WHY AM I FAT AND MOODY????????????????????????????????

by Petra
(Punta Gorda, Florida)

I'm so fat. SOOOOO FAT! I weight 260lbs and I'm a crazy psycho person 3 weeks of the month. I used to only be a crazy psycho person 1 week of the month. Yet I eat a healthy diet of dark green leafy vegetables, no sugar, no alcohol and very low carbs. No matter what diet I do or exercise I try I just cannot lose weight. I was never a thin child but never a fat one either but always looked like I could lose a few pounds because I am short. An even five foot. When I was about 11 I noticed that my thighs began at my knees and when I hit puberty the thighs just got bigger and bigger and bigger and then I developed the most shocking breast asymmetry. FOUR full cup sizes of a difference. It's still super embarrassing but not as bad as when I was a teen. I have MASSIVE blackheads and every time of the month look like Freddy Krueger because of all the zits I get. Three weeks before period I become psychotic and remain that way until bleeding ends. I literally have one month of peace when I am myself and then it starts all over again. I am not exaggerating when I say I am psychotic. I plot and scheme revenge on anyone who has wronged me, I cannot leave the house for fear of people looking at me. I could beat someone who looked at me the wrong way. I swear and curse and break things and wish most people I meet would drop dead and good riddance to them. I cry until my face feels paralyzed with self pity. Then....it passes I am an utterly ashamed and am my easy going self once more and dread the end of the week because then I will become crazy for 3 weeks. Does any of this sound like estrogen dominance? PLEASE HELP ME WRAY I AM SUICIDAL 3 WEEKS OF THE MONTH!

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Apr 04, 2013
WHY AM I FAT AND MOODY????????????????????????????????
by: Wray

Hi Petra You poor thing, you are a mess! And it all started at puberty from what I read. This doesn't surprise me at all. We do have a page on Menstruation you could look through. If excess oestrogen is produced it will cause fat cells to proliferate, no matter what the age. Unfortunately fat cells also secrete oestrogen so a vicious cycle starts. So yes you do have Oestrogen Dominance. Excess oestrogen causes Insulin Resistance which you undoubtedly have. It appears you weren't ovulating during puberty, or if you were your corpus luteum was producing too little progesterone to counter the oestrogen. So the fat just ladled on. It also appears you are not producing enough now. Plus I believe you have a vitamin D deficiency and have had one from an early age. A lack of this not only reduces the benefits of progesterone but causes weight gain, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Please have a test done. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Continued below

Apr 04, 2013
WHY AM I FAT AND MOODY???????????????????????????????? Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Petra Finally there are man made chemicals called obesogens, these severely disrupt our normal metabolism leading to weight gain, see here, here, here and here. The last paper is very long, enter 'obesogens' into control/find to get to the reference to them. I fully understand your rages too, please look through our page on Aggression. We also have a page on Acne too. Your three week psychotic behaviour fits too. At the end of bleeding both oestrogen and progesterone are at their lowest level. Oestrogen begins rising slowly after about 3-5 days. But it increases about a week before ovulation, rising exponentially about 50 hours before. Progesterone should rise exponentially then too, the surge comes from the brain. It appears you are not getting this surge. It also appears your corpus luteum is still not producing enough progesterone. So oestrogen remains high for the next three weeks. With nothing to counter the oestrogen it's no wonder you feel so awful. I feel you will need at least 400mg/day progesterone to overcome your symptoms and to suppress the excess oestrogen you have. We have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. The diet you're on is good, but you need to kick start your metabolism. It shouldn't be difficult for you as you are already avoiding the carbs and alcohol, plus eating the green leafy veggies. I suggest you look at following the ketogenic diet. In it's strictest form it's very difficult to adhere to. But this is usually only used for people with epilepsy and cancer, which it does help. The reason being it reduces glucose levels to the barest minimum, and the body uses ketones for energy. It's a very high fat, moderate to low protein and very low carb. Only the good fats should be used, i.e. MCT oil, coconut oil, butter, olive oil or macadamia oil. The first three are saturated fats, the other two mono-unsaturated fats. The best is the MCT oil, an extract from coconut oil. The body converts the fatty acid into ketones, in fact the brain does better on these than glucose. MCT oil forms ketones more efficiently than the other oils. Continued below

Apr 04, 2013
WHY AM I FAT AND MOODY???????????????????????????????? Part 3
by: Wray

Hi Petra The diet varies from a 4:1 ratio of fat to protein/carb down to a 1:1 ratio which is the easier to follow. The best and clearest explanation I've found of the 1:1 is this web site on the Basic Ketogenic Diet. Stanford University do have a meal planner you could look at, see here. It is designed for the 1:1 diet, which should never be attempted unless under medical supervision. It's also essential to eat enough protein. This is based on 0.9g to 1.0g of protein per kg per day of lean muscle mass. Contrary to what is generally believed a lack of protein leads to bone loss. So you are 5 foot, and should be around 100lbs or 45.5kg. If we take this figure you should eat 40 to 45g of protein per day. Bearing in mind that meat, fish, eggs or chicken are about 18% protein, the rest being water, minerals and fat. But if you do the 1:1 diet on the link I've given you it's all worked out for you. It is essential to use the MCT oil too, it does have a slight laxative affect so constipation is never a problem. Take care Wray

Apr 12, 2013
Keto Ratio & Protein????
by: Petra

Hello Wray, thank you for getting back to me. I don't understand your recommendations for the Keto Diet though? Should I really be taking 45g of protein every day? That seems an awful lot. Also, however would I take 45g of protein + x 4 that in fat????? Is that what you are suggesting Wray? A while ago I had read a book called Potatoes Not Prozac. A fascinating book which suggests overweight people like myself do indeed need a high amount of protein, in fact the 45g you habe suggested. But then when I read about the Keto diet it says that you really should not eat that high of an amount of protein. So I'm a bit confused. On a side note, when I did the potatoes not prozac diet the potatoes with skins lifted my mood tremendously, but no weight loss and of course when the terrible time of the month came not even the potatoes would do any good. I'd like to start the Keto asap but am confused about the protein I should be eating. Thank you Wray.

Apr 12, 2013
cream?
by: petra

would vast amounts of heavy whipping cream help keep the fat level up on a keto diet? Thank you Wray.

Apr 12, 2013
ps
by: petra

I've just read your article on nutrition and am slightly alarmed at the advice about avoiding milk. Would that include cream? Cream is basically the ONLY way I could stick to the ketogenic diet! tons of keto websites agree cream is a great way to get the adequate intake of fat also it is great for diminishing a craving for something sweet. Please tell me I have not been sabotaging myself by using cream Wray?!?!?!? Thank you for helping.

Apr 15, 2013
Keto Ratio & Protein????
by: Wray

Hi Petra 45g of pure protein is about the size of a large egg, which is normally about 50g. So if you wanted to eat 45g protein, 1 50g (1.6oz) egg contains 6.28g protein, 100g (3oz) fish (cod) contains 20.42g protein, 100g (3oz) beef tenderloin contains 26.46g protein. Add this up and you get 53.15g protein, slightly over. I don't think that sounds like much food to me, but maybe you eat very much less. All this data can be found on the USDA website. But instead of going to those lengths, why not just follow the 1:1 website I gave you, it's all worked out for you. I made an error, since corrected, by saying to use the 4:1 ratio, that's only for epilepsy and cancer. Potatoes are the last thing you should eat, very high in carbs! 100g contains 20.13g, and that amount only has 1.87g protein. The high carb content would raise serotonin levels which would raise mood. There are better ways of raising serotonin, for instance inositol raises it, without dumping all those carbs on you. The Paleo Diet tries to keep food intake as near as possible the same as our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. Which means no grains, legumes or dairy. But if following the keto diet you do need variation in the fat, so cream is not a bad thing. Butter and coconut oil are good too. But not the polyunsaturated oils at all. The best is the MCT as that's the only oil which goes straight to the liver, and thence to the cells where it's burnt for energy, it does not get deposited as fat. It has the most remarkable affect on cravings too, kills it immediately, understandably as it's replacing the glucose we normally burn. It gets converted to ketones far more efficiently than other fats, so try to make this at least 60% of your fat intake, the other 40% made up of the others for variation. Please don't forget the MCT oil can have a dramatic affect on gut pathogens. The die off, called the Herxheimer reaction, can be quite severe, so increase the amount slowly. These two articles have good info on the Herx reaction, see here and here. Take care Wray

Apr 17, 2013
4:1 ratio keto diet
by: Petra

Wray, would it not stand to reason a person would lose more weight doing the 4:1 ratio on the keto diet? Is the 4:1 ratio dangerous for I've added MCT oil and so far no problem. Have lost no weight yet. Is this normal Wray?

Apr 18, 2013
4:1 ratio keto diet
by: Wray

Hi Petra Yes one would loose more weight on the 4:1 ratio, but it's generally done under medical supervision. It's a very severe diet, with huge restrictions. Have you worked it out using the Stanford food planner? I've tried this, and on 3:1 diet, I found I was swimming in oil, and it had a hugely laxative affect on me! So I've reduced the oil slightly. I've been doing it since last Saturday, having suggested it to many people, I thought I should try the diet again. The last time was nearly 40 years ago. My energy levels are extremely good, I never get tired now, plus I've found my brain functioning so much better. I've no idea if I've lost weight, as I don't have any scales, but my clothes are certainly looser. Don't put too much emphasis on weight loss, rather on how your clothes feel, or measurements. Muscle weighs more than fat, and if in ketosis you should be loosing fat not muscle. Take care Wray

May 08, 2013
Help for Petra
by: Mandy Smith

Petra, please check out the book Trim Healthy Mama. I highly recommend it. It has great info in hormones and nutrition. And, it's easy!!! No fads or strict diet. I have been following it since January of this year and have lost 50lbd and gotten off antidepressants. It taught me alot about progesterone. The author had hormonal imbalance years ago. Hope this helps!

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