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Gained Fat and not happy!

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Created November 19, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I have been crossfitting for a year now a good 4-5 times a week. I am able to get yoga in twice a month, when the goal is once a week. I have been eating 90% Paleo since February. WHen I first started eating Paleo, i lost fat quick. I got down to about 20% body fat, and weighed in at 135 over the Summer. My 10% non-paleo includes hazlenut flavored coconut milk in my coffee in teh morning (2Tbs tops there is a small amount of sugar in the creamer). I have abour 4-6 glasses of red wine (merlot or cab) each week, still Paleo.

Here is a typical day of eating: Breafast- 2 eggs, spinach, fried up in leftover bacon fat= 266cal Lunch- 1-2C spinach, 1/4 sweet potato, chickenbreast, EVOO on the spinach= 310cal snack- apple dinner- meatball made w coco flour, artichoke salad, butternut squash =375 cal snack- cashews and dark choco chips- handful = 300cal Post WOD- Progenix Recovery Protein =120cal

I am still WODing 4-5 times a week, i drink an easy 100 ounces of water each day. I get plenty of sleep, a good 8 hours a night. I am stressed just like any other human being. This has been my life since Februaru, how is it possible that within the past 3-4 months I ahve put on 15 pounds!!!! It is not all muscle, bc it is impossible to put on muscle that fast. You can visibly see that it is not muscle, it is def fat.

I did become pregnant and miscarried over the course of this time, i only made it to 15 weeks. I know that a few of the pounds were becuase of this, but 15 is outrageous. I need some help please.

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on November 29, 2012
at 08:42 PM

More fat is not always the answer. She works out a ton. Only so much fat you can burn during intense workouts. A good balance of carbs and fat (as indicated in her diet diary) would make more sense for someone that active.

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on November 20, 2012
at 03:32 AM

I thought this was a helpful comment and I would like to add that I found Accupuncture very, very helpful in re-balancing hormones after a lost pregnancy. Try to find a practitioner experienced w women's health.

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on November 19, 2012
at 09:20 PM

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Jamie, when I had my last miscarriage it took at least 3 months for me to get totally back to normal. Do be patient.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:54 PM

btw, I hope you have a great support structure. This is a very traumatic loss for a family, and all those hormones make it that much worse. At least we (men) don't have to deal with the hormones. Your compulsion, in my completely lay, non-psychiatrist opinion, could be a way of trying to get past the MC, and to return, from a chaotic time, to a lifestyle you can control. It is totally understandable, and part of the healing process. Work on controlling the things that you can, diet, exercise, sleep, and keep the stress to a minimal. Good Luck.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:39 PM

You certainly could still need more time. Depends on whether you had a D&C, natural miscarriage, still birth, medically induced miscarriage, etc. I am way outside of my knowledge base though. @8 weeks you should be in contact with your doctor and getting blood work (if you haven't already), I think this is a discussion you should have with her/him?

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Thank you for the reply, as much as I didn't want to add the last paragraph I know that it does play into my body situation. It has been about 8 weeks since the MC. Still think that more time is needed? I am begining to feel compulsive about this situation, given as though it is more in my control. I feel like I should be making some sort of change to fix the issue.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I would agree with all of that -- and esp. that starting off with 20% body fat would undoubtedly make your body fight extra hard to gain more weight quickly. And it really does take awhile for your hormones to return to normal.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Liquid calories, generally speaking, are not going to help you. Consider real, chewable protein instead.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I have been taking measurements. 2" gain on my waist and hips. Loose the protien shake? Will you explain this a bit for me? I try to eat my starchy carbs post WOD, not immediately post WOD, but at my next meal

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Jamie, I know this is a tough subject, and a non-doctor male might not be very helpful. So I apologize in advance if any of this appears inconsiderate, that is not my attempt.

Your hormones, especially in a miscarried pregnancy are almost certainly the culprit. 15 Weeks is a long time in a pregnancy, your body has completely changed its hormonal response to... everything. You said you put on 15 lbs in 3-4 months, and that you miscarried @ 15 weeks during that time (15 weeks is about 4 months). That is not a coincidence. It is possible that your body is still in "pregnancy mode" and ramping up it's fat stores.

You mentioned that you can visibly see the fat -- Expanded uterus, Amniotic fluid, increased water retention, increased blood volume, and increased fat stores make up about 75% of the pregnancy weight gain (and all decrease the appearance of muscle). For thin women, increased fat stores can me much more significant than a woman who starts the pregnancy with plenty of extra fat. Most of that weight gain occurs during the first two trimesters.

Give your body a few months to heal and get back to normal, then see if the weight comes back down.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Thank you for the reply, as much as I didn't want to add the last paragraph I know that it does play into my body situation. It has been about 8 weeks since the MC. Still think that more time is needed? I am begining to feel compulsive about this situation, given as though it is more in my control. I feel like I should be making some sort of change to fix the issue.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 19, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Jamie, when I had my last miscarriage it took at least 3 months for me to get totally back to normal. Do be patient.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 19, 2012
at 08:39 PM

You certainly could still need more time. Depends on whether you had a D&C, natural miscarriage, still birth, medically induced miscarriage, etc. I am way outside of my knowledge base though. @8 weeks you should be in contact with your doctor and getting blood work (if you haven't already), I think this is a discussion you should have with her/him?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 19, 2012
at 08:54 PM

btw, I hope you have a great support structure. This is a very traumatic loss for a family, and all those hormones make it that much worse. At least we (men) don't have to deal with the hormones. Your compulsion, in my completely lay, non-psychiatrist opinion, could be a way of trying to get past the MC, and to return, from a chaotic time, to a lifestyle you can control. It is totally understandable, and part of the healing process. Work on controlling the things that you can, diet, exercise, sleep, and keep the stress to a minimal. Good Luck.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 19, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I would agree with all of that -- and esp. that starting off with 20% body fat would undoubtedly make your body fight extra hard to gain more weight quickly. And it really does take awhile for your hormones to return to normal.

Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on November 20, 2012
at 03:32 AM

I thought this was a helpful comment and I would like to add that I found Accupuncture very, very helpful in re-balancing hormones after a lost pregnancy. Try to find a practitioner experienced w women's health.

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235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

on November 19, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Coupla things:

  1. You're eating plenty of starchy carbs; are you doing this post-workout, ever?
  2. You're also eating nuts. And nut flours. And chocolate. When you're eating all of these things daily, it's probably easier to pack on some pounds.
  3. Ditch the protein shake.
  4. Cut down on the wine a bit.
  5. More fat, more fat, more fat.

Despite all this, have you been taking measurements? You might be gaining muscle, not fat.

6e4b473830bd22c1c4efe1d1e3cf0bf0

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I have been taking measurements. 2" gain on my waist and hips. Loose the protien shake? Will you explain this a bit for me? I try to eat my starchy carbs post WOD, not immediately post WOD, but at my next meal

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

(564)

on November 19, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Liquid calories, generally speaking, are not going to help you. Consider real, chewable protein instead.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 29, 2012
at 08:42 PM

More fat is not always the answer. She works out a ton. Only so much fat you can burn during intense workouts. A good balance of carbs and fat (as indicated in her diet diary) would make more sense for someone that active.

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on November 20, 2012
at 02:21 AM

Cut down on the crossfit and activity in general, that could be stimulating your appetite and stressing your body out. Elevated your cortisol levels probably. Wouldn't surprise me if some of that weight is water retention, women are more prone to it and it can look indistinguishable from fat.

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on November 19, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Crossfit 4 or 5 times per week sounds like way too much to me. Cortisol may be an issue.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:55 PM

I don't have much to offer, but maybe you aren't eating enough for the activity level and so your body is stressed and holding on to fat. How tall are you?

Also, having a miscarriage can wreak havoc on your hormones, I went through that in February also, and found I consistently have been putting on body fat no matter what I ate or didn't eat, how I exercised etc. for the probably 4 months following. Of course, I had lost a ton of weight due to stress around that time too, so once I began eating again, it was ALL stored.

It might be related. You said it's only been 8 weeks, that's not very long.

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on November 19, 2012
at 09:20 PM

5'5", just started Outlaw 4 weeks ago

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