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#1 beachbirdie

 
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:26 PM

I've been gluten free since May, with one stumble in August.

I've been pretty much primal for about 3 weeks now. I've been cutting calories, increasing exercise, and cannot lose an ounce! I piled on 15 pounds in three months while gluten loading for a blood test last winter/spring.

Three weeks ago I weighed in at 180 pounds, this morning I am still 180 pounds! I am 5' 6.5" tall.

I checked with online diet calculators and I'm averaging about 1200 calories a day.

I do not snack. I don't even use dressing on my salad! It is getting quite depressing.

Ugh. Thanks for listening. I just want to cry!
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:43 PM

I've been gluten free since May, with one stumble in August.

I've been pretty much primal for about 3 weeks now. I've been cutting calories, increasing exercise, and cannot lose an ounce! I piled on 15 pounds in three months while gluten loading for a blood test last winter/spring.

Three weeks ago I weighed in at 180 pounds, this morning I am still 180 pounds! I am 5' 6.5" tall.

I checked with online diet calculators and I'm averaging about 1200 calories a day.

I do not snack. I don't even use dressing on my salad! It is getting quite depressing.

Ugh. Thanks for listening. I just want to cry!

I'm in the same boat! Gained close to 10 lbs in the last 6 weeks. Also on the primal diet, averaging 1200 calories of pure goodness a day.
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:14 PM

Ah, but the good thing is you are maintianing instead of gaining, that is a step right there.

Don't worry, it'll come off slowly.

I was at 180ish at 5'4'' at one point in time as well (before i had to go gluten free), i lost 40lbs in little over a month (NOT the way to do it) due to the vomiting and "D" I went through.

Now a days, i am just under 140 (YAY). It has taken a while to loose the lbs (i need to loose another 10 or so for my knees).
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:16 PM

Thyroid? It can make you sit on weight when you're doing everything right. Tsh isn't enough testing to see if its off.

And it took me at least a month of working out before I saw weight change. Then it would stagnate, then drop suddenly. Then i got that stomach bug and dropped 4-5 lbs. I've dropped another 1-2? My trainer said I maintained the weight loss because of the muscle I'd built.

We think I had muscle wasting, so as fat dropped muscle increased and weight seems to stay rather steady. My clothes are getting looser and I look very different.

It's a long road on this. I'm still afraid to start supplaments again. I think one of them bloats me up. Will be thrilling to figure out which one.
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#5 beachbirdie

 
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:22 AM

I'm in the same boat! Gained close to 10 lbs in the last 6 weeks. Also on the primal diet, averaging 1200 calories of pure goodness a day.


Pure Goodness! Cute! Yes, I really AM enjoying the primal eating. Just wish is worked for me like it worked for my daughter. The good thing is I feel better. Clearer mind, aches and pains diminished. I guess that's a good thing!
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#6 beachbirdie

 
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:27 AM

Ah, but the good thing is you are maintianing instead of gaining, that is a step right there.

Don't worry, it'll come off slowly.

I was at 180ish at 5'4'' at one point in time as well (before i had to go gluten free), i lost 40lbs in little over a month (NOT the way to do it) due to the vomiting and "D" I went through.

Now a days, i am just under 140 (YAY). It has taken a while to loose the lbs (i need to loose another 10 or so for my knees).


Thanks for the encouragement! It is so hard to be patient, but I really do FEEL better, and that counts for a lot. I'm hanging on to that while I wait for the pounds to budge!


Thyroid? It can make you sit on weight when you're doing everything right. Tsh isn't enough testing to see if its off.

And it took me at least a month of working out before I saw weight change. Then it would stagnate, then drop suddenly. Then i got that stomach bug and dropped 4-5 lbs. I've dropped another 1-2? My trainer said I maintained the weight loss because of the muscle I'd built.

We think I had muscle wasting, so as fat dropped muscle increased and weight seems to stay rather steady. My clothes are getting looser and I look very different.

It's a long road on this. I'm still afraid to start supplaments again. I think one of them bloats me up. Will be thrilling to figure out which one.



Not thyroid. That was one of the first things I thought of. Just had my tests done last week and they came in about as good as I've ever been. TSH is a little higher than I like at .5, but FT3/FT4 are smack in mid-range. Could be estrogen. I know I'm deficient in that. Wish I had time for a comprehensive visit to my doc, too busy trying to move my mom 600 miles {sigh}.

Nothing like a good stomach bug to take it off, eh? :wacko: Actually, it's amazing that those stayed off! I usually put them right back on!

Sounds like you are doing pretty well though, if you've stopped the muscle wasting!
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:52 AM

It does take time. I lost about 30 pounds during my first year gluten-free - most of that was not in the first six months. Your body is recovering from not absorbing nutrients. Once you body is able to absorb nutrients for some time it will regulate and pounds will come of &/or you will shape will change and you will feel lighter/clothes will fit looser.

One other thing that is counter-intuitive is you should be getting a higher amount of good fat while healing, not less. I'd suggest bumping your caloric intake up to 1500 per day by adding sources of good fat - avocado, nuts, coconut oil, etc. I was amazed at the difference in my energy level and results from exercise when I increased the good fat calories.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:17 PM

I have always concentrated on healthy eating and not weight. But I know that weight is one way of gaging progress on the battle. I have used it for that. Yeah, concentrating on what else is progressing could be a good thing. Prayers for you BeachBirdie!
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:19 PM

Do they run reverse t3 on you?

I had mine run, after reading about t3 resistance. Mine is high, ratio is high. I fit a lot of the symptoms, especially the difficulty losing weight.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:43 PM

You might try adding snacks back in to your diet, and eating smaller meals. Some people get a metabolism boost from eating smaller meals more frequently.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:06 PM

My mother was down to about 800 calories a day, eating pretty much just chicken and salad, and was still gaining weight. I yelled at her and told her to eat butter, olive oil, red meat, whole plain yoghurt. Fruit! It worked. I'm guessing primal includes some healthy fatty meat? Have you been eating much of that?
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:30 AM

Do they run reverse t3 on you?

I had mine run, after reading about t3 resistance. Mine is high, ratio is high. I fit a lot of the symptoms, especially the difficulty losing weight.


Actually, yes. My doc did a RT3 a while back, and though my ratio wasn't high enough for my doc to want to do anything about it, it was higher than the RT3 lady (whose name I can't think of) who runs an RT3 group recommends. I can't remember the numbers, but it WAS high enough to be problematic!

Have you done anything to work on that? Did you ever try the T3-only protocol? I'm wanting to do it, but need to uncomplicate some other stuff in my life first!
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:34 AM

My mother was down to about 800 calories a day, eating pretty much just chicken and salad, and was still gaining weight. I yelled at her and told her to eat butter, olive oil, red meat, whole plain yoghurt. Fruit! It worked. I'm guessing primal includes some healthy fatty meat? Have you been eating much of that?



Yes, fatty meat is important! I do eat it. And wonderful, yummy coconut oil. And that heavenly fruit, avocados! My daughter keeps reminding me that if we cut our calories TOO severely, we actually send our body into starvation mode and the low calories hurt more than help!

Thank heaven you understood all that and were able to help your mom! I'm glad she was able to have some success!

I'm just going to hang in and know I'm doing the right thing. I remind myself that healing takes time. Months and years. I feel so much better, so it takes a lot of the discouragement away!
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:38 AM

I have always concentrated on healthy eating and not weight. But I know that weight is one way of gaging progress on the battle. I have used it for that. Yeah, concentrating on what else is progressing could be a good thing. Prayers for you BeachBirdie!



Thank you! I agree, health is more important than "weight". Hard to remember that some times but I will work on reminding myself.


You might try adding snacks back in to your diet, and eating smaller meals. Some people get a metabolism boost from eating smaller meals more frequently.


Great idea, my primal-guide daughter agrees with your suggestion. Will try!
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:43 AM

Ah, but the good thing is you are maintianing instead of gaining, that is a step right there.

Don't worry, it'll come off slowly.

I was at 180ish at 5'4'' at one point in time as well (before i had to go gluten free), i lost 40lbs in little over a month (NOT the way to do it) due to the vomiting and "D" I went through.

Now a days, i am just under 140 (YAY). It has taken a while to loose the lbs (i need to loose another 10 or so for my knees).


Thanks for the encouragement! I will hang on to it in my mental "book"! Thanks so much for sharing your story, it really helps to hear.


It does take time. I lost about 30 pounds during my first year gluten-free - most of that was not in the first six months. Your body is recovering from not absorbing nutrients. Once you body is able to absorb nutrients for some time it will regulate and pounds will come of &/or you will shape will change and you will feel lighter/clothes will fit looser.

One other thing that is counter-intuitive is you should be getting a higher amount of good fat while healing, not less. I'd suggest bumping your caloric intake up to 1500 per day by adding sources of good fat - avocado, nuts, coconut oil, etc. I was amazed at the difference in my energy level and results from exercise when I increased the good fat calories.


Thanks so much. I am working on the additions. Logically I know they will help.

Actually, you mention healing from not absorbing nutrients. I just had an interesting conversation with my doctor's office. I had my Vitamin D done a couple of weeks ago, it was very low and doc had me on 10,000 units of D3, then down to 5,000 units, and I was struggling to get the D level into normal range.

That was a year ago. I have not taken a D supplement since March of this year and was nervous about what the test would show. My level was HIGHER than last year after the first round of supplements! That tells me that going gluten-free in May HAS changed my body! I must have had damaged intestines even without the severe symptoms. I'm pumped by that result!

Good things are happening even if they are not outwardly obvious!

Thanks againd!
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2009 - Significant Vit D Deficiency
2011 - Diverticulitis again
2011 - HLA-DQ2.2
2012 - TtG IgG positive... I am now, finally, Gluten Free - 5/16/2012




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