Good Morning All,
Can anyone let me know what works for you? Briefly, I always had a problem with weight. I always had doctors tell me I wasn't dieting properly etc. My TSH sat between 2.6 and 3.0 so they never did much about it. That was until I took upon myself to switch doctors after gaining 25 pounds between June and Mid-August this year; without dietary change AND while hitting the gym 4-6 days per week. Instead of just running a standard TSH, he did free T3 and T4. Lo and behold, while my TSH and free T4 were within normal levels... My free T3 was rock bottom. My body is not converting T4 to T3... T3 is vital to metabolic function. On top of all THAT I was diagnosed with PCOS! So I think great I can get medicated and finally I can stop eating like a rabbit and gaining like a moose.
I was put on Armour Thyroid, the only medication that has T3 included. I mean Synthroid is all T4 and if my body won't convert it, it's of no use to me. I'm on 60 mgs. I'm also on Metformin 1,000 mgs per day and Spironolactone 100 mgs per day.
I was all excited! Waited 6 weeks not worrying about seeing much happen because it takes about 6 weeks to show effect.
Results? Well joined Sparkpeople 2 weeks ago. Weight 200. Up but, ok, still fired up to go. Week one complete and weighed in = 197.8 - Ok week one for anyone else is usually better but... Yeah, ok. (I'm telling myself.) Today weight in day.... Results = 199.1 WHAT??
I am desperate for ideas here. I feel like a cow and am tired of being the picture of dietary perfection and not only not losing anything but gaining/being overweight. Has anyone else had these problems? What works for you? What meds are you on?
A few things about the way I eat: I do not eat fast food, red meat, processed food (I cook), sugar, flour, potatoes, pasta, white rice, bread, butter,goodies or deserts of any kind except maybe four times a year, no pop, no chips, I do not snack, I do not drink alcohol..
I do eat 7-8 servings of fruit and veggies (2 which are fruit), always chicken, turkey or pork, I make sure I get 35-50 gms of fiber per day. I keep my sodium low. I drink 10-12 glasses of water per day (I only drink water, except on weekends I may drink tea.) I maintain my caloric intake between the suggested levels of 1,450-1,750. Usually the low side. I've never hit 1,750.
I do exercise 3-5 hours per week. (I'm on overtime right now or it would be more.)
Slow loss I could live with.... But I am GAINING
Any suggestions? I really want to curse but won't.... Thanks in advance for the help.
| current weight: 199.1