I have struggled with hypothyroidism for years. I first found out about it more than ten years ago when I quit smoking and gained 80 pounds in 8 months. The doctor started me on synthroid and I stopped gaining the weight, however I platued and no matter what I did, I could not lose a pound. I recently found a doctor who was willing to put me on Armor thyroid, a natural thyroid replacement as opposed to a synthetic one. I am feeling very hopeful about this. But I was wondering if anyone out there had any helpful tips or things that have worked for them.
I've had some luck supplementing my thyroid medication with natural sea vegetables - kelp and bladderwrack. They are both cheap and easy to use on salads, in soups, etc. Also for me - not sure if this will work for every one - but smaller amounts of exercise twice a day - say 15 or 20 minutes of running, once in the morning, once at night - really helped me take off the pounds. And of course, I ate a healthy diet.
Well I don't know if you are still out there, but I'd recommend following a diabetic diet, this provides a nice balance of good carbs and proteins, and fats. Go to the diabetes.org site, or pick up a couple books on diabetic nutrition, you'll learn about good carbs versus bad ones, that you do need fat in your diet, to always balance some carbs with some protein, etc. If everyone ate this way, we'd all be healthier. Walk alot and also build muscle because muscle burns fat. I hope you are doing okay and good luck!
My weight gain is from medication I need to survive. I would gain weight eating lettuce and exercising 3 times a day (morning 30 minutes, lunch=60 minutes, and evening 60 minutes. Please ask your doctor first. Taking Hoodia Gordonil 800 mg works for me. It is natural and it stops hunger. Please ask your doctor first and good luck.
I hear ya on the slow thyroid! Lettuce would make me gain weight, seriously. I joined a rapid weight loss program that discovered my may-as-well-be-dead-thyroid problem and devised an eating plan for me. I never knew that spinach is not good for me, or broccoli either. Not good for ME, but very good for others. I have been with the program for 2 months, easy to follow, no hunger, and have lost 41 lbs and 25". This from someone who gained weight eating lettuce a few months ago. It can be done just keep looking for the right plan for you and good luck!
Hypothyroidism affects as much as 1 in 20 or so, higher in women. It's very common, however goes mostly untreated. Most folks don't know they have it.
Symptoms are unexplained weight gain (despite diet and exercise), aches and pains, fatigue, depression, memory loss, dry skin, brittle hair, etc. It does follow family history, so if you have family members who have it, you're more likely. Also, if you're over 30... my doc says you should have them test for it when you do your annual physical.
If you have it (hypothyroidism) you probably have it for life and will need to take a pill a day for life. Until I started being treated for it, I guess I didn't really know how bad I really felt. It took a couple weeks to feel the effects, but after that the difference was amazing. I have SO much more energy now, have lost quite a bit of weight, and feel a ton better.
If you're dieting and exercising regularly, you may want to try increasing the protein in your diet. I've heard that this can help suppress appetite when you have hypothyroidism and give your metabolism a boost. You may also want to have your doc check your thyroid levels again. These can change over time, and if it's been awhile, you may need a slightly higer dose.
Lady_Bengal write: I have struggled with hypothyroidism for years. I first found out about it more than ten years ago when I quit smoking and gained 80 pounds in 8 months. The doctor started me on synthroid and I stopped gaining the weight, however I platued and no matter what I did, I could not lose a pound. I recently found a doctor who was willing to put me on Armor thyroid, a natural thyroid replacement as opposed to a synthetic one. I am feeling very hopeful about this. But I was wondering if anyone out there had any helpful tips or things that have worked for them.
I don't have any tips especially in this matter when food and excercise don't seem to work. someone asked me if i had hypothyroidism but i don't know. Are there any tell tail signs?