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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!

 

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

Starting January 18th!

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Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

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All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

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And who are ready to do just that.

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