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How a hypothyroid patient can lose weight using thyroxine

Hypothyroidism is characterised by a thyroid gland that is not producing enough thyroid hormones, including the hormone thyroxine. Hypothyroidism results in the underproduction of thyroxine, and from the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, it is clear that thyroxine plays a role in weight loss or gain. People suffering from obesity may benefit from the use of thyroxine/thyroid supplements to help improve weight loss efforts.

Traditional Treatments

The traditional treatments for obesity reflect the many causes for being overweight. To lose weight, you will have to make dietary changes, increase your activity levels, and make behavioural changes. Engage in regular aerobic exercise three times a week. Visit your doctor and discuss the possibility of taking a prescription weight loss medication or metabolic stimulant. If your weight issues are due to an underactive thyroid and reduced production of thyroxine, the doctor will prescribe a synthetic form of thyroxine to deal with your thyroid condition.

Thyroxine

In Our Health Our Lives, Eileen Hoffman explains how thyroxine affects the body. Hoffman asserts that if the thyroid gland does not generate enough thyroxine, the pituitary gland is triggered to create THS, a thyroid hormone stimulant. THS causes your thyroid to grow bigger and produce more thyroxine. An excessive production of thyroxine results in hyperthyroidism, the opposite of hypothyroidism. Symptoms may include sweating, hunger, and weight loss as your metabolic processes increase with hyperthyroidism. When your body has a deficiency of thyroxine, you are subject to a whole host of symptoms including weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, fluid retention, muscle weakness, gait problems, cold intolerance, constipation, fatigue, and menstrual abnormalities. Thus, it is clear that an increase in thyroxine can prove beneficial for individuals looking to lose weight given the symptoms produced by an excessive production of thyroxine. Sometimes, doctors prescribe synthetic thyroxine to individuals requiring the medication for low T4 hormone levels.

Hormones

Synthetic thyroxine is not recommended for weight loss if you don't have a thyroid condition. You can, however, turn to natural thyroid products like Westhroid, Nature-Throid, or Armour Throid. These can be purchased at an herbal shop or online, and you do not need a prescription.

Consume 30 mg of Nature-Throid once a day on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Add 15 mg to your intake per day two to three times a week to slowly encourage the production of T3 and T4 in your body. Once you have reached a level of 120 mg a day, stop adding more Nature-Throid to your daily intake, and consume 120 mg a day for maintenance.

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About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.