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Readers Respond: Thyroid Patients Share How They've Successfully Lost Weight

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Updated May 22, 2009

HCG Helped Me!

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the birth of my daughter 4 years ago. I have basically felt miserable ever since despite being on the "correct" dosage of medications. I was overweight, tired and just felt blah. I did the HCG drops for 6 weeks and lost 35 pounds. I've kept the weight off for 2 months and follow a low carb/sugar diet. I always feel full and the sugar cravings are a thing of the past. I feel amazing and have lots of energy. I am even training for a half marathon this August! I was always a calorie/fat counter so was very surprised to find out that sugar was the culprit all along. Took almost 40 years to figure it out but better late than never! My doctor and I still have to figure out the "perfect" dosage of Synthroid but that's always been a work in progress. I would definitely recommend the HCG drops to anyone wanting to reboot their metabolism and get on track to a healthier lifestyle.

What works for me.

I had a thyroidectomy in 1984 and put on 3 stone within 3 months! I have been on diets ever since. I lose a little then plateau and give up when there is no progress. After 5 months I started a new regime which has helped me lose 31 pounds so far with 9 to go. I have a nectarine and an apple chopped up with fat free natural yogurt for breakfast. Lean meat with tomatoes, peppers and cucumber/salad for lunch with low fat dressing. I will have a slice of melon or a satsuma for dessert. For supper, I have lean meat or fish with stir fry vegetables and more fruit for dessert. If I get peckish in between I have 2 rye crispbread (black pepper for preference) and an apple. I vary the fruit, vegetables and meats. I feel healthy, livelier and the fat is going (in the right places too!) If I go out I choose a salad or steak with vegetables or other lean meat. Its do-able and it works for me!
—Guest Brigid Armstrong

Day 30 with Extra Iodine and R. Simmons

Eight pounds lost (about 42 to go). I'm using the Richard Simmons Food Mover to track my food intake (I hate to diet). I've added iodine and that made the difference for me. I'm not hungry, so I don't snack as much or overeat. I'm not restricting my calories rigidly, but am adding vegetables and fruit and not eating as much bread. My TSH is at .66, because I got a doctor to listen to me and added the iodine tablets. I've also been taking a natural adrenal support herb too. My mood and energy level are much better and this makes it easier to get exercise -- I actually want to walk and work in the garden! I'm no longer too cold to want to be outside in the winter. I'm loving life again!
—Guest Melanie

HCG Diet Does Work

I was on a synthetic thyroid and my doctor kept telling me my numbers were where they were supposed to be. I was gaining weight no matter what I tried. After I went from 119 to 149 and was still gaining. My son found a doctor who bills herself as a medical detective. She put me on natural thyroid and the HCG diet. She did a very comprehensive blood test and found that there were a couple of other problems as well. I went in weekly to see her and receive a B12 shot, gave myself the HCG shots daily and stayed on the strict 500 calorie diet. I lost 2-3 lbs per week. As I am 69 and have myasthenia gravis. I did not want to try the HCG diet without a doctor's supervision. With weak muscles from MG, the additional weight made my life miserable. I now weigh 120 and have maintained that for 4 months. If you are hungry on this diet, check with your doctor. The amount of HCG can be adjusted - you should not be hungry. With the natural thyroid, the symptoms I still had with the synthetic are gone!
—Guest Dorothy

Best Thyroid Diet

I am a long time thyroid patient (12 years, radiated thyroid). I gained 60 pounds over that time. I lost 3 lbs. a week on the Ideal Protien Diet until I met my goal of 50 lbs. It is a bit expensive and the foods are not great tasting, but it is very effective. I was amazed at how well it worked. I really did not think I could ever take off weight with a thyroid issue and I have tried many things. This diet is only offered through a doctor's office. Many chiropractors offer it. It is very simple and easy to follow and staff are usually very helpful. The diet has a beginning and an end with 4 phases. It also teaches you how to eat for a lifetime to maintain your weight. What I found kept me strong through this was the constant weight loss. It was very motivating. The cost is about $380.00 for the consultation and the first 10 days worth of food and then about $80.00 a week after that. As you move through the phases it gets cheaper because you eat less of their food.

Small Amounts

I have tried everything!!! My thyroid completely stopped working when I tried Body by Vi shake (Visalus).. NO SOY!!! Remember that if you have a thyroid problem you can't have soy!! It will destroy anything you have left of a metabolism. I gained 10 pounds in a week from shakes containing soy. I recommend also watching carbs and T3 and T4 levels at all times! Be sure to cover your thyroid during X-rays.
—Guest Lish


If you are using diet pills to help with hypothyroidism do NOT use stimulant medications. You have to get the non stimulant medications. The caffeine can cause your thyroid to get all out of whack even more!
—Guest Sam

Californian People / No Thyroid Problems

Strange that we all have thyroid issues in the Midwest and yet out in California I have been told it is rare to have thyroid problems. Maybe we are missing minerals instead of an actual hormone. Sometimes I do think that if your body is replenished with certain minerals, it works much better. The medicine and tests usually do not work well, but it remains the M.D. plan of action. Why do they not change what doesn't work? That has always stumped me. Instead of having a standard of care, they need to have a standard of working care. Since they are practicing Medicine, then they should practice, not just give and say go home and hope for the best. I think it's like everything else, for many it's a paycheck....


I have to say that this diet worked for me. The weight just fell off. I managed 20kg (40lb) in 3 months.
—Guest Rebecca

Bariatric Surgery

I had my thyroid completely removed in December 2007. Since then, I have struggled to lose weight. I had the Lap Band put in September 2010 and removed August 2011, but it did not help and made me sick. I am now thinking about the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I have tried exercise and diet. I am about 125 pounds overweight. I feel terrible. I tried Weight Watchers, Nutri system, the only thing that helped is bariatric shakes on a total fast.


I have been reading every article in this website and noticed that I'm the only person in there that was born without a functioning thyroid gland. When I was a baby, my mom crushed my levothyroxine up in my applesauce! All I know, is that I was a chunky kid most of my life and until I had my daughter and gained 90 lbs from it, did I realize how important this stuff is. Keeping your meds level, drinking lots of water, eating a balanced mediteranian style diet and avoiding alcohol and late eating, and also staying active are the only things that seem to work. I'm now 25 and at 5 foot 2 maintain 140 lbs without trouble. Eduacate yourself and learn your body, and keep your metabolism guessing! You all can do it! Every body is different so you have to find your own tricks for yours. Love your bod and take care of it! Its the only vessel you have!
—Guest Caitlin

HCG Doesn't Work

I bought the 123HCG and intended to do the 1200 calorie diet they claim they have, but the diet doesn't exist. All they say is eat more of the standard HCG diet. I bought the HCG Guidebook, but it has very little useful information. I'm on my 8th day and am following the diet to the T, but I am absolutely starving 90% of the time. I think constipation is a real problem, as well as weakness, dizziness and almost fainting I am experiencing. I am just so hungry, it's hard to sleep. My only real weight loss came on Day 2 & 3, (probably from the 2 days of loading). I am at the same weight I was on Day 4 on Day 8! I 'assume' my bodies gone into starvation mode. I was losing more without the diet and drops on a 1200 calorie diet. This HCG thing may be fine for 'food-yuppies' who think they need to lose 20 pounds. Yet, for the seriously, health impaired and obese, I think this is dangerous! I have read and read and I still can't find a single thing I'm doing wrong.
—Guest AJG50

Exercising & Eating "Clean" NOT WORKING!

I have hypothyroidism as well (currently on 75mg of levoxyl). I started the EA Sports Active Workout on PS3 1/2/12 and as of today I am only down 2 pounds! I workout at least a half hour every day some days up to 1 and a half hours. I have been eating clean which means no WHITE stuff :-) I admit I feel better as far as the eating goes and not craving bad stuff. Drink about 80-100 ounces of water a day as well. I guess I want to see more results as to how hard I am working at this! I just ordered HCG drops so I guess we will see if that helps.
—Guest Hollie

Weight Loss Tip

I tried a low fat and high protein diet (similar to Atkins). In the past and I have to be on a high protein diet nearly all the time if i was to be successful with weight loss. I strictly lowered my carbs for first week and no dairy is a must for continued weight loss. Although my thyroid TSH has been high and low in past year, being on a carb restricted diet is the only thing that ever allows weight loss to occur. I also include 1 hour of cardio and running for 6 days a week into my regime. Eating grapefruit and tomatoes helps in burning off fat too, but I have to limit citrus as it can affect thyroxine absorption. It's hard work compared to a normal person, but in time I hope to achieve my weight loss goal of 10kg!
—Guest Scaramooch


As I am reading everyone's blog I have notice people who are using HCG are losing the most weight and quicker. Maybe the medical profession should look into HCG and weight loss.
—Guest jcs08094
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