I've been doing Paleo probably at about 90/10 for right at 2 weeks now. I haven't noticed a huge difference on the scales yet, as I'm down to ~150 from ~155 (I'm almost 25, and am 5'5", for reference). I was talking with my boyfriend this morning, and he mentioned that my fat distribution is starting to change. That led us to talking about some of the people who shared their before & after pics, and the women who looked much healthier and curvier.
Before starting Paleo, I had developed a small pooch/flap of belly fat, in addition to having slight muffin-top (I don't really have any fat on my hips below that).
Now, my belly looks flatter (I still have a ways to go though), and it seems like my muffin-top fat is migrating down to my "hip" area. It seems like my body is reshaping to a "baby making body" as my boyfriend called it. It's not drastic, since it's only been in the last few weeks, but I'm curious as to how this may continue.
My question is, have any other women noticed this with themselves? Any guys notice this about your women who are eating Paleo?
I have read the several accounts of women being helped by Paleo in respect to fertility and PCOS issues. I thought because of this, there might be a correlation between eating Paleo and increased fertility or your body just naturally preparing for it.
Also related, any guys notice increased fertility themselves? I don't know what a "fertile body" looks like for a guy (where as with women it's so noticeable with hips, boobs, butt, etc.). What is the prime body composition for males? To me, I would think it would be muscular (but not crazy-huge), more toned, and lower body fat. I would think overly muscular could be a hindrance, but I have no basis for that really.
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on March 25, 2012
at 03:12 PM
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 stale 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!
on March 25, 2012
at 06:38 PM
I wish I could say that the same thing happened to me, but sadly it did not. Sure, I'm healthier and smaller, but sadly I don't have any more weight in my hips and thighs, and I'm still a buttless wonder. I'm pregnant right now, so this doesn't really count, but even before that all my weight was gained/lost in the belly and breasts. I went from being a heavy apple to being a slim apple. I'm happy if you were able to change body types, but have to report that it did not happen for me.