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Weight Issue & Thyroid?

Some background information – I am a Male, 35, 5’10” or so, and as of this morning, 188.3 Pounds. I have struggled with weight my entire life and have shown, twice, that I can lose a LOT of weight (once in the early 1990’s, the more recent one, from about 2001 to 2005). I have noticed that I need to be more careful then the average person to keep my weight in check. I am not one of those people who can even come remotely close to eating what they want, or take a day off from the Gym, without having a regression when it comes to the scale. It is the way I was born, and the way it will always be – I have relegated myself to this. But, over the past year or so, I have found it to be excruciatingly difficult to show success on the scale, and I pay attention the whole week, eating perfectly, and exercising – I follow normal eating guidelines and certainly do NOT undereat. I vary and measure what I eat. I stay away from refined white carbs and saturated fats. I am aware of fat and calorie intake. I am very precise in how, what, and when I eat.
I follow the trend of my weight and have noticed I struggle to even lose 1-2 pounds a MONTH. I want to be 172-177 pounds which I feel is about where I should be.
I exercise 6 times a week – I do not overdo it. I run on the elliptical for 45 minutes a day at about a 180 strides per minute pace. Specifically over the past 5 weeks, I have lost 6 pounds….At one point, when I was NOT paying attention, I gained 20 pounds over about a 5-6 month period, but it was not like I went off course…I did not measure Every Single Thing, and I was not Perfect Every Single Day, but by no means did my intake justify going 20 pounds off course.
My point is I have gained weight, but I show I can lose it, however even when losing I tend to have a three pound loss one week followed by a gain the next, and I will get into patterns where over a 2-3 months period I will NET a 2-3 pound total loss over that entire two to three month measurement period. Someone said “THYROID” – I say, based on what I have said here, that someone with a Thyroid Problem would have MUCH more of an issue then me…LIke it would be impossible to lose weight (even if only 1-2 pounds over 1-2 months).
Am I right to say that even though I might have an issue with weight and I try SO HARD to lose it, that while it does NOT come off like I would like it, if I DID have a throid problem it would be a LOT WORSE then the situation I have put out?
I have looked into the other signifiers of a Thyroid Problem, and while I am interested in them, I just want commentary on the Weight Issue as it relates to Thyroids.
Thank You


  1. Determine your daily calorie intake . Losing weight is simply a matter of expending more calories than you take in, through exercise and your daily activities. To win the battle, it helps to know how many calories you are consuming in a day.
    Write down all the things you eat on a typical day. Carry a small notebook with you and write down every snack, every drink, and the contents of every meal. There are also great websites that you can use to keep track of calories, get recipes, and help achieve your goal. Don’t forget to include the pats of butter or the spoonful of sugar in your coffee. It’s best to do this for at least a couple weekdays and a weekend; it’s even better if you can go a full week. There are also calorie tracking websites that can help you to do this, for example the US government website, My Pyramid Tracker.
    Do an itemized calorie count. When possible, write down the number of calories in each thing you eat as you eat it. Keep in mind that the recommended serving size is often considerably smaller than the serving you actually eat. Look up the calorie count on the internet for foods that don’t have calories listed on the container or for fast food meals. You don’t have to be 100% accurate, but you do want a good estimate of the number of calories you’re taking in. There is an idea that multiplying your own weight by ten will produce a rough estimate of the number of calories you need to eat per day to maintain your weight. This is NOT true, you may wind up grossly under (or perhaps over) estimating the number of calories you should be eating. Use a scientific or health website to determine the number of calories you should eat a day or consult your doctor. Everyone has different metabolisms and there is no blanket rule that covers everyone’s recommended calorie intake. Reducing 500 calories per day from the calories you eat to maintain your weight can help you lose a pound of fat per week.[2]
    Go over the list and decide which foods to cut out or reduce. Cutting calories is usually a lot easier than you might think. For example, that daily tall latte in the morning may pack 500 calories. Since a pound of flab (lost or gained) is roughly equivalent to 3,500 calories, replacing that rich beverage with black coffee can help you lose a pound a week. Other easy cuts include salad dressing (salad dressing is the number one source of fat in the average American woman’s diet) soda pop, candy, and butter. Look at the nutritional information for the foods you eat, pay special attention to your intake of saturated fats and empty calories (high-sugar foods). You don’t need to cut these things out entirely, but if you reduce your intake of high-fat, high-calorie foods you’ll lose weight faster.
    Seek out alternatives to the unhealthy foods you’ve identified. You can simply reduce the amount of soda you drink or mayonnaise you put on your sandwiches, or you can substitute healthier choices. Drink water instead of soda, for example, or use mustard instead of mayo. Low-fat and low-calorie options are also available for most foods, and many of these are natural, (although some are made with strange chemicals), and tasty. Start trying to eat healthy in most meals:
    Choose lean meats. Chicken and fish are both very low in fat (and certain fish like salmon, sardines, and fresh tuna are an excellent source of antioxidants, which are also beneficial to your health), so aim to replace some or all of the beef or pork in your diet with these foods.
    Replace high-calorie side dishes with healthier alternatives. Many people get a ton of calories from side dishes such as macaroni and cheese, French fries, or potato salad. You can eat healthier and lose weight by replacing these with fresh vegetables and salads. Pre-made salads are practically effortless, and when accompanied by a reduced-calorie dressing or no dressing at all, they’re weight-loss gold.
    Start your days off right. A fattening breakfast of bacon and eggs or a pastry can be replaced with yogurt, oatmeal, high-fiber, low-sugar cereals; or fresh fruit for fruit smoothies. However, for those on a low carb diet bacon and eggs are a great combo for breakfast, since neither have carbs. But don’t fall into the trap of skipping breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast increases your rest metabolic rate earlier in the day, and reduces snacking before lunch.
    Plan your meals. Look for healthy, delicious meals online or in your cookbooks, and create a menu for the week. Make sure that your meal plan reduces your total calorie intake: you’re not going to lose weight if you consume the same amount of calories by eating different foods. Make a list of what you’ll need for these meals, and — except for a few snacks, of course — don’t stray from your list when you get to the market. Planning your meals helps ensure you get a balanced diet and reduces the temptation to stop off for fast food or order a pizza. Remember, it’s easier to stick to your shopping

  2. HI, I understand what your going through, I am 19 and have had an under active thyroid for nearly 2 years. I too struggle with losing weight and it is nearly impossible and also distressing for someone of my age as I went from eating whatever I want whenever I want and now cant even eat a salad without gaining weight it is ridiculous.
    Do you have a thyroid problem or if not have you been to your local GP for blood tests because a thyroid problem is quite a big deal as it comes with loads of other complications which people don’t realise. Have you been having any other symptoms such as
    Constantly Feeling Cold
    Dry Skin
    Loss of hair
    If I was you I would go check it out with your GP, even if its not a thyroid problem its worth a visit just to put your mind to rest

  3. Thyroid affects weight loss for me in a couple of ways: lack of energy (need more of sleep) and slower metabolism. Due to lack of energy I do not exercise. Recently I’ve switched to armour to see if it helps. I’m also being strict with my sleep routine to see if I can feel rested when I wake up. I think once I get the energy to work out that I’ll be able to loose weight. I’m hopeful and have lost weight in the past.


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