unexplained weight loss

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2010-01-09 18:58:22 -0600
Started 2010-01-02 13:48:10 -0600

I lost 30 lbs. a few months after I was diagnosed (since Nov 2008) I was on Metformin until I lost most of the weight. I'm doing fine with diet and exercise ever since then. However, lately I have lost somewhere around 6-7 lbs, without trying and that is since some time in Sept. I know that isn't a whole lot, but I am very concerned. My appetite is good, I am strict, but not overly strict with my diet and I do exercise 30 minutes 5 times per week. So I decided to do a test, until my doc appt. comes up on the 14th. I have not exercised but maybe two or three times in the last 2 1/2 weeks. My BS is fine so far. I am only doing this temporarily to see if I keep losing. So far I have not lost anymore. I am also trying hard to put more calories into my diet, without adding many more carbs but this is hard! It is hard to find things to eat to increase calories and see if I can maintain my weight, without adding more carbs…so what are good snack ideas and meals that I can try? most everything I see that is more calories also has much more fat and I sure don't want to do that, even temporarily. I have thought of calling Diabetes Education , where I took my classes, on Monday when they are open to see if they too can help me with this. I have alwys had breakfast, a snack hours later, lunch, a snack mid afternoon and dinner and I have not changed my eating habits. My weight stabilized after I lost all that I needed, and it stayed that way for at least 7 months until this started happening. I am going to be sure the doctor runs tests and I know to ask for a thyroid test. I sure don't need to lose any more weight!!

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Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-02 19:36:42 -0600 Report

Well, my unexpected weight loss a few months ago, no change in diet except that I wasn't hungry, felt too full to eat, I had cancer on my kidney, so large and was eating the fat in my belly—-lost 28# in 4 mos. BUT that does not mean that one has cancer if they are losing weight—so don't panic—-there are just lots of reason that one can—-wish I could hit a "going down again"—-PR

tabby9146 2010-01-09 18:39:14 -0600 Report

well so far, I have not lost anymore. I think it has been close to three weeks since I began exercising less and adding more calories. That makes me feel a little better. I go to the doctor on the 14th and then I can see what I weighed there in Sept. when I went to get the A1C/cholesterol blood test and my flu shot. I know those scales at the doc's are different than those at home…always.

Elrond 2010-01-02 16:47:55 -0600 Report

Weight loss was my first clue that I had diabetes. I went from 220 pounds to 160 pounds in 6 months without a change in diet or activity. This, of course, concerned me so I consulted my doctor. A few blood tests later, I was on diet & meds.

AddassaMari 2010-01-03 17:51:05 -0600 Report

I was the opposite, weight gain. I have lost some but not enough to make me or my doctor happy. I take a cholesterol lowering medication that contributes to weight loss.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-02 14:37:17 -0600 Report

Maybe you accidentally cut your salt too—that would account for some weight loss, or more water can help to flush out your system too. I would say, just maintain what you are doing for say, 2 weeks, then check with Dr or so—-feel your way. What is your current weight? PR

tabby9146 2010-01-02 14:42:20 -0600 Report

I went from 170 to 140 in three and a half months after diagnosis. I lost all I needed to lose. I was so happy with that weight. I am barely 5' 3" maybe 5' 2 1/2 and I now weigh 130. I noticed I lost a pound here and there very slowly, after the big weight loss and never worried about that. I stayed at around 138 for many months, like about 6 or so. When I went to the doctor in early Sept. for my blood work for A1C, my weight was still clse to the same. However, I did not weigh in Oct. or Nov. I just quit weighing thinking I was still at the same but people began to ask me all the time was I still losing? They were getting concerned by the way they looked at me when asking me that question, so I started weighing again last month in Dec. and that was when I noticed this trend. They all noticed before I did.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-02 15:02:51 -0600 Report

When I was first put on Synthroid .200 a large dose, I lost 40 # (240 to 200) in 2 months! After that my body did level out and I am staying at about 210 or under, nothing drastic and it has been since 1987—-however I have other issues that can contribute to the weight differences—-kidneys—fluid retention——etc Best of LUCk in finding your own answers!! PR

tabby9146 2010-01-02 15:14:14 -0600 Report

I am convinced that Metformin which I was on for only 3 months, decreased my appetite a lot!! I noticed I had only half the appetite I used to have and then a few weeks or so after I got off of it, I noticed an increase in appetite though fortunately, not as much as I had before the "D" diagnosis. SO many people would say Metformin has no appetite supressant and even my doctor told me that, but I think for some people, it does decrease appetite. But that was so long ago.

tabby9146 2010-01-02 14:00:19 -0600 Report

oh and I have had quite a bit of stress in my life since the time I 'think' this weight loss began. I can't be sure if it began in Sept, or early Oct. But I thought if stress caused weight loss, it was due to decrease in appetite, which is not the case with me.Don't see how stress can make a person lose several lbs like that in a short period if time, if the appetite is the same.

J Niece
J Niece 2010-01-02 14:21:03 -0600 Report

I would say it was the activity. There are great BMR calculators online which tell you how many calories you are burning based on you and your activity.

tabby9146 2010-01-02 14:25:22 -0600 Report

thanks. I was only burning around 200 calories per day with exercise. But I knew I was taking in at least 2,000 a day. I was put on 1600-1800 calories at the beginning and I did that, and then knew I could add a little more after I lost the weight. I don't do strenuous exercise usually just treadmill, fast walking for 30 mins but the half hour includes the warm up and cool down too.

tabby9146 2010-01-02 14:26:53 -0600 Report

Oh forgot to say, my BMI at the Exploreum at the end of the summer said 25. When I got on a Wii Fit recently it said 22! I don't have a Wii Fit but plan to get one later. I sure hope my BMI hasn't gone down that much in such a short time span.

J Niece
J Niece 2010-01-03 20:15:34 -0600 Report

22 is a great BMI. Your body was just adjusting to the new calories and activity. Make sure you are getting plenty of protein in so you aren't burning muscle while exercising. 30 min a day is GREAT!

AddassaMari 2010-01-04 13:14:28 -0600 Report

BMI is Body Mass Index.

In June 1998, in an effort to make sure doctors, researchers, dietitians, and government agencies were all on the same page, the National Institutes of Health announced its BMI guidelines. They replaced the old life insurance tables as a method to gauge healthy weight.

To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared, then multiply the results by a conversion factor of 703. For someone who is 5 feet 5 inches tall (65 inches) and weighs 150 pounds, the calculation would look like this: [150 รท (65)2] x 703 = 24.96.

Or better yet use a BMI calculator http://www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus