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Weight loss (unwanted)

(10 Posts)
Elibean Sat 20-Oct-12 15:15:59

I started eating less fat (and no biscuits or chocolate) at the beginning of September, in a bid to lower my cholesterol levels and get healthy....and now (though I panicked about 3 weeks ago and started eating a lot more carbs and a fair bit more fat!) I am still slowly losing weight, looking scrawny, and not sure why confused

I did go to GP, who ordered bloods and an abdominal/gynae u/s because of my age and medical history (hepatits years ago, but am sure its not related) - the u/s was fine, though obviously not a very fine-tuned test, and get bloods back on monday.

I have been more anxious than usual, for a variety of reasons, but could that account for my inability to put weight back on? Really? dh says I'm worrying over nothing...but.....

fuckadoodlepoopoo Sat 20-Oct-12 15:17:16

How much have you lost and how much of that was since you started eating more again?

Elibean Sat 20-Oct-12 15:28:36

I started at 9st, lost about 4lbs whilst on low fat/exercise - over about 2-3 weeks - and am now 8st 8lbs. So not a lot, but it shows a fair bit as I wasn't very big to start with.

Its more the inability to gain no matter what I eat that is worrying me - in the past, I've had very stable weight and been able to gain or lose a couple of pounds within a few days either way, just by snacking between meals, or not!

I'm 52, btw, and no other life changes going on.

Elibean Sat 20-Oct-12 15:29:28

Sorry - I've lost about 2lbs since I've been eating more. But I've been eating a lot more.

fuckadoodlepoopoo Sat 20-Oct-12 15:43:17

How many weeks have you been eating more? I have always found that i have a delayed reaction to eating more or less. So if i am on a diet and have a bad week and eat loads i don't notice the weight go on until the following week.

The amount you have lost doesn't sound excessive.

Elibean Sat 20-Oct-12 16:05:04

I've been eating more for two weeks. I know it's not much, and I understand the 'oil tanker effect' as dh calls it - it's just unusual for me.

I usually put weight on or off within days.

amummienetter Sat 20-Oct-12 20:20:13

Hi Elibean. My guess is you've had a delayed reaction from the initial diet with exercise and the anxiety from the weight loss is prohibiting you from putting on weight.
When I'm anxious I can stuff myself silly and not gain a pound whilst loosing weight in the process but when I'm feeling content the pounds pile back on.

Moln Sat 20-Oct-12 20:23:06

It's not a whole lot really - try not to be worried about it!

Did you GP check your for diabetes?

HazleNutt Sun 21-Oct-12 09:35:47

anxiety and weight loss could be symptoms of overactive thyroid, do you remember if your GP had your thyroid tested?

Elibean Sun 21-Oct-12 12:20:57

Thanks all smile

I think the anxiety bit has a lot to do with it, probably. Yes, they are testing for just about everything from liver, kidney and full blood count to CRP, thyroid and diabetes. I got a keen young GP who didn't want to miss anything!

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