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MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/17/12 3:35 P

Have you talked to the doctor treating your thyroid? I would suggest you do...perhaps your medication needs to be adjusted. I would start there. I would also bring in your food logs for him/her to review. I did that with my endocrinologist, I brought in a month of my food logs to show her I was doing everything and she actually prescribed something that gave me a jump start on weight loss...It had to do with insulin (I am not a diabetic) and how my body produced and used it. It was an injection I took every day in the belly and for the life of me I can't remember what it is...But it worked and it jumped started what ever wasn't working. After I lost the weight I stopped using it...and up until the last 9 months I had not gained any of it back (I was eating healthy) Unfortunately, I had both my hips replaced this year and I put on 16lbs. I took it off with spark and nothing else. But I have to stress that when I brought in my food logs, I logged everything even condiments and I was well within range and this was after months of not losing anything. I was a daily swimmer as well during this time. Some times no weight loss is due to a medical condition and your endocrinologist is the person who can help the most with these types of conditions. A good doctor is not going to prescribe something unless they see that all other conventional methods have failed.

I just looked it up it was called Byetta and it is not an insulin but helps your insulin and hormones respond to food. You can google it if you want more information. Oh and one other thing...the weight didn't just fall off...I still had to stick to my calories and exercise and it still took time.

Edited by: MAGGIEMURPHY4 at: 6/17/2012 (15:49)
6/17/12 3:20 P

Yes, there are a few folks (very few) who need to drop to about 1000-1100 calories daily for weight loss to occur. It is usually tied to a medical condition, a medication, being of much shorter stature, unable to burn calories through planned exercise, a physical limitation, age, etc, etc.

I am hoping the the original poster will share more about her specific situation.

dietitian Becky

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
6/17/12 1:13 P

Do you need to lose weight? Does your doctor say that - does your BMI fall in the range that shows that? If so, then just eat what the range is that allows you to lose weight. If you don't need to lose weight, and only need to maintain your current weight, then find the range of calories that allows you to do that. No need to overthink it. If you know for a fact that you have an underactive thyroid, then that means that medical advice and information has been given at some point. A doctor can tell you if your metabolism rate is very very low. You are physically active and you watch your calories. That's the name of the game! If your goals are realistic and healthy - which only your doctor would be able to tell you - or even just a BMI calculator online, then you will lose weight at the rate that suits your body.

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (72,246)
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6/16/12 8:32 P

Your problem may be due to your thyroid condition. You made need your dosage of medication increased. A lot of doctors are very conservative in their treatment of hypothyroidism. They don't want to "over-dose," so they give the minimum amount of medication necessary to keep your major symptoms at bay. However, that may not be enough meds to give you a decent metabolism.

That is my story. I finally sat down with my doctor in December and said, "No more. I can feel that my thyroid function is a little on the low side and I am gaining weight again. I need more medication." I asked to review all of my labwork with her and discovered that my labs were often borderline. She agreed to increase my dose a bit -- and I have lost 15 pounds in the last 6 months without significantly changing my routine.

I have a friend who had a similar problem with her doctor being too conservative.

Have a sit-down with your doctor and review all of your labwork as well as all of your symptoms -- tiredness, lack of energy, feeling colder than most people, mental fogginess, gaining weight, etc. Make sure you are getting sufficient thyroid medication support.

You might want to read up on hypothyroidism before your meeting with your doctor. Do a web search for general information. You also might want to visit some of the hypothyroid teams here on SparkPeople to hear the stories of other people.

Good luck!

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 6/16/2012 (20:34)
LAETU5 Posts: 1,405
6/16/12 8:19 P

If I were you, I'd stop counting calories and instead just focus on healthy eating in appropriate portions. I'd talk to my doctor about adjusting my thyroid meds. I'd also put the scale up for a few months so I wouldn't worry over the sounds like you've been under eating for a long time so your body will need time to adjust to not being starved. I'd probably also consult with a nutritionist who specializes in diets for people who have hypothyroidism. Also, keep in mind that if you are weight training that it can show as a positive on the scale while you are actually losing fat...another reason to ditch the scale if it is making you obsess; just go off of measurements and how your clothes fit.

THIRTEENREASONS SparkPoints: (40,131)
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6/16/12 8:16 P

These ladies know what they're talking about, especially Unident and Ailebbelia.

The cycle of under eating can be a hard one to break, especially is you're someone who is already hard on themselves and always trying to attain "the perfect weight". While your endocrinologist can help you get your thyroid issues under control, they don't always have the best advice for losing weight, so if you find that long term (I'm talking months and months down the road) that you're still having trouble maintaining your weight, let alone losing weight, you might to talk to your doctor about getting you in to see a dietitian.

In the meantime, I completely echo the advice you've already heard. Put the scale away, eat more, keep up your activity, and go by how your clothes are fitting. Give yourself a week or two off from "dieting" and eat more food (no matter how difficult it is to see that you're eating more calories, you might still benefit from tracking just to ensure that you are indeed eating more). Stick to eating more the same way that you stick to eating so few calories right now.

After a few weeks of this, come back and report your results. Remember, if you change something up and aren't happy with the results you can always change things up again... but you HAVE to give it time to work... and a day or two of eating more isn't enough time.

6/16/12 7:55 P

an instant weight gain from eating out is almost always due to sodium. if you ate sensibly you can be sure it was just the extra sodium making you retain water.

SARAHD33 SparkPoints: (42,448)
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6/16/12 4:28 P

Well said, Unident! I totally agree.
To the OP, you said you have thyroid issues. Is your blood work and medical evaluation of your thyroid current?

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/16/12 4:17 P

What are your current stats?

It's very common if you have a habit of undereating to stop or stall weight loss. You've put your body into a starvation mode where its primary function now is to retain fat. That's what everything else it does is geared for, that's what you asked it to do by eating so little that it thinks you are starving.

So when you eat a little more, like 1400, your body does exactly what you asked it to do with that extra food and converts it to fat. This freaks out the under-eater, who immediately goes "I gain weight on 1400 calories" and goes back to their miniscule starvation diet, believing anything else "makes me gain weight".

But if you eat at a more sensible lifestyle maintaining level creating only a suitably small daily deficit, your body will gain weight initially while it's still in starvation mode, but eventually after 6-8 weeks or so it realises "we're not starving any more" and switches off that "store everything you can as fat" mode. Back to normal metabolism, it starts losing. That extra weight you picked up initially goes away and you start losing.

Sorry, but 1000-1100 is not healthy for anyone, and nobody gains weight on 1200 calories. Not long term. If initially, it's only because you've already trained your body that you're starving and it's doing exactly what you asked it to - store as much fat as possible.

To lose fat, you need to eat fewer calories than you need, but only slightly. Eating too few makes your body think it's starving. You should eat just few enough that it doesn't do that, but does let the excess fat burn off, instead of storing it.

In other words - currently you're doing absolutely the worst possible thing you can do to your body in order to lose weight - you've asked it to horde and store fat as quickly as possible.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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6/16/12 3:21 P

"If I go out to dinner or lunch I usually gain back any where from 1 1/2 to 2 lbs."

I use to believe that was true!

I would go out to eat and then come home and weight myself and FREAK out because the scale went up.

It's taken a lot of therapy to think rationally---It is impossible to gain real weight if I did not eat above my calorie range.

I don't weigh myself after eating anymore and only every two weeks.

By not eating enough you are actually making your metabolism slower. I'm 5.1 and eat anywhere from 1800-2000 calories and haven't gained weight. I use to eat several hundred (when I had anorexia) for the entire day!

Honestly, I would focus on eating enough to reach your calorie range for some time and then work on losing weight.

Edited by: AILEBBELIA at: 6/16/2012 (15:22)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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6/16/12 2:51 P

Are you weighing yourself multiple times per day? Tracking your weight every day isn't really helpful, because your weight isn't a static number. You can gain as much as two pounds over the course of a few hours. Day-to-day fluctuations are normal, and show you nothing but the shift of fluids in their body. Only over a period of at least a week can you hope to see the difference!

Of course you gain a couple pounds after dinner... because you just put a couple of pounds of food into your body! That extra weight doesn't vanish. It will gradually disappear again over a few hours as you digest.

How tall are you, and how much do you weigh? Depending on your size, the trouble with your weight loss may be because you're not eating enough. 1200 calories is only the minimum. Eating less than that, you may not be getting the nutrients you need to support your activity level, and have actually slowed your metabolism even more.

Many Sparkpeople have discovered that by eating more... they started losing weight!

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6/16/12 2:17 P

I have been tracking my calories here since last July and could not lose weight even though I was eating 1200 calories. I found out that to lose weight I can only eat 1000 to 1100 calories despite what everybody writes. I also track my weight every day. If I go out to dinner or lunch I usually gain back any where from 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. I do have an underactive thyroid and despite medication I think that my metabolism is so low that it is practically none existent. I also walk 3.5 miles at least 5 days a week and go to a 1 hour weight training class 2 times a week. I feel good and make sure I get enough protein with a protein drink for breakfast every morning.

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