Gigi Hadid has been noticeably thinner these days. Contrary to early reports saying that she has been on a strict diet in preparation for the 2016 Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Hadid revealed that the medication she is taking for her thyroid disease is helping her lose weight. An insider, however, suspected that Hadid could be lying.
Speaking to Elle, Gigi Hadid shared that her metabolism drastically changed this year because of the medication she has been taking for her thyroid condition. The supermodel insisted that she actually did not want to lose weight but the medication made it difficult to keep the weight on.
“My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. I have Hashimoto’s disease. It’s a thyroid disease, and it’s now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn’t want to lose any more weight, I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that’s good.”
According to Celeb Dirty Laundry, some critics were having a hard time believing that Gigi Hadid’s weight loss was a result of her thyroid condition. The site reported that the disease could actually make patients gain weight instead of losing it. Critics and fans alike were allegedly not buying Hadid’s explanation and thinks she could be hiding something.
“Medical experts say that Hashimoto’s disease causes hypothyroidism, which leads to weight gain. Graves’ disease causes hyperthyroidism, which causes weight loss. If Gigi is telling the truth, then her condition would cause her to gain weight rather than lose it.”
Apart from weight gain, E! News reported that Hashimoto’s disease, could also cause increased sensitivity to cold, a puffy face, hair loss, fatigue, muscle weakness and aches, the development of a goiter, and other side effects. Hashimoto’s disease can reportedly lead to hypothyroidism, a condition were one’s thyroid is unable to produce enough hormones to regulate metabolism. Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism could be treated by taking pills with synthetic thyroid hormones or levothyroxine daily.
Other celebrities who suffer from similar thyroid diseases are Zoe Saldana, Gina Rodriguez, Kim Cattral, Brooke Burke-Charve, Victoria Justice, Missy Elliott, and Molly Sims.
In an interview with Health magazine, Gina Rodriguez revealed that she needed to go the extra mile to keep the weight off because of her Hashimoto’s disease. The Jane the Virgin star admitted that it frustrated her in the beginning because she has always felt pressured to fit in with all the skinny celebs. But she soon saw this as an opportunity to represent women dealing with the disease.
“It’s always been a battle for me with weight. Keeping weight off is very difficult because my metabolism is pretty much shot, which to me felt like a curse when I was 19. As an actress, I was like, ‘Seriously?! In a world that’s so vain, I have to deal with the disease that makes you not keep weight off?’ But it actually became a blessing because then I got to represent not only women and Latinas but also women who are dealing with this disease.”
On the other hand, Victoria Justice, who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2015, revealed that her weight fluctuated after taking a thyroid medication that was too high for her.
“At first, I was losing a lot of weight, then I went on tour and I started gaining weight, and it was the most I’d ever gained in my life. I was, like, 115 pounds. Then when I filmed a movie last summer, I actually went under 100 pounds,” she recounted.
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