I have been reading everything I can on this forum trying to find the answer to this question, but I'm still struggling. I was hoping someone here can help me. I am 25 years old and weigh about 165 (probably a little more but I'm scared to weigh myself because my clothes are so tight). I am 5'7" and feel really good at about 140-145 pounds. I am a former division 1 athlete, but when I quit I got up to 185. I started running a couple years ago and got down to 155 last April, but when I started marathon training, I got back up to 165. My waist measurement has increased from 29" to 31" in this time. Since the marathon in November, I switched to Crossfit 3 times a week and maybe one more sprinting or strength workout on my own.
I started Paleo in November 2011 but not 100%. I cut all dairy and gluten products completely though and haven't cheated on them since. In my first month of Paleo I abused fruits, nuts, and lara bars. I have a history of binge eating problems and the license to have these things was really dangerous for me. In the past month, I have been strict paleo while also restricting fruits and nuts (maybe one serving of each, once a week) and I don't even keep them in the house anymore. I also have a sweet potato once every couple weeks. When I do track my food, I am always under 70 grams of carbs, and usually closer to about 35g.
I feel like I've tried everything at this point- I've experimented with intermittent fasting (not eating between dinner and lunch the next day) and going very low carb. I have tried increasing my fat intake by adding ghee, animal fat, and coconut oil.
No matter what I do, I feel like I'm getting bigger (and my clothes are getting tighter-not in a good way) My body fat has definitely increased although I haven't measured it.
I'm considering trying to count calories, since I have had some success with that in the past while I was running, but I'm not sure what to shoot for. I never go over 2000 calories now and I'm gaining weight like crazy. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated- it seems the people on this site have helped a ton of people- especially the ones that get specific.
A sample day of eating:
breakfast (If I have it): cup of egg whites with 2 slices of bacon, spinach, avocado lunch: turkey chili (no beans, obviously), small green salad with olive oil and balsamic snack before cross fit: baby carrots or lunchmeat turkey dinner: flank steak, big serving of roasted brussel sprouts and mushrooms dessert: 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, occasionally with a glass of unsweetened almond milk
I have 3 glasses of dry red wine once a week (twice at the very most)
gave up coffee because I couldn't do black- just drink a couple cups of green tea daily instead
If you need any more information please ask! I really appreciate the help