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I'm Loving Sparkpeople

Reader Reviews: Diet and Weight Loss Programs for Thyroid Patients: Pros & Cons

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By rozierocks

Updated July 23, 2010

I'm Loving Sparkpeople

Hovering around 212 in May '09

I'm Loving Sparkpeople

Around 170 in February '10

Diet Programs From the Thyroid Patient Perspective

Name of the Diet/Weight Loss Program or Service: 

http://www.sparkpeople.com

When did you follow this diet/weight loss program?: 

Still follow - it's a lifestyle more than a diet

Website/URL:: 

http://www.sparkpeople.com

My Review 

The day I found this website is the day everything changed for me. I was diagnosed as hypothyroid two years ago and had a very hard time going from doctors to naturopaths to find the proper treatment for me. The doctors weren't treating my TSH to low enough standards (many of us go through this problem) so that I was feeling better. I went to a Naturopath and she put me on Armour which made a world of difference. We were still using my doctor's blood work orders for testing and I found out that I felt the best when my TSH is around 2. Long story short, my Naturopath went on maternity leave and I found an endocrinologist who would work with me but she wanted me back on Synthroid. I told her it was a deal if she would treat me to a 2. She agreed and I was on the road to feeling human again.

Of course I had gained weigh throughout the process. At my peak I was 212.

Now that I was feeling better, I was getting out more and I did start to lose some weight. I read an article about Sparkpeople - a free website that helps you develop healthy eating habits, tracks your calories, encourages exercise, provides team support and incentives. I started Sparkpeople in July 2009 and have lost close to 50 pounds. And it's been easy....if you discipline yourself. Sparkpeople is not a diet, it's a tool that helps you develop a healthy lifestyle. I took up roller derby (yes, I'm feeling that good now!) and suffered a broken ankle. But I remained disciplined and steadfast in tracking my calories and still managed to lose weight while laid up on the couch.

I've changed my weight-loss goals twice now.....I'm aiming to be at 135 by the end of the year. And the better I feel, the more active I become. Who knew I had a petite frame??

Sparkpeople is free - anyone can do it. There are many success stories on their website - and they even have a support group for Hashimoto's thyroid patients like me.

It also encourages you to eat carbs, protein, fat by setting daily goals. You won't be successful by cutting out carbs. Nor is it realistic. As you enter what you've eaten, it adds everything up for you. Again - a lifestyle more than a diet.

I encourage you to check it out. You've got nothing to lose (except for some pounds) and everything to gain (a happy, healthy lifestyle).

Did you successfully lose weight on this diet? 

Yes

How much weight did you lose so far? 

25-50

Pros for Thyroid Patients? 

Support group for thyroid sufferers

It's free

You can meet other thyroid patients who are also trying to lose weight

Cons for Thyroid Patients? 

None that I can think of

Would you recommend this to a friend? 

Yes

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