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

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Updated May 22, 2009

From the article: Seven Thyroid Diet Secrets
If you're a thyroid patient who has lost weight, what worked? Was it a low-fat, low-carb, low-glycemic, or low-calorie diet? Or all of the above? Did you need to exercise, and if so, what sort of exercise did the trick, and how much? Did you do Atkins, South Beach, Fat Flush, the Thyroid Diet, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or your own personal diet program. When it comes to weight loss, what worked? What didn't? [p] Share your diet secrets, tips and tricks, and let us know what worked for you, as a thyroid patient and weight loss success story. Share Your Diet Secrets

Atkins Diet

I am 69 years old with Hashimotos. I tried Atkins to lose weight and after two or three months found I developed heart atrial fibrilation, chronic indigestion, severe headaches and chronic irritable bowel. Initially I did not make the connection, but after going to the doctor, being subjected to various heart diagnoses and being told I HAD to go on blood thinners for the AF (very depressing) I dropped the diet and over the next 3 weeks all those symptoms completely cleared up!! I only managed to lose about 3 kilo in that time which has since returned. I eat very sensibly - very little sweet stuff, bread or cereals - and walk the dogs most days. I don't sleep well and stress easily. HELP!
—Guest Elizabeth Bartlett


I finally had a Gastric Sleeve Surgery in August. I'm very pleased with the results! I've lost close to 60 lbs in 3 months. I must say, my relationship with food has changed. I eat to live now - not live to eat. As with anything, there are challenges, but it's all been worth it. I'm much more satisfied with myself now.
—Guest Nancy

Weight Lost

I lost weight on the Daniel Fast, I lost from 165 to 140 within two months. I like the Daniel Fast I still eat so of the same foods and I haven't gained the weight back its been 8 months.
—Guest Amazing Grace

My Solution (Finally)

I have been hypothyroid for 6 years and had gained 10 pounds per year (up until this year!) despite a healthy diet and lots of exercise. After realizing I was on the path of becoming morbidly obese, I decided to take the matter into my own hands. Every doctor I shared my weight concerns with refuted the fact that it was related to my thyroid. I even had a doctor tell me I must be eating too much McDonald's (which was never the case). I began reading about nutrition (including books like The China Study) and the more I read I transitioned to a mostly raw, plant-based diet. After only changing my diet and continuing to go to the gym and staying active, I've lost 30 pounds in 7 months. My BMI is now within the normal range. My cholesterol is under 150, by blood pressure is 110/70. My blood work is near perfect and I feel FANTASTIC. I can't remember ever feeling this good as an adult. While some people may think becoming Vegan is a bit extreme, I got my life back for myself and my kids.
—Guest Kelly

It's All in the Medications

I'm turning 60 and have had hypo & hyper thyroid since I was 18. I was not diagnosed untill 1998. I was skinny my whole life. I am 120 pounds max now, with edema 150/60 pounds. I am on 15 different medications at differnt times of the day. My health is pathetic. My advice is to find doctor who will go the full gammet with you. A doctor who is not intmidated by knowlege, or where you get it. Stay away from endos - as far as I have found they are pathetic (for the most part). I have now, I feel, due to never being properly diagnosed, facing life and death situations with health because parts of body are declining more rapidly than they should be. I am experiencing more serious issues than should have & most of them started in my early 30's. I switch to Unithroid, Levox and Cytomel better feeling still have edema so sever I cannot bend leg, face is unrecognizable, it's bad. Sleep? have severe sleep apnea, allergic to mask diet? Funny that food has nothing to do with weight... if you eat properly. It is your medical situation and medications you take. That's all it is. I would concentrate more on balance of the thyroid sooner the better. So you will not get 50 different disease.
—Guest Sharon


When a dentist is taking Xray he is supposed to tell a patient about a thyroid collar. 67% don't even know what it is. Don't ask, don't tell.
—Guest oprah

Losing Weight

I am currently trying the fast metabolism diet and finding I have success, but slow success... not many calories there! I work full time so with the low calories am a little tired toward the end of the week. I currently weigh 215 and at 5' 8" can carry it but cholesterol says the weight has to be lower.
—Guest a brenner

Ideal Protein Program WORKS!

Continuous battle with weight. Numerous diets tried and failed; finally ended up battling high blood pressure, weak heart, and borderline diabetic. Doc. said it's imperative for me to loose weight but no exercise cuz of my weak heart; was that a joke?! After lots of prayers of desperation I discovered a program that was doctor diverted and have gone from 256 lbs to 170! I'm off all my meds, and recommend checking it out to see if it's something that will work for you. I will warn you though that the weight does come off fast (an avg. of 3-5 lbs a week) so you have to mentally prepare for it. Hypothyroidism.
—Guest Tasha

Portion Control

Finally losing some weight. I started on Armour, also using FucoThin and a chromium supplement. I'm eating 3 small meals a day, not much snacking and it's working. I'm feeling a lot better.

5-2 Fasting

A variety of fasting - with 500 calories per day two days a week - made it for me. I have lost about 7 kilograms since 3rd week in June. That is a little more than 15 lbs. Seems that alternate fasting is one solution.
—Guest Birgitta

Anyone try...

Dukan? I heard it was a modified Atkins and would appreciate some feedback if you have tried this and did well.
—Guest NotSoFatOn


I follow a mostly paleo diet. It actually helps with brain fog and fatigue as well. After starting paleo, I lost my initial 20 pounds in 6 weeks. I was 185 pounds and am now down to 157 pounds.
—Guest Melissa

What Worked?

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 18. It took me 3 years, 3 surgeries and 3 rounds of radioactive iodine to treat. What has worked for me? Weight Watchers and actually following the plan, being on a dose that kept me in therapeutic range and remembering to take my Thyroid pill. That is the most important! I have lost 22 pounds with Weight Watchers and continue to keep following it.
—Guest Ashley

Beachbody and Shakeology

The Shakeology meal replacement drink is working for me and I've lost 15 lbs. The best part is that I don't have that famous "brain fog" that you have with hypotyroidism. I'm 45 years old I have 6 kids and I've been hypothyroid since 1996! I workout using Ten Minute Trainer when I'm feeling to weak from hypo muscle weakness and on my good days I use Hip Hop Abs or P90X! Love the fact I don't have to leave my house to do it. It's working and that's all I care about after years of trying every fad diet on the market! A lifestyle change is the best way to do it!! :)
—Guest Candice Hughes

How I Lost Weight

With Hashimoto's yet! Don't want to make this a commercial since I actually sell the product, so suffice it to say I lost 30 lbs with a weight loss product put out my a long-standing, well respected nutrition company. I've been stuck for a while at that same weight, but I've been slacking off a little too and it would help if I exercised more. There is hope though!
—Guest countingrows

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