I've recently found myself at the crossroads and I'm hoping to get some answers here.
Three years ago I had a baby and had to lose about 25 lbs. I lost it over the course of the year eating low-fat, high-carb small portions and doing cardio and weights for 40 mins 5 days a week. I liked being slimmer, but I was constantly hungry and the workouts were becoming a drag, so I looked into other alternatives until I found paleo. I fell in love with it. No more hunger, no more cravings, no more chronic cardio, more energy, etc. I thought I found my perfect lifestyle. Well, about a year into it I noticed my clothes were getting tighter. I hadn't changed anything in my life. I figured I just had to cut down on the snacking and an occasional vodka and potatoes. It didn't help. I started IFing. Didn't help. I quit coffee. Didn't help. I started getting 10 hrs of sleep a night. Didn't help. Then I did the Whole 30, without cheating once... And learned I gained 3 lbs.
This past summer I went on vacation, and the family I was staying with is very CW, low-fat, high-carb, whole wheat, yadda yadda. I had no choice but to eat what they served for 2 weeks. We also had wine every night. I came back to learn I'd lost 5 lbs! I didn't know what to make of it, but I went back on Paleo as soon as I got back. A few weeks later, I was 6 lbs heavier. So as an experiment, I went back on the low-fat, high-carb, small portions, cardio 3 times a week routine, and what do you know... 6 lbs gone in 2 months.
I'm seriously confused and disheartened. Could it be that Paleo simply isn't for me? Then why oh why do I feel so darn good eating it? What do I do? I love Paleo, but I'm half-decided to go back to CW because I HATE being a blob!
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
P.S. My stats are: female, 38, 5'5", currently 145 lbs.