Actress Molly Sims said it took her over a year to lose the 65 pounds she gained while pregnant because of a thyroid condition.
“It was hard work for almost 13, 14 months because of my thyroid issue," said Sims. "But once I knew what it was I got it under control.”
The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model gave birth to son Brooks Alan in June 2012. Despite a strict diet and grueling workouts, Molly had a tough time losing the baby weight because of her thyroid problems.
"I've had to exercise and keep a very, very rigid diet," said Sims, 40. "It's the hardest thing I've done."
After taking thyroid medication, Sims gradually slimmed down and regained her slender pre-baby body. The former Victoria's Secret model now easily maintains her weight loss by being careful with her diet despite working out a lot less.
“I know this is going to sound weird, but I’m actually exercising a little bit less, and watching what I eat a little bit more,” said Molly. “I find that sometimes I can over-exercise, where it actually makes me hungrier, to the point where I’m starving! So I’ve been trying to cut back.”
Molly isn't the only celebrity who experienced weight gain due to thyroid issues. In 2008, supermodel Karolina Kurkova, also a former Victoria's Secret Angel, was ridiculed as "too fat to walk the runway" after she abruptly gained 30 pounds due to an under-active thyroid. Getting treated for hypothyroidism helped Karolina shed the excess weight.
Similarly, "Dancing With the Stars" host Brooke Burke-Charvet has battled Hashimoto’s disease for over 10 years and takes drugs to manage the thyroid condition. In 2012, Burke-Charvet underwent surgery to treat thyroid cancer. She has since recovered and is doing well.