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Weight gain- confused by what could be the problem!

Commented on March 07, 2014
Created March 04, 2014 at 8:17 PM

I have been reading so many blogs and posts to try and find someone with a similar situation as me. Hopefully someone here can help!

I am 25, 5'11" and 180 pounds. Four years ago I lost 30 pounds with calorie restriction (1000-1200 per day) and doing at least 30 mins running or biking every day and some weights. I was living overseas and the weight came off easily. I moved back and have gained the 30 lbs back over the past year. :( I struggled with binge eating on health foods (mostly nuts/nut butter) or at the end of a day of eating low calorie. My self-esteem is so low after gaining weight, but every time I try and fail, I turn to food. I feel so guilty if I skip exercising even one day. I was training for a half marathon and exercising at least an hr a day, including weight training.

The last few weeks I've tried to cut back on my daily exercise to walking and 4 times a week of lifting heavy weights. I had my cortisol levels checked and they were at 12, which is normal. I was sure cortisol was the problem because I carry most of my fat on my belly and have major IBS. (Which doesn't help that I am bloated quite often!) I have been eating Paleo for a few months and am doing a Whole30 now. Still, nothing.Could it be my metabolism? I feel like I am a stranger in my own body with all the weight I have gained! I read so many opinions about what to do and I'm at a loss!

Here is a typical day of eats:

Bfast: 2 eggs, sweet potato hash, coffee with almond milk, and 1/2 an avocado, maybe a few nuts

Lunch: huge salad with grilled chicken, boiled egg white, olive oil, and nuts. Maybe an apple

Snack: handful of nuts or sliced turkey

Dinner: roasted veggies (broccoli, sweet potato, onions, zucchini) and tilapia or grilled chicken

I try hard not to eat after dinner, but I sometimes go for a spoonful of nut butter or 1/2 a banana.

Should I be eating differently? Is that too many nuts? I rarely ate any overseas and I am still tempted to overeat them now. Mostly because I am always hungry and it feels like a good snack option! I know I shouldn't snack so much with paleo, but I'm hungry! I am so tempted to go back to 1200 cals, someone convince me that isn't the answer!

*I've also been taking L-glutamine, iron, chromium, and probiotics.

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on March 07, 2014
at 04:36 AM

NAT! THANK YOU! That was so great. I am glad you understand my dilemma! It has been so hard to get past my recent weight gain and love my body. I just want to get it back in shape- and fast! I know I need to stop the guilt based on how I eat or exercise, but it is so hard. Thanks for the reminder that this is MY body and I can't follow Paleo like every person,bc everyone's advice is so different! I really appreciate your advice!

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on March 06, 2014
at 12:50 AM

how many cortisol tests did you have done & at what time...was it just a one off morning blood test?

if so, that will just indicate if your morning cortisol is within lab range, you will also need to check your cortisol levels throughout the day. at a min you will need a late afternoon blood cortisol test (at/after 4pm usually). or alternatively do 4 x saliva tests to get a better indication of your cortisol 'curve' for one day

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on March 07, 2014
at 12:26 AM

WOW it's just like I read my own story... First of all, let me tell you that I completely understand how you feel. And even though it seems easier and it has worked in the past, calorie restricting is not the answer. I've been through the exact. same. problems as you have (and still not completely rid of them yet, but I'll tell you what I've found out). First of all, remember that you're dealing with various problems here, not just one- this will help you not to feel like you haven't accomplished anything at all. What you should work on first is in raising your self-esteem so you can stop the binging. I know how hard it is, but this may be your main source of trouble! Binges cause inflammation (hence the bloat, which in fact may be a food baby, not the typical gas bloat the rest of the normal people get), and they make you retain a lot of water, which you may be confusing with fat. I understand how hard it is, but you can't learn to love yourself while at the same time forcing it to lose weight. Instead of stressing out because you want more food (and feeling awful while eating it), eat it without regret (AND PROMISE YOU'LL DO IT WITHOUT REGRETS). Halfway through the food you'll probably find out you don't even want to eat anymore, and you'll drop it. Second thing, once you have the binges under control, you can concentrate on losing the remaining fat (which will be a lot less, promise.) This works because THAT IS HUMAN NATURE. If you tell a human "you can't do that! he'll want to do it more that ever. So yeah, you will be doing things differently to other paleo people because nobody works the same. Jeez, don't expect to get tomatoes out of an apple tree! They may both be fruits, but they are completely different. So don't force your body into doing something it doesn't want to. Work with it. And don't listen to these guys above here, because completely avoiding carbs and fasting will end up in a binge. True story. They just don't struggle with food, they can stop when they're full and move on. But there's some people like us, who find it a lot harder ( but not impossible! ). JUST SOME FINAL THOUGHTS: 1) Food is not the devil. It can't even think. It is just food. Remember that everytime you start stressing over it. 2) Dont trust blindly all paleo sources, because not everyone has trouble with binge eating, so they don't understand. Analyze the information and only do what seems right for you. If you feel completely okay with eating more nuts that most paleo people, DO IT. It's your body, not theirs. 3) If the bloating doesn't go away, you may be eating either too much fiber (hard veggies) or too much meat (yeah, also happened to me, so you might want to try and see how you feel with less meat). 4) If you need any more help or just need to talk, i'm always available :) {Leave an ask on my tumblr < fitmidget.tumblr.com > or kik me: @natrojas} STAY STRONG! -Nat :)

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on March 07, 2014
at 04:36 AM

NAT! THANK YOU! That was so great. I am glad you understand my dilemma! It has been so hard to get past my recent weight gain and love my body. I just want to get it back in shape- and fast! I know I need to stop the guilt based on how I eat or exercise, but it is so hard. Thanks for the reminder that this is MY body and I can't follow Paleo like every person,bc everyone's advice is so different! I really appreciate your advice!

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on March 06, 2014
at 05:45 AM

Skip breakfast, lose the snacks. Intermittent fasting 16/8 for a month and see what happens. 180 5'11" doesn't sound like you are that far gone. Keep weight lifting and turn it into muscle.

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on March 05, 2014
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It looks like you are eating carbs with every meal, try to cut out the starches completely (fruits and yams) and eat fats, veggies, and proteins to satiety.

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