Weight loss and overactive thyroid

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Hello all I’m looking for any advise on how to lose weight while having graves im on 5mg Methamizole and I do try and work out but if u do to much or to strenuous I get really burnt out . Any solutions on weight loss and how much exercise is too much? My husband tried to push me really hard  and doesn’t seem to understand how graves makes you feel.

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    Oh how I feel your pain. I too suffer the same way and I have no family support. They just come down on me forever thing I eat, drink or the minimal exercise I am able to carry out. I'll be sure to follow to see what advice you get. Good luck sweets

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    May I ask how long have you been taking 5mg (a day I assume) MMI? The thing is that too much exercise can escalate hyper condition and so mess up with med taking. If you have hyperthyroidism or Graves disease, over-exercise is a big enemy of recovery, but resting and right diet are your best friends other than med...  Just my 2c.
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    Hi tina14535, anti-thyroid drugs reduce your metabolic rate and most patients (myself included) put on some weight during treatment with this type of drugs. 

    While it makes sense to reduce your food intake slightly it is also important to eat healthy food that gives you all the proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that you need. 

    Below are some tips that have helped me and my partner to control our weight. 

    1) If your partner is taller and heavier compared to you, then you should have only (approx.) 2/3 of his portion. Many couples divide the dishes into equal portions when plating up without consideration of actual food intake needs. 

    2) Don't eat while watching TV. This is a big one. We used to watch netflix while having dinner and would regularly overeat. Basically, we would keep munching till the show is over. 

    3) Reduce your intake of sweets and sweetened drinks. 

    Regarding exercise, avoid anything that pushes your heart rate up too much. I would recommend walking at a moderate pace while taking large steps that stretch your legs a bit. Swimming is also great. And gentle training with light weights (up to 2kg). This will keep your muscles limber. 

    Regarding diet tips you might be interested in this post:


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      Good morning Dan, 

      Thanks so much for your info very informative and I did read other post will take you all advise. I wondering about excercise even after meds kind of regulated symptoms, and also taking other drugs that contribute to weight gain ex: birth control, blood pressure Meds because my Endo said she didn’t have any limitations, but when I did to much I knew I did to much was exhausted and took me a couple of days to recooperate. Thanks again

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