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Hypothyroidism & caffeine

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism more than 5 years ago and have been on medication for it since. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor told me that I should stop gaining the weight once the meds kick in, but I'll probably never lose the weight... and I believed him & didn't try.

March 2008: I finally had enough & joined a gym. I joined SparkPeople January 2009. I lost 22lbs by July 2009. This is one of the articles that helped me:

I have now gained back 13 of those pounds. I thought my thyroid meds needed an adjustment, so I had my blood drawn yesterday, but it was normal. SO, I reread the Spark article above.

I think my problem gaining the weight back is because I forgot that I shouldn't drink caffeine. I remembered that I shouldn't drink Mountain Dew (duh!), but I recently read an article in either Prevention or Women's Health that said coffee was actually good for you because the caffeine boosts your metabolism. I bought an iced tea maker & have been drinking iced tea for the last month. I'm going to either stop drinking iced tea now & make decaffeinated & see if I can lose the weight AGAIN.

Wish me luck! emoticon
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    Just goes to show you, not everyone responds the same way to the same things. If cutting out caffeine has worked in the past, then hopefully it will work for you again! Good luck...
    3126 days ago

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    3128 days ago
    I have hypothyroidism too. It is a bummer. My doctor told me I would lose weight once my levels were normal but that never happened. Now my doctor likes to rub it in my face that I am "obese" and that I need to lose weight. My nutritionist told me that as long as I don't gain any weight I am fine. Honestly I think it is more important that I am exercising and eating much healthier than I have in years, whether or not I lose the weight. Everytime I step on the scale and my weight has gone up, my heart drops, and every time I get on the scale and my weight has gone down I am super excited even if it is one pound. Hypothyroidism is a tough thing to have. Just remember to exercise and check your measurements, muscle weighs more than fat. emoticon
    3130 days ago
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    Good luck! You can figure this out Claudia!!!!
    3130 days ago
    Good Luck!! If you lost the weight before and you gave up the caffeine, then maybe that is what you need to do this time. I am here if you need me!!
    3130 days ago
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