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Dealing with weight loss and hypothyroidism

Anyone who suffers with hypothyroidism knows how hard it is to lose weight. Come to t his group to share your frustration and ideas.


Tue. Jan 24, 8:24am

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hypothyroid, 4 kids, 40 pounds

I am finding it very hard to lose weight. I am on synthroid (1 year now) and would love to hear others' stories, input.

Thursday, July 20, 2006, 10:51 PM

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I was hyperthyroid for a while..I have Graves disease..So I chose to have my Thyroid removed, they took the whole thing June of 2003, so it's been 3 years now..I am now on levoxal, they check my levels every 6 months now. My meds have been ajusted a few times..Just recently, I said to myself, I should have it checked, because I feel like I can't lose weight..Then I said to myself, are you really staying on track, and really watching ,and excersising? The answer to myself was NO..So now I am trying really hard, and I told myself, I will not blame my thyroid meds, until I know for sure, I have done everything I should to try to lose weight..

If you are hypothyrid, it is VERY hard to lose, and very fustrating!!! You know the "normal" range is very big, ( some people feel good at the bottom of the range, and some people feel good at the top, or middle) ,so if you are feeling hypothroid, but the DR says, your in the "range" tell them, your not feeling good, and would like to increase your meds a little, and if they won't, go to a different DR.. I have a great DR, that would go more by how I was feeling, then the lab results!!

Friday, July 21, 2006, 4:42 AM

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This link shows no group members - would we like to join and make it an active group again?

Friday, July 21, 2006, 8:38 AM

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I just joined, I'm hoping others will too. I've struggled with thyroid problems since I was a teen. It is super hard for me to lose weight. I feel like I have to work twice as hard as everyone else. *sigh* this group could really be helpful and motivating.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 10:05 AM

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I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism over 14 years and have been on synthroid of varying levels since then. As soon as I got on medication I felt much better. The medication gets us in a normal range, so there is no reason why hypothyroidism would affect your weight loss or gain anymore. I gained lots of weight over the past few years, but it was due to diet, not the disease. I recommend really thinking about what the cause is of your excess weight, I think if you are really honest with yourself you will see its your behavior and not the disease. Sorry to be harsh, but we all have to take responsibility for ourselves and not rush to blame things on diseases that are under control with medication.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 12:15 PM

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This post is really inspiring! I don't have hyperthyroidism, but I'm so in awe of those of you who do, and still say "am I really doing absolutely everything I can?" I think if I were in your position, I'd give up! It's hard enough losing weight without having an additional condition!

Way to go! You all rock!!!

Friday, July 21, 2006, 2:11 PM

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Being hypothyroid definitly affects your weight. If your dose of medication is not correct, one of the first syptoms is weight gain. If your dose is correct, then I agree you need to really see if your doing everything you can to lose weight. Just knowing that there is a problem that could hold us back from losing, is very fustrating..

Saturday, July 22, 2006, 1:40 PM

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Recent diagnosis

My dr has been tracking my increase in my thyroid for the last year. I was very surprised. That would explain a lot though, because last fall I joined a gym, I went faithfully everyday for at least 2 months, did the weight training and the elliptical machines, and I was doing the Atkins diet. Normally, this would start working within about 2 weeks, but I never lost more than 5 pounds, my clothes started fitting slightly differently, but not to the degree they normally would have. So, until I found your messages, I was not sure if it was this change in my thyroid or not. I am glad you are here, and for those of you who are thinking it is because you have not been following your diet or exercise in the most successful manner, please also realize that it may not be that alone, it may be that, due to this thyroid problem, you have to work even harder. I just hope you are not too hard on yourselves, I know for me it's going to be a complete relearning process about understanding how my body works. Good luck to us all!

Saturday, July 22, 2006, 10:36 PM

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dealing with hyperthyroidism

hi everyone --
I need all of your help / advice. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism over 5 months ago. I lost a ton of weight, went through the heart tremors, etc. Now, 5 months later, I have gained the weight I lost back, PLUS 25 lbs. I go to the gym religiously and have been dieting. I haven't lost a lb. in fact, I keep gaining. My doctor has me on methimizole. I take a pill and a half a day -- is it the medication? Do you think it has made me HYPO? I'm so lost, confused, frustrated, depressed.. i could go on. Please help me. Advice? Comments?

Friday, December 01, 2006, 2:56 PM

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Hypothyroidism & weight loss

A few years ago, I lost 50 lbs. For me to do this, I was running 10 kilometers 4 times a week. I was eating about 1500-1800 calories a day. It was an insane time. It took over 10 months to lose the 50 lbs.
And when I cut back the running, I gained weight.
I do not have the same motivation now and I gained the 50 lbs plus another 20.

It is very frustrating having Hypothyroidism and lose weight. I am not sure how else to lose weight except make exercise a full-time thing???
And I learned that taking Hydroxicut has a negative impact on people taking synthroid. OOPS!

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 3:22 AM

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