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AvesevesAveseves Posts: 55Member Member Posts: 55Member Member
Any one suffer from hypothyroidism and have success keeping weight off or even maintaining a healthy weight? Would love to know any supplements, tips and info anyone has. Thanks! :)

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  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 12,553Member Member Posts: 12,553Member Member
    Aveseves wrote: »
    Any one suffer from hypothyroidism and have success keeping weight off or even maintaining a healthy weight? Would love to know any supplements, tips and info anyone has. Thanks! :)

    Is your condition well controlled with medication yet, or are you still working to get stabilized?
  • AvesevesAveseves Posts: 55Member Member Posts: 55Member Member
    Kimny72: meds are good. I'm on nature thyroid and had blood work done two weeks ago. Levels are all in normal range...even though I don't feel great they say everything is..

  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 12,553Member Member Posts: 12,553Member Member
    Aveseves wrote: »
    Kimny72: meds are good. I'm on nature thyroid and had blood work done two weeks ago. Levels are all in normal range...even though I don't feel great they say everything is..

    From what I've seen on these boards, once your numbers are good, you *should* be able to lose weight normally, but that's just my understanding secondhand. If you don't get more action on this thread, try using the search function for "thyroid" and you should find some of the threads we've had before regarding this. We have a ton of women with all sorts of thyroid issues seeing success on here, if you keep poking around you're sure to find them!

    In the meantime, these threads are super helpful generally for weight loss:

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/1080242/a-guide-to-get-you-started-on-your-path-to-sexypants/p1

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10634517/you-dont-use-a-food-scale/p1

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10084670/it-is-unlikely-that-you-will-lose-weight-consistently-i-e-weight-loss-is-not-linear/p1

    Welcome! :drinker:
  • AvesevesAveseves Posts: 55Member Member Posts: 55Member Member
    Thank you! I'll look into that and I appreciate you helping navigate through this app. Its overwhelming:)

    Thanks for the positive feedback!
  • AdaMaraNmaAdaMaraNma Posts: 15Member, Premium Member Posts: 15Member, Premium Member
    Pure Black seed oil. The oil, not the pills.
  • AvesevesAveseves Posts: 55Member Member Posts: 55Member Member
    AdaMaraNma wrote: »
    Pure Black seed oil. The oil, not the pills.

    What does black seed oil do? And how do you take it?
  • tracengeltracengel Posts: 25Member Member Posts: 25Member Member
    I've had an underactive thyroid for over 15 years, never really controlled properly. In the last 18 months or so, I saw a new doctor who increased my levothyroxine dosage quite dramatically - all other doctors had treated it very conservatively over the years.

    Over the next few months I dropped nearly 20kg - without planning to.
    The issue was simply that when my thyroid was uncontrolled, i had zero energy and moved very little. That combined with a crazy work schedule meant that i was at my desk 16 hours a day and then straight to bed, for years. Once thyroid was better, I began naturally moving more, which then evolved into proper exercise and a focus on my calories, and have kept the weight off since then.
    The trick is to find a doctor who takes your symptoms seriously and doesn't only look at "numbers".
    If you don't feel right, you're never going to have the mental or physical energy it takes to make changes and keep them up.
  • princessjulia59princessjulia59 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    I have the same issue. Dr put me on medicine but i had side effects. I don't like medicine at all so reached out looking for natural remedies. A friend who takes Youngevity suggested that i didn't have enough iodine in my body so i started taking detoxadine 2 x a day{ 3 drops} and selenium two times a day. I feel much better and i have a lot more energie, also lost the 8 lbs that i couldn't lose no matter what i did. My blood work is this Friday for tsh so i will find out if it's working .
  • cheryldumaischeryldumais Posts: 1,563Member Member Posts: 1,563Member Member
    Been Hypothyroid most of my life. I didn't lose weight when they finally medicated me but I did lose when I got serious a few years ago and have managed to maintain since.

    I agree that many docs seem to undermedicate. I suspect that is true in my case since my body temp runs anywhere from 95 to 97 normally.

    Anyway weight loss for me came when I really changed my eating habits and kept my calories low. I also started walking daily. I still log daily even though I've been in maintenance over a year.
  • cmsavellscmsavells Posts: 122Member Member Posts: 122Member Member
    I’ve been hypothyroid for 22 years. It took several months to get under control. My TSH stayed on the high end of normal range until I went through menopause. Then the TSH jumped drastically. They increased my meds and I’ve felt much better. I’ve lost 32 pounds since the medication increase in February. I had lost 15 before that but it was a battle. I’m down a total of 47 pounds since October 2018.

    Connie
  • peggs71peggs71 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    One doctor that treated me in the past told me that he generally undermedicated for Hypothyroidism because there were studies that showed one of the risks for ‘too much’ medication was a fatal stroke. Of course, that didn’t help my symptoms any! I have a more knowledgeable doctor now!
  • deClairedeClaire Posts: 225Member, Premium Member Posts: 225Member, Premium Member
    Hi. Recommend you always ask for a print out of your blood results. ‘Normal’ ranges can be very wide and misleading! being hypothyroid you need to be at optimum range as we struggle to absorb nutrients, vits and minerals. A good example of this is with both B12 and iron as at the lower end of normal can experience, fatigue, breathlessness, anxiety, brain fog etc.

    Always get B12, vit D, folate and iron checked every 6 months until optimum (there are plenty of hypothyroid fb forums who will advise you on optimal levels) and then at least once per year.

    Other key things are to limit caffeine (and avoid 2hrs either side of meds’. Also avoid soy and iron near meds intake as these also disrupt absorption).

    We’re all different and I know many hypothyroid sufferers really struggle with losing. I’ve managed to lose but my weight constantly yo-yo’s and can fluctuate really dramatically over short periods of time if don’t remain disciplined with eating and exercise. I lost 70lbs in 2010 and kept it off for 8 years but put nearly all back on again after really stressful year (stress can really hamper digestion as well as challenge will power). Back on here to lose it all again! I think endo’s discourage overmedicating T4 levythyroxine as long term if TSH is suppressed it can stress the heart so they tend to err on side of caution.

    Good luck. By the way BetterYou do great oral sprays for B12 and vit D which I take daily.
  • cmsavellscmsavells Posts: 122Member Member Posts: 122Member Member
    Several people have mentioned taking the thyroid meds on an empty stomach and waiting at least an hour to eat. Another important one to remember is to avoid calcium or foods high in calcium for at least 4 hours after meds. This one is really difficult for me as yogurt is one of my favorite breakfast foods. I end up having yogurt mid-afternoon. That’s OK, but I really miss it in the morning.

    Connie in KY
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