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Weight Gain


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile





Thank you for your question. I appreciate how challenging this issue probably is for you. It''s great to read that you have made some effort towards nutritional modification and activity but these do take time to work. If you have been diligent and have as yet to see results then perhaps the changes you made were either not entirely appropriate or enough. There is also the fact that the excess weight itself will encourage more fat to be stored.



I do not think that there is a one-pill-for-all solution for your weight issue, i.e. stay away from products that promise a cure for all ills in one simple tablet. My advice would be to find a FLT practitioner in your area who understands the complexity of your health issues and ask them to assist you to appropriately modifiy your mealplan, appropriately modify your activity plan and to consider the impact of your imbalanced endocrine system and excess weight on your weight loss goals. Contact www.amipro.co.za to find one near you. FLT practitioners work with sustainable lifestyle modification, not fad dieting. This makes it much healthier for your body and the results are longer lasting.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear B

Thank you for your question. I am indeed surprised to read that your daughter was started on Eltroxin at the tender age of 13! What was the indication? If the indication was to assist with weight loss I have to say that that is a very precarious path to follow as the long term side effects of unnecessary Eltroxin are quite dangerous.

Similarly why have you decided to go onto a protein-only diet? As important as protein is to building a healthy functional body, excessive protein intake out of balance with healthy carbohydrates and oils is asking for liver and kidney problems. Weight lost in this manner is never sustainable and when you stop the diet the weight comes back. It is what we call a "yoyo" diet with weight spiraling up and down regularly.

Chronic use of Eltroxin affects your thyroid gland, which in turn affects your hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which in turn impact on your ovaries ability to create a healthy environment in the body within which a baby can be conceived and fostered until birth. So yes Eltroxin does have an impact on fertility.

Before I can offer any further advice I would like you to consider what is the primary issue here? Perhaps an individual appointment would be a more appropriate avenue to discuss you daughter's case further. You are welcome to call 076-299-4662 to make an appointment.

Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

Hi

While Cilift doesn’t generally induce so much weight gain, some people do experience weight gain and others weight loss. Has anything else been different in the last few months that might have caused the weight gain? If all other things are the same then it is likely to be the Cilift. You would need to weigh up the benefit that you get from it with the drawback of the weight gain.

I suggest that you go back to the Dr who prescribed it and discuss switching to an alternative.

Warm regards

Gabriell

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

Hi

I apologise for the delayed response!

Yes, that could be the reason. Hormonal contraceptives can alter our metabolism resulting in weight gain. Resistant weight especially around the stomach and thighs is often related to thyroid and sex hormone changes. Have you had your thyroid function checked? Have you been quite stressed? Both stress and an underactive thyroid can result in weight gain.

I suggest that you pick one oral contraceptive and stay with it for a while to give your body a chance to stabilise, and visit your Dr to check your thyroid function.

Warm regards

Gabriell


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