You don't give any info about your age, current weight/body comp and goals. It's hard to advise or reassure when we have so little info.
I didn't see rapid or dramatic weight loss from switching to primal either, but I am very happy with this WOL just the same.
I have been on armour thyroid for years, as well as a couple different antidepressants.
Before discovering Primal Blueprint, I used two rounds of HCG injections to lose about 35 pounds in the fall 2009/spring 2010, and then after my final round of phase 3 (stabilizing) I moved to Primal for maintenance and healing, and hoping to lose the last 20 pounds more gently.
Over the last 14 months I've experimented somewhat with various primal tweaks, including IF and VLCarb (<50g)., but I haven't done anything real hard core for any length of time, because I'm busy enough with my real life (and managing family life for six people) to obsess over the intricacies of serious deprivation like Whole 30, Leptin Reset or what not. I discovered that IFing on VLCarb was NOT a good thing for me -- I began to wear down and there was no weight loss despite very strict adherence on my part. I also discovered that 1-2x LHT and 1 Sprint workout in a week was plenty of exercise on top of my moderately active homemaker/hobby farmer lifestyle. I spent some time healing my adrenals with various supplements, and once that system was back online, my thyroid seemed to kick into gear. I felt more energetic, regrew some scalp hair at my widow's peak I had forgotten I'd lost, and gradually lost ten pounds without doing anything extra beyond 90% avoidance of grains and sugar.
At this point in my journey, I feel like my metabolism is greatly improved to the point that I can loosen up and add in more carbs regularly than I did at first (it's red potato season - YUM), as well as have the occasional social "freebie meals" without retaining much water or gaining weight. When I have a day or two of indulgence in wheat and/or sugar, I might go up a pound or two, but I find that the next day or two after returning to Primal my appetite drops off to almost nothing, and my weight returns to baseline. My weight is solidly in the 158-160 range without any rules other than a daily avoidance of grains and sugar. It's a nice place to be.
This spring I weaned myself off of one of my antidepressants, and am considering consulting with my doc on getting off the other. I also want to get my thyroid levels tested and try weaning off the Armour as well. After that is accomplished and I'm mood and metabolism stable, I may take another stab at working to lose the last 15 or so pounds.
SAD causes damage to the metabolism that takes time to heal. I am absolutely convinced that getting off grains and sugar has allowed my metabolism to heal, and I don't think that process is complete yet. This is a LIFE change, and it doesn't really matter how long it takes to lose the last bit, or if it ever happens, because I FEEL so much better.
Short answer, be patient with the process. Perhaps you need to look into your adrenal health and do some supplementing there. Try loosening up your carb allowance and see how your body reacts. Change up your exercise and see what affect that has. This way of life needs to be individually tailored and you can only do that by taking the time to experiment on yourself to find what works best.
Last edited by bokbadok; 08-04-2011 at 03:59 PM.
42 yo female; 5'8"
Oct 2009: 205 lbs
Dec 2010: 167 lbs
Current weight: 158 lbs (first time under 160 in 17 years!!!)
Goal weight: 145 lbs