Losing Weight With Hypothyroid

Losing Weight With Hypothyroid

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Alisa

Beaumont, TX

#1 May 1, 2007
Hello,

I am in my mid twenties and was diagnosed with hypothyroid last December (my birthday none the less). My doctor put me on synthroid and told me that would help with my hair loss (which was pretty bad) my inability to focus, my feeling of exhaustion and need of 16 hours of sleep a day and especially help me drop weight. I was scheduled to return in 3 months to have my labs redone. I didn't change anything I still ate as I normally did and still did the same activities along with taking my medication. When I went to my follow up appointment in March I would have been happy to have lost weight, I would have been even happier to have remained the same weight but I didn't instead I gained 6 lbs. Well that was it I began working out 4 to 6 days a week. 3 days of aerobics, 3 days of cardio - elliptical, stair-stepper, bike, treadmill, jogging, 3 days of upper body weights, 3 days of lower body weights, 3 days of pilates, 3 days of ball toning and I started at 100 crunches a night and now I am up to 250. I am on a low carb diet, 40 grams a day if that much, no flour, no sugar, no white rice, etc. and I drink 3 liters of water a day. In the last two months I have lost 8 lbs., and I guess that is not bad but when you consider everything I am doing you would think I would have lost much more weight then that.

My question is: Is there a weight loss enhancement I can take along with my Synthroid to help lose weight. I am absolutely miserable and frustrated with the lack of progress. I went from being 140 lbs on a 5'7 frame to 215 lbs, I am absolutely miserable. So if there is anyone who has had success with losing weight with a hypothyroiod problem please let me know your secret.
Jcmasmith

Pahrump, NV

#2 May 21, 2007
I have had hypothyroid for 8 years now. I too was 140 lbs and 5'7, but after the first four months of being diagnoised with hypothyroid, I found I was 245lbs. I have been working out 6 days a week (doing cardio, strength training, pilates, and the ball)and eating right(1,500 calories a day) since August 2006. I only lost 18 lbs. Then in January of this year I joined weight watchers and lost an additional 17bs.(210lb.s) It's slow progress, but the good news is that the weight will stay off longer... Don't give up you can do it!!! Talk to your doctor if you think you need more help.
Hoopa

AOL

#3 May 21, 2007
That is a fear of a lot of people on Synthroid. For some people, it sames to make them gain weight. For me, I know it is making me feel hungrier during the day. I have not lost any weight being on Synthroid.
Alisa

Beaumont, TX

#4 May 23, 2007
Jcmasmith wrote:
I have had hypothyroid for 8 years now. I too was 140 lbs and 5'7, but after the first four months of being diagnoised with hypothyroid, I found I was 245lbs. I have been working out 6 days a week (doing cardio, strength training, pilates, and the ball)and eating right(1,500 calories a day) since August 2006. I only lost 18 lbs. Then in January of this year I joined weight watchers and lost an additional 17bs.(210lb.s) It's slow progress, but the good news is that the weight will stay off longer... Don't give up you can do it!!! Talk to your doctor if you think you need more help.
Thanks! Yea I have thought about trying that nutrisystem meal plan but it is so expensive and I am a college student. I have been trying to find an Endocrinologist to help me because I have read some people need a combo of meds to help there T3 and T4. I also found out it isn't a matter of getting your thyroid hormone really low it is about finding the right level for the individual patient. From the beginning when I told my Dr. I think I have hypothyroid he said "I doubt it, you are too young but we can check but I am sure that is not it. You just need to cut out carbs and work out more." After the labs came back showing that I i fact have hypothyroid he put me on meds and set up an appt to come back in three months. When I returned after the three months and had gained weight even with exercise and low carbing it my Dr. still made it seem like it was my fault I was gaining weight telling me "Well you are probably eating too much, you need to portion control your meals." It's like no matter what I say it is my fault for gaining the weight. I am really at the point of giving up I bust my butt at the gym and I eat right and I just can't get below 200 lbs. Don't get me wrong it's not just the weight, it's hard being a college student and not being able to focus or remember words. My hair is falling out and not just the hair on my head and let's not get started on my sleep patterns some days I wake up after sleeping 12 hours and after just brushing my teeth I am so tired I have to go back to sleep. Either that or I can't sleep for hours, staying up 30 to 40 hours. I am just so frustrated and it seems I just can't find the right doctor for me. If anyone knows a good Endocrinologist in Houston please let me know.
vanessa

El Paso, TX

#5 Jun 4, 2007
I am a 25yr old woman and have been diagnosed with hypothyroid. I went through radiation to i guess kill my thyroid cause at first i was hyperhtyroid. I am currently taking that Herbalife supplements and i am wondering if i am in danger with this diet or if its ok. Any comment?
Alisa

Austin, TX

#6 Jun 6, 2007
That I don't know, did you ask your doctor before you started taking the herbal life?
Wendy

Toronto, Canada

#7 Jun 7, 2007
I am 45 and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a year ago. I had put on weight (5'4", 180lbs) and was depressed. It took a while for the levothyroxine to kick in, but it was when my mood improved that I was able to have a positive attitude toward the weight loss, also my energy level increased so I was more inclined to exercise which I believe is the key. I joined Weight Watchers so I would have "someone looking over my shoulder" to make sure I exercised and ate well. It was a bit slow at first but I have lost nearly 30 lbs so far. I found that the more I exercised (mostly by brisk walking) the better my metabolism was and I felt better which spurred me to exercise more and stay with the program. I eat a lot of fiber and drink water.
Cindy

United States

#8 Jun 13, 2007
I am 37 and have hypothyroidism. They put me on meds. awhile ago. I am now almost hyper in the mornings and am losing weight and eating more. So, I go back this month to check again. I don't know if my dose is to high or if I just forgot what it was like to be normal. I have been pigging out for two days and lost a pound when I jumped on the scale this morning. Have all of you that are having trouble losing the weight, had your levels check. Maybe your dose is to low.
Cindy

United States

#9 Jun 13, 2007
Alisa, I would get a diffrent doctor...He sounds like a jerk. I would never have a doctor that treated me like that. It's not your fault that you have hypothyroidism or that you gain weight. He should be more supportive and help you.
Alisa

Canutillo, TX

#10 Jun 16, 2007
Cindy wrote:
Alisa, I would get a diffrent doctor...He sounds like a jerk. I would never have a doctor that treated me like that. It's not your fault that you have hypothyroidism or that you gain weight. He should be more supportive and help you.
Thanks Cindy! I actually had an appointment with my doctor this past Friday and I cancelled it because I found an Endocriniologist who was really helpful when my friend went to see him, plus as you stated before my Doctor was being a jerk and really not helping me. I see my Endo in two week so helpfully he will be of more help to me. I agree with you I think my dosage is too low and needs to be tweaked or perhaps need a combo of T3 and T4 prescriptions. Hopefully it will all go well and that scale will start moving little by little. I am happy though, that you are seeing results with the weight loss I hope that happens for me soon.

I also hope to get everything else back to normal, like a normal amount of hair loss instead of the hanfulls that fall out everyday and everything else that comes with hypothyroid. I do get frustrated at times though when people think the only thing associated with Hypothyroid is weight gain which is why I don't like telling people I have it but then I feel like I have to when people are like "you sure have gained a lot of weight what happened to you?"

Anyways I am just ranting, but I am glad your are having success and hopefully I will too soon.
Amy

New Castle, DE

#11 Jun 18, 2007
I was really glad to find this board.

I am 22 and underwent radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism at age 16. At the time I was a curvy 150 pounds, and happy.

Currently I weigh around 230. I mangage to still be confident in myself, but i hate knowing that it's my stupid medication that's causing this problem. My sister put me on Curves about two years ago for her wedding, and at the time i went from weighing 220 to 208 - great, but not really enough. and after her wedding it all came back. and then some.

When i started college it hadn't really started to affect me. When i really started to gain weight my sophomore year, my doctors pushed my dosage of levothyroxine up to 200mg. but i still gained, and pretty soon after that, my boyfriend at the time told me he no longer was physically attracted to me. we broke up, but his words had a lasting effect. i just graduated, single.

now i moved back east to be closer to family, mostly because my mother is determined to figure out how to solve my weight problem. my weight gain "disturbs" her.

The real issue is that being hypothyroid is such a circular condition - i'm exhausted all the time, so I never want to go anywhere or do anything, which makes me depressed. The more depressed i am, the more i realize how ridiculous my weight is, and the less i eat. the less i eat, the more unfocused and exhausted i get. and so on.

Also, in addition to all the other side effects, this past year I began having hirusitism [sp?] or hair in odd places. that makes me feel super attractive and positive. um, just kidding.

I know that there is no miracle cure, but i just wish that I could find a doctor who didn't make me feel like a fat cow or who would admit that it's not just me who struggles with this.

Any ideas or suggestions or recommendations would be welcomed.

i wish you all the best.
Francilia

United States

#12 Jun 23, 2007
Hi!
I have hypothyroidism since I gave birth with my first son almost 3 yrs ago. In my first pregnancy I gained 71 lbs. I lost them all. Now I have a new baby that was born in April 16th. Well this time I gained 75lbs. In 2 months I've lost 40 lbs. Secret? The secret is that Iím very persistent and I donít give up easily. In my diet I avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, strawberries, soy (yes! soy), pears, peanuts and cauliflower. And eat whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables. Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds (flex is great), and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. I have my source of vitamins that I take every day: Multivitamins (with fish, no soy), Kelp, B complex, B-12, Vitamin E, Calcium, L-Tyrosine, and Vitamin C. Just take one day at the time and DONíT give up!!! Let me know howís it going. [email protected]
Amy wrote:
I was really glad to find this board.
I am 22 and underwent radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism at age 16. At the time I was a curvy 150 pounds, and happy.
Currently I weigh around 230. I mangage to still be confident in myself, but i hate knowing that it's my stupid medication that's causing this problem. My sister put me on Curves about two years ago for her wedding, and at the time i went from weighing 220 to 208 - great, but not really enough. and after her wedding it all came back. and then some.
When i started college it hadn't really started to affect me. When i really started to gain weight my sophomore year, my doctors pushed my dosage of levothyroxine up to 200mg. but i still gained, and pretty soon after that, my boyfriend at the time told me he no longer was physically attracted to me. we broke up, but his words had a lasting effect. i just graduated, single.
now i moved back east to be closer to family, mostly because my mother is determined to figure out how to solve my weight problem. my weight gain "disturbs" her.
The real issue is that being hypothyroid is such a circular condition - i'm exhausted all the time, so I never want to go anywhere or do anything, which makes me depressed. The more depressed i am, the more i realize how ridiculous my weight is, and the less i eat. the less i eat, the more unfocused and exhausted i get. and so on.
Also, in addition to all the other side effects, this past year I began having hirusitism [sp?] or hair in odd places. that makes me feel super attractive and positive. um, just kidding.
I know that there is no miracle cure, but i just wish that I could find a doctor who didn't make me feel like a fat cow or who would admit that it's not just me who struggles with this.
Any ideas or suggestions or recommendations would be welcomed.
i wish you all the best.
ABK

Plover, WI

#13 Jul 13, 2007
Have you tried Coconut oil? I know it sounds like the opposite thing you want to do, but you should really check it out! I take 1 tsp in my morning coffee and since I started, I've lost almost 10lbs. It's not even been 2 wks! It's supposed to give you energy too. Check it out. There's lots of info on the web and I found out about it on a forum just like this! Hope I've helped you.
Jcmasmith wrote:
I have had hypothyroid for 8 years now. I too was 140 lbs and 5'7, but after the first four months of being diagnoised with hypothyroid, I found I was 245lbs. I have been working out 6 days a week (doing cardio, strength training, pilates, and the ball)and eating right(1,500 calories a day) since August 2006. I only lost 18 lbs. Then in January of this year I joined weight watchers and lost an additional 17bs.(210lb.s) It's slow progress, but the good news is that the weight will stay off longer... Don't give up you can do it!!! Talk to your doctor if you think you need more help.
staceyspaceman

Australia

#14 Jul 20, 2007
OMG!! I too feel like an overweight freak and seem to gather kilos ( 1lb - 2.2 to a kilo i think) by the day! I seem to do nothing different week in week out with 3x hard core boot camp in between watching what I eat, and the weight seems to go ON!! WTF? it is very frustrating - especially that I have recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto's and thort with this diagnosis would come a very moderate loss - didn't bank on it going ON. I know there are a lot more people worse off that me, but for me this weight GAIN is massive and feel I need some positive effect to move me in the right direction. Every day I try to push in the right direction, and remind myself that people all round tha world are struggling more than me. Anyway, I figure for the length of time I have had it undiagnosed (prob 3 years at a guess) I have at leat that long to get back to 'normal'(whatever that is???) Thx for yr time xx
Lisa

Thailand

#15 Jul 20, 2007
Cindy wrote:
I am 37 and have hypothyroidism. They put me on meds. awhile ago. I am now almost hyper in the mornings and am losing weight and eating more. So, I go back this month to check again. I don't know if my dose is to high or if I just forgot what it was like to be normal. I have been pigging out for two days and lost a pound when I jumped on the scale this morning. Have all of you that are having trouble losing the weight, had your levels check. Maybe your dose is to low.
What meds are you taking?
Lisa

Thailand

#16 Jul 20, 2007
What meds are you taking? I'm sure many of us would like to know!!
Cindyann

Houston, TX

#17 Jul 22, 2007
My Dr. also stated that my 30 lb. weight gain in 7 months was from poor diet and lack of exercise. I do exercise and eat healthy. My hair is falling out. I need a new endo dr. Any one know of a great doctor in Houston Texas? I am on synthoid.

Cindyann
Seabrook Tx
Rick

United States

#18 Jul 22, 2007
Francillia,
I was surprised to find out One-a Day Men's Health Formula have fish and soy in it. I checked out their website and it showed there but not in the bottle. Can you or anyone recommend a multivitamin that does not contain soy?
Thanks in advance,
Rick
Francilia wrote:
Hi!
I have hypothyroidism since I gave birth with my first son almost 3 yrs ago. In my first pregnancy I gained 71 lbs. I lost them all. Now I have a new baby that was born in April 16th. Well this time I gained 75lbs. In 2 months I've lost 40 lbs. Secret? The secret is that Iím very persistent and I donít give up easily. In my diet I avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, strawberries, soy (yes! soy), pears, peanuts and cauliflower. And eat whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables. Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds (flex is great), and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. I have my source of vitamins that I take every day: Multivitamins (with fish, no soy), Kelp, B complex, B-12, Vitamin E, Calcium, L-Tyrosine, and Vitamin C. Just take one day at the time and DONíT give up!!! Let me know howís it going. [email protected]
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Since: Dec 06

NW Ohio

#19 Jul 25, 2007
Have any of you tried a combination of armour and synthroid? I am on both and have felt better then I have in years. I am 39 and have had hypothyroid since I was 12. I never had a weight problem until I was in my mid 20's.

Oh and those of you who don't like your doctor keep going to doctors till you find one you like. It took me a few years to find the one I have.. He listens and lets me be part of the decision of meds to take.

If anyone is pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant.. GO TO YOUR DOCTOR often to have your levels checked. Your body changes while pregnant. They had to change my prescription several times while I was pregnant.

Also I find just riding my bike for 30-60 minutes 3 times a week helps me lose weight. I had to quit using any type of fake sugars.. Not sure why but they seem to screw up my thyroid for me. I drink lots of water that has helped me lose weight. Oh and I quit soda/pop as soon as I stopped that I lost weight within a few days.. I didn't drink that much either.. I also find that if I eat more natural foods. meaning nothing processed.. hamburger helper or any of those boxed foods I do a lot better.

Since: Aug 07

xenia ohio

#20 Aug 4, 2007
Here are a couple sites that may help us all. If we can just understand then maybe we can be successful.

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/dietweightloss/a/...

http://www.annecollins.com/hypothyroidism-wei...

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