Hello everyone! I'm new here and thought I'd jump right in and see if any other ladies have experienced this. About a year ago I "got serious" on my quest for health with an ill-advised 1400-1600/cal day, low fat, chronic cardio sort of plan. I lost a ton of weight, muscle and my period for 8 months. A friend of mine introduced me to the ancestral health/paleo movement and I ended my amenorrhea by eating a high-fat diet and gaining back the weight I'd lost. Unfortunately, my metabolism took a major hit and now I'm slowly working on reducing body fat while gaining muscle. I try to challenge myself to lift heavy and I do very little cardio. My diet is quite clean. I eat high quality protein [GF beef, wild salmon, sardines], a wide array of top notch fats [avoiding PUFAs] and I focus on getting my carbs from heaps of nonstarchy veg, with the occasional indulgences in yams, dates, dark chocolate, etc. I currently eat very little fruit. I would like to speed up my body fat loss without halting my period again. I feel like I'd do better including more yams and fruit and lowering my fat. Have any ladies in a similar situation had luck with this? On the topic of secondary amenorrea, I've had 3 months of a normal cycle and I'm currently a week late and scared that the heavier workout sessions might be influencing that even though they are very brief and I am VERY careful to recover in between. Has anyone out there experienced amenorrhea after reducing carb intake?
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on April 08, 2014
at 12:12 AM
Dude, yeah, eat up. I had it for two years of college - started January freshman year when I was kicking my ass back into shape for XC. Sophmore year walked on the cross country team at ~122lb. for 5'9". Just got it back this January (Junior year) after eating like a horse for a year and gained back 30+ pounds. Now I'm around 150+ lbs. but also have a LOT more muscle than ever before.
I probably am eating more carbs than I was before. Don't be afraid of clean carbs. I eat potatoes, plantains, fruits, squashes, canned pumpkin, etc. All of those are healthy natural foods.
I've heard in many cases that women function better with more carbs. A sweet potato and some fruit a day will not destroy your body.
on February 24, 2014
at 08:58 AM
A brief bg intro: I was doing weights, cardio, resistance training, HIIT, a mix of any of these about 1.5 hours a few days a week. I was doing VLC, low-fat, moderate protein, low-calorie. Did intermittent fasting. Bulk of starches came from non-starchy vegetables, average carb intake around 5-10gm, usually on the lower end. Avoided fruits altogether. Restricted around 900-1500, although most days around the 1200 range. Struggled with amenorrhea a year before I came round to admitting that I had fertility issues due to improper nutrition-fitness balance.