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Went to the doctor... questioning his advice.

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I usually see a nurse practitioner but because I had a mild injury to my knee the office decided to have me see a new doctor. I've been counting calories, exercising, changed my diet, etc. for 6 months and have lost 6 pounds. While I've lost inches, it's mostly been in my chest and I've only dropped one pant size. It's frustrating because I am working hard and doing everything right. Based on my weight my calories should be around 1,700 a day, I'm often at about 1,600-1,700. Well, this doctor concluded that I need to drop down to 1,200 calories in order to lose weight.

I had some blood tests run just over a year ago to check for hypothyroidism but the results came back showing that my gland was actually creating too much of the thyroid hormone. He said it was probably a lab error but didn't want to retest me. He said he could prescribe me metformin but just didn't think I was a good candidate for it... whereas the nurse practitioner I've seen before thinks I likely have PCOS. I haven't used birth control in 4 years and I'm not pregnant, I've had hair loss, and more. She once considered prescribing it to me but we decided to wait.

Should I really be dropping my calories down to 1,200 a day? I'm 208 and 5'6"... my friend who is 165 and 5'2" is eating that many calories and it just doesn't seem right to me.

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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by Bronze Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Good luck

Quoting miss_lisa:

Thanks! I'm going to give the 1,200 calorie thing a try but if it doesn't work then I think I'm going to go back and see my normal person. I've done a lot of the other stuff already, I've cut out a lot of carbs and only drink water. I eat a ton of fresh fruits and veggies.

Quoting cherylmoore:

I have pcos and everyone that has it has a different story. depends on your hormonal levels as to how it will affect you. you need to see a reproductive specialist to get diagnosed. Check with ur insurance but mine did not require a referral. Pp is correct. If it is pcos lowering your carbs will help. Also make sure u get enough water and cut out all aspartame. Since I have done this my weight loss has doubled. I was losing about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds a month and this last month I lost 5. If it is pcos you will have to face reality that the hormone fluctuations will cause the weight to come off slower. You work twice as hard for every pound as someone without pcos. Metformin will help. I did take it while I was ttc but chose not to take it anymore cause it makes me sick on my stomach

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