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    Maybe your in adrenal fatigue which I have been diagnosed with. It looks like your a coffee drinker and the adrenals are linked heavily to the thyroid gland. I would consider giving up the caffeine slowly.

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    I just finished reading at Ray Peat and all I can say is Good lord I am that person of whom he writes about. High dawn BS issues, waking with a pounding heart! abnormal temp and pulse. I haven't found the link for his suggested diet to treat it yetr but will keep looking and will follow all of the links you all have provided. Sounds like I have my work cut out for me and I will keep you all informed of my progress. Thank you so much for taking the time to supply the info and the links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopintos View Post
    I lost the majority of my weight pre-primal also. I was eating primal for the most part, except that I had added in whole grains and legumes, because I heard they were good for me. My carbs were about 150-225 per day. Fat was about 30%. Losing about 10lbs per month.... It didnt matter where my calories were, or where my carbs were. My protein was always pretty consistent. But my pattern definitely shows with each increase in fat, weight loss slowed until finally at about 75% fat, it actually was a weight gain and my fasting would take it back off. My calories were at a deficit. Very few 20%.....What finally gave me the courage to go back to what was working, when most everyone else was having great success with high fat/low carbs, was I re-read this page. I had read it before, but it did not sink in.
    Perfect Health Diet: Weight Loss Version | Perfect Health Diet

    And it may all just be a co-inky dink also. I have only recently converted back, so time will tell for sure, but so far, I have lost more weight since Oct 3 than I have in the last 3 months combined.
    Thanks gopintos for this link and sharing your journey. It gives me hope

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    +1 on Ray Peat. I'm always a little bit hesitant to recommend him, since what he writes about is somewhat controversial on this forum, but I've been using some of the info from Ray Peat's articles to improve my thyroid and hormones. Interesting thing about Ray Peat is that he's a doctor who has absolutely nothing for sale - no supplement, no books, nothing. I don't agree with everything he recommends, but he really thinks outside the box, and I think he's written some brilliant stuff.
    I am intrigued and almost positive that this is my issue (darnit)

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    From my personal experience and what I've read, that range is solidly in the Hypothyroid range. Between Ray Peat, The Perfect Health Diet, and Chris Kresser, you should have an arsenal for dealing with it!
    Yes I think this may be the issue for sure!

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwigal View Post
    Maybe your in adrenal fatigue which I have been diagnosed with. It looks like your a coffee drinker and the adrenals are linked heavily to the thyroid gland. I would consider giving up the caffeine slowly.
    I only drink 1 cup in the morning but just in case I will stop for a few weeks to see how it helps. Thanks!

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    i am going to opine that you are eating too little food for your body size shape and conditioning.

    I will alos opine that your inflammation is a huge mediator in your struggle

    I will them go further to opine that your intake ( the WHAT you are eating) is causing most of the issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quelsen View Post
    i am going to opine that you are eating too little food for your body size shape and conditioning.

    I will alos opine that your inflammation is a huge mediator in your struggle

    I will them go further to opine that your intake ( the WHAT you are eating) is causing most of the issues.
    What should I do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zena View Post
    Am I the only one??Has anyone else seen their weight go up or had this much diffulculty losing??

    I started following the PB in March of 2011 so I have had plenty of time to adapt. I had already lost 60 pounds using CW ways and was looking for a lifestyle that I could adopt long-term. In the last 19 months I have slowly but surely gained all of my weight back no matter what tweaks I have made. Now I can't seem to lose it no matter what I do!! I have tried the high fat, zero carbs as in I only ate meat, eggs, and coconut. I have tried middle range carbs and lowering fat. I have lowered proteins. I tried the leptin reset and all it did was give me gall bladder attacks severe enough I almost had to have it removed. I am now back to my obese weight, swollen legs, aches and pains have returned. I have no desire to ever eat grains or sugar again because they messed with my stomach. But seriously I need some help here.

    I do believe my thyroid could be damaged but I don't have access to medical treatment right now and yes I did try the iodine cure and it made my symptoms worse I don't know what else to do.

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    52 years old, 5'3, 219 pounds!!

    B: organic black coffee, usually fast but have free range chicken eggs when I do eat
    L: Organic salad greens with garden fresh veggies and 3-4 oz grass-fed protein
    D: 3-5 oz grass-fed or free range or wild protein, 2 different vegs usually one cooked and 1 raw
    Calories daily: 1100-1400

    I was using a lot of avocado and grassfed butter but quit when my dh pointed out how much worse my cellulite was getting on my legs!! Like really really bad, then I noticed for the first time in my life cellulite on my arms.

    I walk everyday, anywhere from 5-10 miles throughout the day. I do trail sprints once per week and lift heavy 2-3 days per week. I supplement mag, D3, C, selenium. I have managed to get my BS down from the 150's to the 90's so that is a huge improvement. I don't snack ever, I don't cheat EVER. I a totally committed to this WOE and spend extra money to get the best food available. I eat smallish to average meals and I am active everyday. If I at least felt great and wasn't plagued by so much pain it might make this easier.

    People who know me think I am crazy for sticking to this when I am not reaping visible results and how can I argue? I am open to any and all ideas and suggestions.
    if you are eating fewer than 1500 calories per day and weigh that much over your ideal weight, you need to see a specialist to rule out other issues.

    I am sorry. So frustrating!

    I have gained weight, but it it because I eat too much and I've been cheating.

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    Here is a link to a forum dedicated to a ray peat style of eating...Ray Peat Eating Guidelines : Semi Low-Carb Plans Forum : Active Low-Carber Forums Also, his diet isn't necessarily for immediate weight loss, but for healing the body, so its not going to be a quick fix in most situations...I hope it helps though!!

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    I gained weight like crazy when I first started paleo/primal. But it eventually dropped off after my body began to get used to this way of eating and became adapted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zena View Post
    There's no way to know without testing right? I don't have insurance and there is no doctor where I live willing to see me without it ..
    There's usually a doctor somewhere who will take cash or Medicaid. If you can't afford to pay, and don't have Medicaid, there still may be other options. I don't know where you live but most areas have county and/or state government subsidized health clinics for low income residents that charge only nominal fees or charge on a sliding scale depending on your income. It would definitely be worth seeing a doctor if you suspect thyroid. I have a thyroid issue myself and have spent years trying to find natural or dietary remedies, and talked with many others about their attempts to do the same. Unless your only reason for thyroid issues is iodine deficiency (and it sounds like yours is not) then, sorry to say, there is no "fixing" the thyroid. It's wise to avoid medications if natural remedies are available. But, as mentioned, there are some things which just can't be fixed that way, like it or not. Thyroids naturally slow down for everyone as we get older. Some people's thyroids just slow down faster than others. It will be worth it if you get proper thyroid replacement therapy. You will feel SO much better in many ways. Not just weight, but also mood problems, sleep disorders, dry skin, thinning hair, digestive issues, joint problems, and general aches and pains, can all be signs of thyroid problems and will resolve when the hormone levels are brought back to normal. If you don't want synthetic drugs see if you can find a doctor who will prescribe you dessicated thyroid, which is natural hormone.

    Besides the basal temp test here's another "test" you can do for thyroid issues. Look in the mirror and examine your eyebrows. People with thyroid issues typically have the outer 1/3 to 1/2 of their eyebrows thinning or gone.
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    No one has suggested iodine deficiency??

    There are a lot of iodine threads on here, you might want to look into it.

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