Member Center: Not Losing Weight and Feeling Low Energy

Over at this member is having a little trouble losing weight. Here’s the Q&A with Dr. Fuhrman. Have a look:
I am 53 year old female who is 5'3" and I have been in a 12-step program for compulsive overeating for a decade. I used to weigh 220 lbs, lost 100, and slowly gained back 40 and now weigh 160. I have eaten a no sugar, no flour plan during that decade, though obviously I relapsed which explains the weight gain. I had a heart catheterization in late March where they found a 44% blockage in my RCA and that is when I found out about you through a friend. I have followed your aggressive weight-loss vegan plan since April 3rd and have lost 3 lbs only. I have been pristine oils save for one teaspoon of fish oil daily. 1 cup legumes and less than a cup of starchy vegetable or grains every other day. The rest is salad, steamed veggies, and fruit. What am I doing wrong?

I also am feeling very low energy and not operating mentally at full function. Should I get bloodwork done to see if I have a deficiency and if so, what should I be looking for (B complex and D?).

Dr. Fuhrman:
You must have a really slow metabolic rate. In any case, since you did lose some weight and did not report on the amount of exercise you are doing, I would start there. One teaspoon of fish oil (5 grams) is a little overkill. Not that it will make much of a difference in your weight, but I still think that it is too much.

So the first thing is to look at your exercise mix and make sure you are doing both the caloric burn and the muscle building type because you likely need more muscle density to increase your metabolism and that can take some work in the gym for a few months.

Next, try to eat only when hungry and get in touch with your body's signals for food. You may be able to take in even less food while still feeling satiated.
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Erin - January 3, 2008 12:16 AM

Maybe it's possible that this lady has a sub-clinical (or not so sub) hypothyroid thing or Wilson's Syndrome (not to be confused with Wilson's Disease) going on. The TSH guidelines have been changed and most doctors are telling patients that they're fine when they aren't. If your morning basal armpit temp is below 98, something is off.

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