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November 17, 2012 7:33 AM
Just wondering how people loose weight with an under active thyroid and keep it off. I go up and down in weight like its nothing. Have been on a thyroid medicine for about 3 years and have ranged from the same 40lbs throughout the whole time.

Thanks
Amber
  20344155
November 17, 2012 8:12 AM
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I've only been on medication for 3 weeks, so I can't really report any changes in weight.. Although I did lose a few pounds when I started them smile
November 17, 2012 8:16 AM
I've been on thyroid medication for 20yrs. My weight has yoyo'd during this time but I think it had more to do with old bad eating habits than my thyroid smile
  14819038
November 17, 2012 1:15 PM
I was diagnosed on june last year,and have been taking levothyroxine since then. My weightloss started right when i started taking it (along with dieting and exercising).
If you take our medicine following the instructions to the letter your metabolism should be equal to that of a normal person. In some rare cases you might still have trouble losing weighht but you should talk with your doctor about this.you should get lab tests at least once per year to see if your medication needs to be tweaked.
With an underactive thyroid you need to eat healthy and exercise since it will prevent other thyroid-related diseases

Best of luck!!!
  19069102
November 17, 2012 1:18 PM
I've had a rough time- been on an ever increasing dose of Synthroid for ten years now- I finally got my endo to try Arour instead (for other hypo symptoms) and I'm hoping for better results... You can definitely lose weight, but ime, it takes a long time! The boards here are very helpful. Good luck!
  105241
November 17, 2012 1:22 PM
I've had my thyroid removed do to thyroid cancer. I take 175 mcgs of Synthroid to replace the function of a normal thyroid gland. My weight has been all over the place, but I have been successful this year by tracking calories and staying on plan. I have lost 17 lbs, 10 lbs in the past three months!
  29744358
November 17, 2012 1:26 PM
I have been on .25 mcg of Synthroid for about 4 years. I noticed ever since then I have had a lot more trouble losing any weight. I am just a little over my BMI but I just seem to stay the same no matter what I do. It is frustrating.
November 17, 2012 3:56 PM
I started taking Synthroid about 3 months ago, and haven't noticed too much change from it. I asked my doctor about how it would affect my weight, and her advice was that it would help me lose weight if I was on an exercise program... but if I'm just sitting around doing nothing, it won't affect my weight one way or the other. So, essentially, if you're working hard, it will work hard for you. If you're laying around, not doing anything for your body, it doesn't affect anything other than your blood thyroid levels.
November 17, 2012 6:39 PM
I have been on thyroid medication three weeks now and I don’t see any big changes in the speed or amount in my weightless that I can attribute to the medicine.
  22747523
November 17, 2012 6:45 PM
My daughter is newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism so I started researching helpful dietary changes. Her nutritionalist pointed us to coconut oil. You might look up the benefits of coconut oil for thyroid issues, it might work for you as well.
  705092
November 17, 2012 7:40 PM
I have been hypo all my 43 years! Losing weight is tough, keeping it off is even harder. But it can be done. As you have been advised, make sure your medication is accurate dosage. Also, get plenty of sleep but not too much, and exercise. Keep the calories down. I just had a simple metabolic test done, and that was interesting. Now I know my basal metabolic rate, it was very close to the BMR that I got using online calculators actually. I can say that I have lingering "issues" related to my congenital condition...an abdominal apron of sorts and some old "fat" lines on my neck. Those I have to learn to live with, but I can say that both areas look much better at a lower weight than they did when I let myself go.

Hang in there, good luck. Feel free to "friend" me if you want.
November 17, 2012 7:45 PM
I have lost just over 20 pounds in the last 4 months. It is a lot of dedication but worth it, I eat regularly (6ish meal/snacks a day) and exercise almost daily. I'm 5'10 and eat 1900 to 2200 calories a day so I am taking it slow but It is almost a steady 1lb a week

ps Ive been on thyroid medication for 12 years
Edited by tbetz1 On November 17, 2012 7:46 PM
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November 17, 2012 7:50 PM
Well up until my thyroid took a crap and my medications needed to be re-adjusted to accommodate it (again) I lost 15 pounds. An underactive thyroid can make losing weight difficult but NOT impossible, as long as you are taking your medication and eating/exercising like normal you shouldn't have too many problems.

I have been on Thyroid medication for 11 years, my initial gain was because of my thyroid but in all honesty the reason it stayed on was because I was a lazy sack on the couch.
November 17, 2012 7:53 PM
I have been on Synthroid since May of '07 and had the hardest time losing any weight with it. I had to fight for every lb and then when I would make some note worthy progress my thyroid would get lazier, I would regain the weight and I would get my dosage upped. Then I talked to my doctor after reading about a T3 replacement and she lowered my Synthroid a little and added in a low dose of the other med and I finally feel like myself again! If you are on synthroid and still feel symptoms then talk to your doctor or endo about it! Don't wait for 5 years!
  25889410
November 17, 2012 8:02 PM
Here is a group you can sift through :)
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/groups/home/753-hypothyroidism-and-hyperthyroidism

It took me 3 years to get where I am, hard work, and never giving up. A lot of exercise, eating less processed foods, eating more fruits veggies and lean meats. The occasional sweet and glass or two of wine. It can be done! I feel better now that I'm taking T3 with the synthroid and the weight is a little 'easier' to maintain, so maybe talk to your doc about that. Good Luck!
  593173
November 17, 2012 9:17 PM
I am hypothyroid on levothyroxine. The weight I gained is coming off without a problem, HOWEVER, the pills are not a substitute for counting calories and exercise. I exercise regularly (5+ times a week) and I am careful with calories. The best thing I ever bought myself was a food scale, it is very easy to misjudge serving size and hence miscalculate calories.
  28359402
November 17, 2012 10:35 PM
Me....most people do not so well on synthroud/t4 only meds. Most need t3 added to.their t4 meds or better yet, straight t3 or ndt which is t3/t4 combined. Visit stop the thyroid madness.com for lots of great info. For me staying away from sugar abd being lower carb helps. I did not lose all my weight that way, some initially was WW. Also if your not optimal in tour meds...you will have a hell of a time losing. You can not only go by blood work..also by how you feel. Your free t3 levels shoujd be near top of range and ft4 mud range....TSH is not the only test for thyroid..talk to your doc about some of the above.
November 17, 2012 10:45 PM
I have been on thyroid meds for 10 years. Generally my weight has stayed the same. I went on a diet with ecercise last year and lost 40 pounds only to regain it in 6 months by eating everything I wanted and no exercise. The weight comes off far more slowly for me than with people who are the same weight and no thyroid issue. It really seems like an endless process. My endcronologidt has told me to lose weight. I am nearing the end of my first week. My specialist has put me on a low carb diet on 1100 calories. I don't think it will work, but we will see. Hope that this works out for you.
  2242836
November 17, 2012 10:46 PM
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  2547066
November 18, 2012 5:18 AM
QUOTE:

I've been on thyroid medication for 20yrs. My weight has yoyo'd during this time but I think it had more to do with old bad eating habits than my thyroid smile



Unfortunately that sounds about right. Hard to shake those habits.

Thanks
  20344155
November 18, 2012 5:19 AM
That's great :)
  20344155
November 18, 2012 5:26 AM
Hi there, I have been taking thyroxine for about 8 years and my weight has gone up and up since then,
I think this is down to my lifestyle and inactivity more than anything, just been on fitness pal for 1 week
and it has motivated me to get moving more and look at what I eat and drink, (far too much red wine it
appears)!
feel free to add me as a friend, i go on mfp every day,
good luck
Jan x
November 18, 2012 5:32 AM
As long as you are in a calorie deficit from your maintenance then you will lose weight, and yes you can keep it off. Takes hard work but it's possible
November 18, 2012 5:39 AM
Thanks everyone, very informative! smile
  20344155
November 18, 2012 5:42 AM
I've lost 37lbs since June and am on thyroid medications. I just do the same thing everyone else does to lose - eat less, move more and drink lots of water. There's nothing complicated to it.

Also, I eat 40% carbs/30% protein/30% fat, which I think helps a lot. You can look at my diary if you're interested.
Edited by mgobluetx12 On November 18, 2012 5:43 AM
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