I am 27, 5'5, ~100 lbs, small frame and relatively lean (my Tanita monitor says I oscillate between 11-13% Body fat but i don't really believe that) with trouble spots that i want to be rid of.
I have been pretty intense with my workouts and watching what i eat since early 2010 and lost quite a bit of body fat (@ 17% body fat in March 2010) but not Paleo (ie i was consuming 'complex carbs' such as oats, barley, as my main carb source etc). Since going ~85% Paleo in Jan 2011, I lost a few more lbs of body fat and generally feel great, eg that my hungeris much more regulated (don't need frequent meals, don't get ridiculously hungry, don't need a huge amount of food to be satisfied, etc.), as long as i didn't just come out from a workout. The first month or so were fine but since about late Feb/March, I have been getting severe cravings for sweet things (ie waking up in the middle of the night and search the kitchen for sweets). I don't stock any dessert at home but there is always that bottle of honey or something lying around in the corner of that drawer. I have generally lost a taste for starch (e.g., pasta, pizza, bread, etc.) but sometimes i cannot stop thinking about desserts and EVERY trip to a coffee shop with a pastry display is a BATTLE of willpower. Everytime there is left over muffins or brownies in the office from a meeting, i will not be able to resistm, even if i've just eaten breakfast or have home brought healthy paleo lunch with me. I am wondering why? I didn't seem to have a problem with this before going Paleo, why is it that i would generally have less interest in other types of starches but not for dessert type sugars (but increased lack of control)?
Lately i have been indulging in HUGE slices of cake once a week from Suzie Cakes, i always feel like crap after ,and i know i will but I'll still eat it!! What is wrong with what I'm doing? I haven't really put on weight but it has definitely affected body composition in certain places.
I work out 5 days a week, min 2 hrs (2 hrs cardio or 1 hr cardio/plyo + 1 hr weights/strength). 2 hr cardio always includes intervals and it will be 1 hr spin + 1 hr kbox or 1 hr spin + 1hr boxing; sometimes it will be 1 hr spin + 1 hr swim). Sometimes I'll do a third hour of yoga for stretching.
I plan to eat anywhere between 1100-1500 of healthy calories on a normal day (days w/o cakes) but I end up grazing on sweets which brings my calories to 1400-2000 calories. I typically plan to get about 1-2 table spoons of healthy fats, 35-65 grams of protein (depending on whether i strength train) into my diet. I realize that i may not be adding enough healthy fats into my diet but is that the only issue?? I have tried to add more table spoons of fat into frying meats for my meals but I find that I still have a desire for sweet things afterwards. Please help!!!