Post # 16
MsPlucky : Thanks for your advice! The 139 I got was from the BMI calculator, which says that if I weigh 139 or less I’m medically considered underweight. I know eveyone is different, but I wanted to explain where I got that number from. Yes, I agree with you. I definetly don’t want to damage my body but I also do want to love my body, and at this point I do not. I think I’m going to work on increasing my muscle mass and gain weight that way. My arms could def use some toning, while my legs are solid muscle (I run a minimum of 6 miles a day). They say muscle weighs more than fat so hopefully I can get my weight up by increasing my muscle mass.
Post # 17
xjsbellamias13 : Thank you for your advice! Yes, I agree I can end up going down a dark and dangerous path, which I don’t want to do! I also think I suffer from a mild case of body dymorphia. People will tell me “oh you’re so thin. I wish I could look like you!” And I’m just like “huh, why?”. For the record I do not think I’m fat but I do think I would benefit from some toning which is why I increased my level of activity. I eat anywhere from 1200-1500 calories per day, so while I do limit myself I don’t think I’ve crossed into eating disorder territory.
Post # 18
sparklesbelle : Don’t people with tyroid issues tend to be overweight? One of my future sister’s in law is overweight/obese and she claims it’s because of her tyroid problems, so I always just assumed it was for people who were overweight.
Post # 19
bumblebug : Hmmm I wouldn’t say I exercise super hard. I usually run anywhere from 5-10 miles a day with my dog on the beach, but that’s about it in regards to exercise. Also, we rarely do 10. Mostly we do 6 or 7 miles. I think I’m going to start working on toning my upper body and since muscle weighs more than fat hopefully I can gain a little by adding more muscle to my arms.
Post # 20
mikaylaauel : Thyroid issues can go either way. Often people gain weight, but you can also have trouble putting it on and end up too thin as well.
Adding muscle weight while decreasing your body fat won’t help you normalize your period. Periods require body fat, not just weight. Also, I’m no specialist, but <1500 calories a day seems really low for a 6’1 adult. There’s a good chance your period has stopped because you aren’t getting the nutrition you need.
Post # 21
FWIW, the “tone” that you’re after would likely be achieved by increasing muscle mass, which is probably being decreased due to the major calorie deficit you have yourself on. With your height and running a minimum of 6 miles a day, I’m sure you could be eating MUCH more and still be at a deficit for weight loss. To build that muscle, though, you need to eat at a surplus.
Post # 22
I found the following on Wikipedia
“The threshold of developing amenorrhoea appears to be dependent on low energy availability rather than absolute weight because a critical minimum amount of stored, easily mobilized energy is necessary to maintain regular menstrual cycles.
So it looks like women can lose their periods if there is a large negative difference between the calories they burn versus eat, without being underweight. You may be losing too quickly for your body, regardless of you thinking it’s slow enough.
Post # 23
I would guess that all of these instances were due to stress and dietary/lifestyle changes, rather than the number on the scale.
Also, BMI is pretty arbitrary and not a great indicator. Someone who is 6’1 with a petite model frame is not the same as someone who is 6’1 with larger bones, wide hips, etc.
Post # 24
mikaylaauel : BMI is not a good indicator. In order for women to have proper hormonal function, they need to have at least 11% body fat, so although you may have a normal BMI, you might be more muscular than fat (muscle weighs more than fat) which means your body is not producing the right hormones because it doesn’t believe it can carry a pregnancy. Have you seen your doctor about this?
Post # 25
Honestly I think you are burning out, thats why your periods have pretty much stopped.
At 6’2, 155lbs, running 6-7 miles a day at consuming 1200 calories, thats practically starvation mode. It doesnt matter if your BMI is within healthy range.
To put into context, I am 5’6, and now 112lbs, run 4 miles everyday and consume 1800-2000 calories a day. My BMI is about underweight 18, and my periods are normal. Back when I was 150lbs, and the drop to 112lbs by calorie restriction made my periods stop for about a year.
So I think its not being “underweight” per se, but the lack of food in combination of massive amounts of exercise.
Post # 26
mikaylaauel : That’s all fine and well, but at the end of the day your body needs a certain percentage of fat in order to function properly. You can attain the tone you’re after while still maintaining the proper amount of healthy body fat that allows your body to function normally.
Having the proper ratio of fat to muscle allows your body to release the proper hormones in the proper amount at the proper times. Having a period isn’t as simple as “I bleed once a month.” It’s a very complex, intricate, and delicate process many women take for granted. It’s incredibly easy to throw off balance and to not fully understand. Any look at a TTC board will show you that it’s not as easy as “1,2,3.”
If nothing else, talk to a nutritionist, or someone like a personal trainer who understands the fundamentals of the human body. You could achieve the tone you want while still being 150+. It doesn’t necessarily come from simply “being skinny” and under a certain weight.
Even “skinny” people have target areas they’d like to tone or areas they feel need work. Don’t hyperfocus on the number, focus on the result. The people who are happiest with their bodies listen to what it is saying in order to achieve a certain goal (strength, look, tone) without ever stepping on a scale.
Post # 27
mikaylaauel : Thyroids can be ‘hyper or hypo’, over or underactive. Overactive could be weight loss (and other symptoms), underactive could be weight gain (and other symptoms). Or someone could experience no change in weight (like me) and have other symptoms, like periods being weird. Thyroids are tiny but do a lot!!! After learning more about them I’m surprised doctors don’t screen more regularly, they can be responsible for all kinds of seemingly unrelated healt issues.
Post # 28
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I have lost my period many times in my life. For me it happens when my eating disorder flares up and I don’t eat enough. So i would agree to get into the doctor and get checked to make sure it’s not a nutritional issue or something else 🙂
Post # 29
Sounds like you’re over training and under eating. Forget the BMI and weight.
Think of it like this, the purpose of your cycle is to allow you to grow a baby. No baby would tolerate 6 miles of running, more training on top of that and a decrease in calories.
I’m sure you enjoy running, but I would either limit the runs to 2 days a week and train on the other days, or only run and not train otherwise.
Also, you’re probably burning out your adrenals which will put your body in a constant state of fight or flight – again not conducive to pregnancy (or periods).
Take some magnesium baths at night, cut back on the training and eat some good starchy carbs like sweet potato, quinoa, etc. You’ll gain a couple of pounds from water weight, but when you get aunt flow back I would take a more chill approach to the whole thing in general. Limit exercise to 1.5 hours a day (however you want to do it), and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Focus less on calories and more on food quality. Protein is required for hormone synthesis, so make sure you have a good protein source with every meal. It is definitely possible that you threw off your thyroid gland from inadequate nutrition and hormone imbalance, but you should also be able to restore it without medications at this time.
Post # 30
Just for reference, there is a 6 lb difference in these 2 photos.
I’m 5’4 and the top one I weighed 117 and the bottom I weigh 123.
IMO the bottom looks so much better, you can’t see from the pics but I’ve built some guns and lats in the process, and I feel much more womanly and less like a skinny little girl.
So you can definitely change your body composition without restricting calories. I have never counted or tracked my food, but I can tell you I eat A LOT more food now.