Molly Sims’ Thyroid Condition Made Weight Loss ‘Hard Work’

01/24/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

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For Molly Sims, the transition from model to mom has been relatively easy.

But for a woman who once graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, getting her pre-baby body back presented more of a challenge.

“It’s been 19 months!” Sims told PEOPLE while attending ELLE‘s Women in Television Celebration in Los Angeles. “It was hard work. It was hard work for almost 13, 14 months because of my thyroid issue, but once I knew what it was I got it under control.”

Sims suffered from a thyroid condition that led the first-time mom to gain almost 65 lbs. during her pregnancy and then, once son Brooks Alan was born, she became concerned about just how stubborn those additional pounds were. With medication, and a new view on diet and exercise, the 40-year-old stunner is back in fighting — or at least bikini — shape.

“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,” she says. “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.”

Well, not entirely cutting back on all forms of “exercise,” as Sims let slip that she and her husband, film producer Scott Stuber, are aiming to give Brooks, now 19 months, a sibling.

“It’s still something you have to maintain,” she says, before adding. “And we’re starting on baby number two, so you have to keep it going.”

And what does “starting on baby number two” mean, obvious logistics aside? “Talk to daddy!” Sims says with a laugh as her publicist leads her away. “Daddy likes it!”

Well, practice does make perfect … babies.

— Reagan Alexander

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Sara on

She’s so beautiful.

Anonymous on

Thank you, Molly, for demonstrating how gaining an excess amount of weight while pregnant isn’t always completely under the mother’s control! It seems like so many people on here constantly forget that fact!

Susan on

So happy she has things under control. However, to Anonymous, I work in women’s health, this thyroid condition only affects about 2% of pregnant women. The rest gain the weight the old fashioned way….out of control eating!

Amp88 on

I’m so sick of people using the “Thyroid” excuse for why they can’t lose weight. I have Hypothyroidism myself since I was a child, so yes I know it can be a bit of a pain vs. a normal metabolism, but it’s not that serious.

It’s an excuse in my opinion.

Angela on

Amp, I think the difference is she wasn’t on medication which would imply that she didn’t know that she had a thyroid problem. It can be serious when it’s left untreated. Since you’ve had it since you were a child, you’ve become accustomed to the lifestyle changes and you’re probably already on medication that’s controlling it, right? Someone who doesn’t know that they have it and they gain a ton of extra weight is not using it as an excuse, it actually is the reason.

Congrats on

@Amp88. I have had Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism since I was 18, and it’s a struggle. But I agree with you. Although it is hard to lose weight, compared to people who exercise and cut back on what they eat, it is possible. It just takes longer. We learn to “manage” our weight our whole lives, because one level off balance can pack the weight on FAST.

HKT on

Amp88, just an FYI: Hypothyroidism presents differently in every individual. Some individuals require chemical treatment; others do not. Moreover, said chemical treatment (medication) can take a long time to “get right” and needs to be constantly mediated so that the body is receiving enough. Some individuals struggle enormously with their weight when diagnosed with hypothyroidism, as the thyroid regulates virtually every process in the body. It’s great that you don’t struggle with these issues, but many do. You sound terribly ignorant and judgmental.

Susan on

HKT, I work in this field, and it affects only about 2% of pregnant women. Sorry, most gain the weight by eating too much!!

Anonymous on

Why does losing baby weight have to be something to report on at all?

Anna on

I was diagnosed with hypthyroidism about 3 years ago ago and it is most definitely harder to maintain my weight. I struggled with a bit of weight gain before my diagnosis, and when I finally got the meds I needed the weight came off however, I’ve noticed that it is hard for me to even lose 5 lbs. Before this happened, if I ate and exercised like I do now I would likely lose 10-15 lbs, now it isn’t that easy. Definitely possible to maintain a healthy weight if you have this issue, but also not impossible.

RooRoo on

Amp88- I too have it as well and think people use it as an excuse ! Annoying

lori on

It’s not the same for everybody Amp88. Your comment sounds extremely ignorant.

SSue on

Ignorant people in the profession, including endos, make it more difficult because so many are so uninformed they continue to blame the patient. Sad.

Sandra on

If it was difficult for her to loose the weight, but eventually she did, what is all the back and forth about. She said that because of the condition it made it harder not impossible. The excuse would be if she said “I can’t loose the weight because of the condition”.

Anonymous on

This article told me absolutely nothing. Sorry I wasted my time.

Heather on

Amp88, hypothyroidism isn’t serious? Are you for real? If you’ve had it since you’ve been a child, you should know that left untreatd, hypothyroidism can lead to many, many serious medical issues.

As HKT said, it presents differently in everyone and there is no “one size fits all” answer to those who suffer from it, despite what doctors tell you. It’s not as simple as taking a little pill each morning. Until you’re properly regulated, your weight and emotions can see-saw all over the place.

Anonymous on

Susan- That may be true, but there are other conditions that can cause weight gain during pregnancy, too…such as gestational diabetes (with treatment not so much, but just like with hyopthyroidism, that treatment sometimes takes awhile to get “right”) and pre-eclampsia (from excess water retention).

So it is most certainly NOT true that the 98 percent of pregnant women who don’t have hypothryodism gain weight simply from eating too much!

Tag on

Liked her TV show Las Vegas. Good for her finally able to lose baby weight.