Hypothyroidism & Weight: Get the Facts
Mild weight gain (5-20 pounds) and difficulty losing weight are common symptoms of hypothyroidism. But it’s important to understand that Synthroid is not used for weight loss, and it is never recommended as a weight loss drug.
The right ways to lose weight
So what can help you lose the weight you might have gained due to hypothyroidism? Lead a healthy lifestyle. Being physically active and making smart food choices is important for your overall health. These healthy choices may also help you lose the weight you gained with hypothyroidism. Just make sure you always talk to your doctor before beginning any new diet or exercise program.*
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1. American Thyroid Association. Hypothyroidism. A booklet for patients and their families. http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Hypothyroidism_web_booklet.pdf. Published 2013. Accessed January 23, 2014.
2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Finding Your Way to a Healthier You. Available at: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/brochure.htm. Accessed March 1, 2013.