Let me please start off with a few questions that I think will resonate with a wider audience. For cisgendered women and other normatively female-bodied type paleo people, when you want to maintain the curves just in those places deemed socially acceptable (butt, hips, breasts), where do you aim for in terms of carbohydrate intake? What if, hypothetically, you were underweight and sporting only an A-cup?
Alternatively, if a girl going through puberty went on a low carbohydrate (LC) diet and started an intermittent fasting (IF) schedule, would it interfere with the timeline of their bodies development?
My issues are a little different than those in both above suggested cases, though incidentally, I am undergoing what is essentially puberty, if really for a second time, starting at the tender age of 25. As of today, I believe, I'm one year on transgender Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Most trans girls like me reach near-normative body fat distribution (butt and hips) one to two years into hormones, with breast development continuing slowly for years after. Less to normative female-body standards, however, I am 6'3" and weigh 135lbs, and though I am still doing much better for the curves than I was a year ago, I worry that the process of fat redistribution has been hindered largely by the lack of body fat available for redistribution in the first place.
135-150lb appears to be my set point, the range from which deviation seems futile. I wonder whether being on hormones will change my set point over time, however, as women generally have more fat than men. My body just hasn't seemed to figure out that it's trying to stretch the fat that I actually do have over the twig that is my body. I thought I would gain weight with hormones, but I think I've instead lost weight, probably from the three ounces of muscle mass I had prior to medical transition. The muscle atrophy in my arms is surprisingly visible.
I'm newly on what I am aiming to be a pesco-vegetarian paleo diet, and I am trying to figure out what my daily carbobohydrate intake should be. I've currently been aiming for 100-150g/day, along with 50g or more of protein, but I've also started a daily 18/6 intermittent fasting schedule for which 50-80g might more effectively put my body in ketosis. My issue, of course, is whether putting my body in ketosis is really a good idea when I actually WANT FAT, if only in the "right places", according to social norms? And is there really any point in IF unless I am also on a LC diet?
What I like about the idea of IF on a 50-80g carb diet is training the body to initiate fat-burning metabolism (ketosis) on an as-needed basis. As long as my body is not in ketosis 24/7, would I still be able to deposit new fat stores according to my body's hormonal trajectory?
A little personal background: My goals with paleo and IF are general health maintenance and improved cognitive functioning. I am autistic and was also recently diagnosed with co-morbid ADHD-I. The dietary changes I have made in the way of paleo and fish oil supplements have had a noticeable effect on the ADHD symptomology, and particularly with the "brain fog" that would sometimes come over me.
(If you see anyone off topic in the way of cissexism, please join me in a little ad hominem fun! Point and laugh to your hearts content, but remember to then abruptly move on. It gets boring after a while.)