I have been overweight since childhood and struggled with a binge-eating disorder. My weight fluctuated a lot throughout my adolescence (I'm 22 now). I definitely would consider myself in the "metabolically deranged" category since I suffered all of this damage so early on. The low-carb paleo lifestyle was a godsend in helping me control my addiction and feel healthy again.
I have been eating strictly VLC paleo for a few months now (I dabbled with it in college, but didn't stick with it as well). My weight is now only about 5 lbs above where it needs to be in order to be considered healthy. However, if I eat more carbohydrates or fall off the paleo wagon, I instantly gain weight, and VERY QUICKLY.
So my question is this: Can I truly heal my metabolism? Will I ever be able to consume a higher level of paleo-friendly carbs without subsequent weight gain? Has anyone had success healing their insulin insensitivity? How long do you think it might take if I've been this way for over 15 years?
Thanks for your help!
P.S. I'm female, 5'9'', 175 lbs