Is Weight Loss With Thyroid Disease Possible?

As it is, losing weight is a challenge that a lot of people cannot seem to overcome with passing marks. After all, it takes a lot of discipline to stick to a weight loss regimen and adjust one’s diet accordingly. There are just a lot factors hindering one’s ability to get back in shape such as the temptation of that very tasty steak, or the lack of time for proper exercise.

But what if the hindrance is internal? The challenge gets tougher.

The problem within

There are several health conditions that could hinder a person’s ability to lose weight. Weight loss with thyroid disease added into the mix can be a tough nut to crack. A person may have all the discipline in the world to follow those complicated diet plans but if his body cannot control his hormones, then all those efforts would be for nothing.

Thyroid conditions like hypothyroidism can cause weight gain in patients. The thyroid secretes hormones mainly for the modulation of carbohydrates and for fat metabolism among other things. When the thyroid glands are incapable of producing enough hormones, the body balance gets affected which then results in weight gain. At first, this condition looks like a host of other diseases so it’s difficult to diagnose.

Patients suffering from this disease find it difficult to lose weight because their hormones simply are not cooperating with their diet regimen. A special plan for weight loss for people with thyroid disease is then designed to adjust to the body’s hormonal imbalance.

To add insult to injury, there are even some drugs that used to treat thyroid disease that can actually cause weight gain. Weight loss with thyroid disease becomes a never-ending dilemma of split priorities. The patient wants to be treated for the disease but he also wants to lose the excess weight because of other health conditions that may result from it.

Overcoming the challenge of weight loss with thyroid disease

Weight loss with thyroid disease added as a hindrance isn’t as easy as simple calorie restriction. The hormonal imbalance renders diet plans to burn calories useless. This is why exercise is so important in weight loss with thyroid disease patients. Exercise will help them increase their body metabolism and burn calories in the process. Aside from that, it lowers down the body’s insulin levels which can also affect one’s blood sugar level. Normally, twenty minutes of exercise, thrice a week is sufficient but for people with thyroid diseases, they need to do much more.

Since there are some medications that could cause the weight gain, it is advised that patients talked to their doctors regarding possible alternatives. That way, the efforts for weight loss with the thyroid disease in hand will not go to waste.

The right kind of exercise

There are a lot of exercise plans out there that should be able to help burn calories effectively. But to go through weight loss with thyroid disease, the best kind of exercise to do would be the muscle building type. Building lean muscles enables the body to burn more calories and continue to do so even when it is idle. Besides, replacing fats with muscles in itself means burning calories which is why it is so effective.

Water therapy and fiber-rich diet

Another way to increase one’s metabolism is by drinking lots of water. Water makes the body work more efficiently. It can also decrease the appetite, eliminate water retention and do wonders on the digestive process.

Even under normal conditions, one of the most effective ways to lose weight is through a healthy diet. To promote weight loss with the thyroid disease still in the picture, patients should get rid of processed foods, chips and sweets and replace them with organic vegetables and fruits. It also helps to eat a lot of fiber-rich food to enhance the body metabolism. Go for chicken and fish for protein sustenance instead of red meat to regulate fat intake.

Eating frequently and in very small amounts can also help regulate one’s weight. Instead of eating thrice a day, go for eating snack-sized amounts of food four to five times within the day. This would also help moderate the appetite and do away with the hungry sensation that could cause overeating.

Weight loss with thyroid disease shouldn’t be a difficult feat once the patient learns to adapt a well regulated lifestyle.

Author:  Phillip England

12 Comments to “Is Weight Loss With Thyroid Disease Possible?”

  1. priscilla | October 8th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    does this diet pills keep the weight off??????

  2. Phyllis | May 27th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    This was great to read. I started Weight Watchers a month ago, have been on a 1400 calorie/day intake and am and weight no less after a month. Five years ago before I became hypo, I lost 4 pounds the first month. II am so depressed about going from a size 6 to a size 12. I want to lose weight because my cholesterol is up. I am on Levoxyl.

  3. Bev | August 13th, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Ive gone from a size 8 to squeezing into a 12. Ive done atkins, south beach and my own calorie counting diets and absolutly nothing has happened. I never had trouble losing weight before. Im taking levothroxin and have been for the last 4 years. I also find this weight to be so different. I carry most of my weight now in my belly and its all jelly fat. I dont know what will work or if any thing will ever work.

  4. Shaarangapanaye | February 14th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I wouldn’t as a rule post to a blog but I am interested in this post therefore I felt forced to do so. Straying away from the subject a bit, what is your opinion about walking? It is these days being put forward as the best exercise to burn fat.

  5. ciara | April 21st, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    not everyone is created equal in the world of thyroid disease. what will work for some will not work for others. losing weight w thyroid disease requires a lot of things:

    first and foremost, being on the right level of thyroid medications. you have to cut out all sugar, carbs, soy, basically most foods lol exercise for at 30 mins at least 5x a wk. drink lots of water. after all this, weight can be lost, but not in the amounts that people w normal thyroids do. took me almost a yr to lose 13lbs. i also went several yrs undiagnosed therefore my symptoms were worse by the time i got on medication. my thyroid is basically a useless blob.

  6. veronica daley | April 28th, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Absolutely devastating news, especially the bit about exercising three x week. At the moment that’s all I can manage since my knees are so sore. Gym last night made me so tired hardly worked up a sweat had no energy. At 5.4 normally weighed 14 stone which was a little overweight anyway bit the last 15 months started to develop very large arms – which were shocking – NOW pushing a size 18-20. I feel sick with worry – I look like a square box!! Which of course doesn’t help with the STRESS and anxiety this brings!!? Was on levinthyoxin but gave me heart palpitations and headaches came off three days ago. Need to go back and see doctor to try something else…. Maybe ‘armour’ – which I heard is ‘natural’. I wonder what would happen if I did nothing?…. Would this hypothyroid thang correct itself?? Wouldn’t nature just adjust things!! I NEED MY BODY BACK NOW!!

  7. Lori | July 28th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I have been struggling with my weight going up and down. I lost 28lbs in the passed 10months. I was working out on my treadmill everyday and watching my diet. I felt great! Then a few months ago I starting feeling tired,weak, moody couldn’t understand why. I went to my physician and he sent me for some test for several things when they came back he told me I had thyroidism and put me on name levox something a generic pill name. Anyhow my thyroid was really swallon and now I feel hungry all day long and have gained 12lbs back in 1 month. I don’t know what to do. I hate seeing the extra weight back on so long to get rid of it. I was told diet drinks and things to that nature can’t be used with thyroid meds. What a bummer!

  8. Kaitlynne | August 19th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve Known I Have Had A Thyroid Diseas for about 4 years.Since then i’ve watched myself become bigger and bigger.From a kids 12/14 to 5 womens/juniors and then to a 9 now im a 11 or 13.Im A Teenage Girl.Im Taking Levothyroxin.Im 5’7″ And Weighing 155 to 160 pounds.
    I Have tried So Much To Lose This Weight, But Nothing Works!I Just Wish I Could Be A Normal Teenage Girl, Skinny and In Shape, I So Uncofertible With My Self its unreal!

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  12. ray ban | June 16th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Another way to increase one’s metabolism is by drinking lots of water. Water makes the body work more efficiently. It can also decrease the appetite, eliminate water retention and do wonders on the digestive process.