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What Am I Doing Wrong? Insanity=0 Weight Loss, P90X 1 mo. = Weight Gain
Ok, I'm going to start with a little background. I've been working out my whole life...through high school I played baseball and football. In college I ran on my treadmill and lifted 3 days a week. In my twenties, I've continued to use my treadmill and lift 5-6 days a week. I've typically stayed on a higher protein, low carb diet. I never counted calories, ate every couple hours, and was always very lean. I never measured body fat, but usually in the spring/summer months was probably between 8-9, which seemed about right for me. I'm a male, about 5'5, with a wrestlers type build. I'm typically in the 150-155 weight range even when I'm carrying a little bit more muscle. 30 inch waist.

At the end of last August 2010, at the age of 31, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I didn't have any symptoms, just some routine bloodwork caught abnormal thyroid levels. I was 151 pounds, had been working out all summer, and was very lean. I I was started on standard thyroid medicine. By January I weighed between 174-178 pounds. I hadn't changed anything as far as workouts or diet, however I gained considerable weight mainly in my mid section.

I then began to add some more intensity to my workouts and still no difference in weight. At this point I purchased Insanity. I did not change my diet, just kept at a high protein low carb diet, and was taking in about 1500-1700 calories per day. While Insanity was a great workout I did not lose one pound. I finally took a a couple weeks off and oddly my weight came down a couple lbs. to a about 168.

At this point I still wanted to get back the weight I found most comfortable (150-155), so I got P90x. I've completed the first month. I've cleaned up my diet, trying a mix of the nutrition plan and a 1900 calorie fat shredder diet I found from one of the beach body coaches (http://teamripped.com/coach-ws-tips/my-nutritionsupplements/my-sample-diet). The nutrition plan called for me eating 2400 calories. I tried and no matter what I do I can't seem to get there. 1900 calories is even pushing it. I've tried to stay in the 50% Protien, 30% Carbs, 20% fat range. Here's a typical day for me:

Breakfast Protein (g) Carbs Fat Calories
8 Egg Whites 28 0 0 136
3oz Spinach 2 3 0 20
1/2 Grapefruit 1 25 0 50
1/2 Avocado 2.5 7.5 11 125
Total 33.5 35.5 11 331

Snack Protein(g) Carbs Fat Calories
1 Scoop Whey Protein 24 4 1.5 130
1/4 Avocado 1.25 3.75 5.5 62.5
3oz Baby Carrots 1 8 0 35
3oz Broccoli Florets 3 4 0 25
Total 29.25 19.75 7 252.5

Lunch Protein(g) Carbs Fat Calories
6oz Chicken Breast 40.5 0 1.5 195
1 cup Romaine Lettuce 0.5 1.5 0.14 8
1 cup Mixed Salad Greens 0.9 1.6 0.14 9
1/4 Avocado 1.25 3.75 5.5 62.5
1/2 Roma Tomato 0.5 3.5 0.5 17.5
50g Hearts of Palm 1.5 2.5 0 15
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 0 0 0 0
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin OliveOil 0 0 14 120
2 Fish Oil Soft Gels 0 0 2 20
Total 45.15 14.35 23.78 454.5

Snack Protein(g) Carbs Fat Calories
1/2 Grapefruit 1 25 0 50
Pure Protein Bar 20 17 4.5 180
Total 21 42 4.5 230

Snack Protein(g) Carbs Fat Calories
1 Scoop ON Whey Protein 24 4 1.5 130
1 Rouned Tsp Psyllium Fiber 0 0.05 0 3
Total 24 4.05 1.5 133

Dinner Protein(g) Carbs Fat Calories
6oz Salmon 28.5 0 3.75 200
3oz Green Beans 1 5 0 20
32g Red Kidney Beans 2 5 0 27.5
2 Fish Oil Soft Gels 0 0 2 20
Total 31.5 10 5.75 267.5

Post Workout Protein(g) Carbs Fat Calories
Result And Recover Shake 10 40 1 220
Total 10 40 1 220

Protein (g) Carbs Fat Calories
Daily Totals 194.4 165.65 54.53 1888.5


Any recommendations on diet would be appreciated. I would love to substitute Shakeology for one of my meals, however I am unable to use Shakeology because of the Iodine in it. (Iodine is considered almost toxic for patients with hypothroidism due to Hashimotos which is about 90% of hypothryoid patients in the US). Since Iodine is so readily available in US diets, I'm hoping that is an ingredient that is eventually removed from Shakeology. Anyway, my first month is up but I haven't dropped the fat that I'd like to. I'm planning on staying on this for a few more weeks to see if I can drop some fat. As far as measurements, I only really did my waist. I'm still around a 32 trying to get back to a 30. In the mirror I haven't noticed any difference. Don't get me wrong, I know while I've always been very active, both Insanity and now the first month of P90X have gotten me in to even better physical shape...I just can't seem to drop any weight doing these programs, or look the way I did just 9-10months ago. I've actually gained a few pounds after my first month of P90X. As someone who has always been athletic, I know I probably just put on some muscle, but to be eating the way I am, and literally laying in a pool of sweat after these workouts and not losing a pound, and not having clothes fitting the way they used to has me absolutely perplexed.

I'm aware some may say it's my thyroid, however while I will always have hypothyroidism, technically my thyroid levels are now as normal as someone without the condition and has been for several months now.

Sorry for the very long story, however I thought I'd try to give as much background as I could. At this point what can I possibly doing wrong?

Frank
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I'm not going to say it's your thyroid, but I am going to say it could be your medication. Unless I read wrong, the moment you started taking it, you started gaining weight. Have you discussed this with your doc? Is this a common side effect?

That said, the fact that you dropped weight when you stopped exercise is often an indication you're undereating for your exercise level and it's slowing down your metabolism. If you're convinced it's not the medication, I'd absolutely eat more, which can easily be achieved by upping fact - either way your fat intake is below healthy levels.

A big handful of nuts and some well-placed olive oil would do it.
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I'm not going to say it's your thyroid, but I am going to say it could be your medication. Unless I read wrong, the moment you started taking it, you started gaining weight. Have you discussed this with your doc? Is this a common side effect?

That said, the fact that you dropped weight when you stopped exercise is often an indication you're undereating for your exercise level and it's slowing down your metabolism. If you're convinced it's not the medication, I'd absolutely eat more, which can easily be achieved by upping fact - either way your fat intake is below healthy levels.

A big handful of nuts and some well-placed olive oil would do it.


Thanks for your reply. To be honest I do suspect the medication as well. However, I know just as many people on the same med that didn't experience any weight gain on it. Essentially, the med is a hormone, so I guess it could effect me differently then it does the next person. I have spoken to my Endo about it, however I think Endos or doctors in general are reluctant to blame the medicine since hypothyroidism is associated with weight gain. The good thing is I absolutely love P90X. I just started day 1 of Month 2 today, so I'm definitely committed to the program. While I was in shape when I started, this program really has pushed my athleticism to a whole new level. The frustrating thing for me is usually just jogging and moderate lifting used to get me into beach shape fairly quickly. Whether it is the condition, medicine, or something else it looks like it's just going to be much harder then I am accustomed to.

As far as diet. I will try to continue to add calories. I really do find it difficult to eat as much as they are calling for, however I'll keep trying to add more. I do actually have a couple handfuls per day of almonds...I didn't include that in the example food list above...so my fat content is probably a bit higher, but I'll take another look at that as well.

I plan on trying to stay in the "Fat Shredder" type of diet a bit longer (started month 2 today). As long as I have the energy to do the workouts is that ok?

Thanks again.
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Not including almonds? Anything else?

I'd suggest researching that drug on the internet. Get a complete list of possible side-effects. Remember, not every side-effect affects everyone.
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I would agree that you get a 2nd opinion on the condition and medication. If you were perfectly healthy, took the medication, and gained weight, it sounds like your x-factor. Gaining 30 pounds in 6 months should have been a red flag to your doctor, unless that was his/her goal for you.
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