(Closed) Hormonal imbalances and weight gain – Experiences?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah I have hypothyroidism.  I suffer extreme fatigue (if I’m not careful, I can sleep 10-15 hrs), prone to depression, my hair falls out, I get cold easily, I gained 60 lbs in one year.  I actually lost my period for awhile as well.  Good luck!

EDIT: I didn’t really notice the hypothyroidism until after I had mono…it was really bad and I lost some weight and then have felt sluggish since that’s when I begged my dr. to test me for hypothyroidism. Every few months I have to have my levels checked.

Post # 4
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

So sorry to hear that! My mom is hypothyroid…took YEARS for the docs to properly diagnose her though. Her symptoms were as you mentioned…gaining weight and VERY tired..she was falling asleep at her job/desk a lot!!!! She takes Synthroid now and is much better..but she has to have her levels checked (thyroid tests) every few months and her med has to be adjusted from time to time…since it’s definately hereditary, I’m a possible candidate as well….hang in there-let us know what you find out! 🙂

Post # 6
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I hope the tests help you figure out what’s going on.  But, if they don’t, I’d suggest seeing a nutritionist.  Every ‘body’ is different.  Eating the way you are may not be what your particular body needs to lose weight.  Also, even counting calories can be deceptive if you aren’t weighing your food.

I had a hormonal imbalance issue (not thyroid related) back when I was at about 200+ pounds.  My body couldn’t compensate for the weight I’d gained (about 30-40 pounds in a year or two) and was reacting to all the fat.

Along the same lines of seeing a nutritionist (assuming the tests don’t show anything), I recently switched to Paleo eating (lean protein, lots of veggies, fruit, healthy fats (Nuts, olive oil, avocado) – omitting wheat, most dairy, all processed foods).  It’s not so much about counting calories but eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. – and it’s made a HUGE difference in the way I feel physically.  It sounded pretty kooky to me – but after doing a ton of research, decided it wasn’t so extreme as not to try (it’s not like Atkins which eliminates carbs) – and I was shocked at both my results and how balanced my body became.

Good luck and I hope you are on the road to better health soon!

Post # 7
2867 posts
Sugar bee

They treat it with a synthetic thryoid hormone.  It went pretty well except I have to remember to take it.  I didn’t lose weight quickly, and not all of it but it does help the energy level!  That’s my biggest thing, I felt so zapped all the time.  My dr didn’t really think it was such a big deal for me to gain weight, he was like “just go exercise and watch the carbs.”  I’m still in the process of finding a new physician.  Another thing I found is, I go to the bathroom easier (if that makes any sense).  I had constipation 🙁

Post # 9
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

One of my dorm mates freshman year of college (still good friends) has hypothyroidism. She said it ran in her family and she had just been diagnosed that past summer and and had to take meds for it every day, but her weight had already started to steadily decline and she wasn’t tired anymore. She always complained about the meds though since she had to take them at a certain time in the late morning and couldn’t eat beforehand, lol.

Myself, I didn’t have a thyroid hormone imbalance, but instead (I strongly suspect, never got tested) an estrogen imbalance that I wasn’t even AWARE of before I started the pill. I was terrified I would gain weight with the pill, and to my surprise I ended up losing 20 lbs over the course of the first 6 months with no other changes.

Bottomline: Hormones are evil, evil little bastards.

Oh, and as for general health information…I personally follow the low-carb diet and feel AMAZING, but I’ve also heard the sound advice is that you should “eat like you’re a diabetic” to stay healthy.

Post # 10
15 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was just diagnosed as hypothyroid a few months ago, after going to doctors for about  a year.  I had similar symptoms as mentioned above: weight gain (especially in my face and neck, which looked really puffy), extreme fatigue, moodiness, and I lost about half my hair!  I was finally diagnosed in February and started Synthroid to replace my levels.  I feel much better now; I no longer need to nap in the middle of the day.  I’d say that I lost about five pounds since starting replacement therapy, but I also run a lot, so that seems to be part of it as well.  If you have any questions, feel free to message me!

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