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How do you lose weight if an underactive thyroid?

How do you lose weight if an underactive thyroid?

Work with your doc: Work with your doctor to ensure that your thyroid labs are in the target range to ensure your metabolism and energy level are at their best. After that, it's up to you to watch what you eat, and exercise to burn more calories than you eat. Lifting weights can help build muscle gradually which can increase your metabolism & help with the weight loss good luck - it can be done! ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What can I do to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

What can I do to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Diet and exercise: On top of taking your thyroid hormone, the most important things to do are to eat healthy and exercise. Taking the thyroid hormone to keeo levels normal will not make you lose weight but will avoid faster weight gain. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an underactive thyroid gland if i'm losing weight?

How to tell if I have an underactive thyroid gland if i'm losing weight?

No: Weight loss is generally seen as a result of an overactive thyroid gland. Individuals with an underactive thyroid usually have problems with weight gain and difficulty losing weight. ...Read more

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Trying to lose weight with an underactive thyroid. What should I do?

Trying to lose weight with an underactive thyroid. What should I do?

Diet and exercise: A healthy diet and exercise and taking your thyroid hormone replacement as recommended by your doctor. Normal thyroid hormone levels will help you to no continue to gain weight by stimulating your metabolism to normal rate, but without diet and exercise you will not lose the excessive weight. ...Read more

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How to lose weight during menopause when you have hypothyroidism?

How to lose weight during menopause when you have hypothyroidism?

Balance hormones: There is a balance between the hormones from your thyroid (free T4 and t3), adrenal gland (cortisol) and your sex hormones (estrogen: e1, e2, e3, progesterone, testosterone). I would check all of your hormone levels and replace those which are low with bio-identical hormones. You will be able to loose weight easier when you are in balance. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight if your thyroid is underactive?

Can you lose weight if your thyroid is underactive?

Yes you can: Once your hypothyroidism is treated with levothyroxine, and your TSH is normal, your metabolic rate should be the same as anyone else of your same age/weight/gender, and you should be able to lose weight. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight with a underactive thyroid?

May be difficult: The focus should be on optimizing your thyroid function. The thyroid gland is involved with several body functions in addition to regulating metabolism. Once your thyroid is functioning optimally, you will have greater success reaching your bodyweight goal. ...Read more

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Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

If your: Thyroid is underactive you will not burn up calories at a normal rate, and it is difficult to lose weight even with diet and exercise. Getting on the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement and restoring your thyroid levels to normal will return your weight loss ability to normal as well. You'll still need to eat less and exercise more, however. ...Read more

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Would i be able to have underactive thyroid and not gain weight?

Yes: Weight gain is one of the symptoms of underactive thyroid but there are other factors that control ones weight and metabolism including the type of food one eats, age, gender, level of activity, function of the adrenal gland and many more. I have many patients who have low functioning thyroid but are not overweight, some actually quite thin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can lose weight with a underactive thyroid?

Can you tell me how i can lose weight with a underactive thyroid?

See your physician: To have your thyroid issues addressed. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. Running, swimming, nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.). ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the Atkins diet help you to lose weight if you have an underactive thyroid?

What's the expert opinion, could the Atkins diet help you to lose weight if you have an underactive thyroid?

No: Brand name T4 replacement and getting your thyroid level back to normal will help. Then it's just eating fewer calories than you burn off -- just like everyone else. Avoid diets with names on them, learn to eat healthy for your own self and for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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How can I have an underactive thyroid and still be losing weight constantly?

How can I have an underactive thyroid and still be losing weight constantly?

Many possible reason: Weight loss can be caused by many things and you need further evaluation. Also if you are receiving treatment for your under active thyroid the dose may need to be adjusted ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Is it possible to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Hypothyroidism: First, your hypothyroidism must be treated. Then change your lifestyle to a healthier one. You don't need a drastic diet. Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein/veggie/fruit/water intake, and start doing some cardiovascular exercise. Continue to monitor your tsh, t3, (liothyronine) and T4 levels as well. ...Read more

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How do you gain weight if you have an extremely high metabolism ?

How do you gain weight if you have an extremely high metabolism ?

Eat fat: Fatty foods have double the number of calories per gram as other foods. However, you probably don't need to worry about gaining weight, most Americans are at a good, healthy weight at your age. Gaining weight carries significant health risks. Healthy sources of fats are foods like tofu, avocado and nuts. ...Read more

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How much weight do you have to lose to have what would be called "unexplained weight loss"?

How much weight do you have to lose to have what would be called "unexplained weight loss"?

More than 5-10 lbs.: Losing more than 5-10 pounds without changing your diet, increasing your exercise, and/or due to increased stress could signal a problem. It can be caused by malabsorption, thyroid disease, tapeworm, cancer, etc. Consult a physician immediately to identify the possible sources of the weight loss. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose weight if you have hypothyroidism?

Is it possible to lose  weight if you have hypothyroidism?

Normal thyroid level: Once your thyroid hormone levels are back to normal, a different cause of weight gain has to be sought if you're not able to lose or are still gaining weight. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and have noticed a rapid weight gain. I need to lose weight fast but i'm not sure what i need to lose to look proportional.?

I have hypothyroidism and have noticed a rapid weight gain. I need to lose weight fast but i'm not sure what i need to lose to look proportional.?

First thing first : You have to have your thyroid levels monitored and under control. Dose adjusted accordingly otherwise everything you do to lose weight will disappoint you. Encourage you to keep your appointments with your physician or specialist. Some people do suffer from diabetes along with hypothyroidism . So get checked. ...Read more

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How do you lose the wight that hashimotos causes?

Levothyroxine: If you've gained weight because of an underactive thyroid gland, then taking levothyroxine to bring your thyroid hormone levels back to normal should help. Once your thyroid hormone levels are back to normal with medication your body won't be hypothyroid. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Thyroid (Definition)

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