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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

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Does a thyroid problem effect weight loss, if so what are some ways to lose weight with thyroid problems?

Does a thyroid problem effect weight loss, if so what are some ways to lose weight with thyroid problems?

Yes: Go see your doctor and get your thyroid levels in the normal range. This, with exercise, should allow you to get back to your ideal weight. ...Read more

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Could your thyroid make you gain a lot of weight

Could your thyroid make you gain a lot of weight

Yes: Thyroid hormone plays a key role in your basal metabolism. Deficiency of this hormone can lead to a slower metabolism and weight gain. ...Read more

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Can you take thyroid hormone to boost your weight loss?

No: Unless the weight loss you want is from muscle. Thyroid wastes muscle, not fat mass. ...Read more

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Could it make a difference in weight loss if you add weight lifting to your routine?

Could it make a difference in weight loss if you add weight lifting to your routine?

Resistance training: Aerobic training burns calories while you exercise. Resistance training builds muscle mass, which continues to burn calories even when you are not exercising. It is best for overall fitness and weight loss to combine the two. ...Read more

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Hyperthyroidism and weight gain, can a low TSH level cause weight gain? And how would menopause effect TSH level?

Hyperthyroidism and weight gain, can a low TSH level cause weight gain? And how would menopause effect TSH level?

No: Rarely hyperthyroidism manifested by a low TSH and elevated thyroid hormones can cause increased hunger leading to weight gain. Most hyperthyroids lose (muscle) weight. Menopause has no effect on TSH levels, but as we age hypothyroidism with increased TSH becomes more likely. 20% of women on medicare have elevated TSH and have frank or subclinical hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Will taking synthroid (thyroxine) boost your metabolic rate and increase your weight loss? I do not have a thyroid problem and was just curious

Will taking synthroid (thyroxine) boost your metabolic rate and increase your weight loss? I do not have a thyroid problem and was just curious

Curious: Thyroid issues infrequently cause thyroid problems. If your doctor has never checked your thyroid levels he/she will probably do so at your next visit. Synthroid would increase your weight loss but there does not seem to be any thyroid issue. ...Read more

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Why can't a gain weight ? How to gain weight with a high metabolism

Why can't a gain weight ? How to gain weight with a high metabolism

If healthy, then...: Eat more healthy calories (snacks and meals) to gain weight. Choosing foods with protein and "good" fats and oils. Avoid excess amounts of simple starches and sugars. To increase muscle mass, one has to work out against resistance (with weights). This exercise will increase daily calorie needs, so one must eat more of the healthy, balanced diet he should already be on. ...Read more

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Can you gain weight with an overtreated underactive thyroid?

Can you gain weight with an overtreated underactive thyroid?

Not usually: Too much thyroid tends to cause weight loss but a rare individual may actually gain weight from too much thyroid. ...Read more

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Does the medicine for high prolactin make you lose weight?

Does the medicine for high prolactin make you lose weight?

If you gained: Weight due to an elevated prolactin, the medication to lower prolactin (cabergoline) can allow you to lose weight, but doesn't make you lose weight. You still need diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Does medication for low TSH hyperthyroidism cause you to gain weight?

Does medication for low TSH hyperthyroidism cause you to gain weight?

Thyroid and weight: As the medication (eg. Methimazole) normalizes your thyroid levels, your metabolic rate will return to normal. Your appetite, however, may still be in hyper-mode. Weight gain is common, but if you take care with what you eat you can minimize this. ...Read more

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Will insulin alone cause weight gain I have maintained a healthy weight?

Will insulin alone cause weight gain I have maintained a healthy weight?

Common: Weight gain is common with Insulin use. It may stimulate your appetite. However, the same rules apply with or without insulin...Intake and output (exercise) make the difference...Less in and more out will cause weight loss...More in and less out equals weight gain...Talk to your doc and a nutritionist/dietician.. ...Read more

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Will that make you gain weight if you don't eat the recommended amount of calorie intake while losing weight?

Will that make you gain weight if you don't eat the recommended amount of calorie intake while losing weight?

Maybe: If you constantly eat too little your body can go into a survival mode thinking that food is not avialble and reduce your metabolism. Generally when on a weightloss program, the set calories are an average per day (you may go over one day & under one) but try to stay close to the suggested amount so your body does not think it is being starved. ...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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Will having a fast metabolism or PMSing make you hungrier and not gain weight from more food? and even make you loss weight if i don't eat enough

Will having a fast metabolism or PMSing make you hungrier and not gain weight from more food? and even make you loss weight if i don't eat enough

Unclear question: Do not rely on wishful thinking about fast metabolism controlling your weight. How much do you weigh? if your BMI is 25 or more, you should try to lose weight by limiting your intake of food and exercising. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency make you gain weight?

Can an iron deficiency make you gain weight?

Usually not: I don't think iron deficiency anemia is linked directly to weight gain. Some people with iron deficiency might have cravings like chewing ice or even eating clay/sand. I had a patient who liked to chew on paper ! bit that won't make you gain weight though :). ...Read more

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Should Abilify (aripiprazole) make you gain weight even if you execise and eat very healthy?

Abilify (aripiprazole): Not common, but some do put on few pounds. Life-style changes help tremendously. ...Read more

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Can hormone replacement therapy make you gain weight or not?

Can hormone replacement therapy make you gain weight or not?

Hormone replacement: Hormone replacement therapy means furnishing the body with hormones that are absent or low in quantity. Perfect example is taking thyroid hormone when you are hypothyroid (absent or low thyroid hormone levels). This may cause you to lose weight. Taking more steroids than is required might make you gain weight. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more