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3/23/13 1:24 P

Hypothyroid (managed with meds) and lost 62 pounds.
As a matter of fact, I had to lower my dosage because of my weight loss.

I started off with walking. Lots of walking. Fast walking - up a lot of hills, 4-5 times a week.
I used the walking as an aerobic exercise to get the heart rate up. I walked about 7 km in just over an hour, incorporating some major hills. It is a great cardio exercise.

Edited by: DOUGLYE at: 3/23/2013 (13:28)

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3/23/13 10:34 A

Two to 3 years ago I had my thyroid checked and it was way, way hypo. I went on a whole-thyroid prescribed by a naturopath. Then I lost my health insurance and did not have it checked and did not take meds for over year, maybe almost 2 years. Now last week I went to the doc and my thyroid is totally normal. The only difference I can see is I am about 50 pounds lighter and exercise all the time now and eat better.

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3/23/13 10:19 A

I have been hypothyroid for over 15 years. I have found for me, without a doubt that consistent exercise is the key. I do not need much, only 20 minutes a day. The exercise is my medicine. My dosage has gone down over the years as long as I keep the exercise going.

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3/21/13 6:00 P

Thank you for the reply about the hypothyroid. It is frustrating, but I am learning that I need to be consistent in the exercise

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3/21/13 2:37 P

I am hypothyroid, and as long as my thyroid levels stay in check, I don't have trouble losing weight. I think any exercise done consistently would work, really, but I go to Curves 3 times per week, and I do a 2 mile Leslie Sansone DVD 6 times per week. Sometimes I do another DVD instead, but I like the ease of the moves in the Leslie Sansone workouts. Especially at 5:30 in the morning!

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3/21/13 9:38 A

I have hypothyroid and was unable to lose the weight I put on when my levels were out of whack originally, even after the levels stabilized. (My condition was quite severe, probably for a long time.) I had to cut down to 900-1200 calories daily (I was supervised by a doctor) in order to get any weight loss started, but then I lost steadily. I was also biking 5-10 miles most days. I lost forty pounds in six months. After that I stopped tracking carefully and just used the new lifestyle habits I had learned and took another forty off over about a year, where I've been for more than two years. Now I hover around the normal/overweight BMI line, and it is difficult for me to lose any more--or else I just don't have the motivation I used to! Anyway, despite what most doctors say, I do think it is more difficult for people with hypothyroid to lose weight, even with a normal TSH, T3, T4. I don't think the artificial hormones are ever going to be as good as the real thing. But we just have to work a little harder! Once I acknowledged that, I felt a lot less frustrated and bitter. Good luck!

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3/20/13 11:06 P

Like BunnyKicks, I can lose weight when my med dosage is appropriate and I am feeling fine. However, when my thyroid functions declines a little more ... and my dosage needs to be increased ... I feel lousy and gain weight WAY to easily.

But -- I also exercise regularly and eat a "lower carb" diet to keep my mild diabetes in check. So I am pretty compliant with the food intake and exercise regularity. If I am not, my blood sugars get out of whack.

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3/20/13 9:25 P

I am hypothyroid, have been for years. As long as my dosage is appropriate, I have no special difficulty in losing weight.

When my medication requirements change (which they have, over the years, as my thyroid function declines), I've had spells of time where I've packed the weight on pretty easily - but once I get my dosage sorted out and start paying attention to what/how much I'm eating, I figure I'm just like any other "normal" person :)

Gotta admit, I have not been doing much in the way of exercise. But since i started tracking my food intake and being really consistent with sticking to the 1200-1550 range, the weight has been coming off steadily, even without exercise. I KNOW i have to add exercise at some point (for my overall good health, not just for "weight loss") - but, one challenge at a time :)

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 3/20/2013 (21:26)

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3/20/13 8:11 P

Hi, I was wondering if anyone else has a hypothyroid and if they are successful at their weight loss and if so what form of exercise, and how often did they do it? I have to say I am at fault because I have not been consistent at my exercise routine and I realized that I do need to consume the 1200 calories spark recommends, but I am looking for a home exercise that is easy to stick and effective.
Thank you

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