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Cannot Loose weight no matter what!

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  • Posted By: AlexHaden
  • November 10, 2007
  • 06:37 PM

Hello Everyone.

Im 36 years old and up until last year i was weighing in at around 19 1/2 stone. I never considered that i lead an unhealthy life - dont eat that much, but put it down to getting older and not exercising that much.

Anyway - i decided to start some exercise and now ride my bike or run for at least 30 minutes every other day - keeping my pulse in the region of 130-145.

It worked for the first few months - and i managed to get down to 17st 2. Yes! Finally back into the 30's on waist size (38 though...but hey!)

Cue the last few months, no change in diet or exercise - its started going back up.

Been to the doctors and they just are telling me that its middle age spread, or that im fat becasue my diets all wrong.

So i Started keeping a food diary, and lo and behold - im consuming less than 1500 calories a day, coupled with exercise - AND Im getting fatter.

No one seems to want to listen to me, and all they can say is "eat less" or eat healthier. The fact is - if i eat less, ill have to stop eating!

dont get me wrong but doesnt less calories in, than is going out = weight loss?

Am i missing anything??, im getting to the point where im about to give up, its really getting me down.

Anyway - does anyone or has anyone seen anything like this before?

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  • Ask to have thyroid tests: TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Anti TPO, Anti TG and you should also ask to have your cortisol checked. AM and PM to start with. Get your results from the doctor and post them here. Many people are told that they do not have a thryroid problem when they actually do. Symptoms come on so slowly that many people fail to connect them all together. Good Luck Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 08:56 PM
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  • Hi,Thanks for that, i'll see what was covered on my last tests - and post them once i get a copy from the doctor.One other thing - I was diagnosed with high blood pressure almost 10 years ago, and have been taking 10mg Ramipril and 2.5 mg's bendrofourdaize (probably not spelt correctly though, its a water tablet)My liver tests that were recently done have also suggested a "fatty" liver - which made the doctor automatically assume its my diet - or i drink too much. Im tea total and live off salads, rice and lean meat.Been battling for a proper diagnosis for years really, the last consultant told me"loose weight, eat less. Thats all goobye"Bit of a downer really.
    AlexHaden 6 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 01:23 PM
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  • Hi,Ok then - At the rquest of the doctor (im assuming to rule out that my diet sucks) i kept a food diary for 3 weeks and went to see the local dietician.She went through the diary - and worked out that i was in 1 13,000 calorie deficit for those three weeks, so i should have lost weight. Instead i put on another pound!!!!I had my thyroid checked - normal - all of the other tests - normal. The only slight anomalies are raised liver function tests, and raised red cell count.Im due a liver scan next week - but doctor says that liver problems dont normally account for weight gain.So does anyone have any ideas? since that visit i have put another pound on - and am creeping back over the 18 stone mark, one very strange issue is that my feet/ankles/joints are aching like mad. When i get up in the morning i can barely walk it only wears off during the day. But next day its just as bad. That shouldnt happpen with 40 mins of cycling a night should it? One last odd symptom, is lower back pain on the right hand side - not all the time - seems to co-incide when i eat certain foods...Im hoping that there is an explanation for this - otherwise im gust going to keep getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger.....
    AlexHaden 6 Replies
    • November 17, 2007
    • 08:02 AM
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  • My friend has lost 119lbs by eating the chocolaterave.com protein bars. One of them is supposed to equal 2 eggs, 6 grams of protein, vitamins, and over 4 cups of spinach in antioxidant value (orac) so they are very healthy. I just started eating them too and have lost 10lbs. It's been the easiest way to lose weight I've ever tried in my life...and I've tried everything. The price seems high, but I can guarantee you won't crave expensive junk food and you'll save on your grocery bill. Good luck!
    nogullie 28 Replies
    • November 22, 2007
    • 08:56 AM
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  • Oh, forgot to mention that the chocolate protein bars only have 150 calories. I eat one for breakfast and lunch with string cheese and nuts in between, then a sensible dinner like Amy's organics or south beach. This diet works!
    nogullie 28 Replies
    • November 22, 2007
    • 08:57 AM
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  • Hi,I had my thyroid checked - normal - all of the other tests - normal.Would you wind posting the results, with ranges?MANY are told that their thyroid results are "normal", when in fact the doctors are using obsolete normal ranges. If your TSH is around 3 or more, bring it up again./Tranquillity (going to register now ;))
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 22, 2007
    • 10:23 AM
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  • I did Adkin's diet, lost weight and lowered my cholesterol 40 pts. Or, just cut out the white stuff from your diet. Rice, flour, milk and the big one, sugar. His early books were pretty rigid and protein heavy, but the newer ones seem more sensible. Because diabetics do so well on carbohydrate restricted diets, there is more acceptance in the medical community in regard to low-carb diets. By week three, you lose most of your taste for carbs. There is a show on FIT TV ( a cable channel in the U.S.) that is called Blaine's low-carb kitchen, or something like that. He's a chef who got a little heavy (+300 lbs) and decided to make low-carb his life style. He probably has a web site on FIT TV. P.S. How many pounds is a stone? Fourteen-ish?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 22, 2007
    • 11:44 AM
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  • I did Adkin's diet, lost weight and lowered my cholesterol 40 pts. Or, just cut out the white stuff from your diet. Rice, flour, milk and the big one, sugar. His early books were pretty rigid and protein heavy, but the newer ones seem more sensible. Because diabetics do so well on carbohydrate restricted diets, there is more acceptance in the medical community in regard to low-carb diets. By week three, you lose most of your taste for carbs. There is a show on FIT TV ( a cable channel in the U.S.) that is called Blaine's low-carb kitchen, or something like that. He's a chef who got a little heavy (+300 lbs) and decided to make low-carb his life style. He probably has a web site on FIT TV. P.S. How many pounds is a stone? Fourteen-ish?I tried atkins about 6 years ago and got so sick from high cholesterol that my liver was failing and I was almost hospitalized. Glad to hear they are trying to change things because I don't recommend it to ANYONE!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 22, 2007
    • 06:34 PM
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  • http://www.drugs.com/pdr/ramipril.html http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/weight_gain/drug-interactions.htm What is causing your weight gain is the medication your on, and if you have been on them for ten years, wellTime to find a new doctor...Maybe new medication.With your exercise, heart rate of 120 to 130 beats per minute is the range to be in, The aerobic range. At this rate the body takes 60% of its fuel supply from body fat, over it the percent decreases as it needs a more refined fuel supply Also try 3 nights on 1 night off then 2 nights on 1 night off, then repeat.1 on, 1 off you body will get confused and can actually store body fatIts called "dieters nightmare"Take it easy for while let you ankles get better, sort out you meds then try the weight loss again, you may actually put on weight the first week, thats just your body going "Here we go again more exercise" and it will put on more weight, by week two the body will respond and start burning off those pounds.Most important set a goal, and go for it! Regards
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • November 23, 2007
    • 00:19 PM
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  • Hi, Thanlks for all the comments - Its good to know that theres support out there - especially when the doctor just thinks you are fat becasue you eat too much. Well went for the liver scan, and they did an abdominal scan as well. Liver scans fine - but they have found "large" gallstones. Being 35 this was a Shock...i thought gallstones were due to eating too much high fat foods and only happened in older people. Anyway Que the normal web surfing for gallstones, and one of the casues is not eating enough. Admitidly for the past 10 or so years only been eating one meal a day.(untill recently that is!) They all say that this is probably whats caused mine. Is this correct? I know that wont cause the weight gain - but at least it explains the pain that i have beeg getting in that region, all the classic symptoms of a gallbladder attack. My Thyroid Tests came back as TSH Level 1.350Free t4 15.1
    AlexHaden 6 Replies
    • November 24, 2007
    • 10:38 AM
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  • Hi, Thanlks for all the comments - Its good to know that theres support out there - especially when the doctor just thinks you are fat becasue you eat too much. Well went for the liver scan, and they did an abdominal scan as well. Liver scans fine - but they have found "large" gallstones. Being 35 this was a Shock...i thought gallstones were due to eating too much high fat foods and only happened in older people. Anyway Que the normal web surfing for gallstones, and one of the casues is not eating enough. Admitidly for the past 10 or so years only been eating one meal a day.(untill recently that is!) They all say that this is probably whats caused mine. Is this correct? I know that wont cause the weight gain - but at least it explains the pain that i have beeg getting in that region, all the classic symptoms of a gallbladder attack. My Thyroid Tests came back as TSH Level 1.350Free t4 15.1
    AlexHaden 6 Replies
    • November 24, 2007
    • 10:40 AM
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  • Hi Everyone - Anybody had a chance to have a look and see if theres anything that the docc's are missing. Another symptopm thats starting to flare up is achy joints - predominatley my feet/ankles.....OR am i just weird?
    AlexHaden 6 Replies
    • December 3, 2007
    • 07:47 PM
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  • Again, It's your meds, A side effect of the Thiazide diuretic Bendrofluazide is Gout.http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/30002874/
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • December 8, 2007
    • 11:53 AM
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  • I know some people who were on Medi-Fast when it was just liquids...they lost a ton, and gained gallstones! My sister had a bad reaction to Adkin's, while my other sister did quite well. Go figure. I read in Time that "apple" shaped women (those with thick waists) do better on Adkin's, while "pears" (those with big rear-ends and thighs) do better on low-calorie diets. This also correlates to me and my sisters. Reactive arthritis could be causing your joint achiness especially if your gallbladder is infected, as it is infection-started.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • December 8, 2007
    • 00:34 PM
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  • Have your doctors taken a closer look at your hypothalamus?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2007
    • 01:39 AM
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  • Do you think you could be pre diabetic? Try googling insuline resistance to see if that could be you. I have the same symptoms as you with the aching feet in the morning and whenever I get up after sitting down for a while. I have joint pain and the lower back pain you describe too, but then again I have loads of symtpoms. I have what they think is colitis or chrons disease, hypothyroidism (your tests were perfect tho) and I also have the high blood pressure, but I think that it is related to the IR or pre diabetes that I have. Kiera
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  • Recent research shows that individuals who have difficulty loosing weight have often antibodies against a common cold virus called AD-36. It can be checked with a blood test. They think that this can explain some of the obesity epidemic in the world. They are currently working on a vaccine. So there is hope for the future.
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • AlexWas wondering if you ever found out what was wrong and were able to lose the weight. I am having the same problem, doctors have run every test they can, and i eat about 900 cal a day, and exercise, I gain weight in my sleep....
    Cinbadd65 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi there,Just wanted to check (a few years later, just read it now) whether you resolved your dilemma? I'd be interested in knowing what the answer was.Please update us! Thanks
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