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    Carb quandry - feeling discouraged and need advice.

    So I'm feeling pretty frustrated as of late. Several months ago at the beginning of the year when I was still eating SAD, I had gotten quite lean, like a size 4 and I was in great shape. I worked out a lot, and I also ate a lot, tons of processed carbs and I was nursing my twin girls still.

    I started Primal in April and initially lost like 6 lbs, but it was very difficult for me to stay on the diet because I had issues with binges. In the time since April, I stopped nursing and my thyroid whacked out for awhile, the binges almost stopped completely, but I have gained 20 lbs. I've been trying like hell over the last couple months to get the weight off, but it's not budging, in fact if anything I have gained. I tried going back to SAD for a month while doing Insanity workout program, but still didn't lose anything.

    Now I'm back to Primal, I feel better physically, have more energy, etc but the weight still hasn't budged. I really want to lean out, I'm not comfortable at this weight and none of my clothes are fitting me anymore and it's very frustrating. I'm still active, just started a new weight training program three days a week, with cardio mixed in on the off days.

    When I track calories, I'm probably eating around 2000/day, give or take a few hundred. I just don't understand why this isn't working for me. Why is it that when I was stuffing my face with processed carbs several months ago I was down to my ideal weight, but now that I've started eating more healthy, my body is stubbornly holding onto this fat and gaining? I read all about people who eat this way and they are down to body fat % in the teens and such and that is a goal of mine. I just want to know how to get there.

    Thanks in advance for any advice and for listening.

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    Well I'm sure you know that breast feeding is good for weight loss, and I'm sure having twins increases it's effectiveness. Your other issue may be the switching back and forth between diets and exercise routines. All these changes can affect your body and it can take longer to see results because your body needs time to adjust to what you are doing. Also a breakdown of what foods you are eating will help. Calories are not created equal. Just keep it simple with your food and exercise and results will come. Try taking measurements instead of weight also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mull View Post
    Well I'm sure you know that breast feeding is good for weight loss
    Well...not always. I gained about 60 pounds each when I breastfed my babies (afetr a relatively low gain pregnancy in each case) and the weight came off after they weaned me. (Just for the record, not to be contrary.)
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    I also want to put out there that this is HIGHLY unusual for me. I have never had an issue like this in trying to lose weight. I have always been very athletic, and if I wanted to lose a little all I basically had to do was buckle down on my workouts and clean up the eating a little, and the lbs would come off. I mean, I would still allow myself things like ice cream or desserts after dinner, things like that, in the past it's never been an issue and the weight would come off regardless. So I just don't get it now. I'm eating way, WAY healthier than ever and nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarissaLinnea View Post
    I just don't understand why this isn't working for me. Why is it that when I was stuffing my face with processed carbs several months ago I was down to my ideal weight, but now that I've started eating more healthy, my body is stubbornly holding onto this fat and gaining?
    breast feeding. apparently it burns a crazy amount of calories. plus, if your thyroid was having issues, that can affect things as well. a good primal diet should help with any thyroid issues.

    what does your 2000 calories look like? and, can you give us a better picture of what you're doing for exercise (heavy lifting? walking, sprints?)

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    and there's also the whole 'primal isn't low carb' thing
    beautiful
    yeah you are

    Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
    lol

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    What do you mean by "my thyroid whacked out for a while"? When was the last time you had your thyroid hormones checked?

    I ask because I could not lose weight, and actually gained weight ,until my thyroid hormones were optimized and my body had time to heal.

    BTW- I have twin girls too.

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    What's your height, weight (current and goal), and age? All those can influence the weight loss/maintenance and number of calories you need.

    My maintenance calorie level is around 1500-1600/day, and I'm very active. Height 5'2", current weight ~110, age 55. I Crossfit two or three times a week, lift heavy things twice a week, and do about 4-5 hours of play/slow moving a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcadav View Post
    What do you mean by "my thyroid whacked out for a while"? When was the last time you had your thyroid hormones checked?

    I ask because I could not lose weight, and actually gained weight ,until my thyroid hormones were optimized and my body had time to heal.

    BTW- I have twin girls too.
    I tried the iodine supplementation back in May and I think that started the hypothyroidism. I had my thyroid checked last about a month ago, and the endocrinologist said all the numbers looked good and were normalizing, but initially my TSH was high which led him to test T3 and T4. At our first visit he said that he might supplement with thyroid hormone if my numbers were the same after the second round of testing, but after the second round he said they were normalizing and there was no need to supplement.

    I actually have two sets of twins, I have boy/girl twins that are 3.5yrs and twin girls that are 1.5yrs. Busy house, lol!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie View Post
    What's your height, weight (current and goal), and age? All those can influence the weight loss/maintenance and number of calories you need.

    My maintenance calorie level is around 1500-1600/day, and I'm very active. Height 5'2", current weight ~110, age 55. I Crossfit two or three times a week, lift heavy things twice a week, and do about 4-5 hours of play/slow moving a week.
    Height is 5'7 and current weight is 163. My goal weight is 140 which is what I was at before, and is very doable and healthy for me. I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be able to get there again.

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    You don't mention any specific numbers, so I hope you have those in your files- not just relying on them to give you vague terms like " it's normalizing ".
    That said, too many docs still go by outdated reference ranges. Most people feel best with a TSH around 1 and free T3,T4 in the middle of the ranges.

    A few still use the old upper limit of normal of 5!!! I would be in a damn coma at 4 or 5! The most recent upper limit of normal for most labs is a TSH of 3.

    I stay around 1 or a bit less to feel good. Gotta treat the patient, not the numbers...

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