Get Social, Stay Healthy and Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism

Synthroid and Weight Loss--Maximize Your Weight Loss

Do you wonder whether you can lose weight on synthroid? Many hypothyroid patients struggle with an inability to lose weight. If you are on thyroid hormone replacement, but find that the weight is not melting off, there are steps you can take to optimize your thyroid treatment and build in some fun to help you lose those extra pounds.

Optimize Your Thyroid Medication

Losing weight when you are a thyroid patient begins with making sure your treatment is right for you.

  Here are eight tips to put yourself in a good space for losing weight:

  1. Make sure you're not undertreated. Some endocrinologists believe that patients do not feel well and can't lose weight unless TSH is in the low-normal range.
  2. Ask your doctor if you need T3. Research has found that many hypothyroid people fare better when they add T3, a second thyroid hormone, to the typical treatment of levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid or Levoxyl.)
  3. Don't sabotage your thyroid drug treatment. Calcium supplements or calcium-fortified orange juice, vitamins with iron, and antacids may interfere with thyroid drug absorption unless taken at least 3 hours apart from thyroid hormone.
  4. Consider taking your calorie requirements for the day and breaking them into smaller, 250-calorie mini-meals. Frequent smaller meals can help balance blood sugar, prevent fat storage, and help you feel less hungry in general.
  5. Consider a low-glycemic and/or low-carbohydrate diet. This means you limit the amount of starches - such as bread, pasta and rice - that you eat, and eliminate refined sugars.
  1. Eat a diet of low-fat protein and complex carbohydrates like vegetables.
  2. Ask your doctor if you need an antidepressant. Some hypothyroid people find their weight loss efforts are more effective when they're on a prescription antidepressant therapy.
  3. Exercise 30 minutes a day. You don't have to run marathons, or become a fanatic. Even brisk walking in 3 10-minute segments a day will raise metabolism and help you burn more calories.

    Kick-Start Your Thyroid Workout with Social Fun!

    For a lot of people--like me--exercise can be boring.  Here are three tips to help you get up and go by using social and other tools.

    1. Use wearables to motivate you: Fitbits and other tools are getting people moving across the country.  Set goals, join up with friends at work, or elsewhere, to motivate each other to reach fitness and weight loss goals using personal tech. Whatever your fitness Tracker, you can feel good about every step you take--and you can help others lose weight too.Some businesses and retail outlets offer rewards if you sync your FitBit to Wellness programs.  Lose weight and save some money at the same time!
    2. Exercise--Don't Go it Alone:Join a chat or support group for people participating in weight loss programs. Like using a fitness Tracker, joining an online forum for people with the same goals helps you stay motivated to achieve your goals. Facebook, Weight Watchers, and other groups offer help, friendship, and support.
    1. Take a walk: Walking is an easy, inexpensive way to lose weight. Around your neighborhood, on a track, or at a mall, you probably have more than one option. The only equipment needed is a good pair of shoes--and maybe a good friend. Time and mileage flies when you have a fitness buddy.  Walk, talk, jog, or run, while sharing time with a new, or old friend. Walk at faster, and slower, intervals to change up your routine, and improve endurance. Walk at a brisk pace, keep abs tucked, wear sunscreen, hat, and carry water. If walking solo--take along music that keeps you moving!

    Sharing tips, techniques and support with others can make your weight loss efforts more effective. When you optimize your thyroid hormone medication--and your exercise--you improve the chances you can lose the weight you want when you have hypothyroidism. 

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