You are not eating enough to lose weight. You are very active and your body isn't getting enough to satisfy its needs so it will hold onto everything you. I am totally sedentary right now and I eat well over 4,000 calories a day and all I have is a desk job and do no exercise.
The salt in your diet is causing you to retain large amounts of water all over your face body and extremities.
Eliminate the "spices" completely.
Your taste buds will adapt accordingly. Problem solved.
Not sure where or what you have been reading but weight gain is common at first. Read Aloha to 30BaD's Welcome Wagon! to learn about the 30BaD lifestyle.
And you are definitely under eating big time! See here for an athlete's intake:80/10/10 athlete's daily routine -
People who have been undereating seem to always gain weight on this diet.
FWIW, I realized that I was getting very bloated when eating big amounts of dried fruits (especially dates). I was going crazy on them, and they just don't agree with my body.
I do better on whole starches like rice and potatoes than on dried fruit.
So, my advice would be, eat only as much fresh fruit as you can, and the rest be it whole starches. Try it and report me back, please :)
You might want to consider going on "banana island" for 10 days. It's what Dr. Doug puts people on starting out on HCRV. It teaches you to focus on eating for fuel not for entertainment. So you get out of the "what do I feel like eating" mentality we all grew up on. There are many other benefits as well. It is very easy in digestion so it helps speed healing. It gives your taste buds a break and then afterwards everything tastes better. Banana Islanders