I am new here. I will post a formal introduction over the next week as I am having my pc repaired and on my husbands very old IBM Thinkpad right now. Took me five minutes just to get to this page!
I have been struggling with my weight for about 5 yrs now, due to hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's). Although I am not as "overweight" as my fellow thyroid victims, carrying around 33 extra lbs. is not where I want to be.
I am 34 yo, female, 5'5" and currently weight 163. I am on a combo of Synthroid and Armour (Armour seems to be the ONLY thing that assists with those lingering symptoms of fibro and fatigue). Last summer while on a very messed up dose of Synthroid and Armour, I tried to no avail to lose 23 lbs. I was then 153 lbs. Around January I went off Armour completely and was taking Synthroid only. Then came the 10 lbs out of nowhere along with the other symptoms. I believe my dr has me on a good combo now and am going to try again.
I have been reading a lot on the zig-zag approach and feel that this will work best for me. I just started back on the stationary bike and treadmill one week ago today and have not yet noticed any weight loss. I was attempting to burn 500 cals per day and taking in only 1200 calories. Probably exactly why I wasn't losing!!! My body was hoarding everything I put in my mouth. I was confused and then realized that after taking in only 1200 cals along with burning 500 daily, I was only giving my body 800 to work with. So after doing some research, I learned of the zig-zag method.
I am still a bit confused. I would LIKE to do my cardio everyday, MAYBE a one day rest every couple of weeks and then do strength training 3 days a week, possibly 4.
I found a calculator that zig zags the cals for you according to weight and height:
I am confused in that I am certain I should do my workouts, both cardio and strength training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but what about the other days? If I burn 500 on say Tuesday, that still only gives my body 1130 to work with and well, research says never drop below 1200. Is that rule only if you are intending on dropping below 1200 consistently or would it be fine for me to go ahead and do my cardio? Should I try to manipulate the calories more and go a little heavier with cals on the workout days and a little lighter in cals on the low days and not workout at all those days?
Thanks for any insight any of you can provide!