So, I'm very confused and frustrated.
Let me start by giving some background info...
I'm 25 yrs old and a I'm professional dancer on and off Broadway. I've always been active, since the age of 3 when I started dancing. Up until my 20's I was in the 90lb range. Never had to diet, although growing up my mother was pretty strict with what we ate. She was an aerobics instructor and dance teacher and I learned "healthy" habits from her. Being a dancer I have very strict goals on what my body should look like, as it is my livelihood.
I've learned in the past few years that I have a womanly body (think Boticelli), and although I have a small frame and am in good shape, it wants to gain --- especially in the bust and hips. In the past when I've had a big audition that I needed to slim down for, I would just take a lot of class (meaning 1 ballet class and 1 jazz class/day for 6 days straight --- maybe even going to the gym and running for 45 min after class) and eat a little healthier. I.e salads instead of pizza or burgers. And the weight would melt off me. I have never ever had trouble losing the 5lbs I needed to in 1 week.
My boyfriend (Futureboy) went paleo about 2 months ago and it intrigued me. I had always believed in eating organic and cutting out the crummy chemicals and all the crap that causes cancer and diseases. So I started to eat paleo. Not crazy strict at first, just to clean up what I had been eating. About 3 weeks ago I learned I was going to have a photo shoot with Time Out NY magazine, and noticed I had gotten a lil chunky! So my boyfriend suggested that I go strict paleo. I did...In 3 weeks I have lost 2lbs, and each week i get more and more strict with my diet. This week I have cut back so much that I basically go to bed hungry. And my belly is bigger than ever! I have been taking about 3 ballet classes this week and 1 jazz, so not as much as I normally do because Colin said not to go crazy on the exercise.
So here's where I'm really frustrated:
- The weight seems to come off of him so easy, I'm trying really hard to eat as little carbs as possible and cut down my portions. And I've looked at the website and see many women having the same problem. I've also looked at the before and after's...the women look really great after, but the men's transformations are outstanding! I've been told before that high fat/high protein diets work well for men but not so much for woman... Is that true?
I really want to stick with paleo. It seems great for my overall health, but it seems like its making me gain weight, and I can't gain weight --- not while I'm in the business that I'm in. This is also the first time in my life I've ever done a "diet"...it totally backfired! Now before anyone says... "What did you expect in 3 weeks?" In the past I could've lost 10lbs in 3 weeks. So far w/ paleo I've lost only 2lbs and gained some belly fat...Not cool! I'm also trying to let go of my long-held beliefs in fat-burning cardio (chronic cardio), but since I've begun to do so, my results have made me skeptical.
- So, is paleo not ideal for my lifestyle? A lifestyle where i need to be able to drop 10lbs to be seen as a ballerina for a role...and then a few weeks later gain so I can look voluptuous for a different kind of role? Is this at all possible with paleo?? Is paleo better suited to men rather than women?? Please help!! Cause I really do want to stick with it.