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Have underactive thyroid, fybromyalgia and chronic rls. How to reduce weight?

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I am 67 over weight have not lost 1&1/2 stone walk 3 miles almost every day have underactive thyroid, been told
I have fybromyalgia & have suffered chronic rls since a child. Can you help ?
Posted Mon, 20 May 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 1 hour later

Thanks for your query.

Since when you have started to walk to reduce weight?

It does take a minimum of month in the beginning to show a change in the weight as an effect of walking or any sort of work out to reduce weight.

Also hypothyroid state makes any milder effort useless to reduce weight. A bit more effort than normal will be needed by one with hypothyroid state.

I would like to know some more details to help you better.

What is your height and weight?
Have you been dieting/restricting calories?
What else you do other than walking to loose weight?
When was the last time you got your thyroid checked? If it was in recent days kindly attach the reports here.

Waiting for your response,
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Follow-up: Have underactive thyroid, fybromyalgia and chronic rls. How to reduce weight? 7 hours later
My heart rate was at 93 last night and I could not get warm bit slower this morning
But still feel a bit shaky .
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 9 hours later

Thanks for writing back.

Heart rate of 93 per min is not serious and can be seen along with tremors during an episode of anxiety. If this becomes recurrent you may have to get investigated to rule out cardiac problems.

Meanwhile, I suggest you to get the Thyroid status checked.

Please do provide the information I asked in my last post, so that I can answer your previous concern.

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Follow-up: Have underactive thyroid, fybromyalgia and chronic rls. How to reduce weight? 5 hours later
I am 5ft 3 ins & weigh 14st 2ins. I walk 3 miles at least 5 times a week & have lost
a stone & half since Christmas. I follow an app which shows me protein, fat, sugar,
salt & calories. Eating healthier is my main objective. I had a thyroid test a few days
ago along with liver kidney function esr & full blood count. Last night I was quite worried about the higher heart rate and the fact that I could'nt get warm was looking for reassurance & my thyroid is something I thought needs sorting out. I have been told I have fybromyalgia so my goal of exercise & losing weight is for me
to own the condition because it has owned me for a long while. I take repinorole for
RLS have had all my life but only been on the medication for 3years. I feel these conditions all overlap but as a lay person I have to rely on your own research. Well I
have rambled on all because I was unusually apprehensive last night hope you can
make some thing of my rumblings Thank you
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 9 minutes later

Thanks for the information.

You are on the right path; do continue walking, though the effect is less it will soon reach to its optimum credibility.

If the application is guiding you well on diet, do continue with the same. Just keep the carbohydrates and fats at the low.

I would like to add some dieting tips for you below:

• Begin the lunch and dinner with clear soups, skimmed buttermilk, green salads or XXXXXXX warm water. This helps in suppressing hunger you end would end up eating less.
• Make wise choices while shopping, read the food labels carefully. Avoid buying the high calorie foods.
• Raw and boiled vegetables, as these contain good quality fiber and add bulk to diet.
• Fluids like fresh lemon, coconut water, and fresh soups in between the meals. These fluids keep the body hydrated and boosts metabolism. Aim at consuming at least 3 liter fluids every day.
• Fruits, as they contain a variety of minerals and vitamins and also provide hydration. Stick to whole fruits and avoid peeling them as the fruit peel has good quality fiber. One should limit the intake carbohydrate XXXXXXX fruits like Mango, Custard XXXXXXX Grapes, Litchi, avocado and Banana
• Include low fat milk and its products in the diet.
• Include black coffee and green tea, in your diet. These are XXXXXXX in antioxidants that help in weight reduction.
• Fatty food items like Sweets, cakes, pastries, ice creams, sweet cookies etc. are XXXXXXX in saturated and Trans fat and lead to weight gain.

Wish you good health.

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