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

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Updated May 22, 2009


In addition to eating healthier and exercising, I found that my T3 was low. Since starting to take Cytomel, I have lost 25 lbs. and have kept it off for 3 years now.

You Can Lose Weight!

I have become wheat and gluten free and all of that stubborn extra weight has gone! I am now no longer feeling bloated and sluggish and I am back to my original weight before I was diagnosed (lost 10 lbs)!
—Guest Alis


I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroid for 8 years now and I have had such a hard time losing weight. I used to go back to 258 no matter what I did. But I started Atkins and was amazed. I eat lots of veggies, lean meat, and fruit if I need sweets. I have lost 30 pounds so far but its slow moving. I also work out 6 days a week not including working and house work and it helps with my self confidence.
—Guest Candace


I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism in January 2013 after gaining 20 pounds. I am still unable to lose it and I am getting very frustrated. It was nice to read all your posts and see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I will just keep trying and hope my doctors come up with something. Thanks for the encouragement.
—Guest Melinda

Lost weight with Weight Watchers

Had so much trouble losing weight until I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I am on Synthroid and Liothyroxine. I started Weight Watchers in January and have lost 33 pounds. It is slow, but it works. I exercise 5 days a week and feel so much better. I am 57 years old and on my way to my ideal weight.
—Guest Mary


I lost 20 pounds in 4 months after switching from Synthroid to Armour with no exercise or diet change. I spent over a year on Synthroid - gained 25 pounds and felt horrible. I insisted my doctor switch my medication to an NDT (Armour). Within a month, my energy level went back up, puffiness disappeared, mood swings leveled out. I'm still on track and losing the remaining weight, but Armour changed my outlook on life and my future. And as an added bonus my cholesterol dropped 22 points.
—Guest Jill

Finally Worked

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 4 years ago after my last child was born.The worst thing I ever did was listen to my doctor tell me I will have a weight problem the rest of my life (because I used that as an excuse).I found an endocrinologists and started 112 Synthroid, then lost 30 pounds on Adkins 3 years ago and gained 10 back. Then I found CrossFit and running last year. I dropped maybe 7 pounds from CrossFit and running, but dropped 2 sizes. It changed my body completely. 3 mnths ago I had a weight loss challenge with friends and lost 21 pounds tracking EVERYTHING on an app (Lose It).I am running my 3rd half marathon next month. I am still 10 pounds heavier than my wedding but 3 sizes smaller. I turn 40 next month and look better than I did when I turned 30 before having kids. My advice is dont EVER stop trying and never listen to someone say you cant do something.I still am tired a lot but it doesnt stop me getting to my 5 am CrossFit or go on early runs. It helped to make friends at the gym to hold me accountable and the weight challenge.

A Ketogenic Diet is the Answer.

After years of weight gain after being diagnosed hypothyroid. I finally found a low-carb diet. After sticking to it for 2+ years, have lost 100 pounds and almost 20 inches on my waist. It is the only diet that has worked and I intend to eat this way for life. The medical proof behind it and the way I feel has convinced me this is the way to go. Hope this helps someone! dietdoctor.com/lchf & reddit.com/r/keto for beginners!
—Guest Rich


Nothing worked until I counted every single calorie and started CrossFit with running. I have tried each separately and nothing worked but all of them together changed my life. I have dropped 6 sizes and 40 pounds. I am more active than ever and clean eating made me feel better.
—Guest Angela


I am 50 years old and have had low thyroid since I was 36 years old. I am sad because I don't live my life like I used to. I have tried everything and the most frustrating part about this disease you don't get results and if you do no one notices and wonders why you try.
—Guest sharon


I was diagnosed a year and a half ago after a surgery. My body just went blooey! My blood pressure went up. I was tired, no energy. Routine blood work showed a problem with my thyroid. I had been trying to lose weight with little success. I was following my diet plan and now there was a reason for the lack of weight loss. Augh! Since then I have been trying to find out what works. I finally stumbled on a plan that is mostly veggies and fruits and lean meats and fish whole grains small portions 5-6 times a day and lots of water I drink a large glass of water in the morning with my medications. I wait about an hour before I take my vitamins and blood pressure medications. So far I've lost about 22 pounds since February. IT IS SLOW! I exercise at least 6 days week. Dairy is tough and reeks havoc on my system. SO hard! Even as an adult I have always been a milk lover. I'm still investigating things that work. I am concerned about calcium. I'm at a standstill right now, but thank goodness for these forums and internet helping me to learn the stuff no one has told me.
—Guest cathyv

Weight Loss

I can't lose weight! I'm young and 203 pounds! I have no idea what to do and I need to drop a lot of weight. I dont understand why I can't I lose weight. I am hypothyroid and take levo. I'm stuck!
—Guest the-girl

Thyroid Increasing Weight

I am feeling very tried and my weight is increasing. I am getting very tired and wondering what food to eat.
—Guest sathidevi

Fast Metabolism Diet

Haley Pomery has a program especially for us un-thyroids. I am in week 4 and have lost 15 pounds and several inches. Nothing else has worked for me in years.
—Guest Edie

Sophia Vergara is Not Helping

I have lost my will. I lost 30 pounds by eating 500 calories a day and one doctor praised me, even though I told him it was not sustainable. He said, "whatever it takes!" Then the next doctor said, "Don't do that! It isn't good for you." Even though I said I cannot lose any other way. Now, I am facing neck surgery and more pain. I don't know how much more I can take.
—Guest x

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