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Pear shape now gaining in belly?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Although I love eating Paleo and the mental and physical improvements I have experienced, there is one that I am having trouble with. I am naturally a pear shape, and have always had a flat stomach. I experienced severe bloating on SAD and giving up grains/gluten has helped this problem immensely but I now have belly fat that I have never had before. I have lost from all other parts of my body except for this area, when it is usually the other way around! I have suspected an adrenal fatigue/cortisol issue, as I over worked and over exercised this summer, but have been cutting way back (only weight training 2x a week now) and getting lots of good sleep.

Has anyone had success in getting rid of their cortisol belly? How long did it take? For someone who has never carried any weight in my midsection its very frustrating!

(I'M female, my BMI is 21)

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

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on November 10, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I am not sure why you would store fat in a different way than before unless your hormone profile has changed with Paleo. The few posts I have read by women who have had a changed distribution of fat seem to have gone the other way....less in the midsection and more in the breasts and butt.

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on November 10, 2012
at 11:51 PM

If you are sure it's a cortisol issue, you might try doing some restorative yoga after a hard workout, or a hard day at work. For me just putting my legs up the wall for 15 minutes chills me right out and feels very refreshing for the legs. You will notice your breathing slow and deepen and though I can't prove it, I am sure this lowers your body's experience of stress.

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I wonder about your kombucha - is it sugar free? Because even the raw ones I have seen have at least 12g sugar in a serving, which is usually half a bottle.

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

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on October 27, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Side-by-side stats, for the record. 8oz coconut water: 43kcal, 10.7g carbs, 10.7g sugar, 0g fat, 0g protein. 8oz coconut milk: 400kcal, 8.6g carbs, 2.85g sugar, 40g fat, 2.85g protein.

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

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on October 27, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Maybe save those bananas/apples for your post-workout meal, too. Go for coconut milk instead of coconut water. Coconut water has more carbs/sugar. Coconut milk has more fat and is WAY more satiating. It's also deeelicious!

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on October 27, 2012
at 04:36 PM

breakfast: 2-3 eggs cooked in coconut oil w/ spinach lunch: grilled chicken breast or turkey burger/avocado/veggies cooked in coco oil or topped with EVOO dinner: lamb/GF beef/salmon or shrimp with green veggies cooked in coco oil snacks: occasional banana or apple (1-2x/week), coconut water, kombucha I typically eat around 1600 calories/day, have cut out nuts and eat a starchy veggie after I weight train (usually sweet potato or butternut squash)

Aff97e82eccef9d957abdd7317f72457

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on October 27, 2012
at 04:19 PM

@tbunchylulu Im 26. Been Paleo about 3 months, but came from a strict gluten free/dairy free diet of 1 year+. So I dont think its my body reacting to dietary changes as Paleo was not a big transition for me. And yes, I have been working out more intensely, but have since cut way back after getting this belly. I strength train 2x/week now, yoga 1x/week and only do sprints, no more chronic cardio, but the belly is still there! Do I need to completely stop working out?

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on October 27, 2012
at 01:41 AM

I could have written this question. I'm in exactly the same position: pear-shaped my whole life, usually little to none belly fat, extremely happy with all of my Paleo improvements, but have recently had some extra lower-belly fat. Can't wait to see the answers!

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

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on October 26, 2012
at 11:00 PM

How long have you been Paleo and did you come here directly from SAD? Also, how old are you? HAve you recently been working our more intensely than before?

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D3abaaead845d9da842938514ddb24bf

on November 14, 2012
at 01:31 AM

Have you had your thyroid checked?

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235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

on October 27, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Tell us what you're eating.

Aff97e82eccef9d957abdd7317f72457

(180)

on October 27, 2012
at 04:36 PM

breakfast: 2-3 eggs cooked in coconut oil w/ spinach lunch: grilled chicken breast or turkey burger/avocado/veggies cooked in coco oil or topped with EVOO dinner: lamb/GF beef/salmon or shrimp with green veggies cooked in coco oil snacks: occasional banana or apple (1-2x/week), coconut water, kombucha I typically eat around 1600 calories/day, have cut out nuts and eat a starchy veggie after I weight train (usually sweet potato or butternut squash)

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

(564)

on October 27, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Maybe save those bananas/apples for your post-workout meal, too. Go for coconut milk instead of coconut water. Coconut water has more carbs/sugar. Coconut milk has more fat and is WAY more satiating. It's also deeelicious!

235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

(564)

on October 27, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Side-by-side stats, for the record. 8oz coconut water: 43kcal, 10.7g carbs, 10.7g sugar, 0g fat, 0g protein. 8oz coconut milk: 400kcal, 8.6g carbs, 2.85g sugar, 40g fat, 2.85g protein.

7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on November 02, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I wonder about your kombucha - is it sugar free? Because even the raw ones I have seen have at least 12g sugar in a serving, which is usually half a bottle.

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