Topic: Why did I lose weight then gain weight? Should I see a doctor?
December 9, 2019 / By Marcie Question:
I am currently concerned about the way my weight has been. A little less than two years ago I watched as my weight dropped from 150 to 130 so randomly. I stayed 130 for a while and suddenly watched how in the past year I boosted up to 165. I am now considered over weight for my height (5'8) when just before I was on the verge of being under weight. This has all been in the past two years. Is there any medical reason for this.
I am a 20 year old girl. I am vegetarian of 7 years. I quit drinking soda last summer. I ate fast food sooo much when I lost a lot of weight, and when I quit most fast food I gained a lot of weight.
Right now I am very concerned because I don't understand how my weight can fluctuate so fast. Is it possible my metabolism has just changed a lot since I was 18? Or could this be something else?
When I lost weight I had multiple blood tests done and they couldn't find anything specific, so maybe if I know what I'm looking for that would be great.
Kirsti | 9 days ago
Do you by any chance eat a lot of soy?
Regardless of your answer (but a "yes" makes it a lot more likely), you may have a thyroid problem.
"But they tested my thyroid and said that wasn't it!"
Yeah, they do that. 75% of people with a thyroid problem are undiagnosed, even after seeing a doctor. Some thyroid conditions will NEVER show up on blood tests because we have no test for it (like when your cells become resistant to the thyroid hormone - it shows up as enough hormone, but there's no way to know your cells aren't picking it up like they are supposed to).
Here are a few symptoms to look for:
Rapid weight loss/gain without changing diet or exercise habits
Eating more than usual and losing weight, or less than usual and gaining weight
Muscle/bone pain like the achy feeling of the flu
Lower than normal body temperature (there's a special way to check this; search online)
"Brain fog" where you can't think clearly or remember well
Depression/Anxiety or other mental issues
Feeling extremely energetic
Digestive issues caused by various foods or without obvious cause - diarrhea or constipation
Low blood pressure
Family history of thyroid issues, mental issues, heart issues
Mild anemia (against common belief, anemia does not automatically accompany vegetarianism)
There are mountains of information out there, but that gives you an idea. If you think it's likely, you need to educate yourself and then go see an endocrinologist. We are taught to trust our doctors, but in the real world, they cannot know all of the possible conditions you can have, and they are taught that if a test says "no," that's it, you must not have it. If a doctor will not order the tests you ask for and entertain your suggestions, shop around for a different doctor. It's your money and your health, so don't be afraid to be insistent.
DON'T just get your TSH checked. That's pretty much like X-raying your arm and deciding from that one X-ray that you have no broken bones in your entire body. It only detects one kind of issue, and there are many, many kinds and causes out there.
T3 FREE & T4 FREE (NOT just total T3 AND T4; get the FREE ones)
Morning temperature under arm before moving - use glass thermometer and let it set for 10 minutes
Get the results of your tests and check the numbers YOURSELF. Different labs use different criteria, and they have changed in the past 10 years. Go online and look at it yourself.
If it IS your thyroid, this will give you a place to start. There are literally books on the subject, since so many people have so much trouble getting diagnosed or treated correctly (if it DOES turn out to be your thyroid, don't hang up your "responsible patient" badge just yet. Do your own research about your medications and what works best for you. You may need one with more than the simple T4 synthroid has. If you don't start to feel good and normal, figure out why. Don't take "that's just how it is" for an answer).
Oh, and don't let them radiate your thyroid unless it is absolutely necessary. Do the research on it if they suggest it. A lot of people regret it.
DO see a medical nutritionist or naturopath who can help you get proper nutrition to support your thyroid. Sometimes lacking a vital nutrient (like Selenium) is the only reason you have an issue.
Coconut oil will help energy levels and helps replace MUCH of what's in meat that you don't eat now, magnesium will help muscle ache/tendonitis, DO NOT EAT SOY, and other supplements will help as well, so go see that nutrition specialist (NOT a dietitian, a MEDICAL nutritionist or a NATUROPATH).
Of course, this may not be it, but it sounds like a good possibility. Good luck figuring it out!
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Good it is determined by what variety of exercising you're doing! If you are doing cardio, which is jogging or making use of a stairmaster (anything its known as :p), you'll be able to be burning calories and drop some weight! Should you carry weights or do any form of strength coaching, you can building muscle. That's, when you continually do it. If you are strength coaching, you're nonetheless working off fats, simply after a whilst it's going to begin increasing your muscular tissues' strength and measurement, causing an expand in weight. So if you want to drop extra pounds, do about 30 minutes of cardio per day, and lightly force instruct to rid off excess fats without constructing muscle! Good success! :)
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Originally Answered: Will the doctor help me lose weight?
Doctors do not specialize in losing weight, they only have general information on weight loss. I suggest you see a 'Dietitian' since they specialize in weight loss and can write you up a weight loss eating plan customized to suit your lifestyle. However the first thing you need to do before embarking on your weight loss journey is to do a little background research on losing weight. This will give you an idea of what works and what doesn't. As they saying goes 'Knowledge is Power'.
1) The first thing you need to do is to write up a weight loss plan. This plan is crucial to your weight loss since it guides you to your weight loss goal. This plan has the potential power to motivate you through times of hardship, to destroy doubt and complacency. Things you'll need to put into your plan is 'how much weight you would like to lose, how long it would take to lose that weight, what foods to consume, which exercises to do and so on'. By listing down what needs to be done to lose weight you'll be one step closer to your goal.
2) Next you'll need to determine which foods you'll consume. By determining which foods to consume you'll avoid wasting time thinking about which foods you think are healthy and which foods you think are not healthy. Foods you should be consuming include brown rice, wholegrain bread, wholegrain pasta and rolled oats for energy, skinless chicken breast, salmon, turkey, lean beef, tuna, whole eggs, milk and cheese for protein and fruits and green leafy vegetables for vitamins and minerals. By consuming these foods you'll be accelerating your fat loss.
3) You'll also need to determine which exercises you'll need to do. To have a balanced workout one needs to incorporate both resistance and cardiovascular training to develop a slim and attractive physique. Many people who try to lose weight usually only do cardiovascular training. The problem with this is that it makes it difficult to lose those last few pounds of fat. If however you incorporate resistance training into your workout you'll have a much easier time losing fat.
Resistance exercises you should be doing include push ups, pull ups, chin ups, dips, body weight squats and if you have access to a gym; deadlifts, bench press and barbell squats. The best cardiovascular exercise you should be focusing on is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
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