Ask an expert
Question

07 Apr 2003

Over-active thyroid and overweight
I have an over-active thyroid since 1994 and in stead of losing weight, I gained (A LOT!!). I have tried a lot of different diets but came to the conclusion that my metabolism is shot to pieces. I am 43 years old in June and started cycling in February of this year. I try to cycle 7 - 8 km at least 5 times a week.

I don't think I eat a lot. I seldom eat sweets, chocolates or cake. The only bad thing I do, is that I like my white wine.

What can I do to loose weight? It is driving me crazy, not being able to shed one kilo at all.

Please help?
Answer 612 views
Expert
DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Mokkie
As you don't list your height in metres and weight in kg, I can't work out your BMI to determine how overweight you really are. I trust you are receiving treatment for the hyperthyroidism? If not, then Please have a medical checkup and ask the doctor to also test other hormones such as insulin to see if you are not perhaps suffering from insulin resistance. I also find it difficult to believe that you have an overactive thyroid and are gaining weight. It is possible that with all these diets you may have landed in the yo-yo dieting cycle which makes losing weight pretty difficult. To lose weight you need to reduce your fat intake (click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, high-fibre diet). Compare this diet with what you are eating and make the necessary adjustments. Keep up the good work with the cycling because exercise is one of the best ways of assisting weight loss.
Hang in there
DietDoc
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.