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Possible Thyroid problem....Please help


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Excerpt: My girlfriend thinks she has a problem and I agree. For starters she runs between 30-40 miles per week and lifts weights 4 days per week for a minimum of one hour each day. She also pays great attention to what she eats. She has not been able to lose any weight no matter what diet or exercise routine she has tried. Are there any indications that a thyroid problem is the cause of her inability to lose weight. I would think she would be pretty lean but she is at a 1lbs per month weight gain

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    A typical day she will wake up at 4:30 am and eat a bowl of special K and eat a banana or some other fruit. Then she will go run usually 6-7.5 miles. She will eat a cereal bar after the run. She then showers and heads to work. She eats another snack 2 hours later, either another fruit or a cereal bar. She eats lunch at 11 oclock. It is almost always a Turkey sandwich with cheese and some baked chips. She gets off work at 2 and eats another snack, sometimes a package of nuts or something like that. She is at the gym by 2:15 and works out for one hour. She will usually have a small yogurt immediately after the gym. She eats dinner a few hours later...grilled chicken and green beans. A couple hours later she will have 5 or so graham crackers with peanut butter and then go to bed. She has tried several variations of this. She has had only 3 meals a day with no snacks. She has done the low/no carb diet and lost no weight. She has completely stopped running for 2 weeks with no real change in weight. She loves to run and is training for a marathon but she would like to have the benefit of weight loss that should accompany it. Any other thoughts on what she can do?

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    Quote Quote posted by joewee350
    My girlfriend thinks she has a problem and I agree. For starters she runs between 30-40 miles per week and lifts weights 4 days per week for a minimum of one hour each day. She also pays great attention to what she eats. She has not been able to lose any weight no matter what diet or exercise routine she has tried. Are there any indications that a thyroid problem is the cause of her inability to lose weight. I would think she would be pretty lean but she is at a 1lbs per month weight gain with little if any increase in strength. Please help.

    ...whoa. Before you do anything, diet changes etc, have her go to a doctor and run a full blood panel. And before you do that, maybe she should take a pregnancy test?

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    Pregnancy test...lol...yep we even tried that. She has her period every month but usually only lasts 2 days. Any idea on the costs of this thryroid panel? And another interesting note...she has a degree in community health and is a personal trainer.

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    Quote Quote posted by joewee350
    Pregnancy test...lol...yep we even tried that. She has her period every month but usually only lasts 2 days. Any idea on the costs of this thryroid panel? And another interesting note...she has a degree in community health and is a personal trainer.

    Seriously.....did you read any of my comments??


    the temp is a GREAT FREE place to start

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    My apologies. Yes I read your posts and I really appreciate your advice. She will begin taking her temp in the morning tomorrow. Convincing her to quit running is going to be tough. The diet isnt a problem. She will eat whatever it takes for the weight to come off. Thanks again.

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    It doens't need to be that she quits running, but that aspect of her life definitely makes the diet a little more important to be tweaked for what she is tryign to accomplish. I guess what is the goal-- if you are looking at the scale while she is doing an activity that is known to burn both fat & muscle - so both bodyfat % & weight arent' necessarily goign to show 'lost weight" results.

    I'd suggest revamping that diet - there is a lot of simple sugar & processed stuff in there. Not much protein either so that won't necessarily maintain muscle mass much less build it while the training activity can actually be catabolic.

    And i guess continue the thyroid thing as well. But look at other expected symptoms of thyroid - tired? hair falling out? etc?

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    All other suggestions aside....Sorry to her about her luck but honestly, she needs to tweak her diet
    Quote Quote posted by joewee350
    A typical day she will wake up at 4:30 am and eat a bowl of special K ok but could use Old Fashioned Oatmeal and eat a banana or some other fruit. Then she will go run usually 6-7.5 miles. She will eat a cereal bar WAY better choices out there, maybe a decent whey protein shake?? after the run. She then showers and heads to work. She eats another snack 2 hours later, either another fruit or a cereal barNothing wrong with a granny smith apple, but NO more bars . She eats lunch at 11 oclock. It is almost always a Turkey sandwich with cheese and some baked chips.Deli turkey = processed... sandwich = bread = what kind?? whole grain hopefully? Cheese ... may be ok depending on type ... baked chips = NO She gets off work at 2 and eats another snack, sometimes a package of nuts Walnuts or almonds, preferably unsalted, no more than 1-1.5 ounces She is at the gym by 2:15 and works out for one hour. She will usually have a small yogurt Nothing wrong with yogurt, what kind? Plain? low fat? watch the cals immediately after the gym. She eats dinner a few hours later...grilled chicken and green beans. A couple hours later she will have 5 or so graham crackers with peanut butter Eek, no carbs & fat at the same time (poor carb choices that is), protein & fate before bed, no graham crackersand then go to bed. She has tried several variations of this. She has had only 3 meals a day with no snacks. She has done the low/no carb diet and lost no weight. She has completely stopped running for 2 weeks with no real change in weight. She loves to run and is training for a marathon but she would like to have the benefit of weight loss that should accompany it. Any other thoughts on what she can do?
    IMO her diet is, well I've seen worse, but she can do WAY better. I wouldn't freak out and go runing to a doctor until she cleans up the diet for one, unless she really feels she is sick. SO many people want a reason for why they can't lose weight when simple diet changes make ALL the difference in the world. That goes for weight training as well. Women SHOULD train with weights.

    I would take into considertion all of the suggestions given to you.

    Diet needs ALOT of work. Seems like she runs alot, which is NOT BAD, but she is not giving her body the fuel it needs.

    She needs to lift some weights, that SHOULD be a part or here marathon training as well, not just running.

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    Quote Quote posted by The Shadow
    If she is that active - its possible she is stripping muscle AND gaining fat simultaneously.


    1 - get a blood panel

    2 - bump over to a high carb diet(60%) on 12x bodyweight in cals for a week.

    3 - while on the short diet - cut running out completely.

    4 - begin a morning temp log FIRST thing after waking up
    Shadow ... curious as to why #2.

    Please 'splain. High carb with better carb selections than she's been eating?

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    Also per my above post - the type of weight changes you are talking about are miniscule compared to a true "problem" - I know it is a relative thing, and when eating what is perceived as a "clean" or "good" diet (without really designing it specifically and intentionally for what the goal is), thyroid always seems to be a first place to place blame. Just to be realistic (also granted that thyroid issues are also a bit hard to really identify w/o actually getting the testing done) here is a list of the typical symptoms of hyper or hypo (full article: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_s...a/symptoms.htm) -

    Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (An underactive thyroid)

    fatigue, exhaustion
    feeling run down and sluggish
    depression
    difficulty concentrating, brain fog
    unexplained or excessive weight gain
    dry, coarse and/or itchy skin
    dry, coarse and/or thinning hair
    feeling cold, especially in the extremities
    constipation
    muscle cramps
    increased menstrual flow
    more frequent periods
    infertility/miscarriage

    Symptoms of Hyperthryodisim (An overactive thyroid)

    nervousness
    irritability
    increased perspiration
    thinning of your skin
    fine brittle hair
    muscular weakness especially involving the upper arms and thighs
    shaky hands
    panic disorder
    insomnia
    racing heart
    more frequent bowel movements
    weight loss despite a good appetite
    lighter flow, less frequent menstrual periods


    Like Bunny notes and all of us have experienced in one form or another - start w/ diet. And not just "I eat clean". Really dissect the diet and go from there.

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    Re: Possible Thyroid problem....Please help

    Quote Quote posted by nsashbl01
    HT had the same issue years ago. She was runnning 50 miles a week. Doing marathons, etc. But was skinny fat and gaining. She had 22% bf! She then slowly learned to eat clean and use good carbs. She slowly cut the cardio and weight trained more. I don't think she's been over 8-10% bf since. It took her a long time to learn, but she eventually figured it out. She also has a thyroid thats off the charts low. She just needed to gain muscle, eat, and stop all that crazy cardio.

    P.M. her, she can maybe help with her experience.....
    HT is who I though of as soon as I read his post.

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