Ashley@Heart wrote:Though you will have to pry my occasional dark chocolate treat from my cold dead hands.
Chips and salsa or a small chocolate chip cookie or two bought "for the kids" at home is a occasional indulgence.
In the end I will do my best to hover around 175 and 180 until my t and e levels have been in the normal female range for at least a few months.
Kay wrote:Given the T will be much reduced and T converts to E in fat AND also that she will likely be taking enough E to get decent levels, aromatase in fatty tissue converting T to E won't contribute that much to the E pool. On the other hand, some fat can help soften overall appearance, hide muscles, and help feminization.Toku wrote:Fat itself produces estrogen so having a bit under the skin is going to help maintain E levels easier, I imagine.
Kay wrote:In the end I will do my best to hover around 175 and 180 until my t and e levels have been in the normal female range for at least a few months.Just find the dose of E that you feel best at (forget levels). And aim for T levels anywhere under 100.
Kay wrote:Haha! I'm the same. Dark chocolate is lower in sugar, higher in cocoa, thus fat. It's fine. Buy those with first ingredient that is NOT sugar.
Kay wrote:It's important to indulge at times and enjoy life. Restricting ourselves can lead to stress...not good and frustration, etc.
Toku wrote:I second the swimming thing, you can do slow speed endurance swimming like breaststroke that won't burn tons of calories but will improve your circulation, flexibility and give you a gentle workout. I hate the gym and would always opt for swimming instead as I figured it worked more muscles at once.
car_wheels wrote:I've often thought what diet would better facilitate transition. I would be really curious to see if a low carb diet would do that. Carbs for me are kind-of-blah in terms of creating mental or physical transition. Like, if I keep them out of the house, I won't eat them. But get them in the house, I do eat carbs. They seem to take away definition from my shape.
Toku wrote:I've been on low-carb for a long time now... if you'd like to maintain a certain level of body fat for curves etc. then you just have to be aware of your daily 'break even' calorie limit for that look and stick to it. Mine is 750-800 cals on an average day without strenuous exercise (yeah, I can live on thin air, practically). Less than 600 and my body eats itself (well, its fat, anyway) and I'll wake up a pound lighter next day. Pretty easy to maintain a fixed body shape if you just figure out what your break even is.
But it also depends on body type, endomorph, mesomorph, ectomorph. As an endo I pretty much have to stick to low carbs to have any semblance of control.
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