So I know that this information does exist somewhere, although I had tried to search and of course my question is rather particular to me so I did not find anything that quite answered it. So here it goes:
I am 5'7", currently weight 151, have been paleo for three years with some PSMF thrown in twice but never a return to grains. I have been completely sugar free (ALL kinds) for over a year and just recently started recording what I ate into myfitnesspal again after a year hiatus. I have had a bear of a time trying to keep weight off- I am finally at a relatively comfortable spot although I would like to lean out more but I am feeling less parenoid about it now that I am counting and weighing myself once a week again. I have tried VLC without counting before and ended up getting fat- I have tertiary hypothyroidism and a very damaged metabolism from years of LF dieitng and over exercising. I have also tried the leptin reset...got fat. Not muscle, fat. I also have a lack of a period from all this up and down and disordered eating/exercising which I am hoping the fat from VLC will help reset my hormones since I have been avoiding it for quite some time a) because I only lost on a PSMF and b) because my two other VLC attempts without counting just got me fat. I have tried higher carbs: from around 75-130g and I don't have any more energy, less actually, and I never feel satisfied.
So, I bike about 5x a week from 60-90 min moderately- i.e. I live in an area with lots of bike trails so I bike everywhere I go not necessarily road biking for competition but not lazy either, I do a kettleball routine 2-3x a week for 20-30 min, and soon hopefully to be paddleboarding, swimming 2x a week, and yoga. I am currently aiming for 1400 calories with c: 5-7%, P: 25%, F: 65-70% with protein being 100g average (less than i had been but i believe I was comsuming too much before). i am bit parenoid about raising them because i do want to get leaner.
My problem is I am still getting night cravings for fats like coconut butter/coconut oil with cocoa and stevia and frequently I am literally hungry at night but then it si too late to eat. I have compulsive eating tendencies so I am really trying to solve that as well at the moment which is where logging really helps me be accountable. I would like some feedback on my calories and ratios- especially any women who have solved amenorrhea issues. I should also note that I have not achieved a normal cycle on higher carbs (of ALL ranges here- I used to be a carbo-loading competitive swimmer) either so i do not believe that carbs are what is standing in my way to regainging fertility- i have had this issue since I started getting my period at age 12.
Any help would be appreciated!
asked byJASmith (214)
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on April 29, 2012
at 05:53 PM
I am sure more people will chime in here, but I can say for myself that 1400 calories with that much exercise would not be enough. I would be craving fats too! You can have lack of periods and be holding on to weight/gaining easily if you don't eat enough. It may be that your ratios are okay but you need to increase everything. Also, as a woman in my fertile years I have realized that pre-pregnancy may not be the best time to go for my skinniest.
on April 29, 2012
at 06:03 PM
Wow, that doesn't seem like enough calories with the amount of exercising you're doing. I would add more food and lighten up on the cardio, replace it with some heavy lifting a couple times a week. In my case, too much cardio and/or not enough food causes me to hold on to weight.
on April 29, 2012
at 06:19 PM
The dirty little secret of the leptin reset is that for every 3 women who lost weight, 9 gained and stopped, as was obvious at the start of the so-called Monster Thread. Then those few for whom it worked were the only ones still on it, and they claimed a 100% success rate. Interesting how that works, right? :) Let me offer you some tough love here in accord with the other replies. 1400 cals is too low. You say you were "fat" but don't tell us your BMI or bodyfat %. Most women have the most regular periods at around 20-22% bodyfat. Are you there, or are you below?
If you have a normal body fat and are eating enough cals (which you aren't now), your period should resume in about 3 months. If it doesn't, you need to see a doctor. You may have PCOS or other hormone problems that need to be addressed.
Dr. Michael Fox of Florida has used a diet with ratios like yours to restore cycles to women in his clinic - so it can work. I would still advise you to get a medical checkup first to rule out serious issues.