19 y/o University Student, Thyroid Nodule and Weight Loss

  1. 19 y/o University Student, Thyroid Nodule and Weight Loss


    Hello,
    My name is Andrew and this is my first post on this forum. I am 19 years old and I weigh about 200 pounds. My height is 6'1.
    As I am a student, my schedule is most of the time very busy and all over the place, and I also tend to overeat. Now, I feel like I might be getting overweight and since I've been fat for the most of my childhood, I really do not to return to being overweight. Many of you may say "Join a Gym and got the Gym as much as possible", but I don't have the money nor the time for this. Also, I have a Thyroid Nodule and my doctor recommended little to no neck strain and not doing push-ups, pull-ups or crunches. I have been in bad shape since then and started gaining weight. I am also on medication (Eutirox).
    What I seek esentially to have a short effective workout schedule, that will eventually get me lean, without any neck strain and especially, that could be done at home. Also, recommendations for what I should eat, when, and how would be a huge help. (my doctor recommended a high iodine diet for maintaining my Thyroid).
    I am desperately looking for real advice, as I already feel awful and bad about myself.



    Regards,
    Andrew


  2. Planet fitness is $10 a month you have the money to join them.
    Your post is just a bunch of excuses - man up, eat less and move more.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by BloodManor View Post
    Planet fitness is $10 a month you have the money to join them.
    Your post is just a bunch of excuses - man up, eat less and move more.
    I highly agree with you, but from where I live, it takes about 2 hours just to get there. Also, even if I do what you suggested, the thyroid thing is still there.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Machiavelli13 View Post
    I highly agree with you, but from where I live, it takes about 2 hours just to get there. Also, even if I do what you suggested, the thyroid thing is still there.
    How large is the nodule?

    You can still workout with a thyroid nodule.

  5. It's about 24mm. The problem it's not the nodule itself, but what can happen to it due to neck strain. My doctor said if it's going to grow yet a few milimeters, a surgery would be required as it would hurt when swallowing food for example and affect the functions of the thyroid. Also, a surgery would imply removing the whole right side of my thyroid, and in the long run, there is no assurance that it is going to function as before, requiring stronger medicine.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Machiavelli13 View Post
    It's about 24mm. The problem it's not the nodule itself, but what can happen to it due to neck strain. My doctor said if it's going to grow yet a few milimeters, a surgery would be required as it would hurt when swallowing food for example and affect the functions of the thyroid. Also, a surgery would imply removing the whole right side of my thyroid, and in the long run, there is no assurance that it is going to function as before, requiring stronger medicine.
    That is very odd for your doctor to recommend against you exercising. Is this a primary care doctor or a specialist (endo.)? Are you in the US?

  7. Quote Originally Posted by ELROCK View Post
    That is very odd for your doctor to recommend against you exercising. Is this a primary care doctor or a specialist (endo.)? Are you in the US?
    He recommended not doing anything implying my neck. He mainly excluded doing crunches and pull-ups, as the neck is really being strained doing so. But also, he didn't recommend doing exercise. I am from Europe, and my doctor is indeed an endo, the head doctor of that specific Hospital.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Machiavelli13 View Post
    He recommended not doing anything implying my neck. He mainly excluded doing crunches and pull-ups, as the neck is really being strained doing so. But also, he didn't recommend doing exercise. I am from Europe, and my doctor is indeed an endo, the head doctor of that specific Hospital.
    Ok, fair enough. Follow your doctorís advice or seek a second opinion. We do things different in the US thatís all.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by ELROCK View Post
    Ok, fair enough. Follow your doctorís advice or seek a second opinion. We do things different in the US thatís all.
    Sometimes I hope that one day things here will work just like in the US. This way of dealing with things doesn't suit me. However, that's why I was asking for advice. I don't want to believe that I am doomed to become overweight.
  10. 19 y/o University Student, Thyroid Nodule and Weight Loss


    Quote Originally Posted by Machiavelli13 View Post
    Sometimes I hope that one day things here will work just like in the US. This way of dealing with things doesn't suit me. However, that's why I was asking for advice. I don't want to believe that I am doomed to become overweight.
    You are not doomed to be overweight. You may have to work a little harder then others to stay lean due to your thyroid. Do cardio and lower your caloric intake.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by ELROCK View Post
    How large is the nodule?

    You can still workout with a thyroid nodule.
    What if he has a porn star size nodule. Is that bad. Don't chicks dig huge nodules.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by jameschoi View Post
    What if he has a porn star size nodule. Is that bad. Don't chicks dig huge nodules.
    Lol...he stated it is only 2.4 cm though

  13. Jesus @BloodManor bit brutal lol.

    Look op, couple of things you’ve said do sound a bit like wallowing in self pity, things like your destined to be fat etc. The numbers of calories you consume rather than the exercise you do can be a determining factor here. Even with zero exercise you can avoid fat gain (NEAT burns way more calories than exercise anyway).

    However, exercise definitely helps with body composition. I would be asking your doctor for a list of what you can do rather than what you can’t. I wouldn’t like to give you a program as in theory lots can place a strain on the neck, especially in resistance training. I would guess that bodyweight leg exercises will be your friend. High rep, done for speed (air squats, lunges etc). Can be down anywhere. But get medical advice on what’s permissible, bring back a list and I’ll put together a session for you.

  14. As someone with hypothyroidism (on meds for nearly a decade) and a nodule on one, you have to work harder to achieve what others can do in half the time. Just have to work harder and deal with your short comings.
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by Whisky View Post
    Jesus @BloodManor bit brutal lol.

    Look op, couple of things you’ve said do sound a bit like wallowing in self pity, things like your destined to be fat etc. The numbers of calories you consume rather than the exercise you do can be a determining factor here. Even with zero exercise you can avoid fat gain (NEAT burns way more calories than exercise anyway).

    However, exercise definitely helps with body composition. I would be asking your doctor for a list of what you can do rather than what you can’t. I wouldn’t like to give you a program as in theory lots can place a strain on the neck, especially in resistance training. I would guess that bodyweight leg exercises will be your friend. High rep, done for speed (air squats, lunges etc). Can be down anywhere. But get medical advice on what’s permissible, bring back a list and I’ll put together a session for you.
    I would agree with this. I don't know enough about the condition to give solid advice, but we often focus on trying to be better at things that we will never be good at when we should be cultivating our strengths.

    Like BloodManor said (brutally, but sometimes we need brutal) - quit wallowing and quit focusing on how much you cannot do.

    As Whisky said, find out what you CAN do and start doing it.

    I don't care what someone's credentials are though...get more opinions and make your own decisions. It is YOUR life, not theirs. I am not saying you should follow this guy's decisions, but watch CT Fletcher talk about his issues. Make the decisions that are right for you. This is your life, there is no afterlife, you only get one shot and here you are. Do what is right for you.
    "I've never seen anyone change his mind because of the power of a superior argument or the acquisition of new facts. But I've seen plenty of people change behavior to avoid being mocked." -Scott Adams

  16. Also, for almost anyone, diet will be a bigger factor for fat gain than exercise. Exercise builds strength...or more precisely adaptation from exercise builds strength.

    Diet builds abs.

    If you do work out with weights, start very light and build through progression...as I would advise anyone.
    "I've never seen anyone change his mind because of the power of a superior argument or the acquisition of new facts. But I've seen plenty of people change behavior to avoid being mocked." -Scott Adams
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