Too many patients, as documented in an on-line study of 12,000 individuals conducted by the American Thyroid Association published in June 2018, (https://doi.org/10.1089/thy.2017.0681) , complain of persistent symptoms of hypothyroidism despite what their doctors believe is successful treatment with levothyroxine (brands include Synthroid, Unithroid, Tirosent, Levoxl). We believe something needs to be done to resolve this conflict between patients and their doctors.
On our message board, Rowan shared his frustration with obtaining weight gain advice. His efforts so far have not produced the desired results so he wonders what metabolism.com can offer.
Brian Dean a skilled RD and frequent contributor to metabolism.com takes up the issue and posts the following response on our forum.
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Brian offers his take on the weight gain issue:
Thanks for sharing your story.
I first want to emphasize that you’re not alone. Even though the emphasis always seems to be on “how to lose weight”, there are plenty in your position as well.
Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you can do to gain weight-no matter what you’ve tried thus far.
It sounds like you are making a concerted effort to gain weight by eating foods high in calories. This isn’t a bad idea, but you can gain weight without having to eat nothing but junk food. Not only does eating junk food all the time make you feel tired and run down, but it could set you up for health problems down the road.
One of the first things I’d try is a supplement like Boost or Ensure. These don’t fill you up, have a lot of calories, and is much healthier than junk food. Drink 2-3 per day after meals and you will almost certainly gain weight.
I’d also try to eat high-calorie foods that are healthy. By far the best in this regard are healthy fats.
Here are a few healthy fat foods:
3. Olive Oil
This should get you started on the right track. Please post with any questions you have!
Brian Dean MS, RD https://www.metabolism.com/health-and-nutrition-forum/