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  • #16
    Originally posted by Lauri View Post
    On the plus side - I have no pre-meal jitters, no blood sugar crashes. And I have been able to downsize my entire wardrobe by one to two sizes.

    On the negative - my cholesterol is high, my blood pressure is high, my blood sugar is still at the high end of normal and in 18 months, I've lost maybe 20 pounds, which my doctor says is mostly water-weight and that a 10lb or so weight loss is nothing.
    OK... I just want to give you my two cents on these points.

    1 - When it comes to predicting heart disease, cholesterol is meaningless for a woman. Completely meaningless. Please tell me you're not on statins. Also, are they tracking your cholesterol patterns? If they're not this is garbage, forget about it.

    2 - Blood pressure... it might just be normal. My mom actually has LOW blood pressure, it's genetic on her side of the family and no one has ever told her it's bad.

    3 - I would just give the blood sugar time. And 20 lbs is not water weight. 10 lbs COULD be water weight, but not twenty. And you've downsized your wardrobe by 2 sizes? That's a massive achievement!

    I would stop stressing about it and just enjoy primal living. The only supplements I would consider are vitamin D and magnesium. I'm taking that now and it's really helping me sleep. XD
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Lauri View Post
      I discovered the primal way about 18 months ago. Having met success on a low carb diet in the past, being allergic to soy (eggs and tree nuts), I knew I could do this. And I do. Not 60%, not 80%, but 95% - 99% (I eat cheese on occasion, as well as have a nightly glass of red).

      But I am not seeing the results. Worse, my doctor isn't seeing *any* results and today she suggested I join Weight Watchers. I didn't have any health issues prior to primal that I was aware of. About 6 months in, I had lost no weight, but was shrinking (doctor: "unless the scale moves, it's not real weight loss"). I agreed to have my cholesterol and blood sugar checked. Both were in the high end of normal and they have stayed there while my blood pressure keeps rising and my body keeps shrinking, but the scale doesn't really change.

      My doctor is only numbers driven and really, seeing them does depress me. My husband and best friend continue their "healthy whole grains" diet and enjoy good health while I eat more protein, fats and vegetables than they do and watch my health numbers rise. I paid out-of-pocket and saw a primal doctor in my area, but all she wanted to do was put me on estrogen and sell me her supplements, so I didn't go back. And my insurance requires my PCP to authorize specialist visits so I had to go back today for a referral and a mental beating.

      On the plus side - I have no pre-meal jitters, no blood sugar crashes. And I have been able to downsize my entire wardrobe by one to two sizes.

      On the negative - my cholesterol is high, my blood pressure is high, my blood sugar is still at the high end of normal and in 18 months, I've lost maybe 20 pounds, which my doctor says is mostly water-weight and that a 10lb or so weight loss is nothing.

      I'm 50, not a gym rat and have no desire to join a gym, especially not crossfit. I have an exercise bike and ride twice a day for 30 - 60 minutes, but apparently, even that isn't enough to make the numbers better. Not sure what else to do.
      Its possible you've put on muscle, while losing fat thus your weight hasn't shifted. Really you should look at calipers so you can more track your fat loss, you should be more concerned about that than your body weight. Weight loss is mostly calories, so create a calorie deficit. Additionally just because its primal, doesn't make it healthy.

      Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health and 30-60 minutes on a bike, is no quantification of its worth. Try some more intense exercise or walk outside more regularly.

      Total cholesterol levels are meaningless, you should be more concerned about the ratio of HDL to LDL.
      Its also possible that you have fucked your body from old dietary habits and now all you can do is manage the symptoms best you can, where as your friends body is still intact. Its also possible you have genetic susceptibility to these diseases.
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      • #18
        Rather than 30-60 minute sessions on the bike instead get a tabata timer and set it to have you sprint on the bike for about 22 seconds and rest for 1.5 - 2 minutes in between for 8 reps. The total time for this will be a little over 15 minutes. Work up to doing this 2x a week. You'll sprint all out for 22 seconds, then pedal slowly for the rest period. The days you aren't doing the sprints, walk or ride the bike moderately. Have bananas or potatoes or something on the day you do the sprints. Also consider switching to a lower fat, higher protein version of your diet, at least on the days you do the sprints. On the days you aren't sprinting, consider one of them being a day of fasting.
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        • #19
          This is for your (maybe idiot) doctor for thinking that dropping a size or two while not losing weight is "nothing." I screen captured the website for you as well.

          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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          • #20
            About 6 months in, I had lost no weight, but was shrinking (doctor: "unless the scale moves, it's not real weight loss").
            I know I gave advice to measure and track. But your doctor is both an asshole and an idiot and a big reason women spend their lives on diets.

            I weighed myself this morning and am up 8 lbs since this spring. I felt defeated, as I have been eating a lot lately and pulled out my "fat dress" that fit just fine this spring, only to find that it was now way too big to even consider wearing. I realized that the tag on that dress was a size 14. The tag on the dress I ended up wearing today was an 8. Now I've been fairly dedicated to building muscle since spring. But so help me if some asshole MD told me "it only counts if the number goes down" I'd go find a fairly heavy barbell and heave it at her god damn scale.

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            • #21
              I agree with the others above who said that you should switch doctors. Your doctor has some kind of tunnel vision and appears to be incapable of rational thought.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                I know I gave advice to measure and track. But your doctor is both an asshole and an idiot and a big reason women spend their lives on diets.

                But so help me if some asshole MD told me "it only counts if the number goes down" I'd go find a fairly heavy barbell and heave it at her god damn scale.
                +1

                OP, not sure you ever even said what your height and weight are? Maybe you are right where you should be...
                Breathe. Move forward.

                I just eat what I want...

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                  ... so help me if some asshole MD told me "it only counts if the number goes down" I'd go find a fairly heavy barbell and heave it at her god damn scale.
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                  • #24
                    I have to agree with finding a new doctor. Just look for a new primary care physician in your insurance network. Many of them wll allow a free "interview" where you can ask them questions about their overall approach. If they don't have time for it, cross them off the list immediately. It should help.

                    Beyond this, it's a good idea for you to get educated about that bloodwork and how to read these things for yourself. The Weston A Price foundation has a lot of great information about cholesterol and such -- in fact, they encourage high cholesterol, and evidence is showing that it's healthy, particularly for older women, to have higher cholesterol. It's better for their hormonal balance. Not to say you want it to be dangerously high, but if there aren't any other symptoms, it might not be a darn thing to worry about.

                    In terms of the rest of it, your height-weight (starting and current) can be helpful for us to see where you are headed and what you are looking for -- but so far, your losing inches and weight as well is a demonstration that things are working.

                    And, from there, I would start counting calories -- just so that you can understand your ratios. You may not need to cut calories. You may need to add them. You might also need to cut them -- I don't know. But at the end of the day, knowing what you intake can be eye-opening.

                    Next, as they have said, exercise is beneficial. I recommend Primal BluePrint Fitness. It's actually not that difficult of a system and something you can do with no equipment (using a local play ground can help). You might also have to get "rogue monster bands" to help with the pull ups. We got numbers 3 and 4. Basically, it gives you a little lift until you can do chins on your own.

                    From there, doing sprints on your bike once a week, and then doing something that you enjoy (bike 30 minutes a day is great) is the right combination.

                    Cut the alcohol. Women metabolize is differently than men, and it mucks us up.

                    And finally: Get Enough Sleep!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post

                      I weighed myself this morning and am up 8 lbs since this spring. I felt defeated, as I have been eating a lot lately and pulled out my "fat dress" that fit just fine this spring, only to find that it was now way too big to even consider wearing. I realized that the tag on that dress was a size 14. The tag on the dress I ended up wearing today was an 8. Now I've been fairly dedicated to building muscle since spring.
                      Magnolia your dedication has paid off big time! Well done you
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