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FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
9/8/13 6:55 P

I feel for you , you'll come home from work at 5 am then it's time for breakfast, then you'll sleep maybe till 1 then it's lunch, then dinner will be around 6pm... okay.......... then you go to work and you'll have a break and you'll have a little snack , then you'll get a lunch break and you'll have another lunch/ dinner, then you'll have another break and might have another snack.... Then the vicious cycle starts all over again it's almost like your eating 24/7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That shift will just mess you up big time I know I worked something similar back in the day.... you really have to becareful on how you eat and measure out everything and makes sure those snacks at work are fruit or veggies... and that the lunch/dinner is something very light.
I'd also get another doctor to check that thyroid, it's enlarged but she's not doing anything? hmmmm get another oppinion and good luck looking for another job with better more normal hours, that is a huge factor here...
Good LUCK!

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9/8/13 5:56 P

track everything that you eat

run the daily nutrition feedback reports

move, as much as you can

go from there and make small, incremental changes, one at a time

The detail about the enlarged thyroid is worrisome. Have you had a biopsy? Untreated thyroid problems can not only cause weight gain, they can cause anger issues and even psychosis. My point is that you really do need to follow up. Could you see an endocrinologist?

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,167
9/8/13 4:56 P

As others have said...weigh, measure, and log your food to get an accurate idea of what you are doing. I would add that getting away from processed foods as much as possible and switching to food as close to nature as possible is another good choice. Our food is not what it was (nutritionally) ... the way to get back what your body needs to function properly, is to fill your plate with non-starchy veggies, and eat fruits for sweetness. And train your tastebuds little by little, away from the level of sweetness you are used to (even gradually ease up on the artificial sweetners). The same with salt. That being said...when you can exercise.

best wishes for a healthy happy future

MLAN613 Posts: 17,764
9/8/13 3:49 P

I agree that tracking your food is the hugest thing you can do to start getting yourself in check. Also, measure everything you eat. This means getting a digital scale and/or measuring cups. And be honest with yourself.

Also, I would either go back to that doctor and get clarification. Or find a new doctor who takes the time to do proper tests and discuss action plans.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
9/8/13 3:48 P

I don't have any specific advice about working night shift and weight gain but do know how schedules impact my own weight.

Also, if you feel this doctor is not responsive to you or giving you answers, you might need to move on to either another practice or ask them for a different physician.

Hope it sorts out for you. emoticon

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9/8/13 3:42 P


If you do have an enlarged thyroid, get more tests. a wonky thyroid can cause problems. And if your doctor doesn't think you need them, then ask for a second opinion.

Have you started to track your food ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to start logging your food choices. Most Americans (and I was once one of them) suffer from portion distortion. I had no idea how much food I was eating until I started keeping track.

Many people think that eating a bran muffin is a healthier choice than a donut. Well, turns out that bran muffin could have 500+ calories, while that donut has only 300. There was a time when I was eating a jumbo muffin as a mid morning snack. That muffin had 800+ calories and I was eating one a day. It's no wonder I was obese. Who knew muffins had that many calories ?

Well, that's something I learned during my own journey. I learned that not only do I have to eat right to lose weight, I have to watch my portion sizes too. That's why it's important to start logging what you eat. While a wonky thyroid can cause a person to pack on the pounds, many times we gained weight because we were eating more than we realized. I know I suffered from portion distortion.

So, don't beat yourself up because you gained weight. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future. Start by logging your food as well as bringing your own lunch and snacks. It's okay to eat out once in a while. You certainly don't have to give up a social life to lose weight, but you do need to learn to be mindful.

Be kind to yourself as you would to others.

9/8/13 3:34 P

I agree with making sure if it isn't the thyroid. I have heard it makes a huge difference in a person's weight, as in responsible for weight gain. Until you can control that it will continue to be a problem. I also agree with take your meals with you. Use your tracker religiously. Know what you are putting in your mouth and what it is costing you calorically. Don't leave it up to chance. If you must eat out, do your research ahead of time and know the "safe" place and items to get and adjust around them as necessary. The job isn't necessarily the reason for the weight gain. It is the number of calories taken in. Find a time to exercise and stick to it as part of your routine. I know when I am working, I must allow for an extra 300-500 calories.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,724
9/8/13 3:24 P

If your thyroid is enlarged you should have more tests. Blood work or a scan. Is this job sedentary? I agree take your own healthy food with you and find some time for a little exercise. 10 minutes should be doable. And good luck to you.

CATHY140 Posts: 63
9/8/13 3:15 P

Take your meals to work with you. Exercise regularly. I would recommend the gym after work in the morning then go home and sleep. Make sure you get plenty of rest or that can lead to stress eating and more fatigue after night shift. It is very difficult when you work night shift!

LD3036 Posts: 1
9/8/13 3:06 P

I have two issues that I hope you all will be able to point me into the a direction.
Issue one- my work schedule has been changed to 8pm - 5 am so I need advice on what I can do to prevent weight gain.
Issue two - since working at this company I have gained almost 40 pounds from all the mandatory overtime and I am working on getting out of there but in the mean time I'm obese and haven't been able to locate a doctor that can help me with why. The last one I saw I explained to her how I got no answers from the others and she seemed sympathetic to me but when my blood work came back with everything listed as normal she dumped me on her assistant and started blaming my age (over 30) for why I gained weight. Ignoring the detail I told her that since 13 I started having problems with my weight. She also blamed an enlarged thyroid but didn't give me any details on how to assist me. I actually yelled at the assistant and I never do things like that.
I am NOT asking for medical advice. I am asking what others have done to help themselves so I can figure out a plan of action here. emoticon

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