I'm thinking of doing an experiment to see if I can rapidly lose belly fat ("bad" fat) and gain more fat around my hips and thighs ("good" fat). I've always been a small-hipped girl, and I most easily gain weight in my stomach and arms (very attractive) while barely gaining anything below my waist. I'm not overweight, and am rather envious of voluptuous, curvy women who seem to have fat in all the right places.
Yesterday I read Melissa's review of "Why Women Need Fat" (http://www.huntgatherlove.com/content/why-women-need-fat), and it got me thinking that perhaps a large reason why I have the fat distribution I have is because of a diet high in vegetable oils for most of my life. I'd even say it overrules genetics for the most part, because my mother was very curvy for the first few decades of her life (despite having a small frame, like myself), when she ate much closer to a paleo diet than what she raised me on. She then developed fat distribution similar to mine when her diet got SAD.
So, I'm thinking that if I semi-crash diet for the next month or so (IF and low carb seem to melt fat off of me) and lose most of the belly fat I have, and then I up my calories but focus on a balanced omega-3/6 ratio and whole, paleo foods, I will be able to get closer the supposed ideal 0.7 waist-to-hip ratio - my current waist-to-hip ratio is about 0.79. I gain belly fat easily, but that's always been on SAD, and I lose belly fat easily when I do some combo of IF and low-carb. I've never tried gaining weight with paleo foods only. My hope is that not only will I have a more pleasing appearance, but having the right fat will contribute to having the right hormones circulating around.
Does this sound like it will work? Does anyone have any experience with anything like this? I'm interested to in any tips for focusing fat loss on "bad" fat, and focusing weight gain on "good" fat. Thanks in advance for any input, and sorry this was so long!
Update: For everyone interested, I started a blog to conduct this experiment, share my research, and track my results: http://pointsevenratio.wordpress.com/
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on February 24, 2012
at 06:24 PM
No experience doing this intentionally, but I've noticed nothing puts the fat on my lower body like butter and cream...even when I'm actually eating less overall because these are so filling. However, take this with a large grain of salt because that is my fat distribution pattern anyway.
on January 20, 2013
at 07:23 AM
Twins studies have shown that genetics play a large role in where fat is stored in the body. I think Gary Taubes has mentioned that in his books/lectures.
Anyway, good luck with your experimenting!
on March 29, 2012
at 01:20 PM
I recently experienced this phenomenon. I lost about 15 lbs all over while I was working on a farm for 6 months. This period of time was very healing for my body because I ate very nourishing paleo foods, moved around constantly, and was in the sun for most of the day. Unfortunately I had to transition to a sedentary office job (more money, yay! wait...why do I feel like shit all the time??) when that internship was over, and I put on about 10 lbs. HOWEVER, I notice that most of the weight has gone to my hips/thighs/butt and my breasts. I feel that I have much more of an hourglass figure than I used to when I was overweight in high school and college. I'd like to think that this is a product of a healthier endocrine system.
on February 25, 2012
at 01:23 PM
Estrogen is what puts fat in your behind (and your boobs), testosteron is what gives a more male fat-distribution, i.e. fat in your belly area. If you've always been kind of flat-chested that would be an indication of comparatively low estrogen.
Plus these hormones also decide which fat leaves you last, so without at least checking hormones your efforts may be in vain.
on February 24, 2012
at 09:09 PM
In general it is hard to pick and choose where we want fat. However I like the idea of avoiding vegetable oils. It might work.