Monday, March 8, 1999

Taking Thyroxine to lose weight?

I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) when I was 16. I am now 27 and over the years have slowly been putting on weight, despite doctors apparently giving me the right amount of thyroxine.
I've been on numerous diets/healthy eating plans/had lifestyle changes/active lifestyle etc etc etc but it seems no matter what I do, I'll lose a small amount of weight and then just stay at that weight.
I'm so depressed, I hate being overweight, and it's got to the point where I've started taking 250mg of thyroxine daily instead of my correct dosage of 150mg. Now I know it is 'dangerous' but I'm now so desperate. Can somebody please give me the facts on this - I don't need a lecture, I know it's no good for me, but can somebody (medical professional/student/etc) tell me exactly why it is dangerous? All I know is that it speeds up your metabolism and causes you to go hyperthyroid... but for a short term fix to lose weight surely this isn't such a bad thing?

Answer on Taking Thyroxine to lose weight?

Agree totally with the above comment - excellent answer. In addition - the problem with it is, when you revert to your baseline dose, you will gain the weight back again. Weight loss is 90% behavior modification.

There is no magic diet or "secret" to weight loss. You take in fewer calories than you "burn off" and you lose weight. Exercise plays a part, but it is mostly about diet.

Good luck...please don't take extra thyroid...