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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.

Thyroid Diet Secrets

It all just depends on how many calories you consume. You can snack and still earn a body of a God. Fat and sugar don't cause weight gain, it's the calories. Sometimes you'll see crisps or bars of chocolate that'll have a calories stamp because not all sweets are bad for you. Some are good. Chocolate increases memory because of the cocoa butter and it also boosts your energy hence why Snickers have sports-type adverts, not just because of the name but because of the energy buzz it gives you!Always check caoirles and make sure everything you eat contains low cholesterol. All food must contain: Minerals, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Protein, Vitamins, Iron, Calcium. Also take some Cod Liver Oil supplements to keep your bones, joints and skin perfect .I'd say:Have a big manly breakfast (bacon, eggs, sauceages, tomatoes, mushrooms, glass of OJ), big salad for lunch and a light/small dinner (something simple like a sandwich or toast or even a pot of noodles lol). As for snacks, have fresh fruit. Also drink as much water as you can along with 1 cup of green tea. Hope this helps, it certainly worked for me! P.S. Exercise twice a week! Good luck!
—Guest WRuUzVqKnqtlwF

Veggies!

I am 17 years old and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 10. At one point, I had gained almost 70 pounds in a single winter. After finally getting serious about losing weight, I have found that all you need to do is cut out just about all of your carbs, dairy products and eat only lean meats such as chicken or fish. Do not fry anything! Grilling is the way to go! Also, any type of low impact exercising helps if you are not accustomed to working out on a regular basis. 20 pounds lost in one month and still going!
—Guest Bree

Soy

Believe it or not, I had forgotten about the issues with soy. I eat largely vegetarian. NO dairy, little to no carbohydrates, tons of greens, BUT eat a lot of soy. My reason for pulling animal out is because I was also diagnosed with gout and animal protein significantly increases my pain. Sadly though, I have experienced a lot of weight gain over the many months. I probably need to get rid of the soy. Admittedly, I am very frustrated.
—Guest CarlasWrld

Exercise By Building Muscle

I have yo-yo'd in weight quite a bit with this disease. I have been hypothyroid since my early twenties (18 years now). Looking back, anytime I gained was when I was eating too many sugar and carbohydrates. When you have hypothyroid, building your muscles is much more important than cardio. You have to do more than most people, at least 60 minutes per day. I built up my muscles with bellydance and yoga and that helped me to lose 30 pounds so far (S-L-O-W-l-Y). Keep sugar and refined carbs to a minimum. Eat lots of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. When exercising more, you will find you will become really, really hungry! So plan to have lots of high protein, healthy snacks to tide you over. I find I have to eat at least 4 to 5 times a day. Drink lots of water and take your vitamins, especially B Complex and Vitamin D. Also Make sure your numbers are right. As a Hypothyroid, I feel best on the lower end of the scale, I am now 1.3. When I was 3.8 I was felt Hypothyroid. Almost went crazy until I found a Doctor to up my meds. Now on 88.
—Guest Crazycatlady

HCG

I have tried the HCG diet three times and with success each time. After going off the 500 calorie diet, I gained all the weight I lost back plus some! Protein and veggies, easy on the fruit (no dried) and no processed food seems to be the best and healthiest fix.
—Guest Maven

Ideas To Help

So, I am about 50 pounds overweight. Losing weight is so hard! I always do really well then I fall back into bad habits, like eating out. One thing that helps me is juice fasting 5 days. After I do that, my appetite shrinks a lot. It's hard, but last time I lost 9 pounds in 10 days (I've tried doing 1500 calorie high cardio diet and after 3 weeks gained 1 pound)! Also, sometimes I make a drink to have before eating. You fill up really fast (Emergen-C packet, tiny dot of Xantham Gum and 1/8 teaspoon Guar Gum. Keep eye on the consistency. It should be like soft Jello. I use straw to drink it). It's good to know things like soy are bad! I just found out couple months ago and am wondering what else should I not be eating now! I hope eventually I figure it all out. I don't believe in quick fix stuff, but glad people are sharing experiences. It's a really hard thing to live with when you feel active and look in the mirror and think: why do I look like that?
—Guest Aerin

Thyroid Cancer/Radiation

I had my thyroid removed (cancer) and had iodine therapy done recently. I have not gained weight, but I am over weight already and do not want to get any bigger. Going to try loosing weight now.
—Guest annette

Finally Losing Weight After 10 years...

I was diagnosed hypothyroid about 3 years ago, but my doctor suspected I have had it back since right after my 16 year old daughter's birth. In 10 years, after I stopped smoking, I put on about 45-50 pounds, having gained the last 20 or so after going on levothyroxine. 9/1/11 I upped my 3x/week workouts to 4-5, added different classes at my Y to my regular schedule of yoga and cardio such as Zumba, Nautilus and Pilates. I also started using Sensa for the 1st 4 mos. (quit after that and just started back at month 1 again--it's a 6 mos program) though admittedly often forgot to sprinkle it on my food so not sure how effective it is. Finally, I started eating 5 times a day--3 meals, 2 snacks, regularly scheduled. Snacks are always fruit and/or non-fat yogurt instead of that croissant here and there or a muffin. Finally, reduced portions about 25-30%. In 6 months or by 3/1/12 I have lost 27 poundss. Not earth-shattering, but consistently LOST weight. I'm down 1 size (I really stretched those Size 14's!).
—GoddessLu

Thyroid Grew Back

I have struggled with fluctuating weight and doctors saying I am in the normal range when I have been totally symptomatic for 30 years. I found doctor who is current and will listen and I insisted on an ultrasound. After 22 years, it has grown back. I am at my highest weight ever and I eat well -- try to eat only good carbs - no white floor products and limit processed foods - except for Greek yogurt limit dairy and eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. I am having a biopsy this week on a calcified nodule on the right side of my newly grown back thyroid so please all say a little prayer. Thanks
—Guest rainey

Thyroid issues

Egg for breakfast. Lunch protein chicken and cheese. Dinner fish and string beans.
—Guest lisa with style

Just a Girl with Thyroid Issues.

Really no carbohydrates with just protein works slowly. No bread, potatoes, rice or pasta!
—Guest lisa with style

Thanks to a Mary Shomon Recomendation

Had my thyroid removed in 2008 and promptly put on 60 pounds. I was already 30 pounds overweight. I had been sprinting and doing Olympic distance triathlons, eating clean and healthy with ZERO, yes ZERO weight loss. (I have a solid core wrapped in a layer of fluff!) I saw a Mary Shomon article about Holtorff Medical Group. I made an appointment at their (then) new Pasadena, CA office. They ran tons of blood work and figured out my problem - random hormones (way out of whack) that my regular Kaiser doctors (PC & Endo) didn't even consider and wouldn't really even discuss with me. I am down 25lbs and have 40 more to go. I don't work out like I did when doing triathlons (due to a change in jobs), but I am still loosing with little effort. I wish I had discovered this years ago.
—Gufifoot2

Thyroid and Diet

I had a heart attack last April and went on a very low fat/low sodium diet with daily exercise and 20 pounds just dropped off me and have stayed off me for almost one year. I walked for approximately 30 minutes most days, lifted free weights every other day and when there was time, I did about 20 minutes of 'easy" yoga.
—Guest Joan

Diet Secrets

By cutting all sugar and simple carbohydrates, I was able to lose 20 pounds over two months (from 200 down to 180) and I feel much better. I eat as much as I want and snacks for me are primarily nuts, fruits, or vegetables. The only potatoes I eat are red potatoes with the skin on. I eat only whole grain rice, pasta, and cereals. It also provided a complete cure to the chronic thinning, cracking, and bleeding of the skin on my fingertips.
—PaulSto

HCG Worked When Nothing Else Did

One year ago, I weighed 216 pounds and was frustrated that NOTHING in terms of diet or exercise was making the scale move. After reading the posts on this site, I decided to try HCG -- real, prescription HCG and the 500-calorie diet -- and today my weight is 152 pounds. My goal is 145, so almost there! People who say they are doing the "drops" are not actually taking HCG. They're taking, at best, a homeopathic (which works for some people), but oftentimes what they're taking is some hormone-free concoction that is worthless. The success of HCG has spawned a lot of imitation, knock-off products. Buyer beware! Also, if you're eating any more than 500 calories a day, you are not doing the actual HCG protocol and it's not going to work. With real HCG, about 1500-2000 calories of circulating fat is released each day, which is why you don't feel hungry or tired in spite of only eating 500 calories because your body is actually getting more.
—radelady
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