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5/7/13 9:34 P

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I have heard that people with low thyroids (not sure if you are low or high) have better luck losing when their fiber intake is high-like 35-40 grams per day, and to focus more on strength training than aerobics. I'm not on any medication (for a few reasons) but I have noticed that when my fiber is high and I do more strength training, I am more likely to lose. Walking, swimming, etc is great but it doesn't give the same results, unfortunately. When I was on medication I was gaining 30 pounds per month. What I do works for me and I have never been on Armour, but this is what I was told anyway.

Sometimes the way I write can come across the wrong way. I apologize if I offend anyone. I also have a habit of writing LOOOOOOOONG posts. Again, my apologies.


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5/7/13 10:58 A

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Lins...
I hear ya... what I'm saying is that it takes several months of being at a stable TSH and Free thyroid hormone numbers before you will be able to lose any significant amount of weight.

You're not were you need to be yet... you're still trying to find the appropriate dosage and medication for your thyroid disease. Once that's "magic number" is arrived at, with diet and exercise, you will begin to lose.

What that number is... is dependent upon on your unique physiology.
Until then, keep up your good health habits... which believe it or not are keeping you from gaining even more than you are.

I too was terribly discouraged when I first was diagnosed. I literally measured, weighed and recorded every bite I took... added all my exercise... but it was several months after I got to a good TSH and thyroid numbers, that I lost even one pound. Its a miserable time... doing everything right and not seeing results... but it does teach you patience.

I agree with Live as to no alcohol or bread-like, starchy foods... for me they are total metabolism busters!

I do have an occasional glass of wine nowadays, o yeah and ice cream... a piece of dark chocolate... which is prolly why I can't get any closer to my goal weight. But then it is what it is.

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5/7/13 8:45 A

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I understand! Wish I had a good answer for you.

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My body seems to have a happy set point of weight. When I am not strictly watching what I eat it always seems to want to go there. This occurred even before my thyroid quit working. One of the things that really helps me to loose weight... actually there are two. One, no alcohol what so ever and two... no bread products. This includes crackers, chips and popcorn.
I know gaining weight doesn't make us happy... but being healthy isn't always about a number be it the one on the scale or our dress size.
Look at it this way... if your best friend was in your shoes would you judge her on her dress size or how happy she was with who she is? Is she fun to be around, confident and drawing people to her because of her vibrancy? Sexy is an attitude, not a dress size. I have seen this in action and know it is true.
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5/6/13 8:05 P

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I have been working out consistently for months :( and have gained a total of 17 lbs. very strict diet. I don't mind not losin yet.. But the gaining is killing me

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5/6/13 8:02 P

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When the doctors were keeping my TSH at 4 (seriously undertreated), I lived on 1200 calories a day and worked hard labor gardening 20-30 hours a week (hoeing, tilling, digging in clay soil, stripping sod etc.), and I only lost .83 pound a week. Without doing that 20-30 hours of hard labor a week I was GAINING.

Now I am appropriately treated, and my weight issues are solely due to my eating too much and exercising too little.

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5/6/13 6:07 P

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It takes being on the proper dose of meds for some times... usually 6 months, before you will see any loss.

During this time, the best thing to do is to concentrate on eating healthy... modifying your intake to include whole foods, no sodas or other junk. Light workouts for stress and to stay toned. Once you start losing weight you can up the exercise.

Since menopause I've been unable to get under 143 pounds. Since I'm still in an acceptable BMI for my height, what I've done is keep the weight, but work on changing more of it into muscle, losing some of the fat, by adding heavier weights for less repetitions a couple of times a week in targeted areas such as my upper arms... as well as doing aerobix like high intensity Zumba and Step to burn calories.

This tightens everything up so that you weigh the same but are smaller and tighter.

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I am still doing the yo-yo and at this time it is in the up position... With the stress that my broken ankle caused things have not been good.

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5/6/13 4:23 P

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I hear ya! I put on 30# within 3 years when thyroid finally medicated. I find I have to work double what others do in exercise! I am exercising every single day for 45-60 minutes...and restrict my calories to under 1600....but over 1500. I find I stop losing when my calories are too low. I am starting to lose but it is very very slowly. Hang in there!!

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When it happens, I will let you know lol.....

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5/6/13 1:51 P

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I have been having the same yo yo up and down since starting back on meds 4 years ago. I have gained and lost the same 20 pounds numerous times. I finally presented everything to my doc on a log - exercise this amount today, consumed this many calories today, etc. He saw that the numbers were very disproportionate - consume 1500 calories, exercise 75 minutes swimming, etc. He is running a bunch more tests, but the only way I lose is very little carbs (similar to Atkins, but not the fat), higher protein, lots of fresh veggies, fewer fruits. I am probably now consuming about 6 cups of fresh or steamed veggies daily. They are the bulk of my meal - and not sugary veggies like peas, green beans - no starch veggies.

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5/6/13 1:16 P

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I use my fitness pal and log everything daily. That's why it is extra frustrating :(

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The only thing I can think of may not even be helpful, but this is what I do. Get more information by entering your diet on the nutrition site and following it for awhile. Most of us do better with more protein and fewer carbs.

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I stopped gaining weight as soon as I was diagnosed and started treatment.....however, it took 7 years to finally get diagnosed and by then I had gained 70 pounds. I'm 2 years into treatment and I have yet to lose any of the weight. :o( But, I do feel a bit better on the meds (I'm on Armour now).

Good luck to you!

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5/6/13 11:50 A

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Got bumped up to 180mg of Armour and I am still gaining weight..

I don't understand this, I feel better, happier, peppier..but the weight just keeps packing on..have gained about 10lbs since switching to Armour..bad time since it is bathing suit season..yikes!!

Any advice?

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