Um, this turned out a little longer than i had hoped. Please read and bare with me :)
I am a petite woman, age 23, who is unable to maintain a steady weight, or lose any either. Until i was 19 i was over weight, and being 5' tall (150cm) it doesnt take much weight to make you chubby.
I moved to Japan with my university course, jouned a judo club and began playing semi-professionally. I lost 2 stone, and for the first time in my life felt happy in my skin. I was not skinny, i just finally felt in proportion.
I came back to the UK 2 years ago, and I jouned a judo club and a gym, but no matter how much i excercised my wieght kept creeping up. So i increased my excercise amount more, and changed my diet. Still the weight kept creeping on, so i cut down my food intake. It has now reached a point where i am excercising a minimum of 2 hours a day (which i wont be able to keep up after my graduation) and almost purely fruit and veg. Most days i dont even hit 1000 calories. And yet the weigth keeps piling on.
I am now 1 stone heavier, at 55kg (which is a large difference on such a tiny frame) and am pushing a BMI of 24. I can no longer compete in judo as i am too heavey for my ideal weight category, and too small and weak for my current weight category. NO matter how much i excercise and how little or how much healthy food i eat, my weight is still increasing. My lifestlye and diet are very unfulfilling.
Whenever i go to the doctors, because i have such a small frame and my wieght gain is localised to my midrift, the doctors scoff at me and treat me like a silly little girl petrified of gaining a kilo or two. I do not want to be skinny. I want to be happy and start to play judo again, but my doctors will not take me seriously.
I have (finally) been diagnosed with chronic idiopathic consitpation (which does not help matters), and already know myself ihave a slow metabolism. My stomach and abdominal area constantly feel swollen and hard - they swell out farther than my breasts and make me feel awful. I have seen improvements on my upper body through my excercise, so i know it is working, but my gain in size is localised to my waist and hips, which keep ballooning further and further outwards.
I believe there is something wrong with me - be it water retention or hypothyroid, but i would like to know if anyone else out there could tell me what may be the cause. I have a contraceptive implant, so the likelyhood of me being pregnant is very slim, and i have no othe rpregnancy symptoms. I eat healthy food, excercise a lot and drink plenty of water. i feel there is no more advice for me to follow. I do not want to spend all of my life obsessed with what i eat, and i most definitely do not want to go back to the weight i was before. Please help me!