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Can I lose weight?

Before I join HealthUnlocked I have to ask: Is it possible to lose weight with an Underactive Thyroid. I have tried to lose weight though exercise, and it hasn't worked. My doctor once told me that cutting down on my eating will not help me lose weight. I now know this to be true. But I would like to know if HealthUnlocked have the answer for the many sufferers of an Underactive Thyroid, on how to lose weight. I was in my late fifties when first diagnosed and am now 74.

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Hi BLUEDOLPHIN73 none of us here are medically trained - I personal say by following the NHS 12 week plan and eating within your calorie range would be a good thing to try - basically healthy eating :)

There is a thyroid Uk site please see the link healthunlocked.com/thyroiduk they maybe able to give you better advise / support regarding thyroid

I would still like to invite you to join our Newbie Club, which we hope will be a good place for you to connect with members, who are also just starting out, or re-starting.

If you just post a few words on the October Newbie Club thread to introduce yourself and respond to others there you will soon feel part of the club.

Follow this link to the Newbie Club


Please read all the information carefully, it is very useful and can be referred to whenever you want to check something.

It just remains for me to wish you well on your journey :)

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Hi BLUEDOLPHIN73 and welcome to this wonderful forum. I can only speak of my own experience. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid 6 years ago aged 55 and initially put on 2 stone over a year after diagnosis which I couldn't afford to do as I was already 4 stone overweight. I joined this forum in May this year and after lurking in the background for a month soaking up all advice and information, I calculated my calorie range using the NHS BMI calculator and I have lost 20lbs in 17 weeks. I currently walk around 5-6000 steps a day building up to 10000. I have a long way to go but calorie counting and healthy eating is working for me and I will get rid of the excess weight. There are a few members here who have limited mobility but are successfully losing weight. I hope you give the NHS 12 Week Plan a go as it does work.

An administrator will welcome you with information to guide you around the site. Wishing you well on your journey.


We must have been typing at the same time ;)

Thanks for sharing your experience :) I am sure it will help BLUEDOLPHIN73


Yes we must have Hidden. I hope it does help BLUEDOLPHIN73. If I can do it I'm sure anyone can. Until I joined the forum I continually tried and failed to lose weight over a period of 30 years so never too old either.😊


Hi BLUEDOLPHIN73 . I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid 35 years ago. Once I was on the correct medication I was told I was in the same boat as everyone else! ie if I ate too much, I would put on weight. And this has proved to be true. I control my weight by controlling calorie intake.

I have to say though that your doctor was misinformed and misinformed you, as far as the experience of everyone here has proved. What you eat and how much affects your weight far more than exercise. We have people on here who have severe mobility issues (check out our amazing Pineapple) and they can still lose weight by carefully watching what they eat.

So take the medicine and start counting calories 😊 and we are with you all the way!


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