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My Dr. Oz inspired magnesium experiment ...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A few years ago I went to the nutritionist to get some help losing weight. I’ve been morbidly obese for many years now and had been struggling with my weight for a long time with no success.

I surprise to learn from her that surprise, surprise, I was malnourished. Never mind that I was practically consuming my weight in food every day (OK, maybe not that bad), but somehow while doing so I wasn’t getting the vitamins and minerals my body needs.

I did a little better while I was seeing her, but that didn’t last for long. I went back to my old ways, following the path of convenience food through the Burger King drive-thru and later to the local convenience store/gas station for a bite or two of pizza. I’m sure my intake was not that small though.

That’s of course not to mention all the other goodies that filled my day. I had to get my dose of chips, cheese sticks, no-baked cookies, ice cream and sugar-filled drinks.

Even though it was embarrassing carrying that giant cup of soda in to my desk at work, I’d do it, but sadly, I might as well have been drinking the soda out of a trough.

I’d tell myself that I didn’t drink all that much soda because I didn’t keep any at home. Then again, I didn’t really keep much food at home as it was. I used to say that “my refrigerator is the place where good food goes to die.”

That’s sad. Have you ever seen a rotten cucumber? I have. It’s not pretty. Ick. Fortunately, I don’t seem to have that problem any more. Thank you SparkPeople!

Anyway, fast forward a bit to the day I joined a weight-loss organization called TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly).

I went to the doctor’s office to get my starting weight because I wasn’t sure they’d be able to weight me at the TOPS meeting being that I was so heavy. My doctor’s scale weighed me in at 383 pounds. Ouch!

Fortunately, it turns out TOPS has a scale that can handle my excessive weight and they were able to weigh me in. They weighed me in at 382 pounds that same day.

The journey begins

Tops has helped me out tremendously in keeping me mindful of what I was putting in my mouth, but I was not perfect, as the records will show.

Now that I am tracking my nutrition on SparkPeople, I have a better idea of what it all means, each decision I make in what foods I eat. I see the calories, but I see the nutrition too.

That’s what makes a nutrition tracker so great!

Enter the Doctor Oz show

It wasn’t that long ago when I tuned in to watch Doctor Oz talk about how a deficiency in magnesium can cause a lack of energy and fatigue.

At first I didn’t think too much about it until I was looking at my nutrition tracker and saw that, oh my goodness, I was deficient in magnesium!

That might explain the weird phenomenon lately that I’ve been experiencing. About once a week I’d just not be able to put in the same effort in my exercise routine. The umph was gone. I’d try to match my rhythem to the beat of the music which usually brings me to about a speed of 11-13 miles per hour on my recumbant bike depending on the song I’m listening to.

I just wasn’t able to do it. I would pull about a 9-10 mile per hour effort and that was strained. My body just didn’t feel right.

Could a magnesium deficiency be the problem?

According to my nutrition tracker, that’s a definite possibility.

So what have I done? Well I’ve begun taking my multivitamins. I had some sitting around my house, partially gone, but sadly neglected.

I’ve entered the information in my nutrition tracker and guess what? Magnesium deficiency be gone! The multivitamin also took care of my vitamin D deficiency too!

Good deal!

Since I’ve been doing that I haven’t had those sluggish days.

But it’s still early yet. I just started taking those multivitamins again not so long ago. I’m going to give it time and see how it goes.

I think though that I’ll keep on taking those multivitamins, so long as my doctor is okay with it. And if my boughts of fatigue don’t disappear, I’ll talk to my doctor about it in my next appointment. That’s what he’s there for!

In the meantime, I hope Doctor Oz helped me find my problem because the solution to that problem is so simple!

If everything was that easy!
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