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Imbalance causing waist fat?

Commented on April 21, 2013
Created April 21, 2013 at 8:26 PM

So coming from a background where I used to be super-fat, and then I dropped 130 pounds to be in-shape and fitter through calorie restriction and near daily exercise (crossfit, calisthenics), I can't seem to rid my waist fat.

I got OCD about losing weight and worked out to the point of looking somewhat emaciated and it's been tough eating more because I have been hung up on trying to stay "fit" and I usually don't eat enough and sometimes I go without food.

My problem is that recently I ended up giving more calorie consumption a shot and not feel deprived and now my waist is looking larger. Granted, I have been doing crossfit for awhile but I was always in a deficit on calories, so obviously not much on strength gains. It's been varying to say the least. I'm consuming about 3000 calories a day, some days a bit less. I'm 5'11" - 6', male, 28 and weigh about 175 pounds when I weigh myself in the morning.

When I dropped weight at my most extreme, I was around 167-170 pounds, looked emaciated and was before starting crossfit.

I can't figure out why my waist has been getting bigger, I've been eating more fats, proteins, and 1-2 servings of fruit and plenty veggies. (sometimes I cut carbs for an entire day). I feel tired, despite 7-8 hours of sleep. I've been gradually cutting diet soft drinks out.

I can't for the life of me figure it out, my belly isn't getting fatter, just my backside.

Could eating more food/calories be causing my body to rebalance itself and trying to get used to not being in starvation mode? I'm talking about my waist looking fuller overnight, or 2 days later. I'm concerned.

I was doing Peanut Butter for more calories recently but was feeling sick off them, inflammation like no other, so I switched to avocado for fats, perhaps 2-3 a day.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on April 21, 2013
at 09:29 PM

I see, you seem to have done pretty well to improve as much as you could. I'd then go for the tests just to be sure that a nasty hormonal imbalance isnt't holding you back on your goal.

6648bcb8c4e4d4d2a3a6e1799a9d78b9

on April 21, 2013
at 09:23 PM

I do eat very clean, disgustingly clean and have for some time. I don't really crave junk-food anymore. I have just started removing diet soft drinks. If anything, I need to gain weight. I've been floating around 175 on average for over a year and according to my BMR and activity level, I should be aiming for at least 2800 calories. I've not been fat since 2010. I have been told to eat more, I'm trying to move away from my somewhat emaciated look. I feel fine all over except feeling tired a lot lately and my back is usually always sore. Stool looks normal at a brown color.

6648bcb8c4e4d4d2a3a6e1799a9d78b9

on April 21, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Well, the distinction between loose skin and fat is a wild card for me. Whe all I was doing at the time was trying to lose weight because I was sick of being obese, I obsessed over losing more and more weight and went to the extreme of 900 calorie days with nothing but calisthenics, I felt I looked good looking. But then after doing crossfit a lot over the course of 2 years, strength did go up since my body was changing gears, but then I haven't been able to do much more and I've been stuck. I over analyze and get worried when I see my waist size increasing with more calories, I'm active.

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048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

on April 21, 2013
at 08:57 PM

You don't say how much time has been since you adopted paleo and started loosing weight (and specially since dropping soft drinks and crappy food). Keep in mind that a body re-composition takes a lot of time, at least a good amount of months, and maybe last for years. The last fat on the waist zone is the most stubborn and the one that has most toxins, getting rid for this needs a very good plan coming from obesity and a good hormonal balance that might be pretty messed from the past times (think metabolic syndrome).

So I think that your easy storing of fat in the waist is most likely due to a bad hormonal balance. I'd have some blood work done, then came back here and post and we'll have more insight on what is happening to you currently. BTW 3000 kcal sounds a lot to me if you're seeking for weight loss, even if it's strict paleo I wouldn't overeat.

That comes hand in hand with the OCD... it's all in the head and that needs to be addressed IMO, I'd suggest avoiding all crappy food that will trigger cravings to eat and also avoiding stress triggers as much as possible and trying to adapt some thoughtful meditation and positive thinking. Being obese in the past may have screwed your hunger/craving perception and reverting that implies eating really clean and no junk (I've got down to 11% BF yet still couldn't get rid of the cravings for a long time just with that!).

The feeling tired thing along with everything else you explained may point to some chronic inflammation, which is pretty normal coming from your background. Are you feeling ok at the gut level? stomach pain? muscle aches? bloating? gas? abdominal distension? How does your stool look like? If anything of this sounds familiar to you then I'd focus on trying to get good gut health first. Proper nutrition absorption is critical. Paleo diet is a good starting point but you can try to tweak things further to heal faster. Once the gut is working properly inflammation should subside, then your eating patterns should stabilize, you should feel more control about what you eat and eventually you should starting losing fat easily and seeing a better body composition, and finally that waist reduction.

6648bcb8c4e4d4d2a3a6e1799a9d78b9

on April 21, 2013
at 09:23 PM

I do eat very clean, disgustingly clean and have for some time. I don't really crave junk-food anymore. I have just started removing diet soft drinks. If anything, I need to gain weight. I've been floating around 175 on average for over a year and according to my BMR and activity level, I should be aiming for at least 2800 calories. I've not been fat since 2010. I have been told to eat more, I'm trying to move away from my somewhat emaciated look. I feel fine all over except feeling tired a lot lately and my back is usually always sore. Stool looks normal at a brown color.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on April 21, 2013
at 09:29 PM

I see, you seem to have done pretty well to improve as much as you could. I'd then go for the tests just to be sure that a nasty hormonal imbalance isnt't holding you back on your goal.

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on April 21, 2013
at 08:49 PM

There's a whole lot going on here, but I'll throw this suggestion out.

When you're doing CrossFit, Weightlifting, Powerlifting or another other form of compound lifting, one thing you will notice very quickly is your "trunk" or "core" really adapt to growth stimulus. This happens without most people noticing, but it happens.

I've started competitive powerlifting training for the past year and have really stopped any cardio outside of HIIT or very short MetCon's, mostly because I still enjoy some explosive and intense strength training.

I came from a pretty skinny, endurance-based training and saw my weight go from about 150 to 185 in about 10 months. My waist size probably went up 3 inches and am much thicker around the midsection. It's not "fat gain" or something to be concerned about. You would be shocked to see just how much this type of training can affect what you are talking about, especially if you're coming from where you said you were...emaciated with very little fat or muscle mass anywhere.

6648bcb8c4e4d4d2a3a6e1799a9d78b9

on April 21, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Well, the distinction between loose skin and fat is a wild card for me. Whe all I was doing at the time was trying to lose weight because I was sick of being obese, I obsessed over losing more and more weight and went to the extreme of 900 calorie days with nothing but calisthenics, I felt I looked good looking. But then after doing crossfit a lot over the course of 2 years, strength did go up since my body was changing gears, but then I haven't been able to do much more and I've been stuck. I over analyze and get worried when I see my waist size increasing with more calories, I'm active.

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