1

votes

Can a paleo diet help a thin woman to get curvier?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I am not trying to lose or gain weight, but I would like to make my midsection a little smaller in comparison to my hips and bust. I'm 5'5" and 120 lb. I don't gain in the stomach first, but I notice that my waist is wider than it was a few years ago (I'm in my twenties now, and in college I had a 24" waist). I'm fine losing weight, if that's my only option...but I read somewhere that your waist-hip ratio is determined by how many carbs vs. protein that you eat. I don't know why it was never a problem for me before, but I think I may have some wheat/gluten intolerances that I didn't have in college. Currently, I don't eat gluten but I will have pop chips and other processed gluten-free carbs..probably not good.

So here are my questions:

1.) Can a paleo diet change my waist-hip ratio? I am probably a pear or ruler as opposed to an apple, I just want a more defined waist area, with less fat distributed there. 2.) If I eat a lot of fruit, is that problematic? Is that considered high carb, or is it only the processed carbs I need to watch out for?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on November 15, 2012
at 07:31 PM

no.......but an Epi-paleo diet can. Women are designed to store their DHA and iodine in the buttocks and hips and no where else. Psychology today did a piece on this several months back. What constitutes the slight change in the template is laid out here. http://www.jackkruse.com/brain-gut-6-epi-paleo-rx/

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on November 13, 2012
at 11:29 PM

I'm flattered you gave me you measurements without asking. Normally it takes more effort for that. ;-) But seriously if you gain more weight in the thighs via muscle mass that will help the look even more. You could also add 1 gallon of milk or yogurt a day. You probably want eat a lot of fatty foods. The fats help with hormones.

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on November 13, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Thanks! My main issue isn't building the glutes (I've done that successfully in the past) but rather the redistribution of fat. I heard that a paleo diet can draw fat away from the midsection and more toward the thighs, butt and breasts. I'd be very happy if this happened for me!

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on November 13, 2012
at 06:02 PM

I don't like running because I'm afraid it will make my breasts saggy or small. However I am cool with elliptical stuff, or anything that doesn't cause too much "bounce". Also, the stairmaster. Do you think I could benefit from just more exercise?

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 13, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I never have had a thickish butt and legs until I became a runner. Now my stomach is small and the little bit of weight I have is in my legs and butt.I think that exercise can definitely change this.

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on November 13, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I do that actually- well, I was doing 100 lb for a while but I felt that it was making me look too masculine and making my breasts smaller. I actually tend to gain weight in the butt so that's not really my problem. It's more that I miss how small my waist used to be. Now my measurements are 33-25-36 and that's on a good day.

  • F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

    asked by

    (72)
  • Views
    2.8K
  • Last Activity
    1279D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

3 Answers

1
C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on November 13, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Have you tried deadlifting and squatting heavy weights? You have to eat a lot to grow with these, but this will help push your butt ratio better. They work the lower back, abs, glutes, all leg muscles and upper back some too. Dancers and skaters have very developed legs which look quite nice. Sprinting a few times a week won't hurt either.

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on November 13, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I do that actually- well, I was doing 100 lb for a while but I felt that it was making me look too masculine and making my breasts smaller. I actually tend to gain weight in the butt so that's not really my problem. It's more that I miss how small my waist used to be. Now my measurements are 33-25-36 and that's on a good day.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on November 13, 2012
at 11:29 PM

I'm flattered you gave me you measurements without asking. Normally it takes more effort for that. ;-) But seriously if you gain more weight in the thighs via muscle mass that will help the look even more. You could also add 1 gallon of milk or yogurt a day. You probably want eat a lot of fatty foods. The fats help with hormones.

0
1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on November 13, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Squatting and deadlifting will definitely help your legs grow. Here is a link to specific exercises for the butt. T-nation article on building the glutes

I would note that for women, training in the 5+rep range can cause hypertrophy which you may or may not want. If I were advising you how to exercise to get more "curvy" I'd have you do a linear progression with squats in the 5 rep range, deadlifts 1x5 once a week (to grow the lower body), and while you do not want to skip upper body lifts, keep them in the more 3 or 4 rep ranges so that you don't gain muscle mass but you still get "toned" via becoming stronger.

Check out 70sbig and read his posts on women lifting they are really helpful. The site is not just about big muscles, it's a great training resource.

As an aside, I believe that in general breast size is dependant on bodyfat percentage. If you're trying to lost fat they are going to get a little smaller regardless.

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on November 13, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Thanks! My main issue isn't building the glutes (I've done that successfully in the past) but rather the redistribution of fat. I heard that a paleo diet can draw fat away from the midsection and more toward the thighs, butt and breasts. I'd be very happy if this happened for me!

-1
Ab192d10303638da6305d7bcbe77f757

(-10)

on November 14, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I got cheaper version http://getnow.org/paleo

It works! I lost ton of weight!

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!