I have been Paleo for over a year now. When I started, I was relatively lean with a very flat stomach, despite eating gluten and sugar and relatively low fat.
I am a 37 year old female who is 5' 6" and weighed 115lbs a year ago.
Ever since eating Paleo, I have gained 15 lbs, gone up 2 dress sizes and added an inch to my waist.
I'm not that bothered about the weight gain as I was a little on the thin side when I started my Paleo journey, but the worrying issue is that I seem to have accumulated A LOT of abdominal fat. At first I thought it was bloating, but it's actual fat. I literally have a gut now, which I have NEVER had in my life. It hangs over my trousers and is really getting me down.
Is that a sign that something is not right? How can I have more fat on me now than when I ate grains and sugar?
I eat eggs daily, meat, vegetables, sweet potatoes, healthy fats in the form of butter, olive and coconut oil, a little cream in my coffee, limited fruit and sugar. I also drink wine a few times a week - but I did that before starting Paleo as well.
I rarely eat gluten although if I'm on holiday I will have a piece of baguette or a pizza in Italy. And my treats include chocolate and ice cream on occasion.
Edit: I started eating Paleo to improve fertility after 2 miscarriages in the past 5 years). The 15lbs weight gain does not bother me so much as I'm trying to conceive and carry out a healthy pregnancy but I am upset about having an actual bulging belly.