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5/31/12 11:59 A

I was born with hypothyroidism so I have dealt with this for almost 50 yrs now. I kept it under pretty good control but now that menopause has hit my weight has gone wacko! I hit 200 lbs. About a month ago and now at almost 210. I had my Dr switch me from levothyroxine to synthroid because I read not to take generic thyroid. I also have read not to eat Peanuts, soy., or bread. So I cut those things out and eating healthier and started walking but still putting on the pounds and inches. I am so puzzled. What the heck is the deal?

Do y'all have any advice or input?

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5/21/12 2:28 P

I'm in this club!

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5/21/12 2:14 P

I am 68 yrs old now, and was diagnosed with low hypothyroidism when I was about 28 yrs old. The only way I have ever been able to lose weight and keep it off has been to exercise regularly, at least 5 days a week and eat the healthy Diabetic Meal Plan. It is good for everyone! I have rode a bike and now I do water aerobics and swim.

Check out the Diabetic Meal Plan here on SparkPeople. It helped me reach my goal!!!

5/9/12 6:02 P

I have hypothyroidism for the past 6 years and my doctor still can't regulate it. It is harder to lose weight because of this condition but I also overeat. With decreasing what I eat and excercising the weight has come off. It has come off slowly and I have kept it off. I eat what I want but smaller portions so that I don't deprive myself of anything I like and it seems to have worked for me.

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5/9/12 3:32 P

Hi I read your story and just wanted to tell you I have been on thyroid meds for over a year and noticed they were not working and I never lost a pound. I am now on Armour Thyroid meds and I totally notice a difference. I am not crashing throughout the day, headaches are gone and I have lost 10 lbs in 1 month. I just feel so much better.

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1/3/12 4:39 P

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism one week ago, i have been on my meds since then, I havent really noticed a change but im sure it will take some time. I am interested in losing weight and im not sure if this will affect my weight or not. I havent had my follow up with my doctor to ask any questions yet. Any advice will be appreciated. I have alot of weight to lose to get to my goal but overall i am just wanting to be healthier and feel better about myself.

DAGNY99 Posts: 1,302
12/4/11 4:56 P

I have hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto's disease. Apparently Hashis is a disease that kills off the thyroid for whatever reason.
I once weighed 312 pounds and dropped to around the 220-230s before being diagnosed. I guess maybe my thyroid was in a "hyper" state and that helped. I was so scared that I would regain the weight when I started the meds!
But no. My weight loss did slow but I am now maintaining the 170s.
I was going to lose to about 150 but changed my mind. I figure I can maintain the 170s and my doctor isn't urging me to weigh less and I have lots of clothes at this size.
I continue to exercise and eat well but stopped counting calories. I haven't weighed myself but my clothes still fit and that is what matters. I kind of don't feel deprived or anything either. I guess things could change as I get older as I am only 25 but for right now my thyroid isn't really affecting my weight too badly, I don't think. There are times I feel exhausted, but other than that I feel kind of normal.
So, you can lose weight! At least I did and have maintained it...since about the end of 2009/beginning of 2010.

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12/2/11 12:28 A

@ Jackson-Levothyroxine 15 mg tablets which I take one a day every am on an empty stomach runs about 24 bucks, I think it's cheaper at Walmart or Target

The ONE thing that made a big difference???Taking my meds at o'dark hundred on an empty stomach. Waiting for my coffee for 30 minutes after and NOT eating until about 90 minutes after I popped the pill and FINALLY avoiding soy at all costs. I stay away from refined carbs but that may be my age versus thyroid....Good luck-I'm down almost 50 pounds since this time last year...

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11/27/11 11:39 P

I have hypothyroidism, I've taken medication for 10 years. I don't consider this "dieting" I am changing my entire lifestyle to one of physical activity and healthy eating. Yes, it can be more difficult to lose when you have thyroid issues but for so long it's been an "excuse" for not losing the weight. Not any more. With eating right and increasing my activity I'm seeing all kinds of great changes in my overall health. One of which is my increased ability to stay focused and exercise. I'm able to keep at it now and I don't give up because I'm 'tired". Where there is a will there is a way!

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11/27/11 9:01 P

I have Hypothyroidism and my weight is going down. I'm ending my second week on here tomorrow. I do take meds for my thyroid but I can't say that I can notice a difference, from them.

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11/27/11 5:34 P

Would you mind sharing what your calorie max was each day

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11/27/11 5:32 P

I tried WW and for anyone HYPO it is way too much food or at least it was for me. I think it was also wrong kinds of food for anyone HYPO. My friend who is not HYPO was very successful on WW.

4/7/11 2:43 P

I was diagnosed with low-thyroid five years ago. My weight ballooned up and I successfully lost 35 pounds only to regain it. I am once again working at shedding the pounds. It is much slower going than before my thyroid condition was diagnosed. But patience and consistency will win out!

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3/31/11 8:58 P

Nothing is impossible...I would think it would depend on how out of whack your thyroid is. I know mine is terrible...nearly 4 years, countless dosage increases and mine still seems to be off! But, power through!!

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3/4/11 5:53 P

i have hypothyroidism but due to no insurance and being unemployed, I have not been on my medication for over 4 years...I am not excited to post this but I have been working out for a month and trying to fight the urge to give up...So i work out five times a week for the past month and i still dont see much change... I need advice on what is an effective way to get the weight off without having my medication???

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1/17/11 1:05 P

I have lost almost 50 and have hypothyroidism. I did it over the last year and a half with watching calories and excercise. But I will say that the right dosage of medication makes a HUGE difference. Be sure to be going to your dr regularly and have your levels checked because if that thyroid is still underactive it will be very tough. I had this issue for a while and I think I am starting to have it again because I hit a big plateu. It is very common for your thyroid to take a while to regulate (especially if its been out of whack for a long time) and your dr will continue to adjust your meds accordingly. Mine has been going on for 3+ years and still not regulated.
Its tough but keep pushing forward!!

GAILRUU Posts: 10,210
1/17/11 9:46 A

What worked for me was joining TOPS so that I had to face the scale every week. The booklet that I got when I joined said to try to burn at least 150 extra calories every day by exercising which got me off to a good start. I also tracked my calories on paper every day (I still do) and then a year ago began using Spark which has been very helpful and an eye opener showing me how I tend to eat far too many carbs and not enough protein or calcium. I am working on that!

BLESSED2BME3 Posts: 11
1/16/11 11:18 P

Your progress is wonderful too! It's always encouraging to me, just to see someone with hypothyroid ABLE to lose any weight. I did check out the message boards and even joined two. Thank you so much for the advice.

I've been looking at Weight Watcher's this past week, but was too timid to try dumping more money into something else that wouldn't work for me. However, in my research, I found this site and it's I have the WW concept of point tracking down and using this SP site, I'm tracking calories, fat, protein, and fiber too. Just in the last 3 days of combining WW and SP I've lost 3.8 pounds. I'm leaning toward the low end of calorie consumption also and exercising daily. It all seems to be working.
Thanks again for the info on message boards. I need all the encouragement I can get!

BLESSED2BME3 Posts: 11
1/16/11 11:11 P

Wow! That is awesome. Good job. I hope I will be able to do the same. What's the one thing you think you did that made the difference?

GAILRUU Posts: 10,210
1/16/11 10:58 A

I have hypothroidism and have managed to lose over 50 pounds in the last two years. I did lose slowly but with careful calorie counting (nutrition tracker) and a minimum of 30 minutes a day of exercise, it does come off.

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1/15/11 9:56 P

Check out some of the Spark teams for people who have hypothyroidism. You'll find lots of people there who are being successful.

I have hypothyroidism (and hypertension and borderline diabetes and bad knees) ... and I am losing weight. It's coming off very slowly, but it is coming off. I try to stay on the low side of my calorie range (most days) and exercise for 30 minutes 5-6 times per week. For me to lose faster, I would have to make lifestyle changes I am not willing to make at this time.

But check out the Spark Team pages and you'll find some for people with hypothyroidism. They may be able to give you just the support you need.

BLESSED2BME3 Posts: 11
1/15/11 5:15 P

Does anyone have hypothyroidism and have successfully lost weight? If so, How? Please share your story for inspiration.

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