(Closed) when to look into whether its medical…

posted 5 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I have a friend who also struggled to lose weight even with lots of diet changes and exercise, and it turns out she has Cushings and a couple other issues that were making it hard to drop the extra weight. Definitely think it is worth a trip to the doctor again.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If you’re as healthy as you say, I’d definitely talk to a doctor. Even if it’s not medical, it’s still better to be safe than sorry. Have you ever had our thyroid checked? Hypothyroidism can cause a sluggish metabolism, and is normally easily fixed with medication. You said you’ve been tested for gluten allergies, but did they test for anything else? I had an IMPOSSIBLE time losing weight until I cut out dairy completely, and later found out that I’m allergic to it. Sometimes our bodies just have a hard time telling us what they need. You definitely don’t sound very overweight, and if you’re in really good shape, a lot of that weight is most likely muscle. Either way, I wish you luck in figuring it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Edit: Ahahaha, apparently I can’t read at this hour. I just saw that you mentioned that your thyroid isn’t an issue. If that’s the case, then just know that you’re healthy as you are. Everyone’s different, and BMI is really the least accurate scale when it comes to overall health. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

How many times a day are you eating?

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

140 at 5’1″ doesn’t seem that overweight to me… maybe that’s just where your body is happiest? Especially if you’ve got a lot of muscle from working out, you may just be at a comfortable weight/size for your body and the lack of weight loss is indicative of your body being completely happy/healthy.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Out of curiousity, I took a look at the 5’1/140 lb. page on this site … these girls all look pretty healthy! It depends on how everyone carries their weight, of course, but I don’t think any of them looks overweight in the least.

http://www.cockeyed.com/photos/bodies/501-140.html

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Please don’t base your definition of healthy off of BMI alone. It’s not a good measure. For many, adn it sounds as if you are one of them, being in the healthy range of the BMI is nearly impossible and is putting you in a place where you LOOK unhealthy. I hit my BMI range once, and everyone was wondering what life threatening illness I had. I looked AWFUL. And that was the highest number in the “healthy” range for me.

As PP said, maybe this is where your body is happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you ever heard of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS? One of the symptoms is insulin resistance and an inability to lose weight (especially in the stomach area). I have no idea if you have any of the signs but I’ve heard of this being a reason that some very healthy people cannot shift their weight. Might be worth looking into.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycystic_ovary_syndrome

 

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

There could be many things going on. It’s possible that it’s medical- low thyroid or something like that- however I have hypothyroidism and I’m not overweight so it’s certainly not a cure-all. You could have PCOS or something else, so yes I would definitely go see a doctor and request blood work.

If it’s not medical, I would suggest seeing a nutrionist. It’s quite likely that you’re eating more than you think and/or your metabolism has gotten very slow. 1200 calories is very little and your body may just have adapted by slowing your metabolism down. For reference, I’m 5’4″ 105 pounds and I eat about 2200 calories/day and I weighed about 15 pounds more when I restricted to 1500 calories/day. Also, you may be able to maximize your workout routine to burn more calories so a few sessions with a personal trainer may be helpful as well. Just some ideas!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  I’m sure it’s frustrating!! I hope you can get some answers, or at least some information!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

well that stinks!

 

 

 

 i will just say, my normal weight is 140-150 also. the difference is, i am ‘fortunate’ enough to be 5’10”.so it makes me really wonder if maybe your body is just happy at 140-150! because it’s the same amount of weight, no matter how tall you are. true, it makes you ‘overweight’ and makes me ‘normal weight’ but i really wonder how much difference those extra inches REALLY make in terms of health. And a BMI of 26-28 (yours)  might not  really be  that bad for things like health and fertility anyway. the research keeps coming out with different conclusions! I think there was one big study recently that said that people who were overweight but not obese (as in BMI over 25 but under 30) actually had a DECREASED mortality rate as compared to ‘normal weight’ people.

 

 

 

anyway. sure, def. go get things checked (thyroid, fasting glucose, Hemoglobic A1C perhaps) but if it all comes back normal, i would think that a healthy woman with a BMI of 27 is probably not in such bad shape!

 

 

 

and your diet/workout routine sounds inspiring. . .wow!

 

ps. here is a link to a summary of the study i mentioned.http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130104/BMI-mortality-link-questioned.aspx

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

talk to a nutritionist get a blood panel run for food sensitivities. a friend found out there were a lot of random things that her body couldn’t process properly. when she cut those things out of her diet, she dropped 40 lbs almost overnight (like 2-3 months). She was still working out, eating the same number of calories, just not eating certain foods that she never would have realized she was having an adverse reaction to otherwise. She also did the whole can’t eat barely anything and then slowly add different items of food back into your diet thing along with the panel, since the tests arent definitive and are prone to some false positives. it was a process, but completely worth it for her. two years later, the weight hasn’t come back, and while she sometimes indulges in the food that’s “bad” for her, it’s a conscious choice now when she does and she limits those splurges.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First, I’d have the thyroid checked.

Second, some people are just genetically built that way. When I look at photos of my great grandmas and great aunts, they were all big women. The most interesting thing, though, is that your DNA plays a large part in your ability to lose weight. I had my DNA mapped through http://23andme.com, and it literally says on my report: “Tendency towards higher BMI. Decreasing calorie intake and increasing physical activity through walking is not associated with weight loss. A diet high in monounsaturated fat is not likely to have beneficial effects on BMI or waist circumference.” My fiance’s results say all the things you’d want to see, that exercising and eating well leads to weight loss, and he should have a typical BMI.

So if you can go to a doctor and see that your blood is looking good and your body is functioning well, that’s the true indictor of health, not your BMI.

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