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Well, there are a million people out there that think they know everything about losing weight. I aint one of them. I did lose 36 pounds though from feb of 05 to now. weighed 226 pounds and was 5'11" now I weight 190 pounds and am 6'0". How did I drop 36 pounds in such a short time? Well, I have a medical problem known as hypothyroidism. It is most common in women; 1 out of 10 women have it, but 1 out of 40 men have it too. Basically, it is a lack of T4 (the main thyroid hormone) in the blood stream. T4 basically controls your metabolism, so you could say the thyroid gland controls your metabolism. Having little T4 causes people to have a slow metabolism; and consequently, they become fat. I was never a pig eater, always exercised a lot, so I wondered what was wrong. I had hypothyroidism and my metabolism basically doesn't work. My doctor prescribed some thyroid medication, levathyroid I think it is called, to help boost my metabolism. Levathyroid is made primarily out of Iodine 131 (an isotope of Iodine) and Iodine131 matches the T4 hormone. So for 10 dollars or so a month (the medicine is very cheap) my metabolism works. maybe some of you that are overweight have this problem. It is a good thing to check out, ask your doctor for a blood test
 

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You are probably one of a rare number who had a weight problem due to a medical condition. It's great that you were able to find this info out and loose the weight.

I think that for most people all they need to do is:

EAT RIGHT AND EXERCISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's really not that hard.

Congrats on the weight loss.
 

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FT I used to feel the same as you, but for some it is VERY difficult. However I was able to take off 10 lbs (and keep it off) just be changing to diet soda.
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I have the reverse affect, yes I'm young but being an athlete it is very hard for me to keep weight on and that can be a problem sometimes...especially when I'm on a fishing trip. I am 205 but If I don't eat a near 3,000 calories a day I'll drop 5 pounds in a week. I went fishing in the black canyon this summer, I hiked in at 205 and came out 5 days later at 192. Some of it might have been water weight but I looked like I lot a lot of muscle mass as well.
 

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I had a friend who found out was hypothyroid. After a few months of synthroid, he was a new person, had more energy and a better attitude. It's a condition that is a lot more common than people realize.

As for losing weight through sheer willpower, I am told that only 3% of the adult population can lose 10% of their body weight and keep it off for a just one year!

That's why I think liposuction is so cool :D
 

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About 5 years ago, I counted the calories I was taking in, just on a whim. I averaged nearliy 4000 calories a day, based on my estimates. I'm 6'0" tall, and I weighted about 200 lbs. even, at the time. That's not terribly heavy-looking on my frame, but I had knee problems, and back pains and all sorts of things. I decided to changed my diet alone, based on this, to see what would happen. I began to eat foods that were poor in calories overall, but high in essential vitamins and nutrients (more vegetables, lean meats, etc. - less fatty foods or foods with simple carbos - sugar, basically). I also adjusted my portion sizes to something reasonable, and was able to eat about every food I wanted, but in smaller portions than I was accustomed to, and within 6 months I dropped 35 lbs. I have only gained 10-15 of those back and now oscillate between 175 and 185, which is a reasonable weight for me. I also get more exercise now, just because I don't have all the joint and back issues I used to have. I have discovered that for most people, a change in portion size alone can make the biggest difference, but combined with strenuous exercise, you can really knock off the lbs. It's just hard to maintain. I guess I am always thinking about whether I'm eating too much, and will eat less the next time if I have a lot now. For health reasons, I'm willing to pay more for a reasonable portion size, even though large portions are a better deal on an ounce-by-ounce basis. A better deal in that sens is often a bad deal healthwise.
 

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silicone boy said:
I had a friend who found out was hypothyroid. After a few months of synthroid, he was a new person, had more energy and a better attitude. It's a condition that is a lot more common than people realize.

As for losing weight through sheer willpower, I am told that only 3% of the adult population can lose 10% of their body weight and keep it off for a just one year!

That's why I think liposuction is so cool :D
For the folks that don't know, SiliconeBoy is a Cosmetic Surgeon!

Dan

BTW, could I get a Coloradofisherman.com discount? LOL
 

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I trade for flies, but it would take like 5000 flies for a reasonable amount of liposuction---wonder if I could use the stuff I suck out as bait? ;D
 

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I was having trouble with my legs, aching and burning. Went the route of all the "specialists", Neuroligist, Rheumatologists and etc. Nothing. I have lost 52#, feel great. How I did it, Herbalife, lost the weight, gained higher engery. The products work, taste great and the company is fantastic. In fact , I was so impressed, became a distributor. If interested call me 888-239-8827
 

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you can also lose weight if you injest a tapeworm. Lol.........
I weigh 187 now.
I really think a lot of american's are fat because of soft drinks. They are FULL of carbs and once you eat over 300 g of carbs per day, the rest of the carbs are all turned into fat basically. Most 12 oz sodas have at least 40 carbs. Many people drink a 6 pack of soda per day; a lot of my friends do. You basically have 60 carbs left, and to be honest that ain't gonna be enough for your daily food needs and intakes.
Yes, diet soda is very bad for you as well; but it is better for you if you want to weigh less. I personally think we as americans should drink m of aore cold, unsweetened iced tea and less soft drinks. The unsweetened iced tea gives americans the caffeine they "need". coffee does as well but in too high of quantities. milk, cream, syrup, sweeteners or other fattening/ sugary substances are also added to coffee a lot.
TFB's idea:
Ditch the gatoraid, poweraid, koolaid, and soda
start drinking more water and iced tea.
BTW my plan is: I will lose 7 pounds by the end of december then lift weights like crazy starting around christmas so I gain 10 pounds/month after that so I am at my baseball playing weight of 200#. It is nice to be able to control my weight now.
 

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So when I was in high school, I'd get up to about 180 lbs in July and August, lifting weights and eating (no kidding) about 6000 calories a day. That would last through football season, the last few weeks of which I would start dropping weight for basketball, down to around 160 most years. After a few months of basketball, I'd try to put some weight on, mostly in my upper body, for baseball, which lasted from the end of Feb through the summer and then repeat.
The secret to weight loss is this: take in less calories than you use. Period. Your body can't keep what it doesn't have. All the BS about carbs and proteins and etc and so forth are mostly fads. There is some decent science around some things, especially ratios of carbs to proteins to fats, but its been around a while (see:food pyramid). So: vegetables and fruits generally have less calories per mass than meats and grains/starches. If you eat more veggies, you get full faster (also the fiber in most keeps you full longer and helps you ummm...digest).
Sodas have anywhere from 250 calories and up each so if you have four in the course of a day, that's 1000 calories. About 5000 calories= a pound of body weight.
The flip side is that if your exercising, not only are you burning more calories than if you're not exercising, you're also building muscle which helps you burn more calories, EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NOT EXERCISING! So my point is, step away from the ribeye with the mashers and gravy and the creamed spinach and go for a walk, you'll live longer.

And now I'm hungry for a steak.
 
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