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What To Do If You’re Gaining Weight Despite Doing Everything Right

Today’s post is the last in this week’s series of reader correspondence and questions. The series follows the release of my new book, and the questions/feedback that have followed. Please see the end of this post for how to have your question answered in an upcoming article! Kat 🙂

Hi Kat. I have just come back from a 4-month break from exercise and now after 4 weeks back training, I have gained 3kg on my 51kg frame (this is the heaviest I have been). I have always eaten very clean with the occasional treat, however since I have not been exercising I’ve been cutting back on calories. Now I am on a 1500-cal meal plan drinking more water, but cannot understand why I have gained extra 3kg in 4 weeks. Exercise-wise, I do 3 day resistance/HIIT & 3 or 4 times Bikram. Feeling rather down as it is not muscle but flab that has collected around my stomach, butt & thighs. Katherine.

Hi Katherine – what does your low-cal diet consist of?

Hi Kat,

Breakfast: 1/4 cup of rolled oats made with water mixed with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. 1 egg + 3 egg whites 1 cup of spinach.

Snack: 4 celery sticks & 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.

Lunch: 4oz chicken baked chicken breast or a tin of sardines  2 cups of salad greens 1 thick slice of sprouted bread

Dinner: 4oz kangaroo steak or atlantic salmon (Birdseye frozen) 1 cup of broccoli 1/2 cup cauilflower sweet potato or steamed pumpkin or quiona

Snack: 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with 8 almonds or 1/2 cup raw milk & 1/2 cup of water with chai herbs – YUM – 8 almonds or walnuts.

Post workout: 6 dates 1 scoop whey protein powder & 1 small banana, flaxseeds mixed with water.

Maybe I am be too impatient, whereas beforehand I was cutting out on the starchy carbs & bread, however I do not have these with every meal.

Hi Katherine. In my opinion you need more protein … eat the egg yolks, that’s the best part. It has all the good fats and good cholesterol necessary for fat burning and metabolism. Even (most) doctors agree on that these days! Also I would suggest more protein through the day. 4-6 times, and more green veg if possible. Peanut butter might be an issue. I’m not against it, but try cutting it out for 2 weeks and see what happens. It’s a common intolerance. Post workout just have whey protein, no sugars at all! Not until you are as lean as you want to be. Your diet is very good overall, but try these changes and see what happens. It could also be a stress issue or lack of sleep?

Thank you so much for quick reply Kat & taking the time to answer my questions. Yes stress is an issue unfortunately, and I’m also sleepy lightly at night as I making 3 toilet trips to empty my bladder. Regarding protein, I will increased the lean protein to a larger portion then with each meal, & I honestly I thought I was ‘GREEN’ vegie out. I am now 54.4kg & 160cm, looking get down to around 13-15% bodyfat, so 1500 calories be what I should shoot for or more or less??

If you eat protein 4-6 times p/day, max 40-50 nuts, unlimited green veg and only berries for fruit then you don’t need to count calories. 1500 could be good or bad depending on the content. Also try using coconut oil as a good fat source to increase your metabolism 🙂 Take some good quality magnesium to help you sleep and manage stress or it can make you gain weight regardless of nutrition! This is my recommended mag – as a former full-blown insomniac I absolutely swear by it. Many of my clients with sleep or stress issues say the same thing.

Cool, believe it or not I was I was taking in around 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily (read the coconut diet & followed meal ideas) & when I had my blood test, my cholesterol rose from 4.5 to 8.1 & LDL’s are 5.5 … YIKES!!! I thought that BS, as everything I read on CO says it lowers cholesterol and lowers LDL’s.  My Alternative Doctor recommends that I having low cholesterol all of my life then adding CO it shocked my system ??? & it could settle down after few months, however I did reduce my intake to 1 tablespoon now. My eating habits did not change in that above period, just adding the coconut oil into my meal plans.  At present I now only cook my eggs and chicken/roo meat in it.

Hmmm. That’s very strange. I’ve done an extensive amount of research on coconut oil, and use it with great success both personally and with my clients. The book Eat Fat Lose Fat is great for learning more about this and other good fats, and is one of my personal favourites. Everything I’ve learned about coconut oil indicates that it helps lower bad cholesterol and increase good. To me this indicates something going on at a deeper level. After quite a bit of further research, and the help of a few BioSignature colleagues, I’ve come up with several possibilities.

  1. The first possibility is that the inclusion of unnecessary sugar in your diet is causing sticky (glycinated) protein, and that this is leading to insulin spiking and therefore increased bad cholesterol. However – after having questioned you again about your food – I know this isn’t the case with you.
  2. The next possibility is one of quality. Coconut oil – like any oil – should absolutely only be used in a pristine organic state, and if it’s stored in plastic then make sure the plastic never becomes warm.
  3. The final possibility, and the one that I feel quite likely for you, is that you have a natural intolerance to coconut oil. This is an idea that a colleague of mine suggested, and it makes a lot of sense. If you’re intolerant to something it can cause increased immune activity which in turn can lead to elevated cholesterol. To me this makes more sense than the adaptation theory. Based on this I’d suggest you find a good kinesiologist to muscle test you for intolerance and/or have an allergy panel done through a functional doctor who uses a reputable lab like Meridian Labs.

There a couple of other things to point out regarding your weight. If coconut oil is an issue then that alone could cause weight gain (as will any food intolerance), but I really think the issues of sleep and stress can’t be underrated. If you can put steps into place to address those it could make a big difference. My final piece of advice would be to increase your resistance training to 3-4 days a week (40-60 minutes) rather than doing quite so much HIIT training instead of resistance. This is particularly relevant to stress, as any form of cardio will elevate cortisol and thus increase fat storage more so than what resistance training will do.

I hope that gives you some hope and some ideas to work on and look forward to hearing how you go!

*Do you have any questions for me that you’d be happy to have answered in the form of a blog post? Contact me here or reply in the comments below. I am happy to withhold your name if you prefer. Thank-you!

 

PS

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Straight up from the gate up, you do NOT make money because of Facebook.

Because of Instagram.

Because of email.

Because of ANY of this shit.

You make money because of who you are and what you decide and make NON-NEGOTIABLE, period, The End!

As you may be aware, in the last day or so Facebook and Instagram went down down down OH so far down.

After a few obligatory ‘stop the world!’ messages to my team and friends (which resulted in a serious convo with one of my soul sisters as to whether we’d now have to become porn stars instead), I got back to business.

The business of posting and selling shit on Facebook, which is admittedly a big part of what I do each day???

Nah … the business of being ME, because THAT is what I actually do each day, and also?

It’s what gets me paid.

Funnily enough, as is often the way with these things, just yesterday somebody was making smart-ass comments to me about how all the coaches would survive if there was no Facebook or Instagram.

“How would they survive?”, I asked myself.

“Well, I have no idea how THEY would survive but I sure as shit know how I would survive:

Very fucking well indeed, thank you very much, because that is who I AM”

Word to the wise:

A) I was making serious money long before I used Facebook for it.

Allow me to say it again for those in the back: YOU MAKE MONEY BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE AND THE LEVEL YOU VIBRATE AT.

Vibrate?

It’s an energy thang baby, a frequency shiz niz, it’s just who you ARE and how life works for you.

Handy hint —> the level of wealth you enjoy or moan over now is already just a direct reflection of your frequency, and expectations. It ain’t got jack shit to do with what you do, and it certainly is not a product of which tools are available to you.

It is a product of YOU.

When the socials went down today it was FASCINATING to me to observe the response that came through in the in-between-y bits when people managed to post something.

People worrying about how it would impact their business, or feeling in some way handcuffed.

This is crazy! It’s fear-mongering at its worst and it’s an absolute SHITTY mentality as far as belief systems around where results come from.

Do you know what I felt, when I realised we couldn’t use Facebook as normal for our biz stuff?

EXCITEMENT.

It took a minute to click in, but I found myself getting all wriggly and lit up with excitement.

I love a damn challenge 🙂

And since I also choose to believe that everything is happening FOR me, I also took personal responsibility for this occurrence.

Obviously FB and Insta had gone down in order to force me to finally pull my finger out and learn how to go live on YouTube.

But mainly – hell YEAH to the opportunity to get creative!

Probably taking the whole thing a little bit too far, as I worked my way through some sprints on the rower post HIIT weights session, I started to imagine what would happen if Facebook was TRULY GONE AND NO LONGER OF THIS WORLD.

I got MORE excited with each second that passed (which makes me remember how damn BORED I get as soon as I know how to easily do something aka make money all day err day on Facebook), and I also found myself AUTOMATICALLY GOING INTO ZAG MODE.

Zag?

You know, like ‘When They Zig you Zag’. A classic, if ever there was one!! Thank you Dad, for always having all the BEST books on your bookshelf for me to start reading from 10 or 11 years of age!

See, I have a belief system which works rather well for me and I guess is just part of who I am –

I believe that things ALWAYS work out perfectly for me, and are always done FOR me …

I believe I am always on path …

I believe I always make the right decision, so therefore I never have to beat myself up, I just wait for the lesson –

AND

(drumroll)

I believe that my outcomes are predicated only by my choices, and that there is nothing I EVER need in order to get or maintain or ONLY improve on an existing outcome.

It’s this mindset that causes me to wonder what TF it has to do with anything when people say things like they can’t be in shape ’cause they have kids or just had a kids … or ’cause they can’t get to the gym (for example)

And it’s also this mindset that causes me to KNOW that the money I make and the impact my soul work has in the world has NOTHING to do with what tools or platforms are available to me or working.

I programmed myself a long time ago to IMMEDIATELY swerve if something was no longer serving me or working for me. It’s this part of my mind which therefore right away started coming up with creative and imaginative solutions for how business would OF COURSE carry on (and improve!) with or without social media.

And it’s also this part of my mind which of course right away finds a way to monetize the damn thing and turn it into epic and highly helpful content for you, aka this workshop!

It’s just how I think, and who I am. I am simply unavailable for NOT moving forward, and nothing will ever ever EVER make me believe that I have to depend on anything outside of me for my results.

So why a whole damn workshop on the concept?

Well, it’s more than that, isn’t it?

It’s a mindset of believing that you always get what you want.

It’s a mindset of believing that everything always works out for you.

It’s a mindset of believing that NOTHING can stop you.

That everything is working in your favour.

And?

That you can monetize ANYTHING, any time you choose, and with no ‘requirements’ in order to do so!

I don’t have to tell you that obvs the outcomes you get directly follow and reflect your mindset and your beliefs!!

Here is what else, as well:

This is not just about making money any time, from any thing, and knowing that even with challenge or things going wrong you only THRIVE and EXPAND!!

For me this goes hand in hand with duh – I get to do all of that on my terms.

By having FUN, and being in FLOW, and with ease.

In fact, the more money the more ease!! #justhowitis

That I can literally click my fingers and money shows up for me, meanwhile I’m just over here doing ma thang.

Speaking of which –

I think it’s about time I shared exactly what I currently DO all day, yeah? And how I do it / fit it all in / honour ALL the areas, PLUS manage to spend so much time sitting on my ass doing sweet FA!

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5 Comments

  1. Farouk says:

    its interesting how you show us how you deal with the questions you get, i like the style of the post 🙂

  2. In the interest of creating a good dialogue…
    I love your work Kat, but I think you need to be a bit careful. Calories DO count – they may not be the be all and end all, but the less muscle and the lower the activity of the subject the more you have to watch quantity as well as quality. Some people won’t get very lean unless they shoot for 20cals per kg of bodyweight regardless of macro breakdown, and within that they will need to carb cycle but that’s another story.

    And I have a bit of a problem with this – “Based on this I’d suggest you find a good kinesiologist to muscle test you for intolerance and/or have an allergy panel done through a functional doctor who uses a reputable lab like Meridian Labs.” Comparing a good allergy panel to muscle testing may win prizes from the King of BioSig, but I have seen conflicting data from supposedly “great” muscle testing kinesiolgists and an individual’s lab work. I’d hate any of your readers of this brilliant and genuine blog to forego bloodwork in favour of something a bit more hit and miss.

    I rarely comment on blogs so please do take this as sharing my opinion and not criticism as nothing negative is intended.

    Best,
    Nick

    1. Kat says:

      Hi Nick
      I really appreciate you taking the time to comment, yours is an opinion I respect highly. And I’ll certainly be the first to acknowledge I still have a lot to learn! I must admit I’ve only recently started coming back to the recognisation that calories do count. After reading Living the Low-Carb life I realised I’ve veered too far in the direction of focusing only on quality. To be honest, I’d pretty much forgotten about that since reading it, and I do tend to focus purely on the ‘what’ of a person’s nutrition, at least to begin with.
      Regarding the muscle testing, good point. I was trying to offer an option that may be more accessible for most people as the good labs are not open to ‘walk-in business’, but you’re right, I should have made the distinction in accuracy.
      Thanks again for your feedback – the issue of calories with correct food choices is one I plan to – and obviously need to – research further.
      Kat

  3. Ellen says:

    Hi Kat: This has been the story of my life for the past few years. A few years ago, I had an emotional trauma and could not eat for 2 weeks. I lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks! When I slowly gained the weight back, guess what – I kept gaining! I have been a thin person my whole life, with no problems with weight gain. I kept gaining and gaining and eventually gained 15 pounds over my normal weight! It was as if my body reset itself after that weight loss. Weird. In spite of doing everything right, my body seems to be set where it is and won’t budge. So frustrating.

    1. Kat says:

      Hi Ellen. Definitely frustrating. To me it sounds like it could be a reaction to stress overload (cortisol). Cortisol is very powerful at causing the body to retain weight …

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