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Depressed due to gaining weight even after having less food. Taking thyroid medicines

why cant I lose weight? I am so depressed that in the past 3 weeks I have been eating too much. I even had stomach stapling and during the 8 days I was in hospital, I gained 7 pounds. I can only eat very tiny amounts of food but still I gain about 15 pounds a month. the doctor said something is wrong with my thyroid so she put me on pills but it makes no difference. I have eaten terribly in the last 3 weeks and it makes no difference I gain the same as if I only eat 1000 calorie. plus having so much pain all the time I wish I could just check out you don't have to answer this rambling. I am just in so much depression I am talking to the screen
Mon, 24 Feb 2014
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Hello dear,

Given the history that you have been diagnosed with Thyroid problem, weight gain is bound to happen under such conditions.
The Thyroid medicines will take some time to act.
Kindly take them as advised by your treating Doctor & follow up regularly.

For effective weight control, equal importance should be given to both diet & exercise.
So, a low calorie low fat diet and regular exercise should be followed such as:

1. Avoid eating white breads, rice and pasta. They have high calories and increases the blood sugar level.
2. It is better to have complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice.
3. Consume low fat versions of milk and cheese and avoid oily foods.
4. Have a diet rich in low calorie protein foods such as egg whites, skinless chicken, fish, etc.
5. It is better to avoid soft drinks and fruit juices which are rich in calories.
Instead, drink large amount of water (about 6 to 8 glasses) throughout the day.
6. Dietary fiber such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts can also be included in the diet.

Wishing you a Good Health.
Take care.
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Depressed due to gaining weight even after having less food. Taking thyroid medicines

Hello dear, Given the history that you have been diagnosed with Thyroid problem, weight gain is bound to happen under such conditions. The Thyroid medicines will take some time to act. Kindly take them as advised by your treating Doctor & follow up regularly. For effective weight control, equal importance should be given to both diet & exercise. So, a low calorie low fat diet and regular exercise should be followed such as: 1. Avoid eating white breads, rice and pasta. They have high calories and increases the blood sugar level. 2. It is better to have complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice. 3. Consume low fat versions of milk and cheese and avoid oily foods. 4. Have a diet rich in low calorie protein foods such as egg whites, skinless chicken, fish, etc. 5. It is better to avoid soft drinks and fruit juices which are rich in calories. Instead, drink large amount of water (about 6 to 8 glasses) throughout the day. 6. Dietary fiber such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts can also be included in the diet. Wishing you a Good Health. Take care.