I have been eating Paleo for about a month. I'm 26, 5'2, and 162lbs. Initially, I lost 10 lbs in the first 2 weeks, but have put back about 3 lbs and haven't been able to lose anything since. I'm very apple shaped, and I have PCOS. I haven't lost a single inch on my waist. I've lost a few inches from my thighs, calves and hips (which I don't want, I"m actually trying to add muscles to these areas to balance out my upper half). For exercise, I try to walk every day for 30-40 minutes (I have a sedentary desk job so that is my only exercise). I also lift very heavy weights for my lower body 2x a week, and do lighter weights for toning my upper half 2x a week. I do yoga 1-3x a week. I also throw in a sprint randomly here and there. I've tried tracking my nutrients, and I usually eat about 50-60% fat, about 100g of protein a day, and I try not to eat fruit. I do eat some dairy, 1/2 cup of kefir a day and occasionally drink some whole, organic milk or cheese. On the days I work out my lower half, I usually drink a whey protein shake after my workout, and I usually eat more carbs these days (a sweet potato, or a small corn tortilla for dinner) Does anyone have any suggestions for me on how to lose midsection fat and add muscles to my lower body? Am I eating too much dairy? Cut out the protein shakes til I lose weight? Try to lose weight before I try adding muscle? Any suggestions are appreciated.
First two things I would do is completely drop the dairy (and the corn.) No excuses. Dairy is insuligenic and if you have PCOS, that is a big problem. Second thing I would do is make sure I'm getting enough sleep and that I'm going to sleep before 10:30 every night if possible.
Have you looked in to bio identical plant hormone therapy/ progesterone creams or even metformin? Another thing that can help insulin resistance is setting a timer for every single hour to get up and walk around... even if it's just to the water cooler. Even an hour of being sedentary can increase your insulin resistance.
Hope that helps. Good luck. I have similar troubles.
Agree with Ashley.
Also, get your Vitamin D3 level tested & sun/supplement to a blood level 50-60 ng/ml.
Will help with your hormonal balance & dropping the belly fat.
You'll need to be patient. Hormonal balance needs 3-6 months (or more) for many women.
More info at www.vitamindcouncil.org
I've been paleo a few months now and am having similar problems. I was already at a technically healthy weight, lost 10 lbs when I first started and have now stabilized and actually gained a couple pounds back. I also have PCOS and IR. I will have to try some of these suggestions. It is extremely frustrating to be working SO hard and not seeing the results because of hormone imbalance but my doctor has always said that us PCOS women have to try ten times as hard for half the results. I hadn't heard that hormone regulation takes 3-6 months though so that gives me hope. Side note: I started my first period today after only three months of birth control (which I was on to regulate cycles) My usualy periods, even after coming of birth control a few times in the past have always taken about 10 months, so I usually have a period once a year or so. This is giving me some hope! It is nice to hear that someone else has similar issues. Wishing the best for you!
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