Podcast Episode #41: Women’s health, body composition & fat loss
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Episode #41 – Women’s health, body composition & fat loss
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Paleo For Women
No One’s Power but Our Own: Paleo Sexist Woes, and an Invitation to Rise Up and Roar
#1. Turtle-Like Metabolism/Hypothyroidism [14:09]
#2. My “Perfect” Weight/Homeostasis [24:31]
#3. How do I lose those last 10 to 20 “Vanity pounds”? [35:59]
#4. Stubborn Fat [55:02]
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#1. Turtle-Like Metabolism/Hypothyroidism
What can a 47 year old female with a turtle-like metabolism do to shed some weight? I know you probably get this question all the time but, truly, I am stumped. I have been trying in EARNEST since December and have not only not shed weight, but put some on. Inches are up, not down! I’m not a nut case about my weight…but geez, I would like to fit back in my clothes that fit last fall! I am 5’5 and 150 pounds. Until last fall, I was around 140 and was fine but would have liked five more off my side. Since then, my weight began to creep up, despite generally watching was I was eating to eventually watching every mouthful!
Is this the fate of premenopausal women with thyroid issues and some creeping blood sugar. issues? BTW, I am not diabetic, but have been watching B.S.. as my doctor and I are both stumped as to the rise in the B.S. readings yet an extremely low sugar/carb way of eating.
#2. My “Perfect” Weight/Homeostasis
I’ve read and heard countless times how one reason it is so hard to maintain weight loss is because our bodies are always trying to get back to that starting weight. I’m 18 years old, 5’7″, 166 pounds, size 8-10 and an avid crossfiter. I have always struggled with my weight, always yo yo dieting but have never made it to my “perfect” weight. Over these past 11 months I have completely transformed to a paleo lifestyle and have lost 30 pounds and many dress sizes. I’m pretty close to my goal weight which would be around a size 6 and around 20 pounds lighter that I am now. When I hit my goal weight I’m assuming that I’m going to have to maintain my very low carb diet (I don’t eat fruit, nuts, or starchy vegetables) for a period of time in order to maintain my weight because my body is trying to get back to that starting weight as all the “experts” say it is trying to do. So if this is true, that my body will try to get back to its starting weight at what point or how many years will it take for my body to adapt to this new weight and want to fight to maintain that new weight? Will my new weight ever become my body’s weight set point for homeostasis?
#3. How do I lose those last 10 to 20 “Vanity pounds”?
Hi Liz and Diane! How do I lose those last 10 to 20 “Vanity pounds”? I may need to sleep more or eat less sugar but I am having trouble putting both of these needs into action. How do I kick my sugar and nut cravings when I can’t just stop having them in my house? Do you think coffee is going to intensify my sugar cravings? I am 24, 5ft 8, 173lbs, 25% body fat, and I am about a size 9/10. I have been stuck around this size for about a year. I may need to sleep more or eat less sugar but I am having trouble putting both of these needs into action. I was doing crossfit for a year and a half but wasn’t satisfied with my buffness (sorry I know this sounds really girly) and I have been doing yoga teacher training and am very happy doing yoga with the exception of all of the vegetarians and vegans getting so excited about juicing and The China Study (That book haunts me everywhere I go!). I wake up around 7am. I am going to school to become a dietitian so I sit down for most of my mornings, I am a swim teacher so I am very active with my job for about 20 hours a week and I do yoga 5 days a week plus yoga teacher training involves some activity. I have cut out alcohol but would like to be able to have a little wine occasionally. My typical food day looks like egg s or meat for breakfast with coffee and cream and sometimes nuts, meat and veggies for lunch and dinner and sometimes nuts. I supplement with vit D, omega 3 fish oil, and cod liver oil. Sometimes all I want in a day are nuts. I sometimes skip meals too or just have a kombucha or coffee. A few nights a week I will snack on dried fruit and nuts and then try not to hate myself for eating so many nuts or having too many carbohydrates before bed (I would stop buying these foods but they are my roommates or mother’s and I cave when I see them). Bed time is at 10p-12a (varies a lot). I take cold showers as prescribed by my paleo doctor and try to keep a good attitude. ne more thing. I am going to school to be a dietitian and I am hating it and here’s why. The nutritional advice is inaccurate. I am taking a baking class where I learn how to make things low fat and vegetarian and I don’t care to know how to make cream puffs or even pasta salads! I am taking chemistry and barely passing. I know I have a long road ahead and I would love some advice from some people who made the journey. Is health coach certification through integrative nutrition a good route to take? This paleo stuff is a passion of mine that has saved my life and I have decided to do what it takes to be able to help others. I really want to learn about stuff that I agree with. I love your podcast! You guys are as holistic as it gets! Thank you!
Lots of love,
#4. Stubborn Fat
Hey guys, I have always heard a lot of talk about stubborn stomach fat being cortisol related and upper arm fat being estrogen related. My problem however is (very) stubborn fat in the outer thigh area… the dreaded saddlebags.
I know we can sometimes have dysmorphia about our shape but I really think my saddlebags are very noticeable. I have the “double butt” phenomenon going on: a roll of fat right below my butt cheeks, and I don’t have a smooth hipline-> the outer thigh fat sticks out.
My mom was very active in her youth, but not paleo at the time, and while she was always thin she wasn’t able to get rid of fat deposits from this area until she had liposuction. She is convinced that my problem is genetic and the only way I can get rid of them is through surgery.
Is this true? Do you know what hormonal profile might encourage fat deposition in this area? What sort of exercise/food would be able to fix this (if there is any)?
Diane & Liz
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