I have been feeding my kids paleo for well over a year now - I have seen the awesome benefits and completely align myself with the belief that this is how we are meant to eat.
I, however, have not been very successful myself. I am definitely a carb addict. I have been yo-yo dieting since, seriously, about 9 years old. (I am now 28). I have been anorexic, bulimic, and everywhere in between in my lifelong battle with the bulge.
Both of my kids are severely handicapped, and even after a successful Whole30, as soon as we were back to the hospital I used every excuse to go off the rails, then find myself starting all over from the beginning, usually with an extra 2-3 lbs each time.
When I went about 3 months very strict, I lost about 15 lbs, was feeling great, but still had about 50 lbs to lose. When I plateaued I quickly became discouraged, fell off for about 2 months, and here I am starting at the bottom again. Throughout all the dieting ups & downs, I workout pretty intensely, which is probably the only reason I am not much more overweight than I am!
I rotate between a month of Insanity 6 days/week then gym training so I don't get bored. Right now, I am 90/10 paleo for the last 2 weeks, HIIT 2x/week, interval run once a week, "long" run (3-4 miles) once a week, spin class once a week and strength training 5 days a week. I have lost half a pound. I carry all of my weight in my stomach since having kids, and I am always so stressed at all times with their health concerns I wonder if I will ever be able to have the strong healthy body I want.
I make sure to get a minimum of 8 hours sleep every night, sneak in an hour nap when I can (maybe once a week) - but I cannot shake the exhaustion or the fact that I am plagued with stress at all times. I don't know enough about cortisol to know how it is contributing to my weight or build, but I am yet again finding myself so discouraged & afraid I am close to slipping back off.
Advice? Encouragement? HELP, please!
asked byjen_22 (75)
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on July 23, 2012
at 05:28 PM
Jen- It's likely that you need to lay off some of the workouts. Actually, you would probably drop the belly fat faster if you didn't work out so intensely. Too much exercise (for women) increases cortisol too much & will inhibit fat loss.
Read my answer to this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/137486/increased-abdominal-fat-since-going-paleo-what-am-i-doing-wrong/137526#137526
Remember that diet is 80%, exercise is 15% and genes are 5% of body composition. Get your hormones balanced via fine-tuning your diet/reducing stress & the fat will come off.
on July 23, 2012
at 06:04 PM
The simplest answer is "no you cannot out train stress". It actually makes it much worse. Dragonfly already gave the answer in this thread, and I just wanted to reinforce her statements.
Stress will increase cortisol, cortisol preferentially causes belly fat to form (hey, you said you've had belly fat since you've had kids. coincidence?) The best thing you can to do is to eat right, and relax. Stay active, but don't beat yourself down with something like "insanity". Go for relaxing walks, or any other activity that you find non-stressful.
on July 23, 2012
at 10:06 PM
I just recommended this documentary in another post, but I think it applies here too.
(It's also on netflix streaming.)
The reason I think it applies to you specifically is because they interviewed a group of mothers with sick/disabled children and discussed how important it was that the group got together every week for a chat session and what it did to their stress levels. I'm not really doing it justice... so see if you can get your hands on a copy of it and watch it.