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Old 07-04-2003, 10:43 AM   #1
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Question armour thyroid and weightloss?

Hello, 1st time on this board...very interesting and informative!
Quick question: I was recently put on armour thyroid about 6 weeks ago. I'm taking 2grains/day. I'm hoping to lose some of the bulk I put on the past two years not knowing I was hypothyroid. Has anyone experienced weightloss with armour, alone?? (I'm not on any other thyroid meds) What dosage were you on?
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Old 07-04-2003, 04:05 PM   #2
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metree i have been on thyroid 45 years the only reasonyou would lose wt.is if not on thyroid you get pain like hunger and don"t matter how much you eat it will not go away till you get your meds.right for your body. they took me off armour and put me on levothyroxine about 5 year s did not feel good dr he did not want me taking dirty pig thyriod i changed drs. now been on armour again 5 yrs. doing good if i don"t take one 35 mg.a day i feel very hungey. vonnie
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Are you asking if being on the medicine alone will make you lose weight, without changing eating habits or exercising? If that's what you mean, then I think the majority of treated hypo patients would tell you that they don't lose weight without making an effort toward it. There are exceptions to every situation, of course; but in general, that's not the case.
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Old 07-07-2003, 09:32 AM   #4
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Hi,

Armour will HELP you lose the weight... simply because you're not hypo anymore. I was kept at a too-high TSH on Synthroid for years and gained weight slowly for years. When I'd diet and work out I'd get no results. After just a few months on Armour it was like a switch had suddenly been turned on and... whoosh... my efforts paid off and I lost 80 pounds! But, see, I ate a very strict 1200 calorie a day diet(religiously! NO exceptions!!) and worked out at the gym 3x/wk plus walked 40mins/day. This was because my TSH was finally down to 1, so my metabolism worked like a normal human's, arggh! So, yes, if you've been hypo, Armour (or another thyroid pill... whichever is right for you) will help. But it's not really the PILL that's the reason, it's your non-hypo state that's the reason. It will make it possible. But only if you work your rear off like crazy ;-) (But hey, it's better than working that hard and not getting any results, huh?!)

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Old 07-07-2003, 09:26 PM   #5
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debbie, how long did it take you to lose the 80 lbs.? sounds like you worked hard! you should be very proud

 
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Hi Trishki,

It took me about a year. I worked out and worked out and worked out and I think I literally did not eat one thing I shouldn't have for that entire year. I didn't know I could ever be that strict with myself.

The year AFTER the weightloss I suddenly got very sick (not connected to losing weight). I had shortly afterwards rapidly developed autoimmune type 1 diabetes (this and thyroid are the 2 most common autoimmune diseases to get, many people have both together) and ended up in the hospital nearly dead. Type 1 is the "juvenile" kind of diabetes, but 20% of those with it develop it as adults, like I did. It is not connected to being overweight or anything I could have done wrong. My body just decided to kill the insulin-producing cells like it did with my thyroid gland some years back. So at that point my entire universe changed and I couldn't diet & exercise in the same ways I did in the past. It's SOOOO difficult to lose weight on insulin! Ugh! It's possible, just tough because every single thing you do must be balanced... insulin/food/stress/exercise. You can't just do an extra-hard workout because you feel like it that day. *WHINE* LOLOL ;-)

I still have about 50 pounds to go. I'm 5'6" and 195lbs right now. As far as what I did in 2001 to drop 80 pounds: low-carb...NOT Atkins. I still ate low-fat, with mostly just lean meats like fish and chicken and lots and lots of veggies and low/nonfat dairy. Very limited quantities of grains/beans/potatoes/etc. I went to a women-only gym called Curves 3-5 times per week and walked up and down hills everyday for my entire lunch hour (& then ate lunch while working ;-) So it's possible. It really is. I won't say it's easy, but anyone who wants to lose weight... I'm saying it's absolutely possible, but you must be fully committed to it. That's the tough part. There's no magic solution.

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:42 AM   #7
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debbie - thanks so much for all the info. you are truly inspiring! sounds like you know just what you're doing, and you're taking the challenges head-on. i hope i can be as strong as you are...soon. -trish

 
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