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Hiya I've had a underactive thyriod for over a year now and gained quite a lot of weight, I've been on a diet for a few weeks now eating healthy and exercising 4/5 days a week, but I havnt lost any weight and feel like I'm constantly getting bigger , help! Any tips or supplements/vitamins people can recommend

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    Well i cant give u advice but i can sympathise..i am in exactly the same position..i eat less yet i get fatter,i walk 3 miles or more a day with the dog but still no weight loss.Gets me very down at times x
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    Exact same here. Recently my increase in meds dose prompted me losing a stone, but its slowly creaping back on. Its soul destroying.put a post up on Healthunlocked Thyroid UK site for great advice. Xx
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    Would that old 'mayo' diet work? The original? You can get pretty hungry on it but if you stick w/it for 2 weeks only, maybe it could put a dent in this weight problem?

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    Hi Saffron. You'll have to wrap your head around a different way of thinking about dieting and weight. Look at it as changing your eating habits for life. With thyroid disease, you must be diligent and disciplined. Sounds painful, I know, but keeping healthy is worth the effort, and you'll save yourself a ton in the long run, as you're health will be greatly improved!

    My experience has been that it often takes several months to start losing weight with thyroid disease, even if you're working out like crazy and eating well. So you'll have to be patient. Also, your metabolism is slower than the average person, so you really have to budget your calories to get the most out of them. It doesn't serve to try and substitute processed diet foods in place of cheats, as these are loaded with preservatives and additives that basically jamm up your already slow metabolism.

    Keep in mind that because of the slow metabolism with hypothyroid, you really have to keep your calories low if you want to succeed.  When I've been successful in losing weight, I've kept my calories between 800-1150 per day. A cheat day, say where I was out with friends during a holiday celebration would be 1350 or less. This sounds low, but I assure you that if you properly budget your calories with lean proteins and natural, whole vegetables, you can get plenty of nutrients. If you must eat a sweet or cheat item, remember that one or two bites are just as satisfying as a large portion. If you think about it, there's nothing more to be gained from 10 cookies, when a bite or two will really do. I always have to remind myself that cookies don't solve the world's problems. After all, let's face it that we're all emotional eaters! 

    However, since you're hypothyroid, you may well already have some deficiencies, so you definitely need to make sure you supplement with a good multimineral containing coblimated B vitamins, as well as a good quality multimineral supplement. 

    Lastly, much of hypothyroid disease is autoimmune disease caused by Chemical exposure and toxicity. We get loads of chemical preservatives in seemingly healthy foods such as salad dressing, our water, seafood, etc. I've found cleansing to be incredibly helpful for weightloss, and in fact, I really believe that weightloss is impossible while toxic. See, obesity and overweight are really medical problems, but our medical system doesn't ever address these sorts of issues.

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