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Intermittent Fasting

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

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By Ben Kotenberg

Updated November 03, 2010

Diet Programs From the Thyroid Patient Perspective

Name of the Diet/Weight Loss Program or Service: 

Intermittent Fasting / Eat Stop Eat / LeanGains

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

June 2009 - August 2009 and currently



My Review 

Intermittent fasting goes against most of the traditional bodybuilding, fitness and nutritionst endorsed diets. However, medical science and anecdotal evidence suggests it is the way to go for those struggling with weigh loss, especially those with low thyroid function. There are no meal plans to follow or certain foods to eat (although eliminating simple carbs will make the lifestyle even more effective). The basic premise of this diet (it's really a lifestyle) is skipping breakfast and lunch everyday, and eating all of your meals within a specific time frame during the day. Some common styles of eating are 16/8 (16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating) 18/6, 19/5 and 20/4. While fasting your body (as it has evolved to do) will burn stored fat as energy (contrary to popular believe your body does not switch to burning muscle until 72 hours without food). Doing some sort of exercise during your fasting period will increase the amount of fat you burn, even if it is just walking. During the eating time frame you eat as you normally would, in the small time you have to eat it is almost impossible for you do go above your body's calorie limit for the day. The intermittent fasting lifestyle also you to no longer be a slave to the "food schedule" you have all day from the time you wake up to the time you eat in the early / late afternoon to not plan where your next meal is coming from. The fast helps your body detoxify itself and fully digest your last meal. With your body spending less energy digesting, the rest of your organs are able to receive more blood and more oxygen in order to function properly. This is especially true of mental function, while fasting your brain releases hormones which increase mood and mental clarity (goodbye brain fog!) If you have high blood sugar or are pre-diabetic this lifestyle is extremely useful as insulin resistence is lowered considerably, cholesterol levels are improved and trigylcrides are eliminated from the blood. During your fasting period you are allowed to drink non-caloric beverages (coffee, water, diet soda, green tea, etc. etc) and chew sugarfree gum. The great thing about this diet is you are NOT starving yourself, you eat everyday and around the same amount of calories as you normally would eating 3 meals or 6 small meals yet due to the fasting period your body is able to burn fat. Try this during your next work week (just skip breakfast and lunch) and you'll be amazed at the results.

Did you successfully lose weight on this diet? 


How much weight did you lose so far? 

11-25 lbs

Pros for Thyroid Patients? 

No more BRAIN FOG! Medications are absorbed more effectively and have a greater affect on metabolism. Periods of fasting allos more fat to be burned by the body as fuel. No additional supplements or vitamins or fancy meal replacement or other products are needed, I just eat real food!

Cons for Thyroid Patients? 

The first few days during the fast period you may feel especially energetic or anxious because of thyroid medication's added effects. This went away for me after about 3 days.

Would you recommend this to a friend? 

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