I'm wondering if the more low carb you go, the less tolerant you are to sugar, even from fruit? And in what cases would strict paleo cause fat gain?
Sorry for the following long explanation, but any insights on how VLC paleo could possibly cause sudden fat gain (when there is clearly fat to be lost, not for an already leaned out individual bordering minimum body fat) would be appreciated!
I'm a 19yo female who has been doing paleo for almost 2 years.
2 YEARS AGO:
When I started, I ate all the paleo "allowed" foods (no dairy), including nuts and fresh/dried fruits in copious amounts. Nevertheless, the fat flew off easily and I got to a somewhat-lean 115lbs (at 5'1" tall, currently chubby at 125lbs).
7 MONTHS AGO:
One time after a period of stagnation in weight loss (at 115), suddenly paleo stopped "working" and I gained 15lbs in 4 weeks! I switched to eating only veggies for carbs, cutting out nuts, seeds, and fruit.
6 MONTHS AGO:
Veggie-only-as-carb paleo didn't work, so I went to "zero carb", like in www.carnivornehealth.com, eating only pemmican, eggs, bacon, coconut milk and avocados for 1 week. Going "carnivore" finally got the body back into fat-burning, and I was able to go back to veggie-only-as-carb, and then add occasional fruit, while losing weight. But the rate of fat loss was slow. Since 125 is the current weight (down from 130), that means losing only 5 lbs fat over 6 months! (Okay, maybe 6 lbs fat if we account for ~1lb muscle gain from starting crossfit 2 months ago..)
Starting last week, have been not been able to eat any fruit (even low sugar ones like blueberries) without bloating up, especially the cheeks/jaw area. Switched to all fat+meat with very little veggies, and still fattening up noticeably over one day's time.
Typical foods are grassfed beef, eggs, nitrate-free bacon, roast duck, coconut milk (not canned, no preservatives/guar gum), marrow soup, and some veggies (but the meat dominates every meal).
Are these possible reasons:
-too high protein?
-messed up metabolism from fast-food childhood and subsequent years of dieting?
-too many calories?
-petite, small frame?
-Asian descent, tendency for higher fat percentage?
Just throwing some stuff out there that may or may not be plausible.
Since 5/30, I have developed a scratchy/sore throat, it doesn't seem like one from the common cold because it feels swollen. Barely noticeable, but progressively worse over 3 days. No cold/illness symptoms otherwise...as suggested by some, maybe thyroid problems? Hashimoto's?
Already stopped eating fruit and started 16-20hr fasts (5/31). Will stop eggs and coconut milk immediately, and avoid poultry when possible (not fully in control of meat selection while living with family). No more exercise except for walking or low-intensity biking for transportation purposes.
Out of curiosity, fingered the throat and felt a distinct lump on each side. They're not getting any smaller, esp after breaking a 20hr fast with bacon, duck, broccoli, and fish oil.
Throughout the last month, a host of symptoms have appeared, including:
-difficulty falling asleep, waking at night, when formerly a very heavy/quick sleeper
-feeling extremely hot when in 80 degree (not humid) weather
-emotional excitability/1 episode of depressing thoughts-->crying
-lightheadedness when standing (low blood pres. runs in family but it's worse than normal)
-slow healing of cuts/scrapes
Went to see three doctors including an endocrinologist. Upon hearing the symptoms, they immediately ask if I have family history of thyroid problems (1 cousin does). They suspect hypothyroid at first glance. Other possible causes are Cushing's and growth hormone deficiency. Interestingly, both Cushing's and GH def are caused by problems (eg.tumor) in the pituitary gland.
Polycystic ovarian cancer and Hashimoto's were also briefly mentioned but unlikely, but I was tested anyway just in case. Waiting for blood, urine, and salivary test results to come in, and scheduling an MRI pituitary scan.
UPDATE 7/22: (Some) Test results are here!
Ferritin (rules out anemia)
AB and TPO antibodies (rules out Hashimoto's)
B12 and Folate (rules out nutrient deficiency)
TSH (many interpretations possible)
cortisol (decreased likelihood of ACTH-dependent Cushing's)
Vitamin D (need to supplement/get more sun)
free T3 (low end of normal)
free T4 (low end of normal)
IGF-1 (indicates growth hormone deficiency as possible cause of symptoms)
High values: Total cholesterol