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Do You Need to Increase Your Metabolism? How to Lose Weight by Boosting a Slow Metabolism

By March 11, 2005

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Do you need to increase your metabolism in order to lose weight? Will efforts to boost metabolism help you lose weight and have more energy? Do you have a slow metabolism, and need to speed it up?

These are important questions for anyone trying to lose weight -- particularly for thyroid patients who may be struggling with a slow metabolism. Find out more now and the important role metabolism plays in weight loss.

May 21, 2007 at 12:54 am
(1) Theresa Robbins says:

I have had hypothyroidism for about 25 yrs. I was skinny my whole life until I was around 30 and gained weight and became very tired all the time after having 3 of my 4 children. Doctors always telling me that was my problem…..tired from taking care of the kids,until I did find a Dr. who found out otherwise. My weight goes up and down and then up again constantly. It was under control for about 6 yrs. and I was thin again and felt great. I however developed arthritis and my Dr. said she had to lower my dosage due to the fact that the high dose of my medication was doing a number on my bones. Even after lowering my synthroid, my levels stayed around the same, but did go down a little. But over the past 4 or 5 yrs. I have slowely gained back 75 of the 100 lbs. I lost about 12 years ago that I swore I would never gain back. The only way I have ever seemed to be able to lose weight is to just about stop eating all together. And exercise my butt off. But exercise has become hard to do due to the fact that I also have fybroid myalgia and my muscles get very tired and achy. When I talk to my Dr. about my weight I feel she doesn’t believe that I don’t sit around and eat all day. She just talks to me about a low fat diet and gives me meal plans. I however eat less than what is on any of the menues for a daily breakfast,lunch and dinner. Also my last thyriod test showed that the level of what they test in your brain came up as a little high but the thyroid level in my neck was a little low. I try not to eat fatty foods yet also my cholesterol level was high. Is there anything else I can do? I am sick and tired of being 53 and looking like I am 7 or 8 months pregnant!

February 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm
(2) anita says:

I take levothyroxine 88mg every day. I can’t lose any weight, i just keep gaining. Can someone please tell me how to lose weight.

March 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm
(3) Jennifer Thrasher says:

I’ve had a thyroid problem since I was 8 years old I’m now 23. I was skinny until I had my first child and then never lost the weight. I’ve been a steady 165 to 170 for about 4 years now.
I hate being over weight. Alot of woman in my family have underactive thyroid.

May 1, 2008 at 12:09 pm
(4) M. Daniels says:

My doctor told me hypo will make your chloresterol high and drug resistant.

I was thin all my life and never had to watch what I ate. I had to diagnose myself. When my doctor finally tested me I had hypo and all the weight I gained is not coming off with meds. On my last trip to the doctor I was told I am not eating enough. She told me I need to eat 6 small meals a day. Geez, if I did I would weigh a ton. There is no way I can eat all the food on the meal plans handed to me. I only eat about half as much as they want you to. Even with meds my level is still low. When the labs came back my doctor said to wait two months and get tested again. My levels have not been in a normal range for 4 years.

What irks me the most is people who seem to think hypo is just an excuse for overeaters.
I am faithful in taking my meds and still cannot get into the normal range.

My muscles ache and are tired, my hips and joints hurt especially in my hands.

There has to be a solution to all of this.

I am tired of being tired and hurting all the time.

May 8, 2008 at 2:10 pm
(5) Toni says:

I have been hypo for 5 years. I’m on Synthroid .112… I have to work really hard just to stay at BMI 29.5… that is just .5 under obese… I’m a size 6. I do karate which causes my hips and knee’s to ache but I feel better doing it. My hands, forearms, and elbows hurt almost daily and I’m tired a lot… I have to say it’s still 1000 times better than when I first received treatment… my skin was a mess, my hair fell out by the handful, I was overweight, light sensitive, headaches… it felt like an effort just to breathe. Thyroid Power the book was the first helpful information that I found… imagine my surprise that half the foods I was eating to try to be healthy were actually blocking my meds… would have been nice to know! Anyway… I just have to pace myself better now and take breaks at work and at home. I just started Hoodia and glucosamine to try to help with joint pain, energy level, and make weight maintenance/loss a little more manageable. I really do feel like I eat sticks, twigs, and leaves to maintain my weight.

May 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm
(6) Sarah G. says:

I have been hypo for 6 years now. Well, i was diagnosed 6 years ago…may have been longer. I steadily gained weight over this period of time. I have changed my diet and also have been using a natural supplement with Guggul (You Be Slim) in it which has really helped with my weight and also has boosted my energy. Weight is steadily coming down with the help of walking and light weights. My joints continue to ache so I will start using glucosamine to see if that helps. Been taking too much ibuprophene for the pain.

June 4, 2008 at 11:24 am
(7) joyce cahill says:

Reading about how other people have the same problem as I do really helps get me thru the day. I cant eat hardly anything and am gaining more and more weight. Wish I knew what to do. I diet 24 hrs a day,and nothing helps. I do take Armour Thyroid and will have the Dr. increase it at my next visit. I am sick of all of this. Joyce

July 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm
(8) tessa says:

If the synthetic thyroid medications are not working your best option is to see an endocrinologist… they can discuss with you alternative medication choices that a family doctor would “recomend against” simply because they do not have the training or knowledge to feel comfortable with such medication.
There are natural thryroid supplements that can affect each individual different and often these options will also control your weight loss. See a specialist!

July 25, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(9) Carolyn says:

Switch to a natural thyroid medication (Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid and Westhroid). They contain both T3 and T4. You’ll be amazed at what happens to every aspect of your well-being. Your weight control program will become more effective. I wish the doctor had started me on natural thyroid replacement when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 18 years ago.

July 26, 2008 at 11:44 am
(10) Anna Elizabeth says:

Carolyn’s comment says it all! At 53 I gained 40lbs in less than 4 months and my cholesterol shot up over 100 pts.!I saw many doctors and the endocrinologist simply gave me that glazed look and began telling me that I needed to eat less and that this was something I needed to come to accept at my age! Even with my food and exercise diary and proof of rapid weight gain, I was dismissed as an overweight, middle-aged whiner who needed to “try pushing away from the table”! I have never been more disgusted with the medical profession in my life!
Fortunately, while filling yet another prescription a stranger, yet fellow sufferer suggested a local fly. physician she used! This blessed man of medicine man immediately after listening to my symptoms, switched me to Amour Thyroid which has not only increased my energy level but has helped me begin to take off some of the weight!
Ladies have faith in your own knowledge of your body! Keep up the search for a doctor you can relate to, go natural, and remember, you are not alone!
Stand up for yourself!

November 8, 2011 at 9:50 am
(11) Beth says:

Are you still on armour and if so is it still wornderful??

September 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(12) Cheryl says:

Carolyn are the three natural thyroid meds you mentioned OTC or prescription? And do you take only one of these or all three?

September 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm
(13) Mary says:

OMGolly! Just to see others having the same problem as I have with weight and the inability of not being able to take the pounds off, makes me feel better. I have had Hashimoto’s disease for 16 years, right after my son was born. I have steadly gained weight but more especially so within the last two years. I have gained 30 lbs. This is with excercising and dieting – to the point of practically starving myself at times. After begging my doctor to switch me to a name brand and he refused, I had had enough and finally saw an endocrinoligist (July 2008). He took me off the generic and switched me to a name brand. I am feeling better but no weight is coming off. It has only been two months though. Should I wait to perhaps switch to something such as Armour?

September 14, 2008 at 1:35 am
(14) Tasha says:

I have hypo thyroid for almost 7-8 years. I always heard that people with hypo are skinny and have hard time to gain weight. Sence I was a born I was over weight. So many times I tried to lose weight, ending up never loosing weight. When I started to take my medication, I was told I will lose weight, but still haven’t only gaining. What should I do?

September 19, 2008 at 7:44 am
(15) Marthina Davidson says:

Hi. I live in South Africa and had a hyperactive thyroid (Graves disease but now it is underactive
again due to radioactive medicine i had to take for my thyroid. I also gained a lot of weight and tried everything to loose weight with no success until i joined a weightloss program, i am also a weight loss group leader. Before i hardly ate but still gained weight with this program i lost 40 pounds, and never felt so good. But i had to start eating with this program you eat a lot of food in the right amounts and you do not cut out any carbs or fats, you need to eat from all the food groups. There are days i don’t eat my whole formula but then i gain – funny.Never thought i will need to eat to loose weight.

April 14, 2011 at 3:01 am
(16) Angie says:

Hi – a fellow South African. I had same radioactive iodine for overactive thyroid about 8 years ago. My levels go up and down all the time as does my weight. I am constantly at the doctor who keeps telling me to eat less. I also gym five days a week. Are you speaking about Weigh Less? If it works I would really love to try it. Please let me know your secret to weight loss whilst being hypo.

October 17, 2008 at 5:49 pm
(17) GBurns says:

Does weight and throid go together. I don’t get it? or is it the thyroid pill that puts the weight on. I excercize quite often- walk and water excercize But I’m gaining weight.
I cut down on carbs even fried foods but I’m
still over weight.

October 28, 2008 at 1:04 pm
(18) Cynthia , Arvada says:

When I was 24 I had a total hysterectomy, but I stayed relatively slim and kept an atheletic body, but then at the age of 35, I started to experience uncontrollable weight gain. I went from 115 to 162 lbs in less than 1 year and no matter how many hours I worked out (I worked out 3 hours per day, 1 hour aerobics in am, 1 hour weights, then another hour in the evening) and dropped my calorie intake to less that 1200 cal per day, I could not lose any of the weight. Not even 1 lb. I also started to experience hair loss, depression, tiredness, an achy body even when I first wake up in the morning and mood swings/ states of sadness and depression. I saw my doctor and they kept telling me I need to work out, eat less, I am going through menopause and just take better care of myself. I could not believe what she was telling me. She didn’t believe me. If I were truly working out 3 hours a week, eating less and truly taking care of myself that I should have lost. I finally dumped my doctor and went to a specialist. Finally after 15 years my specialist told me I my thyroid was sluggish and she put me on levothyroxine. Mood and depression improved, that’s about it. but I still cannot lose the weight. I am so tired of this. I am going to be 50 in January, my body aches still, I have gout now, I have been diagnosed with pre-diabets and I still have not been able to bring my weight down more than 10 lbs. They say diabetes and gout can be under control if I lose the weight. I am caught in a lose lose sitatuion here. I can’t lose the weight. Please don’t tell me diet and exercise. So far that combination has not worked doing just those 2 things. HELP

November 16, 2008 at 9:58 pm
(19) Jo Ann Lupinski says:

Hi: I also have Graves & have put alot of weight on being hypo now after Radio therapy. What is the name of your diet? I cannot get rid of my weight gain. I exercise 5-6 days a week; still too heavy. Help me please…..

February 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm
(20) Brianne says:

Hey there, everyone. I’ve actually been hypothyroidic for a couple years now and I’m just 21. I gained about 15 pounds from when I went from hyper to hypo, over the course of about a year and a half. My doctor put me on levothyroxine 25 and I was experiencing a time of being wakeful and having no aches for about 2 weeks. I was thinking of trying Armour Thyroid, but since I have worked in a pharmacy for a little over a year now, there have been some people who have given me tips:

The brands of the different hormones (Levothroid, Synthroid and Levoxyl) CAN be different. One woman told me that she experienced weight loss when switching from Levoxyl to Synthroid. I’ve also heard a lot of women who chose to go on Armour Thyroid and their conditions improving.

About diet – recently there was an article published in a magazine that I nabbed at work, with a diet that helps out people with low thyroid. It’s called “eco-Atkins” and is basically a vegetarian/vegan approach to the Atkins diet: high protein and lots of vegetables. I know a lot of people, including me, don’t want to hear diet, but I am at the point where I have to try something. I’ve tried eating less, working out more and I have lost all of 1 pound.

Keep faith, everyone. There’s gotta be something we can do. Try out different brands of the synthetic or try the natural thyroid. Try to do eco-Atkins too. Also, 6 small meals a day isn’t as bad as it sounds: eating more frequently increases your metabolism. Just snack on a piece of string cheese or some fruit every couple of hours! All you have to do is basically eat

February 28, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(21) Brianne says:

June 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(22) jackie says:

I am so distressed after reading many of your comments. So many of you are depressed and unhappy. I too have hypothyroid and it leaves me exhausted and I find the only thing that helps me is to stay active…if I don’t I will sleep for hours at a time…I need to keep moving and have lots of fresh air…try it…just count your steps everyday with a pedometer…just focus on feeling healthy and feeling good inside…you have a condition just as others have conditions…try to be positive…move your asses!

November 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(23) jennifer says:

love it! someone once told me that… And it works!!! I take .275 synth. Have been over weight before(230lbs) MOVING WORKS…=) believe me when i stop, it all comes back! lots of water doesnt hurt either!

November 8, 2011 at 9:39 am
(24) Beth says:

I MOVE and drink lots of water! I still don’t lose weight. I have tried it all. All types of diets and exercise programs and nothing works. I don’t feel so bad with the exercise, but as soon as I sit down (even for a minute) my eyes get heavy. I can’t run in class. It sucks! My synthroid is .137 – .150 was too much and .137 isn’t enough.

June 18, 2009 at 9:57 am
(25) Diane says:

I was diagnosed with hydro about 2 yrs ago. By the time we figured it out I was pretty sick and my t factor was like .03 which he said is almost non functional. Anyway I struggled for the first 6-8 months with all the medical symptoms including the affects from rapid massive weight gain. For almost a year now I have worked out 4-5 days a week at the gym and then usually doing other things outside that involve physical activity, including hiking. I can not loose but a few pounds and then if i skip the gym more than a couple of days I start putting it back on. I carry my lunch everyday so I can eat smart, carry snacks which are usually fruits and still struggle. Please any suggestions. 4-5 days a week at the gym working hard should see some kind of results!

August 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(26) Balsamwood says:

It was interesting reading the comments. I have had hypothyroid for 7 years and it has been a battle with weight. It took 3 years to have my levels settle finally with .137 of Synthroid which meant steady weight gain until my levels evened out and then another 2 years of arguing that I could not eat any less or exercise anymore to lose weight. It was not until I saw a nutritionist and this is what changed everything. I was not eating enough food and this means you are in starvation mode and our bodies hold on to any fat we have and make more. It is very hard to eat 5 times a day and include a protein every single time. I never ate this much before all this started, but now for almost two years my weight has slowly decreased and am now down almost 80 lbs. I also workout (weight train and cardio, plus run) and walk everywhere. It is scary to eat more, but it does work and of course it is all about what is being eaten as well. Weight loss is possible, it just is a matter of finding what works. It takes time.

August 24, 2009 at 3:42 am
(27) nitya says:

hi i just got a medicial check up done and it shows that my t3 n t4 r within the normal range but by tsh is 6.1….i mean it means i have hypothyroidism bt the thing is i dont have the symptoms..i work out well….i am 5’7 and i weigh 56.5 whereas i should be weighing around 60..so overweight doesnt seem to be the criteria at all…i dont know what to do ?? how to figure out what is the problem then? i work out daily for an hr and feel great….i do aerobics..can someone tell me what can be the problem then??

October 9, 2009 at 6:46 am
(28) anna says:

i have been digonsed with an under active thyorid 5yrs ago at 21 which i think is very young its hard work very unfair to us all i used to work out 3 times a day work my job aswell clean house and what ever jobs needed i think life is hard but even harder with this condition i def think always get a second oponion on ur cond cause sometimes a doctour ur going to for the last 10 years is just going to fobb u off so after u go to ur ow doc and he doesnt help get a second oponion

October 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm
(29) DianeW says:

After a year and a half of trying to get help for unexplained weight gain (125-180 pounds) and many other hypo symptoms, I finally convinced my Dr. to test my thyroid levels in May of 2008. It was wonderful to hear the news that indeed I was hypothyroid with a TSH of 13.92 and it was not me being a couch potato eating everything in sight (which was how I was treated by the doctor).

After 1 1/2 years of increasing my levels of synthroid up to .88 mcg with NO weight I have convinced my Dr. to try adding Cytomel. Again, I am not lazy… I eat 1200 calories a day and walk 4.5 miles 6 days a week in 1hour and 15 minutes. This is not a leisurely stroll.

Has anyone out there had any luck losing weight with this combination…without losing your hair. I asked for it, and I guess I am a little scared… help!!

November 8, 2011 at 9:35 am
(30) Beth Lopez says:

I was wondering how the t3 worked out for you. I see it has been 2 years since you posted this and I haave been fighting it for about 3 years. I am tired of arguing with doctors. I have changed doctors 3 times and still have the same problems. An elderly lady told me the other day that she was fed up with the symptoms and just quit taking the meds – the she lost all the weight. Hmmm….I have heard that is bad, but I almost want to try it. Where are you at with this crazy problem?? We should start some kind of coalition for hypothyroidism!!

October 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm
(31) Pippa says:

Hello People, Have any of you guys tried out the hi-fat diet? This is where you get a staggering 50-80 percent of your cals each day from good sources of fats. Animal fats (yes saturated fats are good for you and decrease your bad cholesterol whilst elevating your good cholesterol!) are the main source. Remember the olden days when they made gravy from the meat fat and ate loads of fatty foods that we all seem to be afraid of today? Well it’s a bit like going back to that. But avoid alot of the refined carbs(white suagr, white flour) especially wheat. Anyone get bad gas and tummy trouble (maybe just a noisy digestive system) them try eating fat. It is the most easily digested food and just 1 week on a high fat diet will ease digestive trouble and more… Try it and see.

November 6, 2009 at 12:33 am
(32) whitney says:

I’m seventeen years old and I have hypothyriod. I also have a horrible combination of that with PCOS. I have struggled with weight gain since I was seven years old. And I still have a problem with it. No matter what I do it won’t come off. I weight 190 and I was kinda okay with that and it seemed like over night I shot up to 224 and I hate it.

December 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(33) Kari says:

I was diagonosed with Hypothroidism June of this year. I am 26 years old. When I graduated highschool I was 5’5 and 150lbs. By the time I was 20 I was experiencing only 1 symptom which was problem ‘going’ and if I experience that problem sometimes I would spot. At that time I weight about 160-165lbs. My mother said I just needs to change my diet because she thought I was eating bad. Well that ‘problem’ rarely occurred but when it did it only lasted a few days. I rapidly lost weigh after a bad breakup. I dropped to 135lbs. I was able to never get passed weighing 150lbs until after the final break up with my ex fiance. Since 2006 I have gone from 150 to 170lbs by Jan of this year (2009) and I weight 178lbs when getting put on levothyroxine 25 mg. my thyroid went from .54 to .47 and my doctor wants it was .45 so there has been improvement however my periods are every other month which is not normal for me. I was normal. My doctor also told me quit eating so much. Which dont get me wrong I was eating alot of fast food but nothing more than what I used to and never gained that much weight in the past. I started eating more salads and eat out less. I went to the gym. I lost an inch off my waste but around my belly button area is the part I need gone. I gained 5 lbs in muscle weigh. So I range from 184lbs to 188lbs. I drink water all day. I quit working out because I got discourage but started again yesterday.
I know I used to eat all the time and I didnt gain weight so maybe eating 6 times a day will help me. Thanks for all of your advice!

Dallas, Tx

January 21, 2010 at 8:29 am
(34) Joanne Pritchard says:

Hi All

I am reading through all your posts and im getting kind of worried. I am 29 and have like you all struggled with my weight and tiredness to name a few. I have over the last few years gained 56lbs altogether, probably through no fault of my own with food and childbirth, but no matter what I cannot lose weight. So after blood tests Ive been told that I have a underactive thryoid, I was so pleased to hear that they had now found this out and was looking forward to starting the medication today. Ive been put on Levothyroxine 50mg to start with a appointment in April (3mths) to check again and up the dose. I have spent years depressed with my weight whilst all my friends were slim,confident etc and now I finally thought that with taking this tablet and doing a diet and exercise I would finally be able to lose weight and become happy and less tired etc….but after reading all the posts it doesnt sound like this is going to happen to me. Has anyone out there had any good experiences on Levothyroxine?? I would really like to hear if you have. my blood results were T4 9.6 and TSH 10.4…

I look forward to hearing from you.

Jo x x

November 8, 2011 at 9:53 am
(35) Beth says:

I hope you are doing better. Your t4 and tsh #’s look crazy!! I don’t like how the doctors make us wait for 3 or 6 months to recheck the levels! So where are you now with your struggle?

March 2, 2010 at 11:49 am
(36) Nancy says:

Hi Everyone,
I only weight 105 until I turned 30 thats when I started gaining & losing weightI was diagonosed at 40 with hypothyroidism I’m now 49. I have been taking levoxyl 75 for the past nine years. My weight a year ago was 147 lbs. So I started going to the gym 4 days aweek 2 days I do kick boxing and 2 days I do weight training.. I do have a weight trainer 1 day a week as he knows alot about thyroids and is trying to work with me and keep me going.. Over the past year I don’t diet, but have cut back on some foods, I did lose 11 pounds and have firmed up I was looking pretty good until afew months ago when i started getting tired and gaining weight again!! So got my blood check (every three months) my THC went from 3.36 to 6.93, so today I’m starting an increase dosage of medication and hoping I can get back on track.. Alittle disappointing after all the hard work.. But I think we all just have to stay on track going to the gym 4-5 times aweek and making healthy food choices.. (very hard).. So I hope all health and happiness.. Nancy

March 27, 2010 at 10:48 am
(37) Diana says:

Seriously, this is very disheartening to read all of these posts. I have been on 25 mcg levothyroxine for 6 months now, exercise daily and eat a very well rounded, lower fat (I am careful to include good fats into my diet – olive oil, avocados, fish, fish oil), higher fiber diet, plenty of protien and vegies, with attention to the foods that interact negatively with hypothyroid treatment. I also have minor high blood pressure and must take dieuretic for that, necessitating watching salt intake and keeping my potassium levels up. I am so sick of having to read every lable (and I read EVERYTHING), measure all of my foods, forgo many that I like, even healthy ones as they interfere with meds. I rarely eat any processed foods anymore because of the salt content, eating out is a real treat and looking at myself in the mirror has become torturous. Stepping on the scale after a great week of working out vigorously, staying well hydrated, eating all of the RIGHT foods in the right amounts being careful not to put my body into starvation mode yet watching every morsel put into my mouth, taking my medications religiously and then standing on the scale only to find that I have gained 3 pounds since last week is very depressing. I grew up skinny, my family is skinny. When gaining weight from pregnancies or just plain poor diet/exercise it was very easy to melt off the pounds. Now, being 55, in the throws of menopause and hypothyroid, I am so frustrated. I do feel less tired when I exercise and the foods I consume in the right amounts make my stomach happy, but it all just seems to turn to fat. The one thing that I want to add back to my exercise routine that I had been doing in the past is some weight exercises using my arms. I stopped because my right elbow is now so sore I can barely lift a glass of water without pain. Glucosomine/condroitin hasn’t helped at all and ibuprophen works temporarily but if I do use the elbow when it is feeling better due to pain medication, I am sorry for it the next day. I am determined to conquer this but I must say it is a daunting task and reading all of these posts makes it even more so. I wish the world were more accepting of and UNDERSTANDING of those with weight issues. I too was one who always thought if you got off your arse and exercised and ate proper, you would lose weight – because that is how I handled weight gain – but I have been humbled over the last few years as that has not been the case for me. Quite the opposite. I would eat crow if I didn’t think it would make me FATTER!

March 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(38) Lee says:

I also have been diagnosed chronic hypothyroid and have been taking levothyroxine for a little over a year. I swim an hour a day nonstop and lost a lot of inches that have stayed off. I am down to a LG/XL from 2X and know if I stop working out that the inches will come back. I am currently walking an hour per day at intervals throughout the day to rev the metabolism. I eat certain foods in the am around meds and the rest of the small meals are heavier mostly lean meat and lots of steamed veggies. I make sure to consume half a gallon of filtered water per day. So far I have been feeling lots better mood and depression nill I am feeling like I am in control. But I know this condition will never get better and I know it certainly can get worse! My doc says enjoy the good days and fight for them every day with a strong perseverance. I know from listening to all of these women I will never be able to be back where I was. I will not give up I will work as hard as I have to and complain because venting is the best way to remotivate. Be very careful of certain foods and liquids they can cancel out your medication. I take all supps in the PM and make sure to take iodine for hair loss sea kelp is what I chose big improvement over time in hair and soon I will add evening primrose oil lots of success with hair regrowth. Freaked me seriously when I experienced the hair thinning but all is on the heal for now. You never know what the next day will bring with hypothyroidism. I experience all the symptoms to include the hyperthyroid symptoms. I will not give in, the eating controls a lot of the symptoms and hot sauna to sweat every day.

April 23, 2010 at 5:05 am
(39) Chris Diz says:

At age 27 I was just 8 stone and a 24 inch waist; but now at 54 I am 11 stone and 36 inches round the middle. Also I have fluid retention in the lower legs. Not good for someone who is only 62 inches tall. I’m also approaching menopause, having had no periods for nine months now.
However, I have not had any condition diagnosed.

I have done quite a bit of reading about bodyweight-resistance training and have been following exercises for some three months now. Result? Nothing. Same weight, same waist measurement. Food intake less than 1500 calories per day. However, my muscles are in a lot better shape!
I can’t afford to go to daily gyms or swimming pools, I just havent got the regular income money. Whatever I do has to be home-based. Seriously thinking of investing in some sets of weights and pushing on with the fat-to-muscle conversion.
It is very upsetting how people just tell you to “do more exercise” or “eat less”, they have absolutely no idea how frustrating it is to already be doing these things and see no results. I hope maybe in the next few years we may see some kind of breakthrough in knowledge about all this, that will help us shed the unwanted pounds more easily. I know I can never go back to being 8 stone again, but even 10 would be a start!

August 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(40) Hilary says:

Hi, everybody. I was diagnosed @ 22 with hypothyroid in ’91 and have had my synthroid/levothyroxine increased from .05 in ’91 to 25omcg daily for the last 10 years. Same symptoms as everyone else…hair falling out @ 22, hirsuitism (excess facial hair growth), deeping voice, heavey periods,extreme fatigue (I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs to get to class(’91) in less than 10 minutes), constant dry skin and body aches everywhere. Eventually, at 22 and 215 lbs., I steadily climbed to now, 41 and 350 lbs. I’m type II diabetic, high blood pressure, depression, PCOS, carpul tunnel, Severe obstructive sleep apnea, asthma and 2 months ago diagnosed with hyperuricemia (gout). The only ray of sunshine in my life so far (knock on wood) is that my cholesterol is better than good. The bad is very low and the good is very high. In april of this year, after listening to a Dr. recommend Cytomel(T3 drug) I asked my endo if I could try it. It was wonderful!!! I haven’t had energy like this since high school, and I have been steadily loosing about 1 to 1.5 lbs./week since starting it. At first all my Dr.’s- PCP, OB/GYN, Cardiologist, Pulmonologist, Neurologist kept telling me to have the gastric bypass done. In July, I developed gout and since gout requires slow weight loss, that’s out of the picture. In treating the gout with allopurenol, the cytomel and all it’s positive developments disappeared overnight. I took the allopurenol for 2 weeks full strength and not only did the energy disappear, the weight loss reversed and I developed pain in my back where my sister and her husband (who are nurses) said my kidneys were located and it was there night and day. I went 2 more weeks on 1/2 a dose and the side effects let up a little. I finally got fed up and stopped it and the pain went away and everything started getting back to “normal” before the gout attack. I’m eating cherries, drinking apple cider vinegar, and eating a low purine diet for the gout, but the weightloss has stopped. I’m so frustrated I could cry! anyone have any suggestions?

November 8, 2011 at 9:49 am
(41) Beth says:

I am wondering how you are doing. I have read so much about armour that I finally called my doctor to see if she would switch me. I hope you are doing better. I feel so bad for you! Do you think that the cytomel caused the gout? I have begged for it and changed doctors 3 times and no one will prescribe it for me!

March 11, 2011 at 2:45 am
(42) Melissa says:

I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid about 6 yrs ago. They started me on Levothyroxine “EVERY DOCTORS CHOICE” and it did nothing for my levels of energy or weight loss. I got discouraged with modern medicine and tried some natural supplements with no improvement either. So I gave up, stopped taking anything all together for over 2 yrs. until my mind was going crazy. I couldn’t focus, was forgetting everything and about lost my job over it. “BEING IN THE FOGG”. So I went back to the Dr.’s got tested again with my TSH levels being 226 yes I did say 226… They put me back on Levothyroxine 125 mcg 3 months later my TSH was 1.72. Still no energy sleeping 12-14 hrs a day all the symptoms. I read about T4&T3 natural thyroid and decided to ask my Dr. to change my meds. After she threw a fit and was extremely upset because she was unfamiliar with Armour Thyroid and didn’t even know how to dose it she had a consult with the Pharmacist and reluctantly changed my medication to 1 grain 60 mg in the morning and 1/2 grain 30 mg at night to keep the T3 level throughout the day. ALERT ALERT I feel wonderful!!!!! I have not felt this much energy since I was a kid. It took affect within 3 or so days…I have started to exercise and eat better lots of fiber my bad cholesterol was 320. I have lost 14 pounds in about a month but have now leveled off. I am going to ask for a referral to an endo Dr. and a nutritionist. If she can’t get me to where I need to be than I will find someone who can. I have seen the light with this new medication and I am going to follow it through.

June 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm
(43) Annetta says:

Thanks for sharing. I am currently on the 60 mg of armour and I am still having a lot of symptoms, just wondering if Dr. need to add the 30 mg. Because I need some energy and some weight loss.

God Bless;
Annetta White

April 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm
(44) Michelle says:

Hello everyone. I have been on armour thyroid for 15 years now and have had wonderful success with it. I am very versed in natural meds and was fortunate enough to have a doc that tried me on armour the moment I was diagnosed. He started me at 30 mg and I have increased my meds 3 times over the last 15 years and am doing well. I think it is extremely important for everyone that is on a synthetic version of thyroid to understand it is only addressing your T4 hormone, not the T3. The T3 is actually what your body uses, so if you are only supplementing with T4 your body still has to convert that to T3. And if your T3 levels are off, you will still have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Armour contains both T3 and T4 so it is supplementing exactly what your body needs. Also, many of you are describing adrenal fatigue and unfortunately it does go hand in hand with thyroid problems. Please find a doc (or an online site) where you can do a 24 hour saliva test for the adrenal fatigue. This is more accurate than a blood test as it only tells you your adrenal levels at that moment. And most of all, realize that there are great holistic doctors out there that will listen to you and not tell you that you need to eat less!!! Don’t put any more of your well earned money into the pocket of someone that has no compassion and no interest in helping you regain your full health. It is possible, just keep looking until you find that doctor that is willing to walk with you on your journey to good health. And try armour thyroid, I don’t think you will be disappointed. And keep in mind you want to keep your TSH levels around 2 to feel your best. Good luck!!!

June 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm
(45) Annetta says:

Thank you for sharing this information. I have been on armour thyroid 60 mg for about 1 month, and I really like it especially for the brain fog, still have other symptoms that havent eased up yet, but I am going to give it more time. If you have some spare can you email me at awhite5@cox.net.
Really looking for some real people to communicate with this hypo.

Thank you
Annetta White

June 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm
(46) Red says:

|I had my full thyroid removed in 05. It was full of cancer. I was a steady 140 pounds from the age 18 till I hit 25. Once I got pregnant with my son everything went down hill.
My 2 doctors cant seem to get the right dosage of meds to give me. Ive been on 2 different types now going from .5mg to 2.25mg and now at 1.88mg.
I changed my life style. I quit smoking, I started to exercise daily and Ive been gaining weight! I feel blah. Im bloated, Im always tired, Im full of aches and pains and no one will do anything about it.
Im really tired of feeling this way and I dont know what else to do. Its getting depressing feeling and looking pregnant because of this bloating.

Makes me want to cry.. I dont want to live my life like this. I kicked cancer in the ass and this is how I have to live my life?

October 13, 2011 at 8:11 am
(47) sarthak says:

I’m seventeen and my dad found our that he is having thyroid problems
i thought that I’m too young to save such a disease but after some research on the internet I’m scared to death
my grandmother too has thyroid

November 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm
(48) Kevin says:

I am a 52 year old male with a regular nine to five. I also teach 7 to 9, 50 minute spin classes a week. I am often anaerobic while teaching and tend to burn 500 to 600 calories per class (according to my herat rate monitor)
Why am I having such a hard time taking and keeping weight off? I am also on Zoloft which I heard tends to affect weight.
I eat right and dont think I consume much as it relates to calories. I also suffer from celiacs disease, so I am already not :D rinking alcohol, eating bread, pasta, etc.
Could my thyroid be a factor?

January 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm
(49) Debra says:

Been hypothyroid for ten years or more. I am 30. I managed to keep my weight between 135 and 155 for years. Then two/three years ago I was under an incredible amount of stress and things went haywire. Gained 20 pounds overnight. Struggled like heck to keep it at that twenty pounds, but the weight kept creeping up. Was nauseous all the time, dizzy, depressed and moody. When my regular GP kept telling me it was all in my head I finally went to a different doctor. HUGE MISTAKE. This guy put me on antidepressants and TOOK ME OFF ALL THYROID MEDS!!!

I gained weight overnight. Over 50 pounds in a few months. I was devasted. I couldn’t hardly walk without getting winded. Being an avid runner for years I knew something was seriously wrong – and I knew it was my thyroid, but I couldn’t get anyone to listen. I was sleeping over 16 hours a day. I went on a mission to find a doctor that would listen.

After months of research and waiting for an appointment, I finally got to see the doctor that I had found in my research. He is excellent and has adjusted my Cytomel to the point where I feel ok, but I CANNOT lose the weight. It is incredibly depressing.

I have read Mary’s book, and I follow it as best I can, but the weight remains. I am embarrassed to leave the house. I have lost nearly all of my friends because I am to ashamed to see them and I don’t want to hear their advice of “Stop eating so much and exercise more.” Gee thanks, like I haven’t tried that.

Most of the weight it water weight or edema, but the doc won’t give me a water pill. He seems to think that I am also progesterone deficient, but hasn’t yet run the test. I am losing my mind.

If anyone has a solution or a doctor that has helped them lose the weight, please share.

February 1, 2012 at 7:34 am
(50) Ja-Net says:

I’m hyperthroid and I have bad anxiety attacks, I was told if I had my thyroid removed my anxiety would go away. It sounds like a good option but I’m so self conscious about the way I look that I scared of the weight gain. Help, don’t know what to do!!!

February 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm
(51) JBee says:

** Hey all! ** I am having the same difficulty losing weight so many of you are. While it is nice to know I am not alone – I see no posts with solutions, success stories, etc. Which depresses the heck out of me! I struggle like mad, eat a 1400 cal high-fiber low fat, lean protein diet filled with fresh veggies and fruit, take a good multi-vite along with Cal +d, D (prescribed), B-complex, CoQ-10 and Krill oil and I am at the gym 5 days a week either strength training or doing cardio (sometimes both) for about 2 hrs each session. When I go to my MD I am told “I must be eating too much or eating junk food” which irks the bazeepers out of me. Please, can anyone tell me what HAS worked because after 25 years of having one MD after another either tell me I don;t have a thyroid problem or tell me I am at the top end of the range for TSH testing so don’t need a med tweak (and won’t draw T3 or T4 etc.) I have given up on the medical community and am resolved to live the best I can doing it all on my own. ~ TY !

October 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm
(52) Lisa says:

Dear JBee,
I began treatment for hyper-thyroidism when I was 32 years old. My thyroid was treated by nuclear medicine three different times. I was started on synthroid (Levothyroxin) immediately. My dosage now is 0.125mgs. Because it was hyper-thyroid I did not have a problem with weight-gain. However, as life went on, I began to have problems with my lower back. Eventually, I was forced into a hysterectomy because of internal bleeding. Shortly after the surgery, I began to notice I was eating more, but not just more-but more carbs.

October 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm
(53) Lisa says:

Dear JBee I began treatment for hyperthyroidism when I was 32 years old. My thyroid was treated by nuclear medicine three different times. I was started on synthroid immediately. My dosage now is 125mgs. Because it was hyperthyroid I did not have a problem with weight-gain. However, as life went on I began to have problems with my lower back. Eventually I was forced into a hysterectomy because of internal bleeding. Shortly after the surgery I began to notice I was eating more but not just more but more carbs.

October 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm
(54) Lisa says:

Dear Jbee cont…My body was craving it! Talk about a panic! I was skinny all my life and then from 98Ibs to
145 I went! I could not believe it! For a while I tried everything you said you are doing, but eventually I began searching for help. I visited every website I could find for advice but I just kept getting the same advice again and again but I was already doing that and nothing was helping. Finally one day I decide to sit down and go over every bit of the advice with a fine tooth comb, paying attention to advice that maybe I had skipped over or forgot to do. With so much info coming at me at one time, maybe I had forgotten something, then, there it was, I had forgotten to PORTION my food. Instead of eating three meals a day, I should be eating four or five. Eating very small portions, about the size of the palm of your hand helps your body digest the food properly which in turn distributes the food throughout the body properly. You do have to watch what you eat still, but the portion sizes keeps your digestive track moving properly. Don’t ever allow yourself to get hungry, your stomach to not get empty. When your stomach becomes empty, it begins to look for energy to keep your body going, thus pulling the fat into the stomach to give you that much needed energy. When this happens, its the equivalent of eating foods that is all fat.

October 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm
(55) Lisa says:

Shortly after the surgery, I began to notice I was eating more, but not just more-but more carbs. My body was craving it!!! Talk about a panic! I was skinny all my life, and then……from 98Ibs to 145 I went! I could not believe it!!! For a while, I tried EVERYTHING you said you are doing, but eventually I began searching for help. I visited every website I could find for advice, but I just kept getting the same advice again and again, but I was already doing that, and nothing was helping. Finally, one day, I decide to sit down and go over every bit of the advice with a fine tooth comb, paying attention to advice that maybe I had skipped over or forgot to do. With so much info coming at me at one time, maybe I had forgotten something, then, THERE IT WAS, I had forgotten to PORTION my food.

October 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm
(56) Lisa says:

When this happens, its the equivalent of eating foods that is all fat. Do not let your stomach decide what its going to use to give your body energy-you decide that by not allowing your stomach to become empty! Put some healthy veggies, fruits and even protein, like chicken in your stomach, so to give your stomach good protein and carbs to distribute throughout your body. You are the determining factor in what your stomach receives. If your choices are good ones, you get good results. Since I have been eating smaller portions in the last two and a half months, I have lost 13Ibs! For exercise, I go dancing, or just dance around the house with my own music. I also moved my office upstairs so I would get more exercise and be farther away from the kitchen.

October 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm
(57) Lisa says:

Instead of eating three meals a day, I should be eating four or five. Eating very small portions, about the size of the palm of your hand helps your body digest the food properly, which, in turn, distributes the food throughout the body properly. You do have to watch what you eat still, but the portion sizes keeps your digestive track moving properly. Don’t ever allow yourself to get hungry, your stomach to not get empty. When your stomach becomes empty, it begins to look for energy to keep your body going, thus pulling the fat into the stomach to give you that much needed energy. When this happens, its the equivalent of eating foods that is all fat. Do not let your stomach decide what its going to use to give your body energy-you decide that by not allowing your stomach to become empty! Put some healthy veggies, fruits and even protein, like chicken in your stomach, so to give your stomach good protein and carbs to distribute throughout your body. You are the determining factor in what your stomach receives. If your choices are good ones, you get good results. Since I have been eating smaller portions in the last two and a half months, I have lost 13Ibs! For exercise, I go dancing, or just dance around the house with my own music. I also moved my office upstairs so I would get more exercise and be farther away from the kitchen.

October 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm
(58) Lisa says:

It repeating my posts-Sorry. This post should be after #56-then read #57: Instead of eating three meals a day, I should be eating four or five. Eating very small portions, about the size of the palm of your hand helps your body digest the food properly, which, in turn, distributes the food throughout the body properly. You do have to watch what you eat still, but the portion sizes keeps your digestive track moving properly. Don’t ever allow yourself to get hungry, your stomach to not get empty. When your stomach becomes empty, it begins to look for energy to keep your body going, thus pulling the fat into the stomach to give you that much needed energy

December 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm
(59) kassie fuhrman says:

I’m 19 and I have an under active thyroid and was given 25mgs my first month taking it and the Dr uped it 25 each month till at a steady 150 a awhile back I stopped taking it maybe between 1 and 2 years. If I start taking it again will it hurt me or help me lose wieght

February 20, 2013 at 9:04 am
(60) Starr says:

i am a 17 year old female and i have been taking levothyrodoxine for almost 2 years now i am also 166lb please tell what i can do to make it so i can lose at leaset 30 lbs or at least like 5 inches in . i dont eat that much everyday sure i have a snack here and there but that dosent do anything right so if you cand leave me an email on how you are losing weight … starrann13@gmail.com

March 28, 2013 at 11:35 am
(61) Anna says:

It’s not only about how much you eat (because I read a lot of comments here about not eating anything or eating very little), it’s also about WHAT you’re eating.

Small portions, lot of whole grain, granola, fruits, vegetables…I’ve never heard anybody gaining weight from eating too much veggies.

I feel awful when I read that 17-18 year olds have a problem with thyroid and have to take medications. Such a young age…you should be eating anything you like and not gain an ounce. But I know sickness doesn’t chose; it just strikes young and old(er) alike.

I’m 49-years old and I was diagnosed with hypothyroid 5 years ago. I wasn’t surprised since it runs in my family. My mom has it and all her sisters, too. I was never overweight though and neither was my mother. When I was a teenager I wanted to gain weight so much, but no matter what I was eating it wouldn’t happen. I really never had a problem with my weight after that age either, so I would lie if I would say that I know how you (people that want to lose weight) feel, but I do know one thing: you have to love yourselves no matter what.

Since the world we’re seeing is pretty much a reflection of how we feel, start learning to feel good. You’re all beautiful and have something unique about you, no matter what size you are.

And then, let the kids cry a little bit (it’s a natural occurrence), ask your husband to fix a dinner (peanut butter sandwiches are just fine) and go for a walk. Park your car as far as you can from the store and walk there. Throw sodas or white flower or sugar or one meal all together out and replace it with a fruit salad (any kind of fruit). Mediate or pray – whatever you prefer a lot. And learn to love yourself.

You’re beautiful.

July 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(62) Lissette Cheng says:

My partner has hypothyroid and severe osteoarthritis and difficulty moving and walking: not such a great combination. Right now she’s undergoing physical therapy but walking with a cane. Everybody keeps saying move, walk, run, etc. but what if you’re having mobility issues as well.

September 3, 2013 at 2:32 am
(63) JR says:

Hi ladies, It sounds as if most of us are thyroid resistant, which means our bodies flucutate or do not function based on the amount of medication taken. I met a new Dr. who told me most docs do not give a high enough dose and it is different for everyone especially since thyroid effects hormones, adrenals and ultimately metabolism. A blood test also does not show accuracy. In addition most who are hypothyroid have a low amount of iodine or it is not absorbed in the cells properly. Finding the right womens’ clinic who specializes in this is crucial. So far, my meds are still too low and I will need to go back for a readjustment. I do believe in mini meals and the paleo diet which helped me shed most of my weight.

September 27, 2013 at 4:44 am
(64) Leanne says:

Hi, yes I agree follow a paleo diet and cut out night shade vegatables. I feel 100% by doing so…. Start weightlifting or crossfit as I have done and it has sped up my metabolism… I have NOT increased my med or my weight since starting crossfit and its very enjoyable. I still need to lose another 5 kg to be in my happy state but at 44 I’m doing well. Keep positive….

October 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(65) Renna Rose says:

I need some help! I am only 17 years old. I was born without a thyroid gland, and I have been on tons of different Thyroid medications over the years. Right now I am on 150 mcg of Levoxyl. When I was around 13, I became anorexic, because I was absolutely tired of being fat. I wanted to control what my body looked like, instead of my medication doing it for me. My doctors never wanted to go above 100 mcg of Levoxyl, because if I became hyper at such a young age, it would have some bad consequences. Anyways, at the age of 13, while anorexic, I maintained a weight of about 105 lbs. I am 5’7.5″ and I haven’t grown since my thirteenth birthday. I was SKINNY at this point. This was about a 60 lb loss from where I was the year before. Now, I weigh 227. I just went on a strict diet two days ago and I have lost 5 lbs already. The only thing is— I’m taking 2 of my Levoxyl pills every day. My doctor refuses to increase my medication. Even though I have gained an unnatural amount of weight, despite hardly ever eating anything. My doctor doesn’t believe that I don’t do anything but sit around and eat candy bars all day. Yet, I am extremely active, I am not out of shape. I’M JUST FAT. I absolutely hate my body. And I know it’s because of my thyroid. Will my increasing my OWN medication be harmful? My last blood test said that I was under levels, but my doctor thought I just wasn’t taking my pills. Someone please help me?! I just want to lose weight and be healthy!

November 19, 2013 at 9:46 am
(66) louise says:

I just wanted to say I was diagnosed in april 2013 with underactive thyroid. So far on my medication I feel 100 times better than I did. I am on 100mg levothyroxine per day. My levels were off the scale, I used to be freezing cold even in summer, constipated, Anxiety/panic attacks, exhausted all the time, even my feet hurt, really heavy periods then no periods at all and I had gained weight from having my children. The list went on and on. since Ive been on my meds I feel so much better, I feel lucky that I am still here to see my children grow up and even more lucky that my medicine seems to work for me. I have lost 1 1/2 stones since april. I have to say I am hoping I don’t lose any more though. When I first started the medication I had shooting pains and cramping muscles, slight shortness of breath, but within about 2-3 weeks I felt better than I had for years.

I just wanted to try to share my experience to hopefully give people a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. I know every one is different and what works for me wont work for everyone. Good luck in finding the one that works for you. xx

May 20, 2014 at 11:54 am
(67) courtnay says:

I’m reading about weight loss and hypothyroidism and I have struggled with both in my life

I gain weight very easily and have lost 100 pounds over 3 times before at different times when my weight goes up 100 in a year

Activity and exercise definitely help as well as sweating

I like the infra red sauna for sweating

I know restriction helps but I try

not to overdo it

I will be trying to fight this naturally
as I know iodine and kelp may help

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