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Weight Gain- Why?? EDIT

Commented on January 30, 2014
Created January 16, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Hi everyone!

I've been slowly but steadily gaining weight for the past few months, and I can't figure it out. 5'1, went from 102 to 112 in about three-four months. I haven't made any changes in diet. I did go vlc for a few weeks with no changes, and also dropped calories for a few weeks with no changes. I'm stuck!!

Oh, I got TSH tested and everything came back normally.

Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

Here's a standard day for me:

Edit: Thanks for the advice, everyone! I'll try dropping the protein and upping the fat for the next two weeks or so and see how things go. (from 1/15)

EDIT 2: Alright, it's the end of week 2 now and absolutely no change in weight. I've reduced protein to 60-80 g, dropped carbs to just veggies clocking in at around 40g, and the rest fat to equal around 1000-1200 calories a day. Any ideas? Thank you!!

I'd appreciate any help- I'm really out of ideas...

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on January 30, 2014
at 05:01 PM

That's what I thought. However, I've been doing my intake by weight recently and it still sits around 900-1100, and has for the past few years. I do have a history of restriction, however.

Cce653018976b0b26924c59aa94e5579

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on January 30, 2014
at 04:21 PM

By the way, you also appear to be avoiding egg yolks in favor of egg whites, which is rather odd. They're extremely micronutrient dense.

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on January 30, 2014
at 04:07 PM

I have to agree with you even though I don't believe all calories are created equal. Even if one was to eat 1000 calories of nothing but pure garbage like fast food and sweets, one would probably still lose weight. The human body can only do so much to keep you alive while you're starving, eventually you would lose at least some weight.

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on January 30, 2014
at 04:07 PM

why are you making such a stupid comment? the OP is asking why he's gaining wait, blackjack points out that calories are more important than ratios. and potatoes are not in any way equivalent to mountain dew. that's like saying fat is okay, therefore drink a cup of soybean oil every day.

Cce653018976b0b26924c59aa94e5579

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on January 30, 2014
at 03:56 PM

(In otherwords, the reference ranges medical labs use are often not terribly useful and simply an average of a population whose members may already mostly have abnomal markers. Be careful about reference ranges, and do your own research.)

Cce653018976b0b26924c59aa94e5579

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on January 30, 2014
at 03:54 PM

Apart from that, micronutrients are very important to overall body function, and weight gain can certainly result from not having the proper micronutrients. So, at the very least, you might want to examine the Perfect Health Diet supplements page:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/

Micronutrients and vitamins make a very big difference!

(By the way, limiting PUFA - too much omega 6 is especially problematic, but so is too much PUFA in general - will mean limiting nut intake.)

Cce653018976b0b26924c59aa94e5579

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on January 30, 2014
at 03:52 PM

Do not consume too much PUFA (4% - 6% of total energy as PUFA calories looks like a hard limit for being healthy.) Protein (0.5- 1 lb/day) and Carbs (~480-640 cal, or about 1 lb/day of "safe starches") are generally needed by the body for daily function, while fats are somewhat more adjustable, which means that fat is an adjustable macronutrient and can be reduced while trying to lose weight. Fat can be at around 300 cal/day when trying to lose weight.

Cce653018976b0b26924c59aa94e5579

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on January 30, 2014
at 03:50 PM

Regarding the TSH, there's abundant evidence that TSH reference ranges are far too high, and optimal should be around... 0.7 - 1?

You might want to look into the Perfect Health Diet (and their sections specifically relating to weight-loss) - very basic premises are: Glucose needs for the body are around 480-640 cal/day, so consume safe starches. Try to consume enough of all nutrients to be in the range where benefits slow but bad effects do not begin. (This, with soil micronutrients being depleted nowadays, involves supplementing micronutrients such as chromium and iodine.) (cont.)

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on January 30, 2014
at 01:59 PM

You are woefully under-measuring your intake.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on January 29, 2014
at 03:25 PM

I know people who drink a 2liter bottle of Mountain Dew almost every day and are skinny and ripped...should I give up paleo and "Do the Dew"?

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on January 20, 2014
at 04:58 AM

This is actually higher than my normal intake, which sits around 1000.

B023a84cf6f4dd3e2469df99ab626346

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on January 19, 2014
at 08:30 PM

I know plenty of people who are fat who try to restrict carbs...Some of the leanest most shredded people I know eating 500g of carbs a day (worst carb sources too)

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on January 16, 2014
at 08:51 PM

Yes, I've seen this many times as well. People who are quite overweight or who are quite unhealthy flat out refusing to eat fat, that they seldom eat to begin with, treating it as if it were a poison. It's proof that indoctrination works, you demonize something enough (in this case fat), people will believe it is evil even when proof is lacking. Meanwhile, sugar gets a free pass in their way of eating, treated as a harmless bystander who just so happens to be in their "healthy foods" (healthy as defined by modern nutritional doctrine).

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on January 16, 2014
at 08:38 PM

I know plenty of people who avoid fat and they of course are fat. It is a tough thing to overcome - years of everyone telling us to avoid fat.

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on January 16, 2014
at 08:16 PM

Thanks for the reply! Yup, I've definitely gained some muscle as well. I'm just worried that I'll keep gaining!

I'll try replacing the starches with fat- I did go VLC for a while back though and it didn't make a difference. Sleep is good, stress is a bit high but probably the same as it's been for the past year or so.

I'd agree, but I don't feel any more energetic/strong/healthy than I used to, so I'm worried that I've messed something up in my body!

Thanks again!

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B023a84cf6f4dd3e2469df99ab626346

on January 19, 2014
at 08:28 PM

You will lose weight restricting calories not restricting a macronutrient.

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on January 20, 2014
at 04:58 AM

This is actually higher than my normal intake, which sits around 1000.

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on January 16, 2014
at 08:55 PM

Yeah your answer is pretty simple. Less carbs, less protein, more fat.

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on January 16, 2014
at 08:34 PM

You're eating a low-fat, extremely high protein diet with a substantial amount of carbohydrate (the worst kind too, potatoes and white rice, ouch). This is how you eat if you want to bulk up, not trim down. I noticed that about half of your calories come form lean protein (chicken breast, egg whites, ground beef and beef round), I'm praying for your kidneys. By the way when you tried very low carb for a few weeks I hope your idea of low-carb wasn't low-fat and low-carb combined, because that is pretty unhealthy. Try out a ketogenic diet and keep your lean protein under control, your body doesn't need as much lean meat as you're giving it, and please do not be afraid of fat. I swear this is the problem I see with so many people, their phobia of eating fat keeps them from eating better and getting healthier.

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on January 16, 2014
at 08:38 PM

I know plenty of people who avoid fat and they of course are fat. It is a tough thing to overcome - years of everyone telling us to avoid fat.

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on January 16, 2014
at 04:51 PM

If you're getting stronger, you will gain lean muscle mass and more bone density. You could also be retaining water if you are sensitive to carbs and nightshades. How about trying to replace the starches with some more healthy fat? How is your sleep? How are your stress levels? Are you enjoying the paleo lifestyle? That IS important. Also - 102 seems low for a healthy, strong individual at your height, while 112 seems healthier. If this is true, then your body may be getting up to an ideal weight. Give the scale a rest, get out a tape measure, and time yourself doing planks or something instead.

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on January 16, 2014
at 08:16 PM

Thanks for the reply! Yup, I've definitely gained some muscle as well. I'm just worried that I'll keep gaining!

I'll try replacing the starches with fat- I did go VLC for a while back though and it didn't make a difference. Sleep is good, stress is a bit high but probably the same as it's been for the past year or so.

I'd agree, but I don't feel any more energetic/strong/healthy than I used to, so I'm worried that I've messed something up in my body!

Thanks again!

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