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am a 33 year old female 5'3 133 pounds. My pre-pregnancy weight was 125. I have a 9 month old and am breastfeeding exclusively and can't lose the rest of the weight I gained--or rather I am too hungry to. I lost the normal weight at delivery (15 pounds) but not the rest. I easily eat between 2400+ calories a day. I am not gaining weight but not losing weight either. When I try to restrict what I eat I eventually end up eating the same amount. I have tried more protein, less carbs, more carbs less fat, every combination with no luck. I do some strength training and about 7 hours of cycling per week. Why am I so hungry? Even after a full, balanced meal I often feel like my stomach is empty. I drink a lot of water, easily 2 gallons a day. I am uncomfortable at this weight as it is mostly belly fat and when I am hydrated and have eaten (other than first thing in the morning) I look 4-5 months pregnant. Any ideas?


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Expert:  Dr. J Muthukrishnan replied 4 Days.

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In that case, do get your thyroid tested. Balanced diet with calcium and vitamin D is required while you are breast feeding. Be regular with your exercises and make them more intensive if you can. Weight loss regimen can follow once you wean off your baby. Most women start losing this excess pregnancy fat after breast feeding is complete.
Hope this is helpful,
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Patient replied :

Thank you. Just one more question--on the thyroid, usually hypthyroid causes lowered appetite, and hyperthyroid decreased weight--so do you think it is possible to be hyperthyroid without weight loss? Or what would I want to check for?


Expert:  Dr. J Muthukrishnan replied 3 Days.

Yes, one can be hyperthyroid without weight loss.


Patient replied :

Thank you. Just one more question--on the thyroid, usually hypthyroid causes lowered appetite, and hyperthyroid decreased weight--so do you think it is possible to be hyperthyroid without weight loss? Or what would I want to check for?


Expert:  Dr. J Muthukrishnan replied 2 Days.

Yes, one can be hyperthyroid without weight loss.


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Category: Diabetologist
Experience: 
Fellowships/Training: 
1. 10th Asia-Pacific Pediatric Endocrine Society  Fellows meeting, Seoul, Korea, Oct 2008
2. Eighth ICMR Course on Genetics and Genetic Counseling – Jul 2008 – SGPGI, Lucknow
3. Annual Certificate Course on Endocrinological Laboratory Techniques at National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR) Hyderabad,India, ( Aug-Sep 2006) 
Fellowship: Endocrinology, Diplomate of National Board, National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2008, Medwin Hospital, Hyderabad
Senior Residency: Diplomate of National Board (General Medicine), National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2002
Residency: MD, General Medicine, 1997-2000, Armed Forces Medical College, 2nd position in University
Medical School: MBBS, Armed Forces Medical College, 1992
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