Interestingly, I find when I gain weight now I gain it in more well.. favorable places, both health-wise and appearance-wise. When I was overweight in HS and in college, my weight was all over the place, but a lot of it was in my belly, which made me look lumpy and didn't feel so awesome either. I slimmed down and lost all that weight, but lost a lot of my breasts and behind too. Now I've consciously gained some weight and it is all in my behind and breasts, which is exactly where I wanted it, since that fat is attractive to most men and associated with high fertility and good health. My waist and belly size has stayed constant and my jean and bra size has increased. I've talked to other paleo women who have had the same experience, which sort of contradicts the idea that you can't spot reduce and you are stuck with a certain body type.
Did I balance my hormones or something? Did this happen to you?
I think there might be something to the balancing of hormones. This sounds crazy but my breasts have gotten noticeably bigger since I've gotten into a committed relationship and started having regular, unprotected, all natural (ie no hormonal birth control) sex. And I'm not pregnant. My diet's stayed the same, my weight hasn't gone up but I'm definitely curvier. I have pictures for comparison but don't think I'm gonna post them ;) Before the relationship I was eating right and crossfitting and was in good general shape but still pretty tiny up top.
My conclusion: sex is awesome and probably more important to our general health than we realize.
In the past, I've always gained weight in my breasts and behind. So that didn't change. (should I mention, that I've been gluten-free all my life?)
Since I've started eating this way (high starch Paleo now), I haven't gained significantly. So I can't tell any huge difference yet!
I'd put my money on a zinc deficiency rising out of your vegetarian years that forced an android body fat deposition pattern. As your body's zinc pools have been refilled, estrogen has risen and you've moved toward a gynoid pattern. Eating paleo for long enough will correct most mineral deficiencies even without supplementation since the phytate:[mineral] molar ratio is so much lower following just about every meal.
My breasts haven't gotten bigger, but my butt no longer fits in some of my shorts. I've gained 7 pounds on a paleo diet and it's all gone to my legs, either as muscle or as comely fat. No matter what macronutrient composition I eat (I've had from 20-200g of carbohydrate a day from vegetables and potatoes) I don't gain weight in my belly. It's only an N=1 observation, but it gives evidence for the theory that food quality, not macronutrient distribution, is what matters in metabolically normal individuals.
Only on the Paleo diet can I wear horizontally striped shirts and super-skinny jeans while I down a pound of grass fed steak.
Yes! I am delighted to have a butt for the first time in my life! I have to jump and wiggle around a lot to get my pants on now LOL. My boobs seem to be about the same size-wise, but since giving up bras, their shape is better. ;-)
No, that did not happen to me :( I've always had a fair amount of junk in the trunk; I think my butt shrank a little when I lost weight (I've noticed I don't get hit on as much when I go out dancing) but the boobs always seem the same- small-ish.
I posted this on another question, but I think it works here too:
I noticed the same thing when I changed to paleo- I got these scar-like stretch marks on my breasts and hips, when they both used to be really little (working on those stretch marks with shea butter and bone broth). Throughout this process, I didn't gain any weight, so it was literally just a dramatic re-distribution of weight. Before paleo I had been relatively unhealthy- went from a varsity rower who rarely got a period and worked out 14 times a week, to totally sedentary with crazy cramping and really, really thin hair (what's up vegetarianism). Going paleo was like going through a second-puberty for me: two cup-size changes, two pant-size changes, my waist shrunk, my nails grew in really strong, and my hair become way, way, way thicker. I still have a little lower-stomach fat pad, that isn't going anywhere (always had that even when rowing) that I assume is somehow integral to my reproductive health, because if I lose weight (usually lose a lot during exam period stress) you can see my ribs and my waist shrinks down super small, but that lower-stomach fat pad is still determined to hang on. I think this "womanly" shape should be a marker of health that women can look for- just look at their family members on both sides of the family, judge how healthy and reproductive they were, then look at themselves for a fairly good comparison. Obviously overall distribution will vary with genetics and heritage (esp. w/breasts, size will typically vary from family to family), but still this fertile shape is something to use a health measure.
On another note, I went paleo at around the same time I moved in with my boyfriend. I turned into one of those "oh-my-god-is-that-a-baby-why-dont-I-have-a-baby-can-I-please-go-touch-the-baby" girls, so I am also curious of the impact that being in a stable relationship and moving in together had on my sudden strong desire to have children along with my body changes. I think I went out and got our pets after a month of living together because I just couldn't stand not having something to care for, so that might also be a factor in the reproductive body changes!