I was a nervous wreck while I was driving to the doctor. Can you believe I have been dieting and trying to lose weight for over 15 years? I have been faithfully tracking my food, exercise, and weight for a while and knew in my heart something wasn’t right with my body. What would happen if the doctor didn’t agree? What if all of the tests for weight loss resistance came back saying everything was fine? What would happen if he couldn’t help me reach my health and weight loss goals?
I replayed my interview with Brianne over and over in my head and I swear I could have recited the blog Weight Loss Wake Up Call! It was such a crazy coincidence that I am going to the same integrative health clinic she went to. Even crazier that I just happenstanced on her Facebook post days before my appointment. If the doctors at the clinic could help her balance her hormones and lose 5 dress sizes in a few months, they should be able to help me lose my last 50 pounds. Right?
As soon as the doctor sat down I knew I was in luck. My lab results had notes, marks, and highlights all over them. The doctor said he found a few things that could be tweaked and would greatly improve my body’s ability to lose weight. Alleluia!
My iodine level was very low. It is my understanding that iodine is needed in order for the thyroid to work properly and your body uses iodine to make thyroid hormones. It is also very important for your metabolism. I read a blog about the Signs and Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency and can say I have eight of the ten symptoms of iodine deficiency!
***Quick word of caution, I have read several times that we should be careful not to supplement with iodine without a physicians guidance.
I had never even heard or thought about a hormone called pregnolone but based on my research I think it is the hormone of my dreams! Many doctors believe that pregnolone supplementation is a very effective weight loss tool. It keeps the brain healthy and metabolism high! Pregnenolone is believed to block the effects of cortisol which prevents stress and abdominal fat. I have blogged about my issues with my belly fat in The Pursuit of Ketosis – Day 4 and my cortisol and adrenal fatigue issues in How I Gained Over 100 Pounds and My Best Advice To You and Untangling the Weight Gain & Loss Web – Adrenal Fatigue. Well, guess what? I have an extremely low level of pregnolone.
When the doctor told me one of my thyroid levels was off, I wasn’t surprised. I had already written about my crazy thyroid in How I Gained Over 100 Pounds and My Best Advice To You. Since I cannot tolerate traditional medicines, I have been taking a homeopathic thyroid medicine for a few years. I am in a much better place than I was, but I had a feeling it wasn’t to where it needed to be. As it turns out it was my T3 that was low. I read that a higher T3 level would increase my metabolic rate.
I have to admit, I thought testosterone was for boys. When my doctor told me mine was low, I was very surprised. When he told me healthy testosterone levels could improve my energy level, lean muscle mass, and weight loss efforts, I wanted to start taking testosterone as soon as possible. I came across a blog Testosterone for Women’s Weight Loss that left me even more optimistic about testosterone supplementation.
I have tested as being deficient in vitamin D on and off throughout the years. Recently, I have been on a pretty high dose of D combined with K (for better absorption) and thought I was in a good place with it. The lab results showed I was still deficient in vitamin D. I have read in Web MD’s blog and Dr. Weil’s blog, and it seems like some extra vitamin D could really help my weight loss efforts.
The next few months of my weight loss journey should be exciting! It’s hard to believe that I have been deficient in five different hormones and vitamins that could have been causing my weight loss resistance all this time.
If it feels like you are doing everything right and you are not getting results, please journal your food and exercise and use it as a tool to communicate with your doctor.
I look forward to reporting back to you with some amazing results!