But What if I Can’t Lose Weight?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
We are excited to hear stories about people who choose to make positive lifestyle changes like Birdie Varnedore and lose significant amounts of weight. When we read about people who have accomplished wonderful results for their days, weeks and months of dedication and commitment, we are encouraged to continue in our own quest to reach new health and fitness goals.

However, for every wonderful success story like Birdie’s, there are several other people out there that have been equally dedicated and committed to their health that didn’t see the same results. They kept careful track of how many calories they consumed on a daily basis, exercised faithfully and sacrificed a great deal. Unfortunately, instead of seeing the scale move 100 pounds in 10 months, they only saw their scale move a couple of pounds. Some of them heard family members, friends or even their doctor tell them they must be doing something wrong or “cheating” with what they were eating or how much they were exercising. If this sounds like an experience you have had in your healthy living journey, this blog is for you!

As a Clinical Dietitian earlier in my nutrition career, I worked with patients who were fortunate enough to receive a solid organ transplant of a liver, kidney and/or pancreas due to end-stage organ disease. I say fortunate because many die each year waiting for this limited life-saving resource. While each of the paths that led these patients to their transplant was very different, the road they followed after their transplant was very similar. Immunosuppressive medications, outpatient clinic visits, rejection episodes and various secondary medical issues would be hills and valleys they would all encounter as they traveled the post transplant highway of living.

I LOVED my job for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons was that I followed the patients as outpatients after caring for them in the hospital. There was consistency in the nutritional care, intervention and education they received. I worked closely with the medical specialists, surgeons, nurse specialists and pharmacists and the nutritional care of each patient was an integral part of the multi-disciplinary care they received in the hospital and after they went home. This is not always the case when patients move from hospital care to outpatient care and I believe it has changed over the years as things in the hospital setting have changed. However, at that time, it was the most ideal of situations to help provide the best and most cost effective care to these very special patients.

Although nutrition was an integral focus of after care, and I had the benefit of seeing each of the patients regularly for the first year after their operations, there are some realities that just can’t be changed even with the most ideal of circumstances. Regardless of how well I educated, how carefully I monitored or how compliant my patients were, the one consistent thing I witnessed in my patients over the five years I worked with them was their battle with their weight after transplant. Prednisone and other immunosuppressive medications caused even those that had never had a weight problem before to deal with a rapid and often uncontrollable episode of weight gain in the first few months post transplant. Add to that, additional medications that became necessary after rejection episodes or to combat other newly developed health complications as well as other issues that limited their ability to exercise consistently and you have a constant and ongoing weight battle.

Many patients who previously in their life had been able to cut back on treats and increase their activity for a few weeks to drop a few extra pounds now found even following a strict calorie controlled diet and balancing their intake closely with their activity did little to slow the rate of weight gain or to bring about the loss of the 20 plus pounds they gained after transplant. Patient frustration and tears would meet me when I entered their room in the hospital after a re-admission or as they came to my office at the clinic. My love of nutrition education and working to help people find what might work for them came from working with these dear people and their families.

Little did I know back then that a few years later I would join these people in their weight control frustrations. While I didn’t have a transplant, I did have a portion of my thyroid removed back in the spring of 2002, which changed many things for me. I learned, as many of my patients did, that eating at the right level, and exercising intensely and faithfully doesn’t always allow you to return to your “normal” weight. The weight you were before your medical condition changed.

I have been active since about the age of 10, when I started playing softball. I was a three-sport participant throughout junior high and high school and attended college on a volleyball scholarship, which allowed me to remain very active well into my 20s. Throughout my 20s, I maintained a pretty set weight and was always able to lose the vacation or holiday pounds by watching my intake and increasing my activity for a few weeks. I had healthy pregnancies and returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within six months after delivery of both children. Of course I wasn’t happy or content with my body at the time like many women, but I was healthy and able to maintain my weight fairly easily.

Last week I was talking with a long time friend who also has thyroid disease. While she has not had any of her gland removed, she does have hypothyroidism and taking Synthroid for more than five years and battling with the ever creeping weight gain. She is in her mid 40s just like me and was sharing her frustration at not being able to lose weight when she works so hard. My friend shared that she has been running three miles a day five to six days a week in addition to yard work and other family related activities. Additionally, she has been doing concentrated strength training three days a week. After six weeks of focused exercise and controlling her calorie intake, she has lost only one pound. She told me with definite conviction that “everything they say about balancing intake with exercise is just not true, at least not for me.” Our children are the same age and she has always been active, lost all her baby weight after children and able to maintain her weight. We have worked out at the same gym since having our first children and meeting a few years later.

My friend and I are not alone. There are many others like us out there that are working really hard, watching what they eat, exercising faithfully and seeing little results on the scale.

So now what? Check out the Weight Busters: Finding Strategies to keep Moving When the Scale Will Not article to find out what next steps you can take. We will look at positive ways to move forward regardless of our life stage.

Many people feel they are the only ones doing what they should with diet and exercise but are seeing very small results. If you are one of us, it would be encouraging for you to post and let us know you are in our “club”. What shall we call our club?

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This was a good article for me to read. There are times that I feel hopeless. I've struggled with my weight for years. I'm also on thyroid meds and my doc tells me to keep my calories at 1,000. That's starvation! All of last year I ate between 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, worked out 30 to 60 mins. twice a day and lost a whopping 17 pounds!!!!! I know that the road ahead of me is long, but I'm ready to do this. Having read all of the comments, I don't feel so alone on this journey! Report
NDREA22
I thank you guys for pouring out. It is really encouraging to me as well as many others I believe. Report
What about not losing weight but feeling the different fit of your clothes? Body fat percentage differences? I know we judge ourselves far too harshly by the numbers we see on the torture device known as the scale! Report
NIGHTSTAR777
I read stories about success, and then another post: I am back! I lost and moved on but now I am back. 95% SP who lost gain weight back, only 5% keep it. I do not want to work very hard for nothing.
Diet just does not work by definition. It was told that it is not diet, it is lifestyle. What is this lifestyle about? To wright before bite? Sorry, really is it possible? To drink a lot of water and be marry with toilet bowl because of urination? To make yourself very busy to put away hunger? I do not want this lifestyle. I wish to be free.
My weight is 242 lbs. I was told by doc to take WLS. Was it good idea? Not at all. Really people who took WLS have pounds back, health problems more then they had before, and for what? How doctor who must know that could suggest this surgery to me?
I think weight is social issue.
It is too much attention to pounds. Even 130 Lbs is too much. Woman try very hard to get into 115. Funny what would be after? To get to 100 Lbs, and so on?Well, with age she will get more and more. And with every one try she will get more.
When I come to med office doctor always tell me I have lose. It is easy to him to put me in depression: I am not healthy because I am fatty. Not at all: I do have these extra pounds because I am not healthy. Really what is "right weight about?" What If I do have very heavy bonces?
In bus young skeleton try to put me away from seat. Why? Because she does not have hit back. She never will do it with fatty aggressive man, but with me it is just her fun. We have a lot of abuse and discrimination. Why? Because weight, in public opinion, is result of overeating. It is not.
I do not care about my weight, I really care about my health.
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PLATEAU1
I had a slow heart rate due to hypothyroidism and at age 50 I lost 70 pounds. Now I am 52 have gained 20 back ...had a pacemaker put in and now have a great heartrate and can't lose .......I stay so upset it's hard to take a breath....my life is hell........20 pounds has ruined my life but I will never give up Report
Hi, I have exactly the same problem. I was always slim and active throughout my teens. Then, in my 20's, my thyroid decided to just die. To this day, the doctors don't really know why. It just happened. So slowly, weight krept on although I was still eating healthy and always active. For years, the doctors just brushed all this off by accusing me of being just bone idle and lazy and greedy. I should eat less and excercise more, that was the advice. So the weight went up and up. Whzen I finally git diagnosed, the new doctor told me straight away, that even with thyroid hormone, it would be almost impossible to loose the weight again. He was realistic and knew a lot about it and assured me that if I eat like a waif and exercise to death, it would have little or no results. He was right and I have been struggling to at least keep my weight ever since. So now instead of beating myself up, I have accepted, that some things in life I just can't change. when I diet and nothing happens, I am grateful that at least I didn't put any weight on. And a couple of weeks of diet always seems to at least drop me back to my current weight level. So at least things won't get any worse. And I know within myself that I am rather fit despite what the outside looks like. I can still run and exercise without problems. That's the main thing. And I am daily grateful that my health problem is so little in comparison to many many poor people out there with things much worse than a dodgy thyroid Report
thank you so much for this article! this is so reassuring for me. i have been faithfully following the sparkdiet (with a few slip ups along the way, but nothing too major) since may, and i have only lost around 5 lbs. i work very hard at my diet and at the gym, and its frustrating when i don't see the numbers i want. of course, i love that i'm healthier and stronger, but somedays that isn't always enough for me. i look forward to continuing reading articles related to this and am glad to know i am not alone! Report
MICHELLEA2
Am now seeing a homeopathic doctor who is giving much hope...I am also on Synthroid...having gained 50 pounds in the last 20 years....I will keep you posted on my progress...have been following a restricted food intake for 6 weeks and have lost 12 pounds...Take care to explore other alternatives....obviously our current medical system and its doctors are not the best for all of us! Report
I am not overweight by BMI standards, but I am close to it. In the last year and a half have really been trying to develop a healthier lyfestyle by eating right and exercising regularly. I definitely eat well these days, and exercise at least 4 days a week. Unfortunately I too have come to a plcae of frustration. Last year after I first joined SparkPeople, I was able to lose about 15 pounds when I changed my eating habits and started exercising. In February of this year however, I made one of my healthiest choices yet by quitting smoking. Sadly, I gained almost all the weight I had lost. I have been able to maintain my weight with diet and exercise, but I have so far been unable to lose anything. My doctor says that I am doing well, and if not for the healthy eating and exercise I would have probably gained even more weight. I'm frustrated, but I have goals. I plan to meet those goals regardless of whether the weight goes or stays, because I know I am healthier today. I have more endurance, my resting heartrate is more than 20 beats lower than it used to be, I am definitely more muscular and toned, and I am finally treating my body with the respect that it deserves! I am definitely in the "club", and can always use motivation to keep me going. Good luck to the rest of you. Report
Hi Ladies,
Same boat! Although I've had issue with my knee and foot when I was good, I too saw very slight results. This really got me upset so I did as we all have done....added more to the daily routine only to see the same small result. Logged every thing I put in my mouth, measured all my food did my water intake and still........ ZERO! I'm 45 no health issues, had blood work and full exam in April...what gives. I am so uncomfortable in my skin. I was getting toned, but little weight loss. So gald we are getting a group like this together. For someone who is always positive, happy and optomistic, my lack of being able to shed the weight is having some sort of impact. Report
I am so glad I checked out this posting! Where did you get that picture of me at the beginning of the post? Just kidding. Yep, you are describing me strugging for the past year and a half. I started SP Nov 2007 and I've only lost 13 lbs. So frustrating and demeaning especially when your partner has lost over 30 lbs doing less exercise activity than what I have been doing.
However, in all fairness, I do have health issues (Lupus and thyroid) that require medications. Reading this article has validated that the meds do indeed affect losing weight and others also experience it is a very slow process. Because it's been taking so long, I had given up on most exercising and considering withdrawing from SP. Now I've changed my mind since I see hope. Thanks so much. Report
Yes! I totally identify with this blog! Sometimes I have the impression that there is something wrong with me, because other people who weighed the same as me hav been able to lose so much in such a short time and without all the efforts I am putting in and I am so slow.... It's frustrating! Report
I also seem to do everything humanly possible to lose the weight and it just don't move. I even gain instead of losing. I just don't understand it. I have heard and read some articles lately where doctors were saying if you are eating healthy and exercising and you are basically healthy then don't worry about the weight. To me that is not very encouraging is it? Report
I do not have a thyroid condition, what I have been diagnosed with is Hypertension at the early age of 33. Because of my early age the physicians are reluctant to control my hypertension with medication. This has been happening for almost a year. On top of that I tore my right post tibial tendon which caused me to be unactive for about seven months adding on the weight.
So I eat right, I exercise, but I am not loosing the weight. Oh did I also mention that I am pre-menapausal? On top of all of this I am so frustrated about the lack of progress that I just want to break down and cry sometimes. So how do I join your club again? Report
SCULPTOR3
I don't usually participate in commentaries like this, but having read the above, I have a few things to say. I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease about 10 years ago. Ultimately, my thyroid was destroyed by taking radioactive iodine (I-131), so I no longer have a gland. I've been on Synthroid since then. When we were trying to get my dosage right, I just didn't have my normal energy when the dosage was set based on the blood work results. So a "normal" TSH by the textbooks isn't "normal" for my body. I was fortunate to have a physician who decided to treat me "symptomatically" (that's what he called it). In other words, we kept increasing my Synthroid dosage until I felt like I had my normal/pre-Grave's energy level back. This approach made a huge difference. I mention this because, although I've gained weight over the years, I can attribute every ounce of it to poor food choices and inactivity. Now that I've been working out 6 days a week (cardio and weights), I'm losing weight. But more importantly, I'm losing inches and am starting to discard clothes that are too big to wear anymore. I actually pay very little attention to pounds, but a lot of attention to the fit of my clothes, my sense of how big my body feels and, to a lesser extent, my body fat percentage. I realize that I don't have any of the serious health challenges that many people have written about in their commentaries and I'm grateful for my good health. I'm telling you my experience because some of the respondents may need to talk with their physicians about adjusting their Synthroid even though the lab numbers say they're in the "normal" range. It's worth a conversation. I wish everyone success in their quest for health. Report
I see why my weight loss is so slow. My thyroid condition and my heart condition are basically shaking hands with the weight and hanging on to it. I have already realized that weight is less important, a balanced diet and proper exercise are the key to living and feeling well. Forget the scale, but I still weigh on occasion just to make sure I am not gaining but maintaining. Report
I'm a member. I was excercising two hours everyday. Eating only soy protein and fresh vegetables. I lost 10lbs by the end of the year and I was sooo disappointed and depressed. Three years later I was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) when my estrogen bottomed out. Report
The only thing I have found that works for me is rigid diet for about three weeks then eat what I want (in moderation, of course) for a week, then back on the more rigid schedule. It keeps my body confused and I am dropping about 2-3 pounds a month. At first I was upset that it is coming off so slowly, but then I remembered I am on immunosuppresents, steroids, and a myriad of other drugs. Exercise is spotty because of the rheumatoid arthritis, but it is in there. Since the doc diagnosed me as Hypothyroid and I started taking synthetic thyroid hormone, the weight has come off a little faster, but not by much. I have lost 14 pounds this year so far. That's pitiful some say, but it's 14 pounds that won't come back and the year's not over yet. I will never be (and don't want to be) skinny...but when I go below 200 pounds for the first time in over 30 years, I'm going to celebrate!! Only 28 more pounds to go. It might not be this year, but it WILL happen! Report
I feel similar fruhstration that most people have said. I watch what I eat and exercise and the scale barely moves. I am often afraid to weigh myself because I don't want the disappointment of working so hard to not see the number go down. Report
Hallelujah! I'm not the only one out there working out like a fiend and cutting back calories and not losing a thing!! I was diagnosed last fall with hypothyroidism and am on the lowest dose of Synthroid. I have only lost 8 pounds in one year and I do cardio 4-5 times a week and strength training the other days. With the occasional bad food choice, I generally stick to my calorie range. It's frustrating....so frustrating....to step on that scale weekly and see no change! It's nice to see that others are in the same boat as I am. Thanks Spark People.
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Thank you, thank you for posting this. I was diagnosed with low thyroid this Spring and lost 3 pounds only to regain it during a cold in one week. I've barely been able to maintain in the two weeks since. It's been very disheartening to see all the progress other Sparkers post. Your story was exactly what I needed to see to keep me from leaving this SP system today for an extended leave. Report
JOANNA681
This is great to read! I really think people are obsessed with weight and don't focus on how they LOOK! I have always been active but a year ago started running several times a week. I was at what I consider my goal weight back in March and then I went up a few pounds for no clear reason. I think I look better than I did and have added strength training and am mixing things up. I am trying to focus on how I look but I still go back to that scale! I would love to join the group as well. Report
Thanks for the post. I exercised 6 hours today and don't really expect that to make a huge difference on the scale. (Don't worry, not at the gym -- it was walk/jog, horse training, and yoga, scattered through the day.) We're all heros, and TV may not be our BFF!

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BKSTARR
I am glad I read this. Earlier this year I was told I had a thyroid problem but it was not severe enough for medication YET. Now I really dont look foward to any future problems with my thyroid disease. I also have been working out since January and eating healthy since Oct 08 only to see the scale drop 5 pounds by may and stay there. I finally gave in and a few days ago July 27th I started my first diet ever. South Beach Diet phase one. I figured if I lose the weight of 8-13 pds in the 2 weeks recommended then I can try to maintain that weight. Since Monday I started at 150 even and have lost 1pd daily so my scale numbers are finally changing. I am kinda scared because losing more than 2 pds a week is bad, but at the same time Happy because the numbers are finally going down after being stuck for 3 months. Anywayz Thanks Report
SPARKLETTES
So glad I opened this up this morning. I needed it. Thanks for your comments, Madeofcooper, and the rest of ya'll. I know that for me each day is a struggle, and (apparently) we all face those struggles. I am depressed at the moment because I was up a pound this morning after being oh-so-good yesterday. I keep saying to myself "Just Don't Give Up", so I won't.....even though I just want to go to bed and pull the covers up over my head for the rest of the day. I guess I'll go to the gym instead. It may not make the scale move, but it always gives my endorphins a jump start, and my head gets adjusted a bit. I'm taking MJFMJF's advice, and doing more weight training to try to give my metabolism a nudge. So, Ms. Madeofcooper, I, too, will keep on pushing, pushing, pushing forward. Hey, girl, you too, ok??? Report
Thank you so much for this article. I also have hypothyroidism. I feel the pain of many of you that have commented on here as I have the same problem losing weight. It sure can get frustrating some days, though. Sometimes I feel like saying what's the use and give up on trying to even have a healthy lifestyle. I know deep down though that I need to keep trying so I can be healthy for my husband, children, grandchildren and my three (so-far) great-grandchildren. I guess we all just have to keep eating healthy, exercise, and know that we are doing the best we can with what we have. Report
I can really relate! When I got very ill and was also diagnosed with Diabetes in January, I changed my lifestyle dramatically. Immediately I lost a good amount of weight. In March, I gained 5 pounds, even though I was working harder than ever to lose. I switched medications and my weight began to drop again. Now I'm stuck again, not losing but a pound this last month. I've increased my exercise and played with my diet after my doctor said I should shake things up. I'm so frustrated because my blood sugar's great, I've built great muscles and I know my body's changing, but I can't lose weight! And when someone suggests that maybe I'm not working hard enough, I want to scream (or cry, depending on the day). It's good to know I'm not crazy or alone with this issue. Report
MADEOFCOOPER
Mmm... You don't have the slightest idea of how badly does this article and all of your comments make me want to keep pushing. It's often so hard to keep trying to loose weight having tried everything before... just knowing that I have to kill myself to get the slightest results is soooo frustrating. Try adding the fact that I have 2 gorgeous sisters with perfect model type bodies, and that no matter what they eat they will simply stay perfectly thin and fit. But I always try to keep in mind they're not me and I am not a freak, I was built special, and if I was born with this condition it's because I must have been the only one in this family that was capable of bearing this burden. We are never born with more problems than the abilities to face them...
Love you all, you're my inspiration.
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Go off any hormonal contraceptives. NOTHING worked for me, no matter how little I ate, or how much I worked out until I went off the pill. Obviously weigh the risks...I'm in a LT relationship and for me it's worth it! I've lost 83lbs in the past 2.5 yrs! Back in Jan I temporarily went back on them and I gained 5lbs (prob water weight) lost it + more after I went off it again. Those drugs are evil if you ask me......never again! Report
SPIRITOFTHEDOVE - I have also had an apendectomy...have still lost 44 pounds in three months, never read that one before any idea where you saw it? Report
I have to be devils advocate I apologise!

I am a 31 year old mum of one eighteen month old. I have hypthyroidism, P.C.O.S, M.E and Hypermobility syndrome. To top this I also had my gall bladder removed when I was 23 which means my body processes fat in a very different manner. HOWEVER, I have managed to shift 44 pounds since April 29th 2009.

I know that every person is different but I am living proof that being afflicted with not one but two metabolic illnesses does not have to mean you cannot loose weight. I work very, very hard at my exercise and stick ridgidly to a 12-1500 calorie range. Yes I know this is not the 'recommended' in take according to Spark nutrition but these rates are set for a 'healthy' adult.

When your thyroid packs in it's the last stage of the illness, generally it's been on the blink or fluctuating for some time before you actually get diagnosed. The result of this...well your bodies basal metabolic rate is reset. Reset to one very much lower than it was originally!! The only way to fix this is to force it up again and the only way to do this is to exercise VERY hard. I log at least 60 minutes of cardio 6 days a week.

Yes, sometimes it sucks that I have to work harder than most to loose weight, but the majority of the time I see it as giving me an advantage. Lets face it, after all, more cardio can only make your heart and lungs stronger, energy levels better, mood swings less volatile..the list goes on.

If any of you ladies and gents are interested you can take a look at my Sparkpage where you should be able to see my nutrition tracker and fitness log and anything else you'd like to know, hey my life is an open book LOL! Also, I have my own team for ladies who suffer from Hypothyroidism with P.C.O.S if there's any others out there burdened with this double entendre then please hop aboard, there are quite a few other inspiration ladies on the boards in that team too. Report
It's great to know I'm not alone. I finally set New Year's Resolutions and 1 was to lose 25 pounds. Thinking it was enough of a challenge and yet not to difficult to achieve it sounded good. Boy was I wrong. After 6 months of watching what I ate, working out, drinking water --I felt horrible. I never had energy, I was tired all the time, I had a 4 pound cycle that brought me to tears at one point. I'd lose the same 4 pounds over and over and over.

I had to see my doctor to get some perscriptions renewed and had fasting blood work done like I do twice a year. I saw my results and seemed ok with me. I went and saw him and he gave me "the look"--you know the one--it's the one that says you really need to lose weight.

I finally told him..I have been working out 5 days a week and, taking a multi-vitamin, getting my calcium in me (ok still working on that one) and eating my fruits and veggies and watching what I eat and I feel like crap (can you say that on here--it's the best descriptor I have). I'm tired all the time, I could sleep 10 hours get up work 2 and then count the hours before I could go home to bed.

Turns our I have Hypothyroidism on top of that I have Sleep Apnea. Today I'm feeling much better. The scale is NOT my friend but my baggier clothes are. I'm more flexible, I have more strength and I feel so much better after a good run.

Eventually so many inches are going to fall of the weight WILL have to come it won't have a choice. I know my family looks at me and judges me, but I know what I'm doing and that's all that matters.

Thanks for the article!!! Report
SPIRITOFTHEDOVE
I have trouble losing weight. My mom and I can be on the same weight loss plan with me doing the cooking and she would lose 4lbs to my 1lb a week. You know this is very discouraging. Both of us are on high blood pressure meds. I did have an appendectomy and I remember reading somewhere that this surgery could be the reason some people have a difficult time with weight loss. Is there any credence to this theory? Report
BRUE1952
I found out I have hypothyroidism. My mother has it and so does my youngest daughter. It is hereitary. I di dnot find out till I was almost 48 years old and have battled to lose weight every day. I try to eat healthy and avoid fattening foods but when I just eat like the rest of my family I gain weight. It is nice to know I am not alone in the battle. Report
MIKEVEH
This is a great example of how small accomplishments can keep you motivated. It's not really how much weight you gain or lose (to some extent) but the overall wellness you achieve. Small goals, "baby steps", can lead to small successes and keep you motivated. Report
My name is Maria I has been making a diet for almost a one year goning to the gym Im start with spark people Im change my routines in the gym my foods style (sorry about my english grammar) Im sometimes Im gaing pounds without any reason Im doing agreat efforts, my Dr. check my tiroids and evevrything is ok with them Im really frustrated Report
Wow! This is exactly me! I take thyroid medicine as well. I go to the Gym every morning M-F for 45 minutes and then work out a 2nd time after work. I have tried increasing, decreasing calories to no avail. I have tracked food and exercised and its been 8 months consistently! (9 in August) Every day is a challenge for me now. I ask myself why I work so hard for nothing? It frustrates me and makes me so angry I try even harder and then beat myself up again. I change my workouts every couple of weeks and do all kinds of research and try absolutely everything. I personally am not a quitter and refuse to give up so when I saw this article I was like (sigh) at least another glimmer of hope. Report
I have fortunately not had this problem yet but I am in my twenties and have never been able to maintain a healthy weight, I look at food and gain this is something to keep in mind. Report
This is just what I needed to read this morning. I've been fighting to lose weight for awhile now. Been to the MD who couldn't diagnose anything. I've been watching what I eat, exercising regularly, etc. What a positive article. Report
I, also, have hypothyroidism. I've often thought that this condition makes me more resistant to losing weight. My doctors says it doesn't have that much influence. Keeps encouraging me to eat less and exercise more.

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A very interesting article.
My 32 yr old daughter and I have both been on a loose weight keep fit regime for nearly 12 months now. Mum at 62 has lost weight, whereas my daughter is having a lot of trouble and she does more fitness than me.
She had a blood test for her thyroid function this week, so we will see what evolves.
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ELKATT
Wow, I'm so glad that I am not alone. I have been experiencing this for years. It is so reassuring to know that others also go through this. I have known that science has failed to discover vital missing links to a small percentage of weight loss attempts. The formula of what goes in minus energy expenditure does not always equal weight loss. Not for me, and know I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. I certainly want to join this group. I'm new and not sure how to join groups, but I'll try right now to figure it out. Thanks so much for this chance to relate to others with this difficult problem. Report
SPARKLETTES
Sending a shout-out to WJFWJF for her remarks today at 3:01:49PM. I went to the thyroid.about.com site and learned that I am probably eating way too few calories; I took the test and should get over 2000, which SHOCKED me. It makes sense to brake them into many small, equally spaced meals of 250 to 300 cals each day (for me...everyone will be different). The site also brakes down how the calories should consist; protien, fat and LOW GLYCEMIC carbs. I think we are on to something, WJFWJF!!! Thanks. I have to find out what good, balanced meals will be for me. I am in an area where we do not have an endrocinologist. I think having the glucose tolerence test would be wise for me, and maybe for others with similar problems. Does anyone know of a good site for low glycemic carbs that I can use?? I really have to re-write my meal planning. No, we are NOT alone. And, I will say it again and again.....JUST DON'T GIVE UP! No matter what this club of ours ends up being named, I believe our mantra should be "Just Don't Give Up". We are worth it... It may be hard, but we are not alone, and we must continue forward, even in spite of struggles and stumbles. We just pick ourselves up, brush off and keep pushing forward, forward, forward. Report
I have been eating within my 1200-1500 calorie range, cardio everyday, strength training every other day, and have gained 7 lbs. over the last 10 months. I know I am healthier, I know I am more muscular, and I know I am making very healthy and natural food choices. The last two weeks, I've upped my intensity with intervals, more resistance strenghth training, and both in combo every day, and I gained 1 inch and 1 pound. I wonder if I am eating enough to keep up with the higher intensity exercise and I'm storing? Yet, I feel stronger and have decent energy.
I'd lost 62 lbs. up to this point doing less work, that is why I increased my intensity. I also started have to take "the pill" 11 months ago due to endometriosis and cystic ovaries, but my doctor says the small hormone fluctuation shouldn't cause weight gain if I'm "really doing" what I say I'm doing. I am not lying to myself or to him, I was done with that 62 pounds ago!
Regardless of the scale or the tape measure, I WILL make healthy, balanced food choices and exercise choices! I will have a healthy lifestyle, and great blood test numbers. Scales and BMI are not the best indicators of health. Now, if I can get the life insurance company to agree with me! Report
JANAHB
I was just crying about this to my husband last night. I've always been able to buckle down for a few weeks and lose winter weight, but NOT SO this year. I was also recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was so excited that taking the prescription to balance that out would be the answer to my non-weight loss. NOT SO! It's so frustrating. I'm willing to work hard, but if I don't feel confident in a program or diet, I'm not motivated to follow through with it, so I feel so hopeless, and fat, these days! Report
KIN59VARA
Wow Just what I needed to read!!! I feel that I am really concentrating on being healthy and I am healthy but the scale sure doesn't show it. THANKS Report
CHRISSYVA
Wow! This could have been written by me... same story, same results. I keep plugging away and know I am healthy. BUT, people see the weight and I see their reaction and IT HURTS! I just finished my first triathlon at age 43! (Back in college I actually did a marathon.) I was so proud of myself and tooting my own horn a little (very) bit to a coworker, we're both off for summer break. She gave me the up and down look to see if I'd lost any weight - thanks for the support, not. I did the triathlon for me not for weight loss, I've kinda given up on the whole scale issue, Lord knows I try and beyond that I'm trying to be done obsessing over a number or size. Everyone who works out with me (my training program), always loses some weight, I'm always happy for them. One day when the famine hits, this body that is sooo good at storing food is going to get me through. I guess that's something! Report
JOANNEHOLLAN
I hear you all! Good to know I am not alone - lets all keep trying! Even if the weight is not coming off the way we hope, we are all still "ahead of the game" by trying to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. Report
I am not in this "club" but I think the name of it should be something motivational, maybe "less is more?" Because even though you may not be losing a lot or at all your still healthier and happier when you eat a well balanced diet and exercise. Report
KAREN214
I feel your pain! I eat fairly healthy and execise regularly. Lately I have been trying to change around my exercising with more interval training and exercising in the PM too. I have also changed my diet to include more fruit and protien shakes instead of cake and cookies as treats. I have actually gained a few punds but I do feel great. I wear a size 8-10 but am about 10-15 ounds over weight with a BMI of 25-26. I refuss to give up and will continue many do to that I do feel better with exercise and diet. I may never wear a bikni but I do feel healthy. Report