My doctor, after running some blood tests discovered my thyroid was off a bit. So, he has put me on Levothyroxine. (For my thyroid). I have gained over 50 lbs on antidepressants over the last 6 years and I have been told this can make me lose weight by correcting my thyroid problem. It doesn't appear to be serious, but he discoverred my thyroid was off a bit. Naturally, I am excited by the prospect of losing this weight. Has anyone else taken Levothyroxine and lost weight? My doctor seems to think it will correct my problem and therefore help me lose weight.
Last edited by wishing2bwell; 04-02-2008 at 07:28 PM.
I think the reason you've been waiting so long for an answer to your question is because it's a tough one to answer, and nobody wants to speak the truth and dash high hopes. Here goes... I'll say it... Very few people lose weight just by virtue of starting thyroid treatment. Supplying the thyroid hormone you've been missing will help, but you'll still have to work at losing the old-fashioned way, with sensible diet and plenty of exercise.
The reason doctors never legitimately prescribe thyroid hormone for weight loss alone is because it doesn't work. Of course, I hope you'll be successful with that... but I want you to know the truth. It isn't nearly as simple as your MD is making it sound.
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I would say that (in my non-professional but educated opinion) your weight loss will depend on whether your eating habits support it.
In theory, if you're very hypo and you're not eating all that much but still gaining weight/unable to lose weight, then regulating the thyroid could lead to weight loss without a change of eating habits. However, if you're consuming more calories and fat than you're burning even while on a proper dose of meds, then you won't lose weight.
It just all depends on how much your body is burning and how much you're putting into it. Hopefully, once you get evened out on the meds you'll be more likely to get more exercise so that should also help.
Think of it like this: Your body is a furnace that's been set to low and isn't burning all the fuel you add to it. If you regulate your thyroid hormones, you're kicking that furnace up to a higher temperature (exercise will kick it up even higher) and are thus able to burn more - but you can still overload it with too much fuel.
I gained weight after starting on synthroid even though I walk an 1 hr a day, ride my exercise bike 1/2hr, & swim 1 hr 15 min a day. Go figure. I a low fat vegetarian diet that I have been on for 20 yrs. But I'm also on a big dose of b/p med which causes weight gain. But as I look back, it wasn't until I went on synthroid that I started gaining the most. My Endo wants me to eat at least 1500 cal but after much experimenting the only way I can lose anything is on a 1200 cal. So I keep trying & writing everything down & weighing & measuring my food intake. Good luck. Fam