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My breast are growing, as are my hips, and it's causing me stress

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Created February 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I'm a petite woman (5 feet). Before Paleo I weighed about 112lbs and was looking to eat healthier but to also get back to my normal weight of 105lbs. Throughout my 6 week journey on Paleo, I began noticing my breast getting larger and my hips and thighs growing, too. I do not mind the breast, but my thighs and hips I do. All of my jeans are now incredibly tight on my lower half of my body, and loose on my waist. I'm a bit discouraged because my problem area are my thighs and I work really hard to keep them lean. But on Paleo, I feel like whatever exercise I try is obsolete. Has anyone else experienced this and if so, what do you recommend trying to get back (if possible) to my original shape without sacrificing the diet?

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on February 14, 2013
at 02:55 AM

We will need to see your breasts in order to most properly help you.

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:37 PM

low fat/fat free is not healthy! I hope you're eating enough fat now!

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:33 PM

I agree. And when I need inspiration, I just watch Beyonce. :)

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:24 PM

This is a wonderful perspective. As a woman who recently entered her 30's, this is great a hear.

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:20 PM

Thank you, Scatabrain!

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:16 PM

Hi Rocket, I usually don't measure calories. I never have. I think it may be the nutrient and fat dense foods. As a vegetarian, I ate very healthy, didn't eat pasta or much gluten and everything was low fat/fat free. Now that I'm feeding my body with new types of foods, my body may just be adjusting to all of these changes.This has all been a very interesting process, and I'm glad to have everyone's feedback because it keeps me motivated.

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:13 PM

Stephen - I second what Violet stated, you're post is encouraging for women who don't fit into 'modern society's ideal stick thin body image.'

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:29 AM

Is there a significant difference in calories pre and post paleo?

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:56 AM

Paleo does seem to make men more masculine and women more feminine, by supplying the building blocks of the respective hormones.

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:54 AM

+ 1 from another guy.

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:52 AM

+ 1 as another guy.

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at 01:37 AM

Hi, I'm a runner, but I have never had the problem of my pants fitting to tight around my thighs (unless I gained weight from the holidays). I also practice hot yoga and weight train. When I first began the diet, I saw my belly flatten and my waist shrink, but then noticed my hips gradually increasing and my pants fitting tighter around my thighs. I am going to try to cut down on the fruits and the fat. I will also increase the veggies and try more interval style work outs. Thanks for your feedback. :)

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Thanks for this. I used to be vegetarian, and since Paleo and the body changes, I have become a bit discouraged. I'm also scared about these changes. Your feedback is encouraging.

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on February 12, 2013
at 12:53 AM

I don't know if this is related to what you are experiencing right now, but some people swear that they go through what they call a "second puberty" after they start eating nutrient dense foods.

Also, isn't this a good thing? I think you might have a better hormonal profile now than you did when you were 105 pounds.

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:59 PM

As I woman who is 5'1" on a good day, I'd like to offer a different perspective. I have always had a larger butt compared to my waist and height. I was always very athletic and fit, and knew that I had very strong legs and glutes, but years of reading Vogue etc. in my twenties made me often wish I was more streamlined. The thing is that at some point I realized that the men in my life loved my round behind and small waist, and in my thirties I began rejecting the fashion magazine view and came to adopt the view of my boyfriends. A strong healthy body is hot. Certainly I think a small waist and big behind is very sexy on a woman and most men in my experience agree.

I know it is really hard to change your idea of the ideal for yourself and you may not ever want to, but I wanted you to know that it can happen...I did and in fact have been lifting weights with a focus on maintaining my 38". I am so happy to arrive at a place of not wishing anything was different, but of loving what I have and just trying to be as healthy as I can be. It is a wonderful kind of freedom.

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:24 PM

This is a wonderful perspective. As a woman who recently entered her 30's, this is great a hear.

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:33 PM

I agree. And when I need inspiration, I just watch Beyonce. :)

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on February 12, 2013
at 12:58 AM

As a man I'd say that if your jeans are getting tighter in the thighs and loose around the waist I don't see a problem. Small thighs are correlated with all cause death and as long as you are maintaining your height to waist ratio it would seem like you'd be a) moving towards a even more attractive hour glass shape and b) improving body composition and health risk factors. My thighs have also gotten bigger since doing paleo, and I believe mike t has a thread somewhere on here about where to buy bigger thigh'ed same size waist'd jeans. If you want to get smaller thighs and breasts I'd recommend a vegan diet (srs).

To tone up your legs though, I'd recommend high intensity interval training on a track or elliptical. Hope this helps :).

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:52 AM

+ 1 as another guy.

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:21 AM

Thanks for this. I used to be vegetarian, and since Paleo and the body changes, I have become a bit discouraged. I'm also scared about these changes. Your feedback is encouraging.

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:13 PM

Stephen - I second what Violet stated, you're post is encouraging for women who don't fit into 'modern society's ideal stick thin body image.'

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:54 AM

+ 1 from another guy.

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on February 13, 2013
at 11:30 PM

Losing in the waist and gaining in the hips is exactly what you want to have happen! A high hip to waist ratio is literally the definition of an attractive in a female body, biologically. There have been numerous studies showing that hip to waist ratio (not over all weight) is what males find attractive. Don't let the crazy fashion industry tell you that you need to be thin to look good, the truth is that all those high fashion models have very masculine bodies, to the point that some designers are now using very androgynous male models to model "women's" fashion! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist%E2%80%93hip_ratio

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:05 PM

I would bet you are adjustimg to a more healthy weight. Your 'normal' may have been too low. As others have said, calories may be a factor. Also age. Just focus on being healthy not skinny.

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:20 PM

Thank you, Scatabrain!

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Do you think that you are gaining fat, or muscle? Depending on what you are doing for exercise, it might be muscle.

Something about the Paleo diet made it much easier for me to gain muscle and to lose fat and get leaner. This overall has been great, the combination of Crossfit and Paleo caused me to lose 6 inches off of my waist, enough that I basically have to buy all new clothes.

I bought some fairly skinny jeans, which fit great a few weeks ago but are now tight across the thighs. I think this is because I've gained some muscle in that area due to squats and other lifting at Crossfit. I went shopping for sweaters this weekend and had to turn down some because they were too tight across the arms and shoulders. That was a first for me.

They say that good health is 80% diet, but in my experience exercise is far more important than diet, I think it is 80% exercise. You didn't mention what you are doing for that, which might be interesting and get you some other answers.

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Hi, I'm a runner, but I have never had the problem of my pants fitting to tight around my thighs (unless I gained weight from the holidays). I also practice hot yoga and weight train. When I first began the diet, I saw my belly flatten and my waist shrink, but then noticed my hips gradually increasing and my pants fitting tighter around my thighs. I am going to try to cut down on the fruits and the fat. I will also increase the veggies and try more interval style work outs. Thanks for your feedback. :)

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on February 21, 2013
at 05:11 AM

Violet, your story sounds so similar to my own! I am only 5'1" and desired to be petite all around. drastic curves on a short girl can look cumbersome and can detract from an athletic look. in my experience, I found that the more i restricted calories, the smaller my waist actually became in relation to my hips. you should not be doing excessive cardio, or this will happen. trust me, HIIT about three times a week will burn through fat and shrink the boobs. also, make sure you are doing heavy compound lifts. i have found that bent over rows and front squats have widened my back, shoulders, and obliques. weighted side bends (i acutally use a 45 pound weight) will make the obliques wide so that the waist is more streamlined with hips. the good thing is that with us short girls, you can get really buff but still not look "manly" because of the sheer fact that youre wayyyyy shorter than men. with regards to the thighs, however, weight training will do that. most athletes have muscular thighs, they are nothing to be ashamed of....much better than thin thighs that jiggle!!! good luck and keep at it!

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on February 13, 2013
at 04:31 PM

fast. why eat when you're not hungry?

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