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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

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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I have an underactive thyroid. Aside from diet and exercise, what are some recommended thyroid medications to help with losing weight?

I have an underactive thyroid. Aside from diet and exercise, what are some recommended thyroid medications to help with losing weight?

None: Although commonly believed to cause weight loss, properly dosed thyroid hormone does not produce more than a 5-10 pound loss of water weight. Diet and exercise, that is the key. ...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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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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What are the best ways to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

What are the best ways 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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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 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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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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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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Is there a way to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Is there a way to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Yes: Once your thyroid hormone is regulated (with the appropriate thyroid replacement), you should be able to diet, exercise, etc. And have expected weight loss. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone who has an underactive thyroid turns anorexic will they still lose weight?

Could you tell me if someone who has an underactive thyroid turns anorexic will they still lose weight?

Yes: But an underactive thyroid is easy to treat with the proper amount of brand name T4 replacement. An eating disorder is much harder to treat. Talk w/your doctor and with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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After starting meds for underactive thyroid, how long before I actually see weight loss?

After starting meds for underactive thyroid, how long before I actually see weight loss?

See details: It depends if you are also willing to diet. You must restrict carbohydrates as well as take your meds. Obesity often is caused by multiple factors, especially dietary habits. ...Read more

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Can the underactive thyroid cause weight loss or only weight gain?

Can the underactive thyroid cause weight loss or only weight gain?

Weight Gain: Hypothyroidism (low) is associated with gaining weight, because your metabolism is too slow and sluggish. The most common cause is autoimmune, called Hashimoto's. Other symptoms include fatigue/lethargy, muscle aches, menstrual irregularity, constipation, feeling cold, dry skin, depression, and coarse hair. you may have a goiter/enlarged thyroid. Blood tests can show anemia, high cholesterol. ...Read more

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I have underactive thyroid! Have tried every diet there is and still can not lose weight despite normal TSH levels! Any suggestions, ?

Euthyroid: If TSH is normal you are now euthyroid. However there is a range of nl. It may help to be at the lower end of the range than the higher. It takes time for the body to adjust and you need to change your eating habits and increase exercise long term to get to lose weight. ...Read more

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Have struggled with my weight for so long. Does anyone know if the Atkins diet will work with an underactive thyroid?

Have struggled with my weight for so long. Does anyone know if the Atkins diet will work with an underactive thyroid?

Yes: First of all you need to take thyroid med to normalize thyroid function. Then you have no worries about an underactive thyroid. The atkins diet should work as long as thyroid function has been normalized first. ...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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Is it possible to lose weight with underactive thyroid disease?

Yes: Yes you can lose weight even if you are hypothyroid. The first thing to do is to take the appropriate amount of thyroid hormone so that your metabolic rate is "normal". After that you need to limit calories and exercise moderately just like everyone else. ...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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Have underactive thyroid. Eating healthier, more active. On levothyroxine. Why am I not losing weight. Only my hair!

Have underactive thyroid. Eating healthier, more active. On levothyroxine. Why am I not losing weight. Only my hair!

See your Doctor, as: You might need to be investigated. Maybe your levothyroxine dose might need to be increased. Or might have something else going on.
He/she should be able to answer all your concerns.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I am having underactive thyroid function & I am on thyroxine medication but I am struggling to lose weight. Is there any fast acting detox program?

I am having underactive thyroid function & I am on thyroxine medication but I am struggling to lose weight. Is there any fast acting detox program?

Consider T3, (liothyronine) No but: Many people find that thyroxine does not adequately treat their hypothyroidism and benefit from t3 (liothyronine) or natural thyroid- see http://bit. Ly/15k26u8 ; http://abt. Cm/18gpb3a
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it's best to lose slow ; steady- see http://bit. Ly/1dhw9ht. ...Read more

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What is a healthy diet for someone with an underactive thyroid?

What is a healthy diet for someone with an underactive thyroid?

No special changes.: No need to alter your diet for hypothyroidism. Eat a healthy balanced diet like you normally should. ...Read more

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Are there any good diet pills which people with an underactive thyroid can take?

Are there any good diet pills which people with an underactive thyroid can take?

Diet pills: If your thyroid is truly underactive then your dr. Will probably recommend thyroid replacement and that may help with your weight. I have had little to no success with other diet pills and recommend lifestyle changes instead with exercise and dietary changes. Good luck with your weight loss. ...Read more

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Do people tend to lose or gain weight with an underactive thyroid?

Do people tend to lose or gain weight with an underactive thyroid?

Weight: Children actually may lose weight or "fail to thrive". Adults can gain weight if thyroid levels are low. ...Read more

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I have an underactive thyroid and am struggling to loose weight. Could you recommend a plan please?

Replace thyroid: Once you are on full replacement with thyroxine for your hypothyroidism you have the same potential for weight loss that euthyroid people suffer with. See a dietician. ...Read more

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Could rapid weight gain over a short period of time be linked to an underactive thyroid?

Very unlikely: It is hard to say why you've experienced a large weight gain over a short period of time without knowing you, but this isn't typical of hypothyroidism. Even if you are hypothyroid the cause of a rapid weight gain should be further investigated. ...Read more

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Describe symptoms of an underactive thyroid in women?

Many: Weight gain, abnormal periods, fatigue, weakness, slow heart rate, hair loss, bad nails and a multitude of other problems. It's easy to check for with a simple blood test. See you doctor. ...Read more

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50 year old female, HDL 18.0, LDL <30, triglycerides 1729, chol/hdl ratio 12.50. I also have an underactive thyroid right now TSH 2.82. Advvice?

Significant Medical: You need a very good medical partner. Your results show you have significant risk to your heart and brain and arteries. Don't wait for us online but get good advice and change your life as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Does vitamin d help an underactive thyroid?

Does vitamin d help an underactive thyroid?

Not clear: There are studies that show a correlation between vitamin d levels and thyroid disease but correlation does not imply causation. In other words, it isn't clear there is a cause and effect relationship. It's good to keep your vitamin d level above 20, but low levels are may be indicative of a problem, not a cause of it. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal supplements to help cure an underactive thyroid?

Support immunity 1st: Yes, but seeing a doctor who practices holistic or functional medicine is the best way to manage non-pharmacological approaches to hypothyroidism. Most hypothyroidism results from an imbalanced immune system (th1/th2 imbalance) and adrenal stress. In some cases, it may be corrected without medication. When using medications, consider all your options, including natural thyroid replacement. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have an underactive thyroid, could spotting be my first period?

Can you tell me if I have an underactive thyroid, could spotting be my first period?

Confusing question: Your question is confusing. The best way to tell if you have an underactive thyroid is to get a blood test to measure a free T4 and TSH level. Symptoms of low thyroid are nonspecific and can be related to multiple other causes. Having a low thyroid can increase menstrual bleeding. ...Read more

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I have no other symptoms apart from my palms being red and itchy sometimes? I have astma and an underactive thyroid if this helps?

Palmar erythema: Can be due to heredity
occurs in at least 30% of pregnant women
other causes: liver disease/cirrhosis, wilson disease, hemochromatosis, hyperthyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, malignancy, smoking, mercury poisoning, and meds such as amiodarone, gemfibrozil, and Cholestyramine can cause palmar erythema.
Some have no known cause.
Check with your doc... ...Read more

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Hi I have suffered with an underactive thyroid for years now and have been recommended to take aloe vera. Can you please advise is the forever aloe b?

Hi I have suffered with an underactive thyroid for years now and have been recommended to take aloe vera. Can you please advise is the forever aloe b?

Unrelated: Hi. I assume (I'd rather not assume) that you're treating your hypothyroidism ant that your thyroid labs are normal on your dose of thyroid hormone. OK, having said that, aloe vera (AV) has absolutely NO relationship to anything about your thyroid. You you can take AV, or stop it anytime, and there is NO effect on your thyroid status. So knock yourself out; have all the AV you want; stop anytime. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Lose Weight (Definition)

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


Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more