I thought being on the correct dose of levothyroxine--I'm between a 1 and 2 on the blood test thyroid charts, taking 88mcg--it should be keeping my metabolism sufficient to lose weight, but no matter what I do, I go to WWatchers and do everything correctly (tracking foods, exercising, portion control of correct foods, etc.), I gained half pound the first week. I have easily 30 lbs to lose, so if I don't lose weight in the beginning, how can I expect to lose weight as I go along? I feel defeated. In 2009 I lost 20 lbs. w/o much difficulty, BEFORE I even started on thyroid meds. It seems it should be easier to lose weight now, but it is near impossible. My endocrinologist told me she sees no reason why I should be having trouble losing weight if I am following the WW regimen. I don't know what to do. Has anyone out there experienced this same situation??? I feel totally alone on this.
Hello Jovanna, Struggles like this are tough. I assume you have decreased your food portions and are exercising? I wouldn't worry abut half a pound. That can simply be water weight. Most of the country is extremely hot and we drink a lot more water and crave more salty foods.
Was wondering how long you have been working upon this. What happened week two, etc. Feel free to write more. There is plenty of support here and many who understand struggling with weight when one has a thyroid problem.
Something to remember is a TSH is like a snap shot. We go up and down over time. This does effect metabolism. You have seen the range you have. I don't think you mentioned what type of thyroid problem you had, if there was surgery, etc.
Talk away. I am listening and so are others. You are definitely not alone. Karen
Hey Jovanna - I assure you... you ARE NOT alone on this subject. Yesterday, I posted one very long dissertation on the subject but can't remember what group it is in. So, I will start over. I am 57 years young and about to be 58 in just 2 short months. I have struggled with my weight ALL of my adult life. The weight and size I maintained the longest was a size 12 (U.S.) when I was a teenager and into my mid-twenties. Then after I met my first husband... the fun began and so did yoo yoo dieting. I have done everything under the sun with the exception of bariatric surgery. I have done weight watchers, too. That was the most frustrating diet ever! I am "rule" oriented by nature and when given instructions... that is what I do. I was on this program and going to meetings twice weekly. After the 8th week I plateaued and didn't drop a pound for the next 6 weeks. I kept a careful journal, too. At the end of that 6th week of not going anywhere... they treated me like I wasn't being truthful and I was causing my own problems. I had dropped 15 pounds and that was it! Well, I knew I wasn't cheating and I couldn't figure out what was wrong or what went wrong but being told by a counselor that I wasn't being truthful really hit a raw nerve and I never went back! Weight Watchers doesn't work for everyone because it is based on size, portions and just about the same type of food for everyone. That is why it works for some and not others. It is a one size fits all diet program and so is the richard simons program. I am not saying they aren't good programs... I AM saying they aren't right for every "body". What I ended up doing when I was 53 and divorced was catching a program on qvc called, 6-week body makeover by michael thurmond. The program is based on each gender having 5 basic body types or "looks". It is based totally on where and how you carry your weight or where the "fat" sits on your body. The body blueprinting which is done in the privacy of your home cuts your body into thirds. The top, the middle and the bottom. You compare what you look like to outlines and descriptions of each body part. When you are finished with that you will have one complete body and type. I am a body type "B". After doing that I looked up in the book what foods were appropriate for that body type. I love to cook so it was pretty easy for me to do the meal planning. I had the types of food that were good for me and I also had the foods that I shouldn't ever have again. With this information, I prepared my own food and in quantity so that I didn't have to think about it every day. In 9 months I lost 92 lbs. I have also kept it off because I stick with those foods that are good for me and have maintained it better than any other program because there is NOTHING TO CHANGE AT THE END OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS. You keep eating the same types of food and that is that. I didn't weigh anything and I didn't do portion control. I also didn't count calories. What I did was follow the program to the "T" and I never plateaued once... NOT ONCE! My husband was eating the same type of foods I was as well because I did all the cooking and he lost 20 pounds just by eating what I was fixing. He didn't need to lose but he is glad he did. He looks and feels GREAT and is now 61. He has also stayed the same weight since his loss. I am happy to talk to anybody about this, too. There is specific toning and stretching exercises for each body type. Nothing strenuous either. I couldn't even do those because of all the surgeries I have had and other health issues. But I swear my cholesterol is now under control and it never, ever was before and I also don't need blood pressure medication because that is under control. My endocrinologist took and studied my program for her diabetic patients. She was thrilled for me and so was my PCP because they had never seen me at this weight. I am again a size 12. I don't want to be a size 6 or a zero. I am at the weight that I am supposed to be at according to the way I was eating throughout the weight loss process. I had no idea where I was going to end up and that bothered me some in the beginning because the weight seemed to be dropping off too fast for me and I was afraid there might be something wrong. But no... I am fine and in the 9th month... I slowed down and leveled off just eating the same way every day and that was that. I bought my wedding outfit before I could even try it own. That was my incentive, too. I didn't want to see one more picture of me FAT! As a matter of fact no one in my family had seen me since my middle sister remarried some 4 years ago. And that picture of myself at her wedding made me just so mad at myself! I looked like I was having a good time but man, oh man did I hurt! The day I decided to try on my wedding outfit and it actually FIT... I cried like a baby because I couldn't believe I had actually done it and it wasn't hard. I was just determined and failing had nothing to do with it and failing wasn't an option either. I put my outfit away again and continued with our wedding plans. When we got together on Cape Cod Massachusetts where my dad lives and my sisters and their husbands met us and stayed at the same B&B, they were SHOCKED at how I looked and I must tell you their looks and my wedding photos are PRICELESS to me now... 92 lbs is a another person and that is what I lost. What I gained was my health and I can walk. Walking is the only exercise I can do besides water walking. Nothing vigorous and michael thurmond doesn't recommend the "no pain no gain" theory.
I am behind you 100 percent if you need a cheerleading section or moral support. The doctors kept telling me the older I got the harder it was going to be to lose weight. I am here to tell you that... THAT IS A LIE! I lost the weight at the same rate as others reported who were younger and also older than myself. What was different about this program is the "lifestyle" change that takes place as you lose your weight. It takes 6 weeks to change a habit and the same 6 weeks to get a new one going. That is why it works... you just eat the same types of food so there is nothing to change at the end of it. There is no more wondering what to do next or what do I eat now??? I wish you a smoother journey and if I can be of any assistance to you at all, please let me know and keep posting so we can support you. I believe you will be okay and thyroid medication isn't meant to be used as a weight loss med. I had one doctor do that to me and made my liver toxic! Too much isn't a good thing no matter what the reasoning. I am also on a compounded thyroid at 2.5 grains or 150mgs of armour thyroid along with 5mgs of hydrocortisone to help the adrenal glands which aren't functioning optimally without it.
P.S. I am now going for that walk... very slow but movement is everything.
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