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/