(Closed) Need advice! Thyroid and weight loss help!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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StuporDuck:  What do you think of your Polar heart rate monitor? Recommend?

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have subclinical hypothyroidism. Basically, a low (or high — I always mix hyper and hypo up) thyroid that is not low enough to be hypothyroidism hence the ‘subclinical’ term thrown in there.

My dr explained it like this (I’m paraphrasing): you get some of the shitty symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Fun!

It’s REALLY hard for me to lose weight…I have to do 5x the work and have 981324x the patience. I also put on weight really easily. For me, it’s been slow and steady wins the race. Unfortunately, there’s no ‘crazy weightloss tips’ out there. I do Weight Watchers, exercise regularly, put a concerted effort towards my diet and health every day, and I gradually lose the weight. I also plateau much easier so have to work harder to get past that. It can be done, but it requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and will power!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

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LilRhodyGem:  Absolutely! I’ve had mine for almost 2 years now. It has a chest strap for accurate reading, rather than the type where you have to stick your thumb on your watch. That type isn’t worth getting, in my opinion (had one; hated it). 

The Polar FT4 keeps data logs of your last 10 workouts, average heart rate, beeps to tell you when you’ve reached your ideal fat burning range, and will beep to tell you if you’ve crossed into too high a heart beat range (tells you when to slow down). It counts seconds too if you are wanting to time yourself sprinting or something of that nature. It’s good to have around so I’m not arbitrarily guessing what my workouts have done for me. The math works itself out, as I’ve consistently lost the weight I calculated on losing of calories in vs. calories burnt according to Polar. 

The only thing I’d say to do is look on Amazon vs. at your local sporting goods store. I got mine at Dick’s, and was angry to see it for substantially less on Amazon. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

Are you seeing a good naturopath? And perhaps also a dietician? 

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


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Benjeweler:  I didn’t know there were options other than hormones. What do you do to regulate your hormones then? I am honestly curious.

I have never had to loose weight as I was hyper before being hypo and extremely underwight. (I’ve gained 50lbs since fixing the hyper and am now probably at the upper end of an ideal.) So unfortunately I do not have any useful ideas on what helps me loose weight. Though, in the past, exercise is what helps me the most.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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Skittles131:  What’s your level? A lot of doctors use an out of date range. If you’re having symptoms you should get treatment. Read the stuff at thyroid.about.com… very helpful.

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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Benjeweler:  But it’s not a medication that you take. It is just the hormone to replace what you’re not making. It’s already sort of a natural thing. No side effects or anything.

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