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

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Updated May 22, 2009

Weight loss

I have lost about 25 pounds, pounds that I put on when my thyroid went haywire. What worked best for me, after trying all sorts of "diets," is eating real, unprocessed foods and drinking mostly water and a cup of coffee in the morning. I also got a puppy and walk, walk, walk, every day. It took a long time to get my medicine (Armour) regulated and find out what worked best for me. If you cut out all the junk and just eat naturally - no white flour or rice, no fast foods, no processed anything unless you recognize each ingredient as a common word, no soft drinks, diet or otherwise, and exercise as much as you can. It worked for me.
—Guest Pat


I found the best medicine to be Armour but am now using Naturethroid with additional T4. The best diet that worked for me has been low carbohydrates. I started with the South Beach Diet but refined my diet by using the format in The Metabolism Miracle book. I eat 5 grams of carbohydrates every 5 hours, very limited wheat, and 2 protein shakes (18-20 grams of protein per drink) GNC Pro Performance® AMP Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 chocolate flavor for breakfast and lunch. Supper consists of food choices based on low-carbohydrates followed by required protein (based on book) within an hour of going to bed. I also exercise by walking 30 minutes daily. I have already lost 5 pounds the first 2 weeks and am now on the third week.
—Guest Elizabeth

What Works for Me

What works for one person may not work for another, but what I found that works for me is Richard Simmons' Deal-a-Meal coupled with his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" tapes. I use "Sweatin" every other day. When I'm not "Sweatin" I walk for 30 minutes at a fast pace. I didn't start losing significant weight until I started exercising.
—Guest Tina Columbine

How I lost weight

I lost 32 lbs. on the Suzanne Sommers diet. This focus is about the combination of foods, and it really works. This program does not deprive you of anything except for junk foods. Meat or carbohydrates are acceptable, but not in the same meal. When I want pasta and bread, I just leave out meat & all other proteins. If I want proteins, I leave off the carbs in the same meal. "Eat Great and Lose Weight" is her book. I lost my weight without feeling deprived and experienced no lack of energy. I highly recommend it.
—Guest Liza MacFarland

Diet secrets

While trying to determine the correct dosage to treat my Hashimoto's disease, I gained 30 lbs. Before my illness, I was a long distance runner. Because of it, I had to take many month off. After I got the correct dosage of Armour Thyroid, I felt much better and started running again. In August, I started training for another marathon. By cranking up the intensity of my exercise and staying away from processed foods and sugar, I lost 10 lbs. in about 5 weeks. My peak weight was 165 lbs. in February. Currently I am at 144 lbs. Intensity is the key to exercise. You can walk all day and hardly lose anything if your pace is too comfortable. Your body has to feel the need to convert fat to energy. To do this you must walk fast, pump your arms, get your heart beating and sweat. One day a week take your chosen activity and add "distance" or "time" you can slow your intensity a little bit, but you have to exercise longer. I guarantee you will see results in one month.
—Guest doodamom@bellsouth.net

T3 in Small Quantities Reduces Weight

If T4 alone is not working, ask your doctor to give you T3 along with T4. That will reduce weight and also will make you feel far better than before. The brain needs T3.

Resonse to Angela

Yes I do get body sores and right now my face is a mess. I have 4 large, red painful ones. I have given up eating gluten and chocolate. I eat very little sweets and soda. I also have extreme adrenal fatigue along with my Hashimoto's. My chiropractor says I probably won't be able to lose any weight. I'm 57 pounds over weight.
—Guest Sandy

Weight Loss

I cut out all sugars and carbohydrates including wheat as well as caffeine from my diet. I also started eating 3 meals and two snack a day. The combination of these changes has helped me stabilize my sugar levels and regain my energy. I started exercising 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes depending on how I felt. Now I am able to go 5-6 times a week for 45 minutes. So far I have lost 8 pounds, and most of all, I feel so much better!
—Guest Karen


I went on a 1000 calorie diet (2 protein shakes and lunch) for 6 months. I exercised 1 hour 5 times a week and lost only 5 darn pounds. I am on Armour, but that did not seem to help me much. It wasn't until I went to a STEAM sauna 3-4 times a week that the weight began to melt off. Others might do better with the dry sauna.

Still Trying

I've had hypothyroidism for 20 years. About 3 years ago I lost 65 pounds doing Weight Watchers online. This past year I've put on 10 lbs. and 3 inches in my waist. I'm counting points, walking a half hour every day, and not getting very far. It's discouraging, but I guess we have to keep at it.

How I Lost Weight

My doctor ordered a diet pill for me and I am going to Curves three times per week. I have lost 29 lbs. since May.
—Guest Lorretta

I Changed the Way I Eat

After 7 years of undiagnosed Grave's disease, thyroid removal, gaining 100 lbs. that first year, and two years of Synthroid, my former endocrinologist forgot to check the brand box on the prescription. I changed to generic and started feeling a bit better. One year ago last week, I put together a spreadsheet and started counting every calorie that went into my mouth. 61 lbs. later, I've only got 39 lbs. to go. I cook nearly everything from scratch, eat as healthy as possible, and when I go out, I make healthy selections. I eat whatever I want but learned early on you eat more for the calories if you choose well! I've even kept my daily glass of red wine and the occasional weekend pint . My heart was damaged from the atrial fibrilator from the Grave's so I'm still fairly unable to exercise much. I add in as much walking as possible. I even rented a 3rd floor apartment on purpose! I'm hoping to start strength training soon. Good luck to everyone. It can be done!
—Guest asphodelea

20 Years after Thyroid Cancer

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in my early 20's and gained 101 pounds in the course of 5 years. When I first started gaining weight I used to exercise 90 minutes a day and had cut my calorie count to 1,000 a day, I still gained weight! After hitting the all time high weight and hearing from many older women that I should just accept myself the way I was I asked my endocrinologist if it was impossible to lose weight and he said, "No, it is just more difficult." I took a long hard look at myself in the mirror and decided that "difficult" might not be so hard. I began riding my bike early mornings so no one would see such a fat woman on a bicycle. At that time, I was consuming a ton of junk food and began to exchange bad stuff for better stuff. In 9 months, I had lost 36 pounds and went skiing in Jackson Hole, WY. It felt so good to be active and fit. I came home with a renewed sense of what I could do. I joined Weight Watcher's and lost 24 more pounds.

Medifast is a Soy Based Diet

I too lost a bunch of weight on Medifast a couple of years ago, but all the products are soy based and all the literature says not to eat 5 meals of soy in a day if you have thyroid issues.
—Guest Kim

Medifast is a Soy Based Diet

I too lost a bunch of weight on Medifast a couple of years ago, but all the products are soy based and all the literature says not to eat 5 meals of soy in a day.
—Guest Kim
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