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

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By carolfuller

Updated September 24, 2010

Diet Programs From the Thyroid Patient Perspective

Name of the Diet/Weight Loss Program or Service: 

MediFast/ used by Johns Hopkins

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

two months ago



My Review 

I have tried all of the diets out there from Weight Watchers, where the instructors, even on the sly, told me if you have thyroid issues you may not lose weight. I also tried the South Beach Diet. Having a nursing background, I talked to several of my nurse friends who were on MediFast. After seeing results, they decided to promote it. I went to my thyroid doctor (listed as one of the top on this web site) and he actually promotes it from his office. What worked for me is that it is medically, chemically a perfect nutrition plan. It has been around with Johns Hopkins Hospital for over 20 years and they still use it. There are no side effects if you research it. I have lost 25 lbs in 5 weeks and still have another 13 more pounds to lose. The products, such as the s'mores bars, lemon meringue bars,cheddar cheese crisps and honey mustard pretzels keep me going. The shakes are whey based AND soy so in the morning to not affect my thyroid my first one is whey and then you eat any choice of the other 4 products during the day eating every 3 hours. Once a day you have a large salad and meat, fish, veggies. You also drink a lot of water, which I have found is a main key ingredient for success. At age 52, it is the only diet that has ever worked for me, although my TSH is almost 8 with medication.

Did you successfully lose weight on this diet? 


How much weight did you lose so far? 


Pros for Thyroid Patients? 

They have whey based products as well as soy protein.

Cons for Thyroid Patients? 

None, except to be aware of soy's negative effects on thyroid.

Would you recommend this to a friend? 


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