I've been gaining weight since September and don't know why! I'm a 38 year old woman who is 5 feet tall. I began Paleo in February and lost 15 pounds. I held at 100 lbs. steadily up until then. I have also gone up a pants size. I'm also noticing an increase on my hips and thighs (which is where it all fell off first). I began a stressful job in August, but I try to get enough sleep and I am always moving. I really don't do any exercise since my job is running after kids and I'm always on my feet. I take probiotics, 1000 mg of calcium, 800 mg of magnesium, digestive enzymes, 5000 iu of vitamin D, iodine and B12.
My menu looks like this:
Breakfast: 2 eggs cooked in coconut oil with veggies and fennel tea Snack: (4hours later) homemade beef jerky with only Celtic sea salt, maybe some raw veggies like cucumbers, and maybe a hard boiled egg Lunch: some kind of meat from last nights dinner, broccoli with butter and a slice of homemade pumpkin bread made with coconut flour Dinner: meat and veggies in butter
I do not eat dairy, nuts, grains or fruit....and I drink only water or fennel/chamomile tea
Also my period got very weird in September (and it never does). My period was late for 2 weeks and that's when I started noticing more weight gain....I also had a cyst rupture this past month and I've been very bloated for 2 weeks and I just got my period yesterday (which was on time). I also tried on pants that I bought last month and I can't even button them! Oh, I've also been taking 2.5 mg of Lexapro (anti-anxiety medication) since June. I've read that it can cause weight gain...
So, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! I used to weigh 100 lbs in the morning and by the evening would weigh 103 lbs. Now I wake up and I weigh 105 and in the evening I'm at 107! I just want my pants to fit!
A couple of things jump out at me. First, it's great that you are getting enough sleep, but it still sounds like you are under a lot of stress. Cortisol can interfere with weight loss/cause weight gain even if you are getting enough sleep. The medication you are taking can cause weight gain, as well. Have you considered seeing a therapist/counselor about your stress/anxiety? S/he will likely be able to give you non-pharmaceutical tools to help you deal with it better.
Second, the changes in your menstrual cycle, coupled with your age, suggest you could be entering perimenopause. Hormonal changes can definitely lead to weight gain--particularly in the area you are describing. Exercising and reducing your stress level can help here, too.
The only thing that I see in your diet that seems problematic is the pumpkin bread. Paleo "breads" are usually considered treats, not daily fare. It could also be that you are not eating enough, but overall I think your diet looks good.
I agree with Cliff. After being VLC for a long period of time, I was having regular anxiety attacks, my periods started going crazy, and I started gaining weight on all the same foods I had been eating. Once I increased my carbs... no more anxiety, period back to normal, and the couple extra pounds dropped.
i bloat without starches. i wonder if you might as well? my body just doesn't run without starchy carbs. also, when i was on lexapro a few years ago, it's what started my food issues... it changed my body chemistry somehow and i couldn't maintain weight or digest things as easily. not a scientific proof thing, just a realization of change. maybe that's your issue?
Start an exercise routine! And cut out the pumpkin bread.Also, make sure you aren't smothering your veggies in butter. Remember butter is 100% fat, and even though we know fat does not make you fat; butter is very calorie dense and does end up getting stored as fat if you are not burning it off throughout the day.