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Maintaining Weight Loss
In our June story “Keeping It Off,” we learned that losing weight is only half the battle—the other is keeping those pounds from coming back through a combination of healthy eating patterns and physical activity. On our blog at www.energytimes.com we asked readers if they’ve lost weight and how they’ve kept it off; here is one response.
When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, the doctor put me on a synthetic hormone replacement. I took it for about six months; it had many side effects, especially weight gain that would not decrease. I found a holistic doctor who ordered blood and urine tests and then selected healthy foods and supplements for me according to the test results.
As a result, I lost weight and have kept it off for 11 years now. I am 5'2" and weigh 110 pounds. I jog and lift weights three times per week for about 20 to 30 minutes each.
As we explained in our story “Slow Motor” (March 2011 Malady Makeover), hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormone to maintain proper metabolism, resulting in a slowdown of many bodily functions. An under-performing thyroid can itself cause weight gain in addition to fatigue, dry skin and hair, constipation, joint pain and brittle nails.
Thanks for the Information
As a longtime sufferer of lupus, arthritis and fibromyalgia, I just want to thank you for this wonderful, informative magazine. I read each month from cover to cover and enjoy all of the information you provide from alternative medicine to exercise to recipes. Keep up the good work!
Look for Web Extras
As you read the magazine look for our Web Extras, editorial content found exclusively online at www.energytimes.com. This month we provide ways to feed your kids right in the mornings (including a recipe for healthy breakfast cookies), more essential oils and some simple home spa recipes. You can also access our blog through the ET website; there you can give us your feedback related to our back pain and natural lunchbox stories.