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Since having a child I've been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (Graves' disease). I did not lose weight. Now due to the medication I am hypoactive. With this it is EXTREMELY difficult to lose weight. Does anyone have any suggestions that may help jump start my metabolism and help me lose some of the pounds I've put on?
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3060903 tn?1398568723
Hi There and Welcome to Medhelp and the Weight Loss & Dieting Community. I'm new to this particular forum and am beginning the  Nutritarian Diet. and exercise program for myself:)  

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. When did you find out you had Graves disease.?  WHOA , i read that Treatment with antithyroid medications must be given for six months to two years to be effective.

Are you being treated for this condition?
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I've found an interesting 12 points on how to boost our metabolisms.
1. Use interval training to rev up your workout.
Walk for the same amount of time at the same intensity day in and day out and your body will get as bored with your workout as you do. Throw in some variety with interval training, which involves changing the intensity of your workout throughout your exercise session. Every 5 minutes of your walk, jog for 1 minute. Every 5 minutes of your bike ride, shift into a higher gear and pedal hard for a minute. If you swim, speed up every other length. You'll burn more calories in the same amount of time.

2. Fidget.
People who drum their fingers or bounce their knees burn at least 500 calories a day. That adds up to losing 1 lb a week.

3. Keep a small squeeze ball with you and grip and squeeze it frequently during the day.
It's one of the few exercises you can do at any time. You'll build up the muscles in your hands - and muscle, wherever it is, burns a lot of calories.

4. Don't starve yourself.
Cutting out too many calories can backfire in more ways than one. Try to subsist on morsels and your metabolism will slow down so much that you'll not only stop losing weight, but you'll be lucky if you can peel yourself off the couch.

5. Put five rubber bands around your wrist every morning.
That's how many 16-ounce bottles of water you should drink during the day to rev up your metabolism, helping to burn more calories. At least, that's what German researchers found when they got 14 participants to drink about 500 ml of water. The volunteers' metabolic rate - or how quickly they burned calories - jumped a third within 10 minutes of drinking the water and remained high for another 30 or 40 minutes. The researchers estimated that, over a year, increasing your water consumption by 1.5 litres a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, or about 2.25 kg (5 lb) worth. Since much of the increased metabolic rate is due to the body's efforts to heat the liquid, make sure the water you're drinking is icy cold.

6. Turn up the heat with hot peppers.
Some studies show that very spicy foods can temporarily increase your metabolism. Specialist grocers often stock many different kinds of peppers. Buy one type a week and add some to various meals. Spice up your scrambled eggs with minced jalapeño, add a little fire to beef stew with half a Scotch bonnet pepper.

7. Exercise outside.
Maybe it's the fresh air, maybe it's the sunshine, but something about exercising out in the open makes you walk or run faster than doing the same exercise in the gym.
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8. Eat five small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals.
You might think you should eat less often if you want to lose weight, but that's just not the case. By eating every few hours, you keep your metabolism fired up and ensure it doesn't slow down between meals in order to hang on to calories. A 'meal' can be as small as a cup of soup.

9. Sip a couple of cups of coffee throughout the day.
Studies find that the caffeine in coffee increases the rate at which your body burns calories. This does not mean, however, that you should order a fancy calorie-packed frappuccino. And skip the espresso if it makes you toss and turn at night.

10. Don't worry if you've been yo-yo dieting.
There's a myth that if you've spent your life losing and gaining the same 10 to 20 lb, your metabolism gets out of kilter and ends up slowing right down. Don't believe it. When researchers reviewed 43 studies on the topic, they found no difference in the metabolic rates of yo-yo dieters compared to those of everyone else.

11. Walk with intent - and intensity.
Burn more calories in the same amount of time with these strategies:

1. Swing your arms when you walk. You'll burn 5 to 10 per cent more calories. (i'll stick to doing tricks at home on the treadmill lol, although i got mad repsect for those who just don't' give a darn).

2. Wear a weighted vest - another great way to burn calories. But leave the hand and ankle weights at home. They throw you off balance and could result in injury. (I'm already carrying an extra 80lbs; i was thinking of wearing my ankle weights , so maybe i'll put together a weighted vest with them?  good tip - NH)

3. Walk on grass, sand or a gravel path instead of the road. It takes more muscle power to glide smoothly over these uneven surfaces (especially sand) than over asphalt.

4. Use walking poles. A U.S. study found that you get a much more intense workout than you would without the poles.

5. Walk along the shore of a river or lake with your ankles in the water. The resistance burns more calories and gives your muscles an added workout. (I'll take the beach over concrete any day - NH)

12. Increase the protein in your diet (this I would want to see the proof, as they are essentially saying here to gain more weight. - NH)

There is some evidence that if you increase your protein intake to the upper end of the recommended range (roughly 20 per cent of overall calories), the amount of energy you expend at rest will remain the same even while you're losing weight. Normally, as you lose weight, your body adjusts and you burn fewer calories at rest.
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Yes I've been on an antithyroid med for 11 months now. Surgery for total thyroidectomy in the near future. So I'd like to get my weight gain under control.  
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Exercising 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week can reduce the symptoms of Graves disease.

"The Clinician's Handbook of Natural Medicine," naturopathic physician Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr. states that consuming a balanced whole foods diet and dietary goitrogens may be helpful in treating this health problem. A diet high in calories may help counteract the effects of your increased metabolism, and protein supplementation may be helpful if you are nutritionally depleted. Dietary goitrogens, which are found in turnips, mustard, rutabagas, cabbage, pine nuts, peanuts and cassava root, may help normalize your thyroid function.

Cabbage contains goitrogens and may be effective as a therapy in treating  Graves' disease. Cabbage, notes medical doctor Alan R. Gaby, author of "The Natural Pharmacy," contains a significant amount of fiber and numerous beneficial nutrients, including vitamins K and C, manganese, glutamine, vitamin B6, folate and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to hyperthyroidism, cabbage may be helpful in reducing your risk of cancer, improving the health of your digestive system, treating peptic ulcers and reducing inflammation throughout your body.

                                The Peak 8 routine

The Peak 8 routine it will quickly raise your heart rate 8 times for very short bursts, with a cooling down period in between. Ideally you’ll be sprinting or cycling full throttle for 30 seconds with a 90 second cool down in between each outburst.

This is the fastest way to lose fat and build muscle in the body. Peak 8 actually stimulates the growth hormone in the body. I encourage you to visit Dr Mercola’s site to learn more about Peak 8 fitness because I personally feel that it is one of the best ways to exercise, especially considering the speed at which you can lose fat and build muscle.
I highly recommend you read this article and watch the videos on the page. It will give you all the information you need to know about Peak 8 – Flood Your Body With This “Youth Hormone” In Just 20 Minutes.
What you eat after Peak 8 training does matter It’s recommended that you do not eat sugar or carbohydrate for 2 hours after the Peak 8 exercise
because these foods can impact the release of the growth hormone in the body. The links are

https://youtu.be/XLKML9EL4As?list=PL9FxWnfq1Oyo9pHHUPHeQne4iqoZ4zTN_

https://youtu.be/zy7j9FRiJpg

https://youtu.be/BT5hRYXmxSE?list=PL9FxWnfq1Oyo9pHHUPHeQne4iqoZ4zTN_

Figure your heart rate by this formula
The Karvonen Formula is a mathematical formula that helps you determine your target heart rate zone.
The formula involves using your maximum heart rate (MHR) minus your age to come up with a target heart rate range (which is a percentage of your MHR). Staying within this range will help you work most effectively during your cardio workouts.

First thing in the morning before you get out of bed have a clock with a second hand and check your resting heart rate then figure your rate by the Karvonen Formula.
The following link will help you figure your heart rate by the Karvonen Formula.

http://www.briancalkins.com/HeartRate.htm

You burn 30 percent more fat from doing cardio after a weights session as opposed to cardio on its own
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I will definitely look into the information you've given me. My only concern is raising my heart rate. In my case, Graves' disease has caused some cardiac issues. I'm on a significant dose of medication to keep my heart rate down. Off the medicine my heart rate is 140-180. On it they are keeping it 70-80 range.
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I think you'd better talk to your doctor about any amount of heavy exercise, since your heart rate is being lowered for you. I think you could do some of what was suggested in the 12 steps, without fear. Do you have a blood glucose monitor to test your blood sugar? I'm using a blood glucose monitor to assist me in my dieting. It's helps to motivate me to eat right. I can see how well i;m dong sticking to whole foods by my blood sugar reading. Whenever I get to feeling like i'm going to cheat I take out a wonderful book written by Doctor Fuhrman, and just reading about our physiology, what's happening to our bodies when we eat,leaving no detail out, cures me of my cravings. I'm shocked that it works so well to keep me motivated.

I'm so sorry to hear that you have to do both the medication and the surgery. That's got to be a very stressful situation for you. I too am contemplating medication and possible surgery for my HepC condition. and i was just told I have HPV, and am testing for that, to see if the kind I have causes cancer. If it's not one thing it's another huh?

Well, i'm going to check in on you and see how you're feeling tomorrow. My husband just turned the lights out and is getting prepared to watch a move. Be good to yourself, You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Liz
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I definitely appreciate the suggestions. I know that stress doesn't help the situation. It's always something though.

Good luck with you as well.
3060903 tn?1398568723
Well thank you so much for your well wishes and feel free to message me anytime, it helps to vent about such health concerns, and I'd love to hear from you:) Happy trails, friend.
Liz
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What are the results and reference ranges of your latest thyroid hormone tests?  They should be testing you for Free T3 and Free T4, along with TSH, periodically, to make sure they aren't swinging you too far to the hypo side, which it sounds like they might have done, since you're beginning to have hypo symptoms.  Talk to your doctor and see about lowering your anti-thyroid med.  

You might want to check out the thyroid forum; there's a lot of information there regarding, both hyper and hypothyroidism... You can access the forum via the following link:
http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Thyroid-Disorders/show/73

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