same happened to me when I traveled for two months & lost weight. Squats & deadlifts will perk those things right up! My butt got noticeably larger, almost too large but it will do you wonders and give them a nice shape!

0
01eb62476756ea980bf8fc048179d4bc

(374)

on June 04, 2012
at 02:32 AM

My breasts have definitely gotten bigger! I basically never developed breasts (if AAA existed, I would be one), but since going strict paleo, I have noticed that my mosquito bites have developed into decent sized ant hills. It's not that they're that much bigger, but they're more breast-like, if that makes sense. I'm not imagining it, either, because other people have commented (like friends and family not randos). I have not otherwise gained weight and my bottom has always been rather shapely.

0
Ff5d6fd79983af7b92bfab38b71823fb

(290)

on June 04, 2012
at 12:05 AM

My breasts are bigger and firmer! I started eating serious meat and fat on paleo 2 WEEKS ago. I am 44 and have had 4 kids.

0
Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

(370)

on March 25, 2012
at 06:11 PM

YES! Lately I've noticed that pencil skirts that used to fit just fine now require a lot more wriggling to get into. I was perturbed at first, but then I realized that my waist isn't growing too, so I chalked it up to building more thigh/butt muscle on the higher-protein diet. The hormone hypothesis is interesting, though. I hope it's true--I've never had much in the way of lower-body curves besides my hard-won yoga muscles, so it would be nice not to worry about my butt disappearing because I skipped too many vinyasa classes.

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on October 21, 2011
at 01:37 AM

I have the exact same body type no matter what I eat, same for my sisters (the thinner one eats like a teenage boy, garbage washed down with beer, but has abs to die for). Women in my family just don't carry/gain weight in their stomachs/torso - and with a couple exceptions, not much in our busts either. Doesn't seem to matter how many kids we have (if any) etc

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Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:22 PM

No matter if I'm Paleo or not, I ALWAYS gain weight in my belly. Eating paelo, even long term, doesn't seem to matter.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 20, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Age and whether or not you have had children probably plays a factor too.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on October 21, 2011
at 11:47 PM

maybe. My tendency to gain in my belly got worse after my pregnancy, but I've always gained heavily in my waistline! (mother and grandmother are the same way. bummer. i don't carry an extra ten pounds well at all.)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 25, 2012
at 06:25 PM

Yeah, the genetics behind this kind of weight gain interests me- I used to live in a Lithuanian part of town, and there was such a consistent pattern of tall women with slim legs and a tendency to gain weight in the belly.

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on April 07, 2012
at 06:07 AM

Me too. I'm pretty slim and don't really need to lose weight, but I'm still boyish in my shape, and my weight consistently goes to the belly.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 20, 2011
at 12:07 PM

Leptin control fat disposition in body parts. This is why women have curves and men dont. Moreover, people with dosordered leptin function have major body comp and fat deposit issues. See any HIV patient as a great example of the other side of this coin.

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(1371)

on October 20, 2011
at 03:39 PM

and of course it has to do with leptin right....

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(19235)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Don't forget that Leptin also controls the weather, cute bunny rabits, the price of gas and that fluff you get in your bellybutton...

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Wow, leptin again. Even the most cursory bit of wiki research will tell you that Quilt is making this particular "fact" up.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Even the most cursory bit of wiki research will tell you that Quilt is making this particular "fact" up.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:43 PM

i know 3 HIV patients personally and i don't see what you're talking about.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:45 PM

HIV lipodystrophy.....look it up.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on October 20, 2011
at 11:07 PM

jesus, lipodystrophy is a side effect from some antiretroviral drugs used to manage HIV infections. not everyone who takes antiretrovirals gets it. its not a function fo the HIV infection, and looking up the cause i dont see the word "leptin" anywhere.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 20, 2011
at 06:49 PM

I know what HIV lipodystrophy is. There is not one word in anything I've read about it being caused by "leptin issues".

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on April 07, 2012
at 07:02 AM

Spellcheck, please.

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