Need advice! Thyroid and weight loss help!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You’re not going to reverse the effects “naturally.”  You may manage to lose weight without supplements (although it will be very difficult, and may result in even more weight gain later on due to your losing touch with your natural appetite).  But even if you did, hypothyroidism can cause a variety of other symptoms, including:

  • Feeling tired, weak, or depressed.
  • Dry skin and brittle nails.
  • Not being able to stand the cold.
  • Constipation.
  • Memory problems or having trouble thinking clearly.
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods.

The only way you’re going to deal with all of those symptoms is to replace the thyroid hormone your body is not making.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Agreed with 2dBride. Hypothyroidism isn’t something you can cure – it is the fact your thyroid is not functioning properly and can’t produce enough of the hormones.

If it is an autoimmune disease that is causing the deficiency, then it is going to get worse. Unfortunately nothing you can do about it.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Benjeweler:  Please understand the scope of your condition, and how seriously it can affect you. You may be focused on the weight aspect of it now, but as 2dbride pointed out, symptoms are not limited to weight alone. 

Your thyroid controls all aspects of your body, and when it’s not producing enough hormones properly, your entire body slows down. That means blood flow is restricted, organs slow, and more severe symptoms can present if left untreated. Not the least of which, by the way, being repeated miscarriages, mitral valve prolapse (heart issues), and myexemeda coma, which can kill you. Please don’t take this condition lightly. 

May I ask you a serious question? Why are you wanting to avoid treatment, but ask for “crazy weight loss” advice? It seems counter intuitive to avoid legitimate treatment for your condition with the notion of bodily preservation, yet potentially doing damage to it with extreme diet / weight loss measures? 

If you are concerned about unnatural products in your body, look into armour or naturethroid. Those are not synthetic. 

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Benjeweler:  Just as the other posters have stated, you canNOT reverse hypthyoroidism. Hypothyroidism does more than just make you gain weight. Your thyroid is not producing enough hormones. Unfortunately, you will most likely be on medication for the rest of your life. I have had hyperthyoridism, which in my opinion is worse than hypo, and am now hypo. I only have to take a small pill every morning so it is not that bad. I would recommend talking to your doctor and seeing what he says.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Calyse:  I was hyper first, too. I literally thought I was dying.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Benjeweler:  You need the right balance of thyroid hormones if you would like to continue being alive.  If your body is not producing enough, then you need to get your hormones through medication.  Period.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Benjeweler:  My friend is trying to avoid meds by going to an acupuncturist. I go to the same acupuncturist and he told me the same. I chose meds as I am TTC.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Please, please read Mary Shomon’s work (thyroid.about.com). You cannot treat this “naturally” and iodine may be the worst thing you can do at this point. You need to replace what your body is not making and CANNOT make. There’s a reason you can’t lose weight — your levels need to be optimized and even then its hard for thyroid patients to lose weight. But trust me on this, once you get optimized you can lose weight, just not before.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I agree with the first poster. I have hypothryroidism and went through a period of thinking I didn’t need my medication. I gained fifty-six pounds, became increadibly sleepy and depressed, had a six month long period and had a terrible time consentrating on anything–all because I was stupid enough to not take my medication. I went back on my medication, dropped sixty-five pounds and literally transformed into a different person. I was happier, I had more energy, I felt amazing again.

I don’t know about you, but I can not and will not lose weight without my medication. That’s what hypo does. Honestly, unless you have a strong argument for NOT going on medication, get on it. Losing weight is going to the be LEAST of your worries.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Benjeweler:  Sorry if the previous post sounded judgmental, but your first post didn’t have much information on what type of treatment  you were getting and / or medical oversight, if any. It wasn’t the intent to be that way on my part; I was just responding in a place of concern. 

But to answer your initial question, I have had some (albeit, slow) success with http://www.myfitnesspal.com, wherein I log everything I put into my body. I account for every single calorie I eat, and I have a food scale at home to keep those factors constant. I also have a heart rate monitor (Polar FT4) which tells me how many calories I am burning during a work out, which is ultra-super-mega important to know, being hypo. Our metabolism isn’t exactly “normal,” so assuming we burn the same amount of calories as the average Joe might be counter productive. 

I’ve dropped about 20lbs this way. Still have more to go, and it requires discipline, but anything beneficial is worth doing.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Benjeweler:  Even with medicine, treating hypothyrodism is very difficult/tricky. I haven’t heard of many ways to treat it outside of drugs.

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