I gained about 20 pounds in about 2 months or so on the last birth control pill that I used (I stopped using any hormonal birth control 8 months ago). I have also previously had an abnormal glucose tolerance test (insulin resistance) but very little advice from a doctor about what to do about it. I also was recently tested for PCOS but it was determined that I do not have this. However, I am trying the South Beach Diet because I feel that I have the symptoms of this disorder, and the insulin resistance alone is something that concerns me.
I am 22 years old, slightly under 5'8" tall, and my weight floats around the upper 150's. I understand that my BMI is "healthy" but to jump from ~135 to ~155 in such a short amount of time is not normal. I am also 2 pants sizes larger (4 to an 8), which is inconvenient and so uncomfortable. When I (briefly) tried SBD 2 years ago, I lost 6 pounds in a week, however this was water that I retained due to a prescription. This time around, I'm not losing anything. It has only been a week, and I'm still going strong. Thanksgiving was last week and I mistakenly thought sweet potatoes were part of phase 1 (oops) so I messed up a little bit by having a few bites.
I guess I'm just hoping to be pointed in the right direction. It seems like doctors won't offer me advice beyond ordering tests that come back negative, but I do try to live an active lifestyle, and clearly I'm trying to eat better. Essentially, the only advice that I get is to be happy because I'm "healthy", but jumping from the lower BMI limit to the very upper one is not okay with me, especially because gaining further is SO much easier than losing.
Should I be worried that I haven't lost anything, and is there anything else I should keep in mind (aside from diet & exercise, which I DO). I would really like to fit in my pants! Any advice is appreciated! Also, I am more of a pear shape, always have been, but I've been packing on more weight in the mid section... I don't know if this is because my butt has expanded so much that it has reached the limit, or because of something else. Thanks!