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Video:How to Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism

with Dr. Mary Ann Block

Losing weight when you're hypothyroid can be difficult. Watch this video from About.com to learn how to do it while taking into account your condition.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism

Hi, I'm Dr. Mary Ann Block, Physician, Author and Medical Director of The Block Center in Dallas/Fort Worth. I'm here for About.com. In this video, I'll explain how to lose weight when you have hypothyroidism.

What Is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism means that your thyroid is not producing enough hormones, it's underactive. And that can affect many different parts of your body. Your metabolism slows down, and it can be difficult to lose weight.

Leading an Active Lifestyle to Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism

When you have hypothyroidism, it's very important to eat healthy and exercise often - even though you might feel tired. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes every day by walking, running, or riding a bike. You also want to make sure you watch your diet. Eat plenty of vegetables and other low-fat protein and carbohydrates. Eat less sugars and starches, and instead of eating 3 large meals - eat frequent small meals throughout the day.

Drug Interactions With Hypothyroidism

Also, keep in mind that there are certain foods and vitamins that can interfere with your thyroid medications. Some examples are calcium-fortified orange juice, calcium supplements and vitamins with iron - it's best to take these supplements several hours apart from your thyroid medication.

If regular treatment doesn't help you enough, and you have difficulty losing weight even with diet and exercise changes, you could ask your doctor if you need T3. T3 is hormone released by the thyroid, and research has found that people with hypothyroidism can benefit from taking T3.

For more on losing weight with a thyroid condition, go to Health.About.com

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