How Can I Speed Up My Weight Loss?

  • Hi , i at this moment weigh 321 pounds (PLEASE dont laugh!) ive recently been diagnosed with a under active thyroid and PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovaries Syndrome) i have been miss diagnosed/untreated for i have NO idea how many years! i am LOVING this site and working out as much as possible! im also following the "Fill up on fibre" thing but i was wondering how can i speed up my weight loss? i want to be down to 11 stone (154 pounds) by this time next year or earlier , i know how stupid and quick that sounds but at my age i CANT live like this! i have always loved exercise and i love healthy food but the amount of stress ive been through in my life (Dad died when i was 2 , mum has psychosis , social services ect. involved) i guess ive just over ate and my illnesses havent helped! , please any advance would be much appreciated!

    theshanman97   by: theshanman97
  • 11 votes
    ashleystone  about 2 years ago by: ashleystone

    I want to hug you - this is a community of people who care, not laugh!! My mom suffers with PCOS and it's been hard for her, it definately makes weightloss harder. There is a book written by Jillian Micheals called "Master your Metabolism" that has been hugely helpful on how to work on your hormones with food and excercise to conqure weight and fitness. It helped my Mom tons and I found the info incredibly helpful on my own fitness journey.

    You WILL do this. Remember the plan today is to eat clean, drink water, get moving and rest your body - that is what you CAN do, and change will happen. Don't focus on how many lbs you want to lose, focus on being healthy and taking care of yourself, the rest will come! And remember there are lots of us here who care and will listen and encourage you!!

    • theshanman97
      theshanman97 about 2 years ago

      thank you so much! im going to look into the book you mentioned and i am going to stick to this! im in agony from all the working out but i dont care! im going to keep going! :D

  • 7 votes
    1ronnie1  about 2 years ago by: 1ronnie1

    No one will laugh, you are here trying and that is the important part. What I will caution against is having an unrealistic goal. Losing more than half your body weight in 12 months is likely to be an unhealthy goal. You've tried it your way for years, and you are here to admit that you need to try another way. Slow and steady wins the race. Try the yoga and mobility workouts, de-stress as much as possible, and find a comfortable routine. If you lose 5 pounds a week you will lose 20 pounds a month. Would weighing 60 pounds less by the end of the summer not make you ecstatic? Every day being in better health than the last should be your goal. If you are impatient and want unrealistic results, you are more likely to fail again. Set your self up for success. Set a goal for next week, meet it, and then move the goal up every week. It's a marathon, not a sprint. You can do it if you prioritize it. I quit my job to focus on my health, and it is working out really well, because I had time to form the habit. Patience and perseverance, not anger and frustration!

    • tasnot
      tasnot over 1 year ago

      I can certainly understand your frustration. My best friend has for years worked out with a personal trainer and mountain biked. She has been unable to lose weight also. Her doctor diagnosed her with underactive thyroid and with the medication and a gluten free diet she has seen the scales move. Talk to your dr. about a gluten free diet and see if that helps make the difference. Keep up the good work.

    • jorn
      jorn over 1 year ago

      What are the actual readings from your thyroid tests?

  • 5 votes
    juicymoosey  about 2 years ago by: juicymoosey

    Hi there,
    I can't give you any advice on PCOS or Thyroid issues or how to lose weight, but I read your post and I wanted to let you know I'm rooting for you and I hope you achieve all that you want in however long it takes. Big massive hugs. L x

  • 4 votes
    surlaroute  about 2 years ago by: surlaroute

    No one will laugh, it's awesome that you're here! I'm not a doctor but I would say it's absolutely essential to get your thyroid under control. I was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) last year and gained 30 pounds in three months. With treatment though my levels are normal and I'm able to eat healthy and exercise, and I've lost most of the weight I gained. Obviously your health is the number one most important thing, but also if weight loss is your goal, your thyroid needs to be under control. Please take care of yourself and good luck!

    • theshanman97
      theshanman97 about 2 years ago

      thank you! yes im on tablets ect. but one doctor tells me i have it and the next says i do not :S they also keep saying these illnesses are no reason for my weight gain which makes no sense to me considering i dont over eat :S

  • 4 votes

    You are awesome!!!!
    I just joined because I have lost from 254 to 144 pounds and now I want to get toned rather than saggy.
    I guarantee - if I can do it, you can too!
    No laughing from me - I'm proud of you and your resolve!

  • 3 votes
    JoseP  about 2 years ago by: JoseP


    We all have our stating point, what is important is that you are here and that you want to make a change. The healthiest and fastest way to weight loss is by daily exercises and eating clean. Nutrition is by far the most important aspect of your fitness. Focus on eating 4-6 meals a day, small portions, eat every 3 hours, drink plenty of water, drink at least 4 cups of green tea. Start incorporating super foods in your diet.

    Great tip, add "Chia Seeds" to your water or BeniFiber as well. Chia seeds are a "super food" that are high in fiber which is great for suppressing hunger.

    Any questions, please send me a message.

    Take care!

    • theshanman97
      theshanman97 about 2 years ago

      thank you! i will look into chia seeds ect. :D

    • michaelk
      michaelk over 1 year ago

      I have heard about Chia seeds too and I will start taking some in herbal tea today! Thanks!

  • 3 votes
    Lilyanne  almost 2 years ago by: Lilyanne

    I have the same health problems as you. It's hard! I'm at 280lbs right now, just starting exercise and keeping better tabs on my diet. It took me three tries to find the right endocrinologist for me, so if you're newly diagnosed don't give up hope! You may be at the wrong doctor. I saw in one of your comments the doc has been confusing- that's a huge problem with hormone imbalances! I know you're on synthroid, are you on metformin (glucophage) as well? That's made a marked improvement in my PCOS symptoms. A good endo should make your health problems crystal clear. She should go over all your lab results with you, and show you the numbers. She should draw a diagram of your thyroid gland if need be! Have you had thyroid ultrasounds done? That's something your doc should do if concerned that your numbers are unclear. Also, if you're getting treatment through a gp, find an endocronologist. Gp's just don't cut it when it comes to these types of issues.
    I know how hard it is to be big, and how hard it is to have your body working against you! But taking weight off slowly is the healthiest option, especially with PCOS and hypothyroidism. Our hormones are wacky enough without us doing crazy things to our bodies!
    Good luck, and wish me good luck, too!

    • sleekbird
      sleekbird over 1 year ago

      Good luck - I think it is so amazing that you are both working so hard to get fit. I know your friends and family will appreciate it. My cousin's husband died of a heart attack at the young age of 50 because he kept gaining weight and was well over 350. He left my cousin (his wife of 19 years) and 2 pre-teen children. We all miss him so much!

  • 2 votes
    misssandy  about 2 years ago by: misssandy

    I agree with the other comments, no one here will laugh, we're here to support each other!
    Without seeing your meal plan I can only say this, eat clean, stick to the perimeter of the grocery store, eat small meals but don't graze all day and exercise!
    I'd also recommend going to a dietician or other weight loss specialist to help you, they would know the best way to help you on this journey!

    All the best!

    • theshanman97
      theshanman97 about 2 years ago

      thank you! im sticking to 1200-1500 cals a day and have to stay on low carbs for the PCOS also my dietision cant do anything as she has to speak to the pediatrision and she wont do anything :( so im left to do it on my own lol

  • 2 votes
    alexghafir12888  about 2 years ago by: alexghafir12888

    The most important thing is discipline and commitment, and no now will laugh

  • 2 votes
    Tomoe77  over 1 year ago by: Tomoe77

    Are you treating the PCOS? If you aren't treating the insulin resistance that it causes, you may REALLY have a slow time shedding the weight. If you are already taking a drug like Metformin, you might want to discuss an increase. My doctor got so fed up with my weight gain (combo of PCOS and antidepressants) that he started attacking the PCOS, and now, for the first time in years I have started losing weight just from everyday moment. When I start exercising, things will really start jumping. :)

  • 2 votes
    sleekbird  over 1 year ago by: sleekbird

    Congratulations for getting healthier. Absolutely no laughter here - I've got nothing but happiness and encouragement for you! I don't know what the DailyBurn app is like, but MyFitnessPal is great for counting calories. Some sort of food and exercise counter is a must!

  • 1 vote
    joeshorette  about 1 year ago by: joeshorette

    After checking with your doctor, start using the workouts in the site. You definitely want to look into a "RAW" food diet to battle your under active thyroid and PCOS. I'm not a doctor, but they are curing cancer, diabetes, "genetic obesity" etc but using 90% raw diets. Book- "Crazy, Sexy Diet"

  • 0 votes
    Southernkygal  about 1 month ago by: Southernkygal

    I have PCOS, I know how frustrating it is. I would never laugh at anyone, I realize this is an older post but I wanted to let you know that can be frustrating to deal with. But I found exercise & diet has helped alleviate some of the pain; I can't always work through it but whenever I can I try to get out & go for a walk. Great time to think & enjoy nature; I actually feel better even after just a few minutes. I have to medicine to help keep me going, not a fan of it but it is what I need to do for myself & my family.

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