How to lose weight when you are hypothyroid

How to lose weight when you are hypothyroid

If you are hypothyroid, you know all about the swollen, lumpy, heavy fat that seems to pile on your body, especially your belly, overnight.

Written by Sophie Anson & Dr. Hugh Melnick

Thyroid function & body weight  

Anyone with a low thyroid function knows that losing weight feels nearly impossible. Some of us try starving, some of us are exercising excessively despite a distressing lack of progress, and some of us have simply given up. Before I was diagnosed as Hypothyroid, I was doing all of the above.

The thyroid gland produces hormones that ultimately control a person’s metabolism, which is the way in which the body burns calories to provide cellular energy. When our thyroid hormone levels are low, calories are not burned effectively, resulting in weight gain even when very few calories are consumed. You might feel as though everyone around you eats normally, without consequence, whereas you eat very little and yet continue to gain weight. Water retention also tends to be high.

Ideally, treatment with thyroid hormone increases an individual’s metabolic rate, thereby increasing the amount of calories that are burned which results in weight loss. In most cases, however, treatment with thyroid hormone alone cannot entirely correct metabolic problems and relieve symptoms. Simultaneous nutritional therapy is essential to maximize weight reduction and eliminate many of the troublesome symptoms that plague people with low thyroid function.

Low thyroid function frequently occurs when the body becomes “allergic” to its own thyroid gland. The confused immune system forms antibodies against its own normal thyroid tissue, killing off the thyroid-hormone-producing cells, resulting in low thyroid function. This situation is called autoimmune or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Antithyroid antibodies rarely disappear, but with life-long treatment via a combination of thyroid medication and dietary modifications, symptomatic relief and the maintenance of a healthy body weight can be achieved.

If ever a person has been challenged with weight gain, it is someone suffering from an underactive thyroid. Prior to being diagnosed, I observed my own weight creep up slowly but surely, despite strict adherence (I am a nutritionist after all) to what I believed would be a fat-reducing diet. Frustrated, I consulted with two doctors who wanted to prescribe antidepressants, despite my insistence that my “wanting to sleep all day” wasn’t a euphemism for wanting to commit suicide. Finally, I was diagnosed as hypothyroid by an endocrinologist and put on Synthroid. When asked how to manage  weight gain, I was told to “start eating like a woman”. By that she meant eat no more than 800 calories a day and to drink my coffee black.

I wasn’t going to do that, and neither should you, as it is unhealthy and potentially dangerous. As a nutritionist, I know (and everyone knows) that 800 calories a day is not sustainable (although I do have a number of overweight hypothyroid clients who eat less than this). That was not a path I was willing to take. I am willing to work harder and eat cleaner than those who do not have a thyroid issue, but I am also a confirmed foodie, and I wanted to eat proper meals. There had to be a better way.

So, how to lose weight when Hypo. Warning: It will be slow. It took me 20 months to lose 20 lbs, but the alternative was 20 more. A year and a half later – I’m glad I never gave up. Losing weight this slowly can, with the normal fluctuations that occur during weight loss, (especially if you are a pre-menopausal woman) make it appear that no progress at all is being made after a month or two. It’s crucial to watch the trend, not the actual number and as I tell my clients: to chase the low. What I mean by that is: keep looking for the next new low (no matter the fluctuations in between, and no matter how small they might be).

Key steps to thyroid weight loss 

Watch your insulinLosing weight has far less to do with watching calories than it does with watching insulin. Insulin, a hormone just like T4, T3, melatonin, testosterone or estrogen, is the hormone used to lower blood sugar, and store body fat. If Insulin is the bear, when the bear is poked (by eating carbs, i.e., sugar), we gain weight. In the absence of insulin, we lose, even if calories are high. This is why cutting calories does nothing, if the calories that remain are poking the bear. Don’t poke the bear!

Be patient and tireless in your quest to find the right medication for you. I was put on Synthroid, then Armour, then Synthroid and Armour, then Nature Throid, then generic T3, then generic T3 and Armour, then Cytomel. I am now on a T3 only protocol. I’m not the only one. Find a doctor who is willing to keep working with you. It took me two years to find the right medication and dosage thanks to an amazing doctor who never gave up on me.

Eliminate Gluten. Even if you don’t have Hashimoto’s. Even if you have “no adverse reactions”. Eliminate gluten. There are no universal rules except this one.

We burn a greater percentage from fat when we sleep than during any other time of the day (including when we exercise), so skimping on sleep will thwart your weight loss efforts. If you are having trouble sleeping, talk to a doctor or nutritionist for tips on how to get or stay asleep.

Lift weights, but don’t do excessive cardio. One of the ways we lose weight when Hypo is by losing lean mass (muscle mass) which is not a good thing. This is due to two things: 1) we are exhausted, and therefore moving and lifting less and 2) some medications (such as t3) are catabolic, meaning they break down both fat and muscle indiscriminately. Weight lifters who take t3 to cut fat also take steroids to preserve muscle (this is a very bad idea!). It’s essential to preserve and indeed gain lean mass while trying to lose body fat, as our lean mass supports our metabolism. Excessive cardio can actually make it harder to lose weight. Lift weights over running.

Have your Iron, D3, Selenium, B12, Ferritin, Folate, DHEA, Estrogen, Progesterone (including men) and testosterone (including women) tested. Make sure they are optimized and not merely “in range”.

Find a doctor who will treat your symptoms, and who examines your bloodwork only within the context of these symptoms. Before I met my current doctor, I saw doctors who would ONLY prescribe Synthroid and told me the weight gain was age related (I was 39). If your doctor only talks about your TSH, run. TSH testing is outdated and much too broad, and yet some doctors will ONLY test this hormone. You need a complete panel: Total and free T3 and T4, TPO and Tg thyroid antibodies, T3 uptake and reverse T3. If they are “in range” and you still have symptoms, you need to further adjust your medication.

Don’t believe that you have to eat 1000 calories a day or less to lose weight. If you are properly medicated, this is simply not true.

Be fanatical when it comes to grass fed meat, wild fish, pasture raised (NOT free range) eggs and organic dairy. The hormones and antibiotics used in conventional farming and dairy get passed along to us. Thyroid hormones are hormones, and are affected by such practices.

Don’t drink too much alcohol. Alcohol is sugar. Sugar triggers insulin. Remember the bear. 

Never assume that the Paleo, Keto, Vegan, EatStrong Plan a friend is following will work for you. Just because a friend feels great on Synthroid and eats gluten, don’t assume it will work for you, even if you are similar in every other way. Most of us need a personalized approach to medication and nutrition.

Regardless of the plan you choose to follow, stick to this rule, and you WILL LOSE WEIGHT: Eat more fat, more protein, and less carbohydrate. Dietary cholesterol has a 0% impact on blood cholesterol. Saturated fat has no impact on heart disease. Sugar (carbohydrates) affect both cholesterol and heart disease. Eat more fat, and more protein. Bacon and eggs for breakfast, burgers with avocado for dinner! When including carbs (but try not to do so) focus on Round-Up-free (organic) veggies, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal.

Avoid fruit if you are trying to lose weightI know. Am I crazy? But fruit is so healthy! Yes, it is, if you don’t have weight to lose. But fruit triggers insulin just as does a cupcake. It has exactly the same effect on your insulin as a pack of gummy bears, so while full of healthy vitamins and antioxidants, don’t think you can lose weight if you are eating fruit. You can have plenty of fruit once you reach your goal. I gave it up for two years and eat it every day now. Everyone fights this concept, and I know it’s hard, but you will be having fruit again soon. The exceptions to this rule are avocadoes and olives. You may have both.

Speaking of avocados, eat one every day. Or two. Remember – we aren’t counting calories. A burger or two topped with avocado and bacon makes a great dinner.

NEVER SETTLE

Do not believe that you are destined to be heavy, are the exception to the rule, “can’t lose weight”, or are too old, too female, or too tired to lose weight. Everyone can lose, including you. If you feel you need support, enlist the help of a competent nutritionist with whom you feel connected, until you have the confidence to work alone.

Losing weight when hypo is undeniably harder than is losing weight with a perfectly functioning thyroid. Yet so many things that are hard are worthwhile. Try to view the journey as something exciting, a tremendous challenge, which you will be proud to overcome. Try not to dread the process. You will NOT be hungry on the right plan. Losing weight will give you a profound sense of accomplishment, and you are worth the effort.

About this Nutritionist/MD Thyroid Team

Sophie Anson is the Founder of Eatstrong, a multifaceted wellness company in New York City that has helped hundreds of people achieve their personal goals in terms of weight, fitness, health and overall wellbeing. Originally from Switzerland, Sophie came to the US in 1992 to attend Hamilton College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Struggling with her own weight, she later obtained her American Council of Exercise certification as a nutritionist.

Dr. Hugh D. Melnick, MD, is a reproductive endocrinologist who has been treating patients with hormonal and fertility problems in NYC since 1976. He began to notice the number of infertile women visiting his offie who were symptomatically hypothyroid. They would go on to finally conceive after treatment with thyroid medication. Dr. Melnick’s vast clinical experience together with his own personal experience having hypothyroidism himself has enabled him to develop a unique approach to the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. In addition to his fertility services, he works with women and men with hypothyroidism at mythyroidmd.com.

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby she lost to hypothyroidism. This is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

Comments

  1. Becky Bennett says

    I have hypo thyroid and just this year I was diagnosed with celiac disease and had allergy test done and have to eat gluten free food.

    • I have had Hashimotos for years and convinced my doc to test for celiac tomorrow. I know that I won’t have the gumption to go gluten free without that kind of diagnosis.

  2. CHRISTINE ZAWADA says

    I’ve had an underactive thyroid for nearly 20 years now i joined weight watchers as I was gaining weight and almost a size 20 I cut out all carbohydrates and sugars and no snacking.just ate every 3 and a half hours portion control and foods which have no more than 5% fat and drinking 2 litres of water a day and not eating after 8pm in the evening it took me four months to go from a size almost 20 to size 8.

    • Delaina Hiett says

      Can you please send me more information about your weight loss journey. What were you eating every 3 hours.. I’m so ready to do this .

    • I joined weight watchers also i have lost 22 lbs I’m kinda at a stand still I started in February but with this Covid out break my routine is all messed up I need to get back on track I still want to loss about 50lbs more. Thanks for telling us your story.

    • That’s awesome! Congrats. Can you send me examples of what you were eating? I lost about 45 lbs 3 years ago but have seemed to gain back 30 lbs. I can’t seem to get motivated because although I’m trying I’m not seeing much change. Not sure if this is because I’m getting older (45) or because I haven’t been on top of my meds. Thanks so much.

  3. I think that you should check out the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haley Pomroy. I have hypothyroidism and I have lost weight on this diet and kept it off. It is the only diet that has worked for me. By the way, I am 58 years old.

    • Darla Westerfield says

      Hi
      My insurance company offered a program called Naturally Slim. It has helped me loose 15 pounds.

    • Ok ive had thoridesimce2006 taken the pills at a clinical hospital n lost alot of weight now im back at 248in im tired of yhis weigjtall on me i want my regular weight back of 140lb

    • Yes that info would be helpful. I take T3 T4 I had mine removed 26 years ago. I had Graves, now am Hypothyroid. My weight Slowly crept up from a size 8 to maintaining a size 12, sometimes14. After meno can’t seem to budge it, no matter what diet. With walking 2.5 miles per day. Now arthritis flair ups. I’m also 58. Vitamin D deficient low B12, Don’t feel like a healthy person. Also had a parathyroid major removed. Borderline Osteoporosis too. I’ve tried it all. No one understands the struggle.

      • I’m 60 and I totally understand the struggle. I haven’t found any diet that helps and as for exercise, it’s really difficult with back pain, arthritis and NO energy.

      • I understand I’m 57 I have Hoshimotos Thyroiditis I hate it. I can’t loose weight I’m not motivated. I’m tired all the time and I had 2 knee replacements last year that has led to less activity. I’m at my all time high of 260!!! I can’t stand myself. So without giving up gluten and sugar weight wont budge. I lost 30 pads 2 years ago doing that. But it is so hard to do on your own.

  4. I had a total thyroidectomy can you tell me what I should and should not be doing, and what I should and should not be eating. Because all the sources of information are only about persons who still have the gland.

    • Yes that info would be helpful. I take T3 T4 I had mine removed 26 years ago. Slowly crept up from a size 8 to maintaining a size 12. After meno can’t seem to budge it. With walking 2.5 miles per day. Now arthritis flair ups. I’m also 58.

  5. Inette Wesley says

    Nikki …where is this Doctor?…I am getting fatter and half the time I am tired and my new doctor is looking at paper.

    • Chrystle says

      I had a partial done 3 1/2 yrs ago and I’ve never felt worse. Im still tired and gaining weight, I have just about every symptom to tell the doc my thyroid is not working properly. YET im told i do not need meds. Im beyond 😞

      • Hi I know how u feel I had a partial removal 7 years ago. Feel tired all the time lots of other symptoms appearing that are accociated with your thyroid. My Dr tells me my t levels are low but still no meds. Its so annoying and only get TSH tested

  6. Nic Anderson says

    So I have had hypothyroidism for about 4 years I am on armour thyroid. The hardest thing is to loose weight. For 2020 I decided I was really ready to loose the weighg. I gave up on all meats except seafood. No rice, no sugars, no sweets and I finally was able to loose weight I’m finally under the 200 pounds mark. In the past I could loose weight but never get to under 200 pounds. I also have high blood pressure, and just found out that I have type II diabeyes. Plus I have anxiety issue. So not I have not clue what to eat because it seems everything I eat has a negative effect on one of my illnesses. I’m so confused but trying to find mesiumu.
    Thanks for letting me vent

    • I try to do what this article says, and I can lose weight with it. Sugar, carbs and artificial sweeteners are all off limits, but the keto type eating really works for me. I don’t believe in doing it long term, but when you get down, add fruit back in. Good luck!

  7. Hannah Walsh says

    Hi I’ve had a under active thyroid for years mum and nan had it too. I am over 8 stone over weight which drags me down I don’t sit down all day I’m on the go. I am currently on 125 mg every second day and 100 mg the next. I have done slimming world personal trainers gyms and I’m
    So tired of being over weight nearly 49 and it gets me down. Is there a diet plan you have that you followed that you could share I don’t mind not eating fruit and willing to try anything at this stage. I’ve been tons to eat 1800 calories

  8. Why did you have so many ch ages with your Thyroid mess? Was it due to your levels not being optimum or something else?

  9. Well, this article now has me upset with my doctor. I didn’t feel like levothyroxine was really working well for me and asked my doctor if there was any other med I could take for my thyroid. She told me no. I guess I will do a bunch of research and write it all down for my doctor and will see what she says. My thyroid issue had me gain 100lbs before a doctor finally checked my thyroid and saw it wasn’t working. I’m now diabetic from all the weight I gained.

  10. Hi I am borderline taking no medication
    But my weight has gone up
    Can u pl guide
    What is exact protocol to follow
    When to take medicine at what levels

    • Not who you asked, but.... says

      Not who you asked, but have you tried supplementing with Kelp? Talk to your GP & see if it could work for you

  11. Elizabeth says

    Hello, I am 32 years old and I was diagnosed with hypothyroid five weeks ago. I am on Levothyroxine .025mg and will be getting blood work again on June 1. I will also be tested for Hashimoto. I honestly feel that all my symptoms haven’t changed. I weigh 170 pounds which is a lot for me. I have always weighed 130-140 pounds. I am on a 1450 balanced diet with Marcos of 40g carbs, 30g protein, and 30g of fat. I work out 6 days week with 750-800 burned calories a day. I am new to this all and I feel like I don’t know what to expect. I am a type of person who doesn’t give up and will find a way to get my life back on track. My question is when I am suppose to push to see an endocrinologist or should I be seeing a rheumatologist if I get told I have Hashimoto. After reading some of the post it just sounds like you have to be your own advocate. Any advice would be great.

    • I have had really bad joint pain. Finally found a Dr who asked me what I thought was a good option with my thyroid meds.I said I want it on the high side. Highest I can go and still be safe. That what we did no more joint pain! 225 of levothyroxine and 12.5 of t3…best I’ve felt. Find a Dr that looks at the symptoms not a piece of paper!

      • I’ve been taking 150 of thyroxine and can’t lose weight! So I increased it to 300. I’m still tired and I’m on cpap . I used to be 170 and once I got out of the service, all hell broke loose! 275 and climbing while working in the yard and eating chicken, salad!!

        • That sounds like myself and went to a natural doc and he found I had hashimoto please have them check you for this. I ended up t taking gluten out and I’m free of hashimoto.

          • I took gluten out for three long years. It made absolutely no change in my weight or autoimmune symptoms.

      • Inette Wesley says

        Nikki …where is this Doctor?

        • I would love to know how to get a doctor like him. Most doctors look at you thinking your beyond help and just lazy. I don’t get it. I just moved and need a doctor. How do you find one who can help me. I am on levothroxine Sodium I don’t see it helping at all. Can not sleep at night and catnap during the day. Really out of shape and no energy.. not sure how I’ll get a reply but my email . Put thyroid help in the subject line. Thanks so much, great article. I feel I get no help or results.

    • 8 weeks is when they should test again.
      I kept pushing till I FELT better. I didn’t care what their numbers said.
      It took me two years to really get a grasp on things. I still fluctuate with seasonal changes.
      Don’t let them just treat your numbers… make them treat symptoms.
      Also remember that thyroid is a hormone so it takes time to build in the system. A new dose won’t work right away.

  12. I have Hypo and was put on Levothyroxine one
    day on follow up visit I was told that I needed to take this medicine and being a baby boomer I did as I was told. I started out on 50 mg now on 150 mg. In the last five yrs I’ve put 100 lbs on yes 100 pounds! After reading all these post I have a lot of questions for my Dr. I also have body dysmorphia and bipolar ll so I no longer leave my home except for doctor’s appointments b/c in my mind I think ppl r looking at me and thinking what a fat ugly monster. My psychiatrist put me on all meds that don’t cause weight gain but for a while I was on some did make me gain some of the weight but I never thought about my thyroid since it’s never made me sick I just thought it was doing it’s job. All this time only eating one meal a day hating myself in all this pain not knowing y I couldn’t lose weight no matter what I tried. One of my doctors want to go a double knee replacement I’m trying to make it to 60 before I do that. I feel like a big fat cow never having engery my poor husband has to do everything including his job I’m such a failure. I’ve been thinking about having gastric sleeve done but I see on one of the post she having to fight the weight gain even after that surgery. I fell like one of the ppl on my 600lb life even though I weigh 245 😑 UGH…Any advice? what kind of questions do I ask my doctor?

    • Bree wilson says

      First don’t give up! Find a new doctor to treat your thyroid. You are not a failure. Your body is working so hard with thyroid disease and your symptoms are not being treated. You need a full thyroid panel and a doctor who does not just give you medicine and expect you to take it with no questions. You need to eat more/ balanced meals like the article listed out. I’ve had hasimotos since I was 12. You can do this and start with continued research and a visit to your endocrinologist. Keep your chin up and with prayer you can do this.

    • What Susie just posted is EXACTLY what goes on in my head. I feel the exact same way. I have a Peleton and I loved using it for the first month but now I can’t seem to find the energy or motivation😞

    • Sherry Fogel says

      This is such an interesting article!
      I am out of Menopause, but producing ZERO progesterone & estrogen.
      My thyroid came back fine. BUT, my hair is really falling out and I feel like I have 3 stomachs!
      I have never had a problem with weight. I am 60 & normally about 130… I am now 155 & climbing and feel miserable!
      I can’t lose this!, I eat very healthy too.
      Help??
      I live in a Michigan too:)

      • Sherry
        My thyroid test also came back “normal” according to my doctor. But I didn’t feel normal. So I asked for a copy of my records for the last ten years and compared my blood work. My Tsh level has almost doubled in the last 2 years.
        As everyone else says, you definitely have to be your own advocate.
        I demanded a complete thyroid blood panel and found out I have hypothyroidism due to hashimoto. Although technically by levels were normal, it was not normal for me.

        • Christine Lairmoe says

          My TSH has almost tripled in the last 3 years. I am 53 and fighting SO SO HARD to lose weight I’m only 1200 calories a day. I exercise almost daily either ride 7 miles on my bike or walk 4 miles plus weights. I have not been diagnosed but have MOST of the symptoms and am SO TIRED of working so hard to still weigh 225. I lost 40 pounds at first but it has completely stopped. UGH!

      • Here I am in the same boat. Menopause plus hypothyroid has put 30 pounds on since 4 years ago.
        Not sure what I should do anymore.

    • Helen McBay says

      Hi Suzie .. Try not to give up. l am the same as you but without bipolar etc….l am not far from 70 and my weight is way over the top. l refuse to weigh myself now as l get so depressed when l gain. l am on 150mcg synthetic thyroxin since all of my thyroid was removed in 2012. l eat a small yogurt for breakfast. then most days nothing until dinner time which is veg and chicken. 1/2 serve. l don’t feel hungry and if l happen to l have a few nuts. So l am eating almost nothing and still gaining. l went to an endocrinologist and it was a waste of money..he did nothing for me. So l am beyond lost now as to what to do living without any thyroid. Nobody can advise me either.

      • I have had underactive thyroid for 25yrs now. I too eat healthy, exercise daily, actually I am a personal trainer, and I too cant loose weight. I gain very easy. But one thing I know is that you have to eat. Food is fuel. You need to have a balance of protein, carbs and fats. Try seeing a nutritionist that deals with thyroid issues. Somso we think that eating less to nothing will help, it doesn’t.

  13. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis several years ago, because I had difficulty losing weight and I couldn’t sleep. My numbers have always been good, although a little on the lower end. I had a thyroid biopsy, NEVER, NEVER have one. Very painful!
    Anyway, I am not on any medication right now for my thyroid. I am pushing myself to get out and get physical activity, which is difficult in the winter (Minnesota 🙁 ) Now that spring is here, I am more physically active, I am watching what I eat. I cannot stand avocados. YUCK! I really like bread and pastas. I have 2 slices of bacon and 2 eggs for breakfast, with no bread and my coffee. This breakfast gives me a jumpstart to my day more than a bowl of cereal ever did. I don’t know what my cholesterol is, it’s always been high.
    I am a horrible patient. I avoid going to the doctor as much as I can as it’s so difficult for them to actually listen to what is going on. I am 51 and post menopausal, surgically induced 6 years ago. My weight has relatively stayed the same, within about 7 pounds. I would like to weigh less, but it took so much effort last time that I don’t want to, nor can I do that again.
    I’m not sure if I should try the diet adjustments first, or go see a physician first. I also suffer with reflux so my food choices are limited. Does anyone know of maybe a cookbook for gluten free foods that actually has GOOD food? Some of the foods are just bad.
    Thoughts?

  14. Tania Klein says

    This is a very interesting post, and pretty close to some of the diet steps I am already taking. Can you be more specific? What % of your daily diet should come from carbs in your weight loss regiment? And, is there a glycemic index target for those carbs? Thank you.

  15. Thank you for this!! Diagnosed with Hashimoto Disease in the 90’s and been on Synthroid ever since, presently 125 gm. Just within the last 5 yrs. have been struggling with my weight. This article definitely helped me with a new attitude. Tried to sign up for the free posts but would not take my info. ????

  16. Thank you very much! I’ve been questioning myself for unable to lose weight for years. Just as you said, trying 1000 calories, excessive workout, but no result. My friend just suggested to check my thyroid and right, turned out I get a hypothyroid. So glad to find this page! Now I know why my efforts result me nothing. I eat almost everything that I should not eat and avoid things that I should eat all these times 😂😂😂

  17. I really don’t like avocados any suggestions for a replacement?

    • Sonal Hatwar says

      Hi Your post is very informative .. Appreciate your efforts to put down in detail .. Just one query .. will intermittent fasting help in reducing weight .. Also avoiding gluten is impossible in Indian meals .. I do running since i look forward for half marathons .. i dont think possible for me to quite running since i like it .. Let me know if intermittent fasting also would help in reducing wght when one has thyroid

  18. I am hypo, I went on a low carb diet and ate bacon and eggs every morning and no sugars. My cholesterol skyrocketed, so your advice is not solid. I lost weight and had a flat stomach, but I could not maintain a diet that could wreck my health.

    • Low carb eating does NOT make you have high colesterol! I ate the Atkins diet for 15 years which IS the ORIGINAL “ keto diet” no sugar lots of fat fair amounts of protein and minimal carbs in form of veggies. 20 -60 grams A day ( higher was maintenance for carbs) . and yes lots of avocados if you like them and my drs said “ my cholesterol was what they want heart patients to have! “ and i had hereditary high cholesterol ..which may be what you have?.. dont blame this way of eating.. tt has been studied or years as long as you’re eating all NATURAL fats and oils.. its extreamelyHealthy.. and Im 68 yrs have hypo went off it for a few years and got fat!
      That why Im here.. I have to take steroids for my adrenal insufficiency and when I went back on atkins /low carb I couldn’t get into ketosis and felt terrible ..im wondering if the woman who writes this great blog feels i can still lose 20-25 lbs without going into Ketosis.. its not advised for people that take prednisone To go into Ketosis i was told by my Dr and read should i just watch the calories or Eat a carb if i feel sick? …
      .i know everything she says here WORKS✊🏽 Thank you. I agree with the weighlifting too.. such a great blog! Thank you!

  19. Was wondering what are a few good weight lifting things to do for a beginner.

  20. Susan Krampen says

    I need help with a diet for hypothyroid person can you suggest Sony that will help me lose weight . I am on Synthyroid but the eight keeps adding up!! I have very bad knees and need surgery on both but dr wants me to lose 40 lbs by September to be able to have the surgery. I need help any suggestions

    • I am also hypothyroid with a tendency to hyperthyroidism. I see an endocrinologist. I am down on my synthroid pills from 125 mcg to 25 mcg. I haven’t lost any weight for years. I am 72, have inherited depression and several autoimmune disorders. I don’t eat much, one meal a day. I just don’t get hungry. Anyone with this/these problems, my heart and prayers goes out to you. I will let my endo and primary doctors know about this site so that they may be able to help me.

  21. I have Hashimoto and tried to reduce sugar in my diet. Unfortunately, absence of sugar (like rice, fruits) induce my depression.

    • Reading these comments is uplifting my mood. I was doing a protein diet for 2 months. No sugar ect. I suffer from depression as well and advoiding these made it worse. I need to change the way i think, im not going to be the way i was b4. Somehow i need to train my mind to think positive to my “new” body shape. But so hard after years and years of thinking badly

  22. I am post menopause and Hypothyroid . So far 4 doctors and no help with my weight gain and poor sleep. How do I find a doctor who can help me? I live in Michigan.

    • Keep on your endocrinologist as far as testing all your levels so leveling out your medication is easier. I’m hypothyroidism and menopausal. My hair was falling out and I kept gaining weight. Mind you I was running every other day and hardly eating, still gained. Once they leveled out my meds I stopped running, bought a weighted belt and I now walk 3 miles 3 times a week with the belt. That’s all the exercise I do. I started intermittent fasting 8 hours eating 16 fasting. I dropped 15 pounds in 6 months and my blood pressure is awesome. I don’t gain weight anymore and I drop slowly but I feel brand new. I try my best to eat healthy during the 8 hour span but I don’t deprive my self of much. Drink lots of water and do weights. Cardio doesn’t work too well for some of us.

      • Thank you for leaving this comment. It makes a lot of sense and I’m going to take your advice. Just bought a weight belt on Amazon and will go back to intermittent fasting because I know it works!

    • Janice,

      Perhaps I can help. I had terrible insomnia for several years after menopause. Even the strongest sleep aids did not help. Then I read that most women over 50 were low in magnesium and potassium. I started taking 250 mg of magnesium every night an hour before bedtime. Within a month, I was sleeping like a baby! After a few months, I increased to 400 mg. Please note that magnesium helps A LOT with constipation (remember “Milk ‘O Magnesia”?) so if you develop diarrhea, back off on the dosage.

      Potassium helps with your ability to maintain a healthy weight, so if you are trying to lose, being low in this may inhibit your ability to do so. Potatoes and bananas are two foods high in potassium, or you can take supplements. Good luck.

      • I take the same supplement for the same reasons.. i take it every other night.. my doc who i dont really trust BTW told me you can take too much Potassium.. so thats why I do that tho..
        I also take T3 ONLY and i could not find a doc to prescribe this med but ONE In 2009 . But Ive been on it ever since .. i might be taking too much now..
        They ALL say “ oh thats bad for your heart!” Yes if you have a BAD HEART?!
        Let me tell you SYNTHOID IS CRAP! Theres a book called STOP THE THYROID MADNESS i think its on Amazon written by a bunch of Hypo women that tell you the TRUTH about Synthoid! NO ONE CAN LOSE WEIGHT ON SYNTHOID! And you feel like CRAP! I was on 100mg I KNOW. 5 ft tall 200 lbs! Worked out every day .aerobics no weights then .. it was hell. Couldnt lose a pound then.
        .. Most do much better on Armour Thyroid with a little T3 Brand name CYTOMEL with it.. but i went the ALL Cytomel route because i have liver issues and you take it sublingually and it dissolves through your cheek!
        Listen to this lady!
        Try to go to a naturopath dr. That prescribes T3 .. they usually dont take insurance i find however.. so its a bit pricey.. in the beginning.. Keep the Faith and get that book! Stop the thyroid madness by Janie A. Bowthorpe Amazon $22.95 HOPE! On T3 only i lost 50lbs with weight lifting and low carb diet in my fifties. Just like she says.

    • Did you ever find a doctor? I also live in Michigan.

  23. Im a vegetarian and also allergic to a lot of vegetables and fruits. Im having such a hard time loosing wait. I cant exercise caus ei breakout in hives. I tried that intermediate diet it works for awhile now i feel like im swollen up. Help

  24. I’m on low dose Armour. My hair has started falling out since beginning this med. I’m gonna request some more labs to make sure I’m not vit/mineral deficient. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m in Ark. Running out of med options. Thx

    • Yes, my hair also starting falling out when starting Armour too. It continued for almost 3 months and then it stopped. It is now thicker than ever. My hairdresser also suggested I use Nioxin which I have now used for 4 years. Stick with it. It is worth it.

    • I was diagnosed w Hypothyroid 13 years ago (I’m 52), but my symptoms started many years before that. The first Dr put me on armour and shortly thereafter, it was taken off the market. So I was then put on synthroid. I did that for a number of years and then decided to see an endocrinologist. That was a disaster. He changed my meds and I never felt worse in my entire life. So I went back to my internist who put me on armour, as it was back on the market by then. To be honest, I felt “ok”.., better than the crazy mix prescribed by my endo, but no better than I had felt on the synthroid. I stuck w the armour for years because all the articles said it was “natural”’etc. But while I felt “ok” (never great), I was fighting intense hyperpigmentation across my face. No matter how much money I poured into different dermatological treatments or products, I could not get it under control. And then one day it hit me!! I started thinking about the fact that hyperpigmentation occurs during pregnancy because of the flood of different hormones into the body. So my thought was that if armour had ALL the T’s, then maybe my body did not need all of them. Maybe I just needed the T4 from Synthroid? As I said earlier, I felt absolutely no better or worse on armour as compared to synthroid. And I struggle w the same 10 pounds no matter which med I’m taking. So I asked my dr to switch me back to synthroid and within a month, the hyperpigmentation on my face was gone!! So my point is that different meds work differently w each person. It’s a trial and error kind of thing. I’ve also been gluten free for 8 years and dairy free for 5. I’m constantly reading and waiting for the thing that will one day help you make me feel like myself again. So frustrating!!

    • I had the left part of my thyroid removed due to a large mass on it 7 yrs ago. Was told by surgeon I would probably need to be on medication in about a year after surgery. Sure enough, a little over a year after my surgery. I started sleeping all the time. Went to several different doctors, and had blood work done and kept being told I just had low iron, and t3 and t4 were fine. Had been taking ferralet 90 daily, for almost 2 yrs, and was talking to my allergist about my weight gain 120lbs to 165 in a 2 year period. She referred me to another endocrinologist. He did a full blood panel on me, literally I think he checked for anything and everything. T3 and T4 were barely in range, iron was extremely low, b12 was low, vitamin D was low, estrogen was low, glucose was high, and so on. The only thing in range was my t4 and t4 basically. I started taking triosint, vitamin D, b12, ferralet, red rice yeast, and have now added liothyronine. It totallysu is but it is a lot of trial and error, and finding a doctor who listens to you. My weight had gotten up to 180 lbs, I’m down to 164lbs. I may never 120 lbs again, but I’m okay with that. I work out. Not has hard at use to, just don’t have the stamina, but I’m slowly getting it back. Listen to your body, and find that doctor or doctor’s that will listen to you!

  25. Lisa Curtis says

    But I have no thyroid, live in Missouri. Gained 25 pounds plus since thyroid cancer in 2017 plus grief from losing 3 parents in 2018 as well as the care for them before they passed. Ibelieve I binge or eat in the night when I can’t sleep (even with a cpap). New endocrinologist changed me to Armor 2 weeks ago….cancer scan this week….. I honestly believe I am doomed. I know my bp is going up, probably borderline diabetic and cholesterol approaching 250plus. Main doc says 1200 calories or you will never lose…..so sad and frustrated w myself…..

    • My heart goes out to you. Keep trying. Best thing I ever did was eliminate simple sugars. I tied “The Healing Diet” by Dr Axe. Lost 6 lbs in two weeks. Never had that result before.

  26. Honestly best information hands down I have read to date! Thank for doing all the hard work!

  27. Dorota Strulak says

    Just as thyroid medication has to be adjusted to the individual patient, so does the diet. The strong advice to eat glutenfree does not work for everybody. I have tried it for seven months with devastating results. It took me three years to recover. Luckily I found a wise gastrologist who got my digestion back on track, tested me for food allergies, adjusted my thyroid medication and gave me one advice: Never eliminate a food group from your diet for longer than three to four weeks. With Hashimoto’s your body is pushed to the limits already. Do not make it worse by depriving it of something it actually might need.

    • Do you have hashimotos? I do not know a single hashimoto client whose body did well on gluten. My guess is you eliminated it but didn’t heal your gut at the same time by adding in nutrient healing foods. When you eliminate the triggers but don’t add in the healing nutrients you continue to react to a large amount of foods. The thyroid and gluten molecule are physiologically similar. When you eat gluten and it gets into your system your body confuses it and your thyroid and attacks your thyroid. You may have done some gut healing but if you continue to eat gluten you will continue to destroy your thyroid.

    • Am I right in saying gluten is not a good group? Carbohydrates are. You can eat carbs without eating gluten

  28. I was diagnosed with Hashi’s about eight years ago. I seem to be stable on levothyroxine but I was still tired and couldn’t loose weight. I had read about various diets for auto immunity but just wasn’t willing to try them. Last year my intestines went crazy. After months of testing and no diagnosis my dr suggested I try an elimination diet. No gluten, sugar, dairy, or sauces. Start with a clean protein, green vegetable and rice. Four and a half months later my intestines are back to normal and I have lost twenty pounds. The weight just fell off when I gave up what was not agreeing with my body. Today I can eat small amounts of dairy and sugar. I’m still gluten free. I also have my energy level back and am sleeping well most nights. If your thinking about such a change in eating but just don’t want to do it, just do it. I’m glad I did.

  29. Sonja Garrison says

    Hi . What a great amount of information. To be frank … I a not willing nor happy about having to try several months and medications to get the right RX .. who are these doctors kidding ? They haven’t it in the time , education , research to get this right because we are women . Menopause is blamed for all that ales is ?? REALLY ?? Nor are we the first generation to experience these issues . Just damn tired of doctors visits and condescending comments .

    • I agree. Went through the same thing. I found a holistic doctor that takes insurance! Hard to believe, but true. She basically told me that a 80/20 plant based diet is best for me(80 plant/2 0meat) I adjusted better than I thought I would-don’t really miss the meat. I limit processed foods & gluten. I make myself shakes and put liquid Vitamin B complex in along with Garden of Life protein mix. It has changed my energy level. I have not lost a lot of lbs yet, but I’ve lost inches and feel GREAT! I’ve also started yoga. Good luck everyone!

      • I would like to know more about your diet (I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time, but am thinking with Hashis not the best way to go??). Do you eat any meat or all protein shakes? Could you please go into more detail. I’m very curious & would appreciate the help! Thank you!!

  30. Eimer Croghan says

    Yes I would love to know more about the fluid

  31. I had blood work done in July 2019 they told me it was all good at times I feel sluggish n I don’t feel like exercise can you help me out

  32. Thanks for this information. It helps so much. Especially the part of the info… “20 months to loose 20 lbs. Don’t give up.” I am low carb, good fat, no sugar and sadly beyond words, no fruit. For now. That as well was good to know. U can add it later!!!

  33. My insurance won’t pay for all the test just blood work and I don’t have money for rest of these

    • Rosemary Dandaro says

      What helped me to control my Indulin was Berberine 1200mg 2x daily. I lost 10 pounds in 3 months, still more than 10 pounds to go. Look for doctor Westin Childs articles about Insulin resistance and Hashimoto.

  34. Edwardean MacDougall says

    Three years ago I developed a hypo thyroid condition and have been struggling to lose 25-30 lbs ever since. I want this year to be the year that I lose it but I need help and advice. Is it better to try and do this on my own or is there a special diet I should be following?
    Sincerely,
    Edwardean MacDougall (Ms.)

    • Hi I know your struggle as I have hypo thyroid as well. The only way of eating that I can loose weight on is the Dr Grundy diet or way of eating. It’s not easy but is doable. I bought his recipe book off eBay and in there it tells you how to eat and what and why.

      • Jackie Siddall says

        I been trying to be diagnosed for about two years. I have nodules on my thyroid over 2 cm but they say my levels are normal. But I have gained over 30 lbs over the two years. I workout 4 and 5 days a week. I watch what I eat. Even cut the gluten out and dairy. I have some good weeks then it seems to just come back. I can’t seem to get the right advice. My doctor says I am fine. I’m 44 years old five foot one at 165 lbs. I’m too heavy for my frame. Please help with any advice. This had alot of info. Where to start?

        • You have nodules but they say this is fine?! I don’t know if you are near a major ciry, or if you have seen more than one doctor, but I would go to an well-respected endocrinologist, not a g.p.! And get more than one opinion. 30 lbs in 2 years is not normal unless you are doing this to yourself, but you don’t write like someone who is secretly eating ice cream and twinkies in the closet!

        • I’m dealing with the same attitude. I have six or seven nodules and have been going to the Kansas City Veteran’s hospital. I never get to see the same Dr. twice most of the time. Each has either blamed me, told me that having nodules is just fine because they’re still “small” then goes onto telling me exactly the opposite of what I’ve ever read here and other sites. Guessing they’d suggest drinking glasses of Roundup if they could. No matter what the bloodwork is I’m told “it’s Normal”. Last bloodwork had my CORTISOL over 2 1/2 times the HIGEST range and was noted as high – as usual I was told it was just fine. (eyeroll). I’m counting down the days until I become Medicare eligible.

    • The Gundry (plant paradox diet works).

    • Rosemary Dandaro says

      One book that helps me was the Obesity Code (dr. Jason FUng)

  35. I would like to know as well, like Steve….
    What if your Hypo, no gallbladder AND sleeved????

    • Please I the same as you need answer

    • Rhona Colbert says

      I am all a he above. I have been in remission with Hashis for about 4 years. In the past 6 months I have been under a lot of stress and noticed my cravings for sugar has become out if control. I am now researching and have found going gluten free and cutting out sugar is starting to work. It is a struggle but I am not about to screw up my bariactric procedure even though I have put on 20 pounds during this period of time.

  36. What if you have Hypothyroidism and no gallbladder? Do you still recommend to consume fatty foods? Thank you.

    • Digestive enzymes! I had Graves’ disease that resulted in thyroid removal and I had my gallbladder out 10 years before that. The enzymes help break down fats

  37. Danielle B Masek says

    The advice given here is very much like a holistic dr., which is very impressive. I will only see holistic docs, or MDs that have additional ND training and are more open. Western docs with narcissistic blinders on, have caused nothing but trouble and pain for me—they are idiots. And why I’m also thinking of moving to Switzerland w/my brother, as the US health sys as a whole sucks. Especially for the very ill and that have Lyme, like me, in addition to several other systemic infections b/c of Lyme.
    Kudos.

    • Me too!! All of my issues started with Lyme disease. My doctor told me the Lyme started my thyroid issues…. I take synthroid brand and don’t feel it works. What other systemic infections do you have in addition? If you don’t mind me asking. I feel as though we are just told things from our doctor to shut us up or down. Thank You for posting your post, it makes me feel less crazy.

      • Having health issues sucks 😩 I’ve had hypothyroid for 8 years . I started taking all plant based products our body’s can recognize. I’ve been feeling great so far! Have you looked into CBD fluid? Not oil but fluid. You’re body only absorbs 6% of the oil but the company I’m with has a fluid extracted from the flower is 90%. If you want more information let me know I’d be happy to share it with you. People are having amazing results with all our products.

      • Sherri Krause says

        I also have hypo along with Lyme with co-infections from the Lyme. My doc told me that He NEVER heard of hypothyroid due to Lyme disease. I’m not even a doctor but I sure know my body! I’m 49 and I know my health has drastically changed since Lyme disease. Just overwhelmed and living in a small town in Wi is hard to find the right Dr to help me, help me feel good again, to get out of bed and just to feel human and most of all happy.

    • Rosemary Dandaro says

      Danielle, I hear your pain, same here. I plan to retire in Portugal. I lived in Brazil the most part of my life Moving to the USA was with shock that I learn how expensive the health system is, what I call disease-care since they don’t do preventive or holistic car, and how ill-prepared and arrogant the majority of the American doctors are.

      • I have dealt with my hypothyroidism my entire life(31years). I lose the most weight by drinking half my body weight(nunya) by ounces in water everyday and doing 30-40 minutes. This is a great pin to follow for new members that have hypothyroidism.

  38. Shan Jackson says

    My thyroid was removed, as I had a growth on it. Parathyroid were damaged during the procedure. Was told I would never loss weight.
    I loss 1 or 2 kgs, then gain it back again.. Really depressing.

  39. Jody Holmes says

    My doctor put me on Naturethroid since the T3 was still low on Levothyroxine. However, I don’t feel as good and would prefer to go back on Levothyroxine. My TSH is .9, which is in range but I felt better when it was .4. I doubt my doctor will increase my meds.

  40. I’ve heard that cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower should be avoided by people with hypothyroidism. It affects the use of iodine by the thyroid. Is this true.

    • Hi Sylvia, The concern with goitrogenic foods is in cases where people are eating large quantities of raw goitrogens, such as when placing large amounts in smoothies. Cooking including steaming goitrogenic foods reduces the goitrogenic effect. I do not eliminate these nutritious vegetables from my diet but I do limit the amount of raw form that I eat and I do steam whenever possible. Good to have you at Hypothyroid Mom.

  41. Hello, I had Thyroid Cancer almost 11 years ago. They took out both and was doing fine for awhile but they had to play with my meds and now I am on 100mcg. I work 5 days a week on my feet all day and by the time I get home I am just exhausted. I will be 56 in November and I just want to lose the weight. I don’t drive so walk almost everywhere but can’t lose. It seems I gain overnight, what can I do??? Thank you for listening

  42. I had hyperthyroidism that went out of control and caused severe heart failure. God saved me. I almost died. I had my thyroid removed shortly thereafter. It’s hard because I went from a size 10 to a size 18 to 20. This was in 2.5 years. Since exercising with weight lifting i went down to a size 14 in 6 months but its hard to stay there. I go to dr all the time for my thyroid testing and am having a very hard time losing weight. I do eat some sugar and fruit. I think you may need to find out what and why you have hyperthyroidism before it’s to late it and resolve the underlying causes. If medication cannot bring bring the hyperthyroidism under control then dont wait. Uncontrolled high hyperthyroidism causes heart failure!

  43. Eileen carter says

    Iam 80 years old and still get hot flushes since my menopause.i also have under active thyroid.and take thyroxine .are the too connected ?

  44. Janice Raney says

    I hope you answer this question. How does HCG fit into the equation? Every other year,
    I do the HCG injections for 8 weeks so that my 500 cal. a day on a very specific diet of minimal amounts of allowed foods works. I’m 82 and have been doing this diet sporadically for 48 years. I feel better and am not hungry when injecting this HGC hormone. It worked better in the 70’s and early 80’s when it was a natural serum made from the urine of pregnant women. The FDA got involved, and now it is a synthetic serum that isn’t quite so perfect, but maybe that’s because I am so much older. Please respond. Thank you

  45. Evelyn Murphy says

    How do you “watch your insulin”?

  46. I disagree with fruit being cut out of diet, as fruits are healing and nutritious and not to be compared to a cupcake, where is the logic in that? Doctors who say things about nutrition and do no seem to be really educated on that particular topic, , shouldn’t be able to spread this type of information as its passed on to people who do not doing any research and say it because a doctor said so.
    To Rachael, I would find more information on that, doctors who think or say things like this do not seem to be listening to the patient or their concerns. Thyroid meds can also cause osteoporosis…I believe there are ways to get off the meds and i am researching that , for myself too!

    • I don’t have a thyroid, and I really limit fruit. It helps – I don’t cut it out completely, though. Thyroid meds can cause osteoporosis if you are on too much for a long period of time.

      • I myself cut out the fruit I started a keto diet, but í felt so bad and my hair was falling off tons….i did lose weight altough not enough.. I only felt good because the lost weight…otherweise í felt í really needed fruit…i was on this diet for almost 10 months and only lost 20 pounds exercising 5 to 6 days per week 2 hours a day resistance exercise (weights).

  47. Hello I have hyperthyroidism I been on
    Methimazole for like 10 years my endo doctor; says I should have my thyroid taken out cause either way gonna be on medication .She said over long time usage it can affect liver;My numbers been good and I feel fine ,should I still schedule the surgery for it to be removed or wait .im not sure what I should do ..cause once removed will I feel worse ??As I’m seeing reviews??What fo you guys think??—Rachel

    • Yes. I had hyperthyroidism and was on methimazole for two years before definitive treatment. Methimazole can cause immune system suppression and an overactive thyroid can cause heart, kidney and liver damage. Go ahead and schedule the surgery in my opinion

    • Amanda Dodson says

      Rachel, I had hyper for over a year and I was miserable. methimizole didn’t work for me. I didn’t have surgery, my doctor gave me the option of nuking it with a pill. It was really easy and I have been on levo ( thyroid replacement med) for almost a year now. It takes a while to get it all even out and obviously now I am hpyo, which has its own set of issues but, i will tell you i feel a million times better then when i was hyper.

    • Search on the benefits of Iodine and Selenium, they will help balance your Thyroid.

  48. Ugh I just want to hug you right now, it’s nice to have this information and know someone cares and understands. I wish I could get my husband to understand.

    • I had my thyroid removed 29 yrs ago,I still fight finding the correct dose and diet will this help as well?

  49. I have no thyroid, it was removed 30 yrs ago. I have put on a large amount of weight over the last 4 yrs. I am also a vegetarian. What kind of meal plan would I need to help me lose weight? I just had my t3 & t4 and others checked and I am once again am hypo active. Any suggestions please.

  50. Julie-Ann says

    Great article! It has taken me 4 years to even be referred to an Endo in UK, but I’m not giving up as I was on T3 alone in South Africa and was doing great. They refuse to prescribe T3 in UK, or at least the GPs ive seen, but I know it works and hopefully I will get the right treatment soon and the excessive weight will drop off. Even if its slowly.

    Thank you for giving us hope and direction!

  51. This is extremely helpful, hypothyroidism is like the invisible disease, no one understands what you are going through, why you feel like crap all the time. I have recently been diagnosed, but believe I have had it most of my life, it’s only recently that I found a doctor to invest in me, and help me, I am 35 now, I’ve been a model and actress, but found it challenging to push through when I would audition or castings and the model standing next to me was in tip top shape, and I’d work out 6 days a week, and spend at least 2 1/2 hr in the gym. I actually love working out, it’s a part of who I am, but sometimes I’d look in the mirror and just feel defeated, because my body was not working for me. I battled depression and anxiety as a young girl, and all kinds of stomach troubles, not knowing exactly what was going on, At some point I just learned to listen to my body over the years even before I learned about gluten intolerance, in the early 90’s, the food just made me feel so bad, and gave me such brain fog, and physical pain, I wasn’t absorbing any nutrients whatsoever, and just struggled. I’m actually tearing up writing this, because it’s been so hard, and I’ve tried and tried, and tried. My will to do anything out ways my capacity. Not to mention I had a tough and horrible pregnancy… I could go on, and on but this article really gave me hope, and I intend to keep pushing until I begin to see the person I know that I am.

    Thank you for mapping this out.

    Sincerely,
    Valarie

  52. A great book to help understand thyroid disease is Thyroid Power, by Richard Shames, MD.

    Also, ask your doctor to do two affitional blood tests to determine the cause of your disease: Thyroid globulin antibody, and thyroid peroxidase antibody. One of these two tests will show you where the thyroid disease is coming from.

    • Deborah Rigby says

      Thank you sooooo much! I had a thyroidectamy in 2011, was on Synthroid, the Nature Thryod, now Arnour. My endocrinologist liked me to take Nature Throid, but the Pharmacy says he has to write out a prescription specifically stating Nature Throid. I used to work out 6days a week, 2hrs., and the most I lossed was 30lbs. but I ate salads, drank water, strictly no alcohol. That’s before I was diagnosed with nodules on my thyroid. I’m really going to cut out gluten😳but if it’s gonna help me—am all in!

  53. Im choked with my tears. I am clearly not alone. It is so frustrating to not be able to lose weight. And on top of that, I gave thinning hair.

    I will watch what I eat. Particularly sugar, carbs.

    Thank you so much for your honest detailed article.

  54. I’ve been on levothyroxin for 14 years, still always tired. Still gaining weight and my Dr does the same blood work every 3 months. Nothing changes. I wish there was a natural alternative to thyroid medication. Does anyone out there know of one.

  55. Patti Chandler says

    Finding a dr is key. It’s impossible to know a good one. I have no idea where to find one. Any suggestions to finding one?

    • Call a local independent compounding pharmacy and ask them what docs in the area are prescribing NDT, t3 & LDN. That should give you a good list to start with.

  56. Have you checked your addrenel glands? For me, they are totally useless which causes tiredness and it is a fatal disease without hydrocortisone. It might make a difference…

  57. Hi, I’m a soon to be 55 year old female, I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism / Hashimoto desease, I have gained so much weight it scares me. The Dr’s have me on Methimazole and I recently stopped taking because I was sleeping all the time and tired. I’m still tired but not falling asleep every time I sit to relax. I’m at a loss on how to combat the weight gain, being tired, too tired to workout.

    • Gay Nunnally says

      I was falling asleep all the time when younger due to iron deficiency. Could also be a problem..

    • Methimazole is for HYPERthyroidism/Grave’s disease (overactive thyroid).
      Either you have your diagnosis wrong or your doctor screwed up big time.

  58. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this article. I feel so alone, wish there was a support group for hypothyroidism. I’ve gained so much weight and couldn’t understand. I go to the gym but I’m only doing cardio. So now I know to limit the cardio and start weight training. I’m taking Synthroid and not really sure how I feel about it. When first diagnosed I was on armour and it seemed to be fine but then something happened and was switched to naturethroid and ultimately changed to Levothyroxine. I was having so much pain on levo and learned from a co worker that it’s filled with fillers to have dr change to synthroid. I felt the difference, but still experiencing pain at times. I feel helpless. My husband thinks I just eat and that’s the weight gain but I really don’t eat a lot but I can say I eat the wrong things. Plan to cut sugar and increase protein and fat and see what happens.
    King

    • Hello I been Keto for a month now and I been eating high good fats and low to no carbs and I lose 12 lbs and lose inches as well I’m happy on the result 🙂

    • I too have been on the Keto diet for 4 months and lost about 25 lbs. It’s not easy with hypo.. I stalled but I keep pushing…It’s slower but I’ll take any weight loss.

    • I hear you loud and clear. I have no advice, I’m looking for the same things you are. I’m going to try some of the suggestions given on this website. I will pray we both find an answer:) God Bless!

    • Elisebeth says

      @ANGEL

      FYI LEVOTHYROXINE IS SYNTHROID JUST THE GENERIC FORM. THE INGREDIENTS ARE IDENTICAL. LEVO-SYNTH ARE SYNTHETIC REPLICAS OF THE HORMONE NOT BEING PRODUCED BY THE THYROID. BLOOD WORK q3 MONTHS IS STANDARD AFTER THE FIRST YEAR AND LABS SHOWING YOUR NUMBERS HAVE STABILIZED. IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD TESTING AND IMAGING OF YOUR PITUITARY GLAND I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU DO SO… HYPOTHYROIDISM IS NOT JUST AGE RELATED LADIES. MOST OF WHAT I’M READING BREAKS MY HEART AS IT SEEMS MANY HAVE BEEN LEAD TO BELIEVE THEY ACQUIRED HYPO AND/OR HASHIMOTO’S WITH MENOPAUSE, AGE, ETC. THE VERY FIRST THING I NEED TO SHARE IS TO FORGET THE MYTH THAT IT IS EITHER HEREDITARY OR IT IS ACQUIRED… PERIOD.

      NEITHER SIDE OF MY DAUGHTER’S BLOOD LINE HAVE EVER HAD THYROID DISEASES. NOT EVEN POST MENOPAUSAL OR POST HYSTERECTOMY.

      THAT BEING SAID, THE HOSPITAL WHERE SHE WAS BORN IN 2003 NEVER TESTED HER THYROID FUNCTION EVEN THOUGH IT IS PROTOCOL. I AM NOW A RETIRED BSN, RN WHO SPECIALIZED IN GERIATRICS; WHEN OUR DAUGHTER WAS BORN SHE WAS SEEMINGLY PERFECT BUT SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY INSATIABLE WHEN IT CAME TO BREAST FEEDING, FORMULA AND FOOD IN GENERAL… THERE WERE SKIN ISDUES THAT I MENTIONED TO THE PEDIATRICIAN AS WELL AS OTHER SMALL THINGS THAT SEEMED CURIOUS TO ME. NEITHER OLDER SIBLING HAD ANY OF THESE ISSUES AND LADIES, I PRODUCED SO MUCH BREAST MILK THAT AFTER 5 DAYS AFTER DELIVERY OF ALL 3 CHILDREN, I LEFT THE HOSPITAL EVERY TIME WITH A COOLER FULL OF FROZEN BREASTMILK. I HAD A PUMP HOOKED UP TO MY TATAS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT EVEN AFTER SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNTS OF FEEDING TIMES. ALL 3 LATCHED AND RECEIVED WITHOUT ISSUE . MY YOUNGEST, HOWEVER, NEVER SEEMED TO HAVE THE BRAIN TO BELLY SIGNALS THAT SHE WAS FULL…

      HER FATHER AND I WERE EXTREMELY CONCERNED WITH HER DUFFUCULTY SLEEPING, STAYING ASLEEP – EVEN AFTER EATING AND VERY ACTIVE PLAY TIMES. SHE GAINED WEIGHT MORE RAPIDLY THAN I’VE EVER SEEN AFTER AGE 1. THYROID WAS FAR FROM MY THOUGHTS BUT I KNEW SOMETHING WAS NOT RIGHT. IT WAS AT AGE 7, WITH CLEAN & HEALTHY EATING FOR ALL THAT MY HEART SANK AS I READ A SCHOOL EYE EXAM WITH RED FLAGS. WE ALREADY HAD ISSUES WITH INCONTINENCE BC SHE HAD NO WARNINGS SUFFICIENT TO GET HER TO A POTTY, THEN NEUROOPHTHALMOLOGY REPORTED SHE HAD BECOME LEGALLY BLIND, OTHER TESTS SHOWED ONSET OF MULTI SYSTEM FAILURES… ENOUGH. I TOOK HER TO MY PCP WHO LOOKED AT HER AND SAID “SHE HAS A THYROID PROBLEM” AND IMMEDIATELY WAS SEEN BY THE BEST PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY GROUP IN OUR AREA. PRIMARY HYPOTHYROIDISM. BORN WITH IT. TO THIS DAY WR DO NOT KNOW THE TRIGGER OR CAUSE. HER ROAD HAS BEEN HARD AND AT 16YO NOW, WEIGHT IS A HUGE ISSUE EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY. THANKFULLY NO PITUITARY OR HASHIMOTO’S BUT… PLEASE… REGARDLESS OF AGE OR GENETICS… HAVE YOUR ENDOCRINOLOGISTS THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. OUR JOURNEY AND FIGHT CONTINUES. MOST SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN RESTORED BUT EYESIGHT AND THYROID… ALL HORMONE LEVELS ARE “NORMAL” WITH LEVO. I DON’T AGREE FULLY WITH ALL OF THE ARTICLE ABOVE BUT IF I COULD SHARE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE: LISTEN TO YOUR BODIES AND YOUR CRAVINGS. YOUR VIT D AND B LEVELS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. IRON IS IMPORTANT AND GOOD CARBS ARE ESSENTIAL. CARDIO IS NEEDED TO KEEP THE HEART MUSCLE STRONG AS IT MUST BE ABLE TO FEED THE BODY WITH PROPER BLOOD FLOW. WALKING, DANCING, ETC… NEVER EVER EAT “DIET FOODS OR SUGAR SUBS”. REAL CANE IS PURE… JUST IN MODERATION.

      LIGHT AND LOVE… A MOM

  59. I have had hashimotos and then something got worse 4 years back. I thought I might be dying I was suddenly sooo tired, could barely get up stairs or an incline. Felt like I went from 43 to 90 years old over night. Now on naturethroid which does me better than synthroid but still not right. I have to take a nap after an easy day at work I am looking for help. I’m now only 46! Been diagnosed with CFS. ENT says I have sjogrens but rheumy disagrees. Endo and Rheumy disagreed on cause of positive ANA. I have to do something so I’m going to try the things here and see what happens. I either need to kick the bucket (note not at all suicidal) or get better. This living is crap. I’m scared to make food changes but here I go.

  60. I wish I had found someone like you a long time ago. Your advice seems very sensible. At 70 years old I am living with the effects of thyroid malfunction and now have an incredibly difficult time losing accumulated weight over the past 20 years…

    • I’m right there with u sister! I’m 67 yr’s , have been slender most of my life (120-135) and very active up until 50 yrs. Been down hill since!
      I am printing this off and giving this to my. Endo’s Dr. I have been take my Synthroid all wrong, with meds, wrong foods, wrong time. I’m not dead yet, and will keep trying. Best article , ever! Thanks

  61. I have always had sleeping problems and all the suggestions do not work for me. I have basically been on this type of food for years and two years ago I lost 40 lbs, but struggled the following year to keep it off. My thyroid doctor was usless and would not listen to my complaints of tired and gaining weight so I have been doing my own thing for awhile. My family doctor believes in “the range” being adequate so I have stopped talking to him about it. All he cares about is cholesteral and he knows I can’t take statins. I am on my own.

    • At 72 I’m gaining weight while recovering from a knee injury a few months ago. I had slowly been loosing weight. Very slow weight loss vs very fast weight gain. It took years to loose 34 pounds. No medication. Tests fall in range but every symptom described fits. Drs aren’t much help.
      Glad to see weights over cardio. It really worked and fits my life much better.

  62. BRENDA ALLEN says

    Hi I’ve been on 100mg levothyroxine for 12 years and the dose has never been changed. I only have one blood test a year and I never had any symptoms,the doctor just did a blood test. Can I stop taking these tablets?

    • Christina says

      As a nurse it’s never a good idea to stop taking your meds. As the articles states, it might be time to see a new Md. plus do the dietary changes until you find them.

  63. Hi there,

    Thanks for a great post. I’ve been treating my thyroids for 15 years. I haven’t been able to stay in a good weight for long. Every time I think I’ve reach a goal, the weight comes back. In fact last time the weight came back so fast I was shocked. I’ve gained 10lbs in a month and then another 10 until I gained all the weight (40 lbs) back. I have a great doctor who does very in-depth blood work but he switched me to Armour right when I had lost the 40lbs, I think that triggered the weight gain. I have to say the low sugar, high protein and high fat was the only thing that worked for my weight loss and it took several months to loose it. Now I’m working my way back. It’s just frustrating for someone who has always been skinny. Thanks again for your post, it was very informative.

  64. In 2010 at 61 years old my thyroid was removed due to malignant nodules. While I had ups and downs over the years I was basically doing well. In January this year my retiring endocrinologist moved me to his associate who lowered my Synthroid dosage after being (feeling) perfectly fine for several years. I have been a Weight Watcher member and lost 30 lbs and was delighted that it was with real food in moderation and regular exercise. However within a month of the new lower dosage my weigh ins started going up with 1/4 to 1/2 lb gains every week, inspite of my established healthy eating and exercise and experiencing other symptoms associated with thyroid levels that are out of whack (not needing to shave legs is a quick indication, headaches, etc). After 9 years of living with this I know when I have issues. New doctor doesn’t want to do labs again for another month (3 months on new dosage). I am beside myself, not sure if I need to look for another dr who will listen to me or just tough it out and try anything to slow the rate of gain.

  65. Leticia Lazaro says

    Hi Bonnie, I am right with you on the symptoms. Any suggestions on alternatives?

    I am on Levothroxine and am experiencing the same. I help direction on an alternate.

    Thank you, Leticia

  66. Thank you so much for writing this. I’ve been hypothyroid for 35 years and was diagnosed with Hashimotos 10 years ago. It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one with these issues.

  67. Grethlyn Williams says

    Damn! It’s kinda scary to read these comments, and it’s frustrating that they go to school for years only to learn how to prescribe drugs without the understanding of the human body and how it works. Now some so-called Naturapathic Doctors are taking full advantage of folks who are desperately trying to get well by seeking an alternative, they don’t take insurance, they have their own brand of very expensive supplements, and the cost of your labs can drive you to bankruptcy…..It’s like fighting a losing battle, but you simply cannot give up, it’s our health we’re talking about. Good Luck! Guys👏🏽

  68. Jason Carmichael says

    My thyroid apparently failed while overseas (in the Army). All they have done is chase TSH. 7 years now, and finally TSH appears to be under control. Nothing else being looked at. 🙁

  69. I only had 1/2 of my thyroid taken out. I had gained 15 pounds before I knew about my thyroid. I thought by taking it out I would loose the weight. My doctor said my blood count was good and I didn’t need medication. This has been 3 month. In the 3 months I have gained10 more pounds. Just had another blood test and he said I was good. Well I don’t feel good. I am tired all the time and hungry all the time. Does anyone else have this problem?

    • Jennifer Wilson says

      Some here they never go past the mcg of synthroid they should prescribe

    • Yes Jan , I had a total thyroidectomy June 2015 and noticed how levothyroxine makes me eat more and crave carbs . I am exhausted all the time and take a naps daily. I am in a journey to find a new endocrinologist who will listen to patient and not the textbook.

    • Make sure you go to an endocrinologist not a primary physicians. If your endo is not helping find a different one. Wish you the best!

  70. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis 20 years ago & for the last 19 years was on Synthroid. Every time my Endocrinologist would check either my count was to high, the next time to low. Synthroid doses were changed each time. I then started researching other alternatives. I went off my synthroid, started taking natural supplements that were suggested. In December I had my thyroid checked & is now under control, I feel much better, have more energy & no body pain.
    I know that you are a medical adviser & have to prescribe pills & I don’t put you down for that. I only know what helped me.

    • Yes!
      It’s very frustrating!

    • What did you take to make you feel better

    • I would love to know the natural supplements you use/protocol. It would be nice to take ideas to my doc! I’m tired of being tired on Levo!

    • Joan Torstrick says

      I don’t have a thyroid. They had to remove it because of Cancer. I have not felt like myself for a long time. I am heavier than I have ever been. Not much energy, want to lay down most of the time. Have had three separate ( not metastasized) cancers . Breast, thyroid and kidney. How can I get to feel normal? I am on levorthyroxine 88 and I don’t want to go less . One dr. Put me on 50 and I could hardly move. I fear that is what they will do again. What do you suggest?
      By the way , I am sorry about your loss. Have you ever been tested for MTHFR? It is quite common and many young ladies lose babies and have even have a slight deformity. Spinal biffada also.
      I found out when a very well informed young gynecologist tested all of her patients and my daughter was positive. I am and so was her Dad.
      Thank you for your interest in our problem, I would certainly like to lose weight as I know it would help me feel more like my normal self.

  71. susan mueller says

    Just found hypothyroid mom and have had hypo for 20+ yrs, so many issues still and have now had a light bulb moment, thank you for the site, you may have saved me from myself, thought that I was the problem, but had been given no advice or options.

  72. Rhona Colbert says

    I was diagnosed with Hashimotos about 20 years ago. I supposedly went into “remission ” about 10 years ago. In 2011 I had a stroke from an undiagnosed AFIB condition (Thyroid related ). I was fortunate to get to the hospital on time. Then in 2015 I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease (another Thyroid related). All along I kept gaining weight and was again diagnosed with sleep apnea (yup another Thyroid related issue). I had bariatric surgery and felt great. After I got down to my goal weight it didnt take long for my weight to start creeping upwards. Doctors are saying I am not following the plan but I have been diligent in following the plan. I feel like everytime I go the doctors they are treating the symptoms and not the issues. Help

  73. I hav been taking Levo thyroxine since I was in my early 30s. I’m not 55. I started out taking 0,25mg now20 years later I’m up to 1.75mg and up 60 lbs. I feel tired a lot but I thought it was due to my slow weight gain over the years. I will definitely see a doctor that specializes in this instead of the family doctor and nurse practitioner I’ve been seeing. I’m not pre hypertension. Is that caused by low thyroid too.

  74. Fiona Hodson says

    I have type 1 Diabetes (47 years), hypothyroidism diagnosed 8 years ago and hashimotos diagnosed 2 years ago and ankylosing spondylitis diagnosed 8 years ago. I keep gaining weight and I find it difficult to juggle all these conditions and trying to work out what I should and shouldn’t be eating. It’s so hard and frustrating! The AS has started to really flare up terribly with lots of pain and fatigue. So I’d love someone to sit down with me and work out a personalised diet plan that is going to work! I live in Australia and the good doctors are few and far between. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Fiona

  75. I have been hypothyroid for over 20 years and 8 years ago was also diagnosed with adrenaline inefficiency. Both are related to a pituitary adenoma that was removed in 1977 and required radiation therapy. I have struggled with constant wait gain for so long and tried so many diets with no results. This article was very interesting. When I have my next annual appointment with my doctor at Mayo Clinic, I will ask for alternative medicine to the synthroid I’m taking.

  76. Julie Crawford says

    Also me having hypothyroidism is daily struggle and doctor who just will not help me. Gaining weight is becoming deflating to me. Found a doctor who will hopefully help and is his speciality.
    Nice to know I’m not alone with auto immune disease.
    Be strong we can get through this

  77. This morning’s thyroid self-education (mostly Pinterest focused) has totally convinced me that 1. I need start documenting my diet, exercise (ha), sleep regimen, mood swings and anything else concerning my health. I need to SHOW my Veteran Hospital primary care physician my health notebook. I am very curious about what expert reaction she will have to not only my record keeping but also some of th3 dietary suggestions and nutritional supplements. I have seen NO improvement in taking Synthroid et al. My regular blood tests offer no useful information. Aaarrrggghhh. I am 70 yrs old, male, 215 lbs, 5’10”, and have virtually no libido. I have never weighed this much in my entire life!

  78. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 1997. I went through a lot to finally get diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. My TSH was 260 something when they found out. I was going through Mexidemia coma. My heart stopped and my breathing stopped. I had to try and find out what it was that I have. I found out 2 years ago that I have Hashimotos disease. I also have RA, both autoimmune diseases. I suffer with weight gain and fatigue all the time. I need help with all of this. Can anyone help?

    • Elizabeth says

      Hi! I was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune a few years ago. Fortunately I was blessed to receive an outstanding doctor recommendation. Dr. Lipton in West Chester, PA is phenomenal. Many of the drugs and medications out there just wreck further havoc on the body. Dr. Liptons philosophy is that the human body is intelligent and doesn’t fight itself. He offers a non-invasive technique in Nutritional Response Testing. Using NRT Dr. Lipton determines what is actually “causing” the primary health issue. He identifies malfunctioning organs and systems and what nutrients the body needs to return to normal function. His goal is to aid the body in correcting the underlying malfunction, “not,” controlling symptoms with a drug while the disease process continues to get worse without your awareness. Since going to Dr. Lipton I lost 20 pounds, headaches have gone away, sinus issues are non-existent, rashes have disappeared, and my energy is back. In 18 months of treatment, my autoimmune conditions are almost completely gone. I expect these to be 100% gone in the next 6 months. If you live out of the area, you can still call or check out his website. Dr. Liptons office will be happy to give you a recommendation for another doctor in your area that works similarly.

  79. I am so frustrated. Been going to the gym 3 to 5 days a week. I work retail and walk 12 to 15 thousand steps a day. A metabolic resting test was done showing I need 1642 cal at rest. I’m eating 1400 cal a day, mostly protein and veggies. Little fat and 1 slice of toast per week. And I’m still putting on 2 lbs a week. I’m 61 and have had this issue for 8 years. My thyroid meds have been adjusted up and down. Frustrating!

  80. I have had my thyroid removed and am now tthypothtroid. Is it the same?

  81. I have been reading your articles because I am looking for help with my own hypo journey. I wish someone would just give me a print out of what I can and can’t eat. It would be so much easier. This isn’t a specific list, but it’s a start so thanks for your help!
    Anyway, I have a couple of questions. Reading above, the article recommends sweet potatoes. However, in a previous article, it is recommended that we avoid sweet potatoes because they are goitrogens. So, I’m just looking for some clarification. Also, green tea was mentioned as something to avoid (again, in a previous article), but in the article about the benefits of tea, it is recommended. Any insight? I’m not trying to be critical, but I am trying to figure out what I should and shouldn’t eat. I also love sweet potatoes and green tea, so I’m hoping that I can have them even though I have Hashimotos. Thanks again for all of your help and research. I really appreciate it!!

    • There is a cook book by Trim Healty Mama that is really good.

    • Marion Helner says

      Hi Melanie. I am Hashi as well. Sweet potatoes are an everyday staple for me. I’ve never heard of them being goitrogenic whereas as nightshades, which include white potatoes are!
      The problem with green tea is that there is still a measure of caffeine present, and that is why it should be avoided. Caffeine is a Hashi sufferer’s enemy, to he avoided at all costs.
      Others may have differing opinions, but I dont have an agenda…ie: trying to sell a book etc. I’ve done my research thoroughly!!
      I just had my blood test done again…and although I have very high antibodies still, they are coming down slowly, and my TSH and T3-T4 conversion is perfect. I’m not on any thyroid meds by the way. Hope I was helpful.

    • I agree. I have no ideal what to eat and not eat I’m a very very picky eater anyway and there’s NOT A whole lot of foods I like but I do love meats, corn although I’m NOT suppose to eat corn due to diverticulitis AND homemade yeast rolls and I’m good. Sometimes a salad LOL. Wish we could get a list of foods we can eat. BEST OF LUCK.

  82. I’ve had hypothyroid since I don’t know when , I’m so tired so I went to the doctor and had blood test done I was low and now I’m to high so I have medication 2 days a week to get it right again. Plus I can’t lose weight, which I don’t like. I need help from someone.

  83. Brianne bucatcat says

    My doc also uses basal body temps to treat. My hypo. Check out his book, calciumlie2. I lost the most weight when I was doing the slow carb diet. And I love beans and bacon!!!

  84. Thank you Dana, I fell upon Hypothyroidmom.com on Pinterest. To feel that I’m not alone – to actually see you have on the spot feedback to provide – is an indescribable
    Feeling. Hundreds of people are struggling with Auto-Immune and Thyroid complications, and are being left at a dead end after seeing multiple doctors (which is thousands of dollars) unfortunatly, currently; the reality.

    Speaking amongst myself, have seen Rhuematologist’s at a highly reputable University. Not discrediting in any dameanor – they have studied my charts, and don’t have any idea of what the causes are of my episodes. I’m not the only one out there. So many people, are dealing with these episodes. Your information that you’ve taken the time to mull over in this specific subject – has provided insight, Hope, a simple, and easy to understand, honest guide to this havoc that is named Auto-Immune disease/s.

    Thank you Dana
    Sincerely,
    ShaNae

  85. I to have hypo and have been having a hard time losing weight . I’m shocked to see I’ve been doing it wrong .I eat fresh fruit tons of vegetables very little sugar and plenty of chicken. I keep telling the doc that I can’t lose and am told my numbers are good and I’m over 50.,ive never been 15pds over weight . Thank you for explaining thing to me as I’ve never been told anything other then to take this medication. It’s nice to see I’m not alone.

  86. I tried to sing up to this, Take Back Your Thyroid Health! Sign up and never miss a post – it’s FREE, but it didn’t work? can you Please Help me?

  87. your like everyone else when it comes to a antibiotics in animals. Farmers have protocols, there is a time period you must wait after medicating your animal to butcher it. it gaurentees that the medication wont taint the meat. its heavily regulated. Basically you and others like you dont want animals to be medicated when they are ill, so if thats the case.next time you are sick you better not take anything since thats what you expect of animals.

  88. Such a good article on the hypothyroid diet. Thank you ! Love your site.

  89. This is Jill I have a ninja blender that crushes ice like snow I may add a little water to get the smoothie going if you want milk in your smoothie if you do smoothies google what milk would be good for your thyroid also in the book I was talking about in my above statement she has a good recipe in her book not sure what chapter! !

  90. I was born with Hypothyroidism and they found the problem when I was two or three I have been on Armour thyroid all my childhood and when I became adult the doctors started trying me on synethic thyroid medications I am back on Armour my body does not do synethics also I do not agree with all the eating plan here cause even though you are dealing with Hypothyroidism everyone body is different I put frozen fruits and plain greek yogurt and avocado in my smoothies and baby spinach when I was doing it and was feeling great have not done it in a while also your body needs vitamins and minerals also! I am going to get me some protein powder from Nutrition Express catalog and Judy Linberg MacFarland she has a book called aging without growing old she has a chapter on thyroid I encourage you to get it and she has so many other good topics !do not get me wrong this Is a good site but what may work for me may not work for you because of hypothyroidism not saying not to eat healthy that is not what I am saying I am saying find out for yourself what healthy works for you!

  91. I am Hashimoto’s low functioning thyroid sufferer. I have gained 10 pounds that is cannot lose. I am on Nature-throid since July. I run approximately 20 miles a week & continue to see the scale climb. Wanting to give up is me. My next idea is to give LDN a try & up my meds. I really pray you’re correct when you say we can lose weight.

  92. I live in The Woodlands Texas. My doctors are strictly going by my numbers and not my symptoms. Do you have anyone in this area you can recommend? Thanks

  93. Reda smith says

    I was really glad I read this. All along I was thinking my problems were caused by other things. I’ve never really been on a good diet. I would be interested in know your opinion as to what a typical day might be on this diet. I am 58 years old and have not been feeling well since I hade my thyroid radiated. This is giving me hope.

  94. My doctor keeps telling me I have hyperthyroidism, but my symptoms are more hypo related. What tests should I ask for to see?

    • Cindy Smith says

      I have the same problem and its very frustrating getting someone to listen to you knowing something is wrong but just because the test results don’t confirm it they say nothing is wrong.

      • Sometimes doctors will test your thyroid for hyper or hypothyroidism, but not do the further test needed to test the amount of peroxide in your blood. This test will tell you if you have Hashimotos Disease, which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the cells of your thyroid. My mom has Hashimotos but her thyroid is in balance even without diet.

        I found out recently that my Hashimotos test was off the charts, so I immediately cut gluten and dairy from my diet. I noticed a difference in my overall pain within a week. I am still battling my weight every day. I put on forty pounds in one year. There’s no cure for Hashimotos, but there are many support sites and Pinterest has fantastic recipes.

        Good luck!

  95. I am hypo and have a high lepton level. Do those two go hand in hand? I’m currently taking armour but wondering if I should go back to synthroid and cytomel. I can’t lose any weight 🤦🏼‍♀️

  96. Thank you for posting this article. It is the best I’ve ever read and I’m definitely going to implement these suggestions. Also reading that lifting weights is helpful made my day as I’ve been doing CrossFit for a year. Do you have any suggestions as to how to find a nutritionist/dietitian that understands hypothyroidism and diet? I’ve had the worst luck trying to locate someone who is willing to work with me and willing to try different things until we find something that works.

  97. Can you recommend an app that may be helpful for hypo’s? One that may be more geared to these food suggestions in particular? Do you think the Carb Manager is a good one?

  98. They took my thyroid out 9yrs. Ago I gained 40 pounds. and can’t get it off , I also have excessive sweating my family doctor put me on a blood pressure med. it has not changed. My Dr. does not check the T3, should I ask to have that check or will a thyroid helper, help me?

  99. Hi my name is sherollete
    I feel so inspired by everything that I have read, I just don’t no where to start I am about 3stone overweight and find it very difficult to loose weight unless I eat basically nothing.
    I am currently on 150mcg of levothyroxine and seem to spend most evenings sleeping
    Whenever I try to get help from a doctor I always get fobbed of or my meds increased but I always feel this not the real solution
    I am low on vitamin d and low in iron levels, I want things to change and I’m sure my insulin levels are a lot of the problem, but how do I get help I do not over eat and actually like healthy food and rarely eat unhealthy please help me

    • Hi Sherollete, It really is a combination of proper thyroid treatment and great nutritional advice that will make the difference for weight loss. The authors of this article have their bio at the bottom of the article in case you wish to reach out to them. Also, please know that levothyroxine contains T4 thyroid hormone only and while this works for some thyroid patients, this type of medication fails for many of us including me. Here is an article that outline the other thyroid medication options to know about. Good to have you at Hypothyroid Mom.

      https://hypothyroidmom.com/which-is-the-best-thyroid-drug-for-hypothyroidism/

  100. I have been fighting the hypothyroid battle for 3 years. I’ve just had my Synthroid dosage upped again and it makes me crazy. My hormones go all over the place, I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, on top of all the issues that come along from the start. Sometimes I feel like just giving up. I’m so exhausted and my husband and 6 kids just don’t seem to understand that I’m just not what I once was. I feel like such a fat, exhausted burden all of the time. I am going to try this theory out. I hope it helps.

  101. I have Hashimoto and have developed Histamine intolerance. There are now even more foods that I cannot eat (bacon and avocados on that list). I’ve been seriously trying gluten free. Now my A1C ahs gone up – I think with all the food limitations I turn to thinks I shouldn’t eat. Any tips?
    Thank you – I enjoy your articles very much.

    • Meeee tooo! I’m so sorry. If you get answers, please share.

    • I agree with the histamine problem. After eating everything until my 50s I began to develop lots of food allergies. On Levothyroxine but still have most of the problems associated with hypothyroidism. Would also look forward to a response.

    • Me too , my face and neck expand at a rapid rate , due to certain foods , eliminating as many as I can. I went from 58kgs to 80kgs in 18 months before I found a Dr that actually tested my thyroid instead of passing it off as Menopause. Always been small , then weigh came on for the first time , my body just bloated . Totally Gluten free and training with a PT who is all about not starving yourself which I was doing before Hashimoto diagnosis. 48 yrs of age and wham this really has taken a mental toll on my life . Australia doesn’t see to push high doses , mine is 50mg of levithyoxin also seeing a naturopath, as menopause is what I believe is the trigger especially after taking HRT , I also have annual cystocopy and Botox of the bladder due to shrinking, thanks to the HRT . I certainly believe we tend to be sometimes get overwhelmed with all the would be cures , but I think we need to manage, as trusting as it is. I have been taking Candida relief with probiotics as also my symptoms started with a serious throat infection of fungus the ENT put down to potting mix. Will never know if it was HRT or Fungus or both contributing.

  102. So, you say to watch your insulin. What about if you are an insulin-dependent type 2 diabetic with hypothyroidism?

  103. Elizabeth Anderson says

    I had my thyroid taken due to thyroid cancer. I struggle with weight and also highs and lows of exhaustion. My doctor has done the B12 shots and high doses of vitamin D. I’m even currently taking both. I’ve even been told I’m depressed. I feel as no one listens to me. Would this put me in this category of hypo without the thyroid?

    • Yes! I would definitely talk to your doctor or find one that will listen! Before I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism I felt like I was going crazy and I really thought I was depressed because I couldn’t explain how I felt. Once I was diagnosed and researched just how much your thyroid can mess with, it all made sense! Do the research and talk to your doctor. I’ve heard of several people becoming hypo after they’ve had their thyroid removed. I sincerely hope you feel better soon! ❤️

    • They are probably giving you the wrong type of B12 and vitamin D. I did this for 20 years. When I finally started taking a Methylated B12 and vitamin D3 with vitamin K in it, my vitamin D finally started to rise and my body started using the vitamin B12 at a cellular level. It wasn’t just floating around in my blood anymore. It was because I found out I had the MTHFR mutation. I also had to take Methylfolate. I started to feel a little more energized for once in my life. Medical Doctors know nothing about this stuff. It takes a Functional Medicine doctor to figure it out. It’s the same with thyroid testing. Medical Doctors mainly rely on TSH and are only interested in the range, whereas Functional medicine doctors test for everything she listed and thrir range is much broader. They also consider symptoms even when the numbers aren’t quite in the range.

  104. MY delimma…I have EVERY symptom of Hypo – but ALL of my thyroid labwork comes back “within range”. I notice it’s on the lower end of that “range” but I’m told my thyroid is fine. Another thing that’ll throw you for a loop… about 6 years ago my primary doc tested tsh and it was NOT in “range” so he prescribed lowest dose of synthroid. I had NEVER felt better than when I took that medication had energy to exercise more, felt do much better, slept well, etc. So he rechecks my tsh level again a couple years later – I’ve lost about 45 lbs by then & of course my tsh # is within “normal” range – well DUH, I’d been taking synthroid so he takes me OFF the synthroid since I was “now normal”…. needless to say within months I began to feel yuk again, no energy, couldn’t sleep, brain fog – ALL they hypo symptoms AGAIN. fast forward to this year- I’ve changed primary docs, had labs again, told all “within range” again. Go to GYN & INSIST he do labs on EVERYTHING. All is “within normal range”…except testosterone. Now getting injections of that & have felt somewhat better but nearing 20 days since injection & beginning to have that drained feeling again. I STILL feel my thyroid isn’t functioning properly & having low testosterone on top of that is why I’m so miserable! Anyone else have this issue? What else can I do!?

    • Carolyn, I have no affiliation with him (aside from him being my thyroid doctor) – but I would contact the doctor listed at the bottom of my article. He’s AWESOME. He treats symptoms not blood work.

  105. Hi there,

    I am trying to sing up to your newsletter but it does seem to work. I’ve tried from my home and work computer and from my phone but nothing is happening! I realy do want to follow your post.

    Thank you
    Ioana

    • Hi Ioana – Are you trying to follow the hypothyroid mom newsletter? Or Eatstrong blog? One of us will help you!

      • Hi Sophie,

        Trying to follow the hypothyroid mom newsletter I think!
        I’ve tried to sign up to this message: “Take Back Your Thyroid Health! Sign up and never miss a post – it’s FREE” but nothing is happening!?

        Thank you for your help!
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    • Hi Ioana, This is Dana Trentini from Hypothyroid Mom. Thank you for your interest in the Hypothyroid Mom newsletter. Several months ago I decided to stop my newsletter. I wanted to restart one, fresh, with a new style that I think will be more helpful. I will be launching it in a month or two and would love to have you join.

      • Hi Dana,

        Thank you for your response, well until the new one will be launched I will finish reading all your post.

        Thank you for your great work!

  106. Colleen Nourry says

    A great article but I would add making sure your adrenals are working with a 24 hour saliva cortisol test–you’ll gain weight if they aren’t and any strenuous exercise will knock you down further–and checking for food sensitivities by doing elimination diet for a few months or food allergy testing. I lost 40 lbs without any effort by removing wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine and all forms of sugar. My son was gluten/wheat/sugar free and low carb but didn’t see much loss until our naturopath tested him recently. He reacted strongly to dairy, even goat’s milk. He stopped all dairy and is down 30 lbs. We are both hypo with low cortisol/low aldosterone and I have Hashi’s. (Neither of us is on NDT or any other treatment. We couldn’t even get blood-work or a diagnosis until we saw a naturopath.)

    • This is such a good point Colleen, Thank you! Congratulations to your son – that’s AWESOME.

    • Thank you Colleen for sharing what has worked for you and your son. It’s so true that we are all individual. Eliminating food sensitivities as well as adaptogenic herbs for stress have been big game changers for my weight too. Good to have you at Hypothyroid Mom.

  107. Hi there,
    I was diagnosed with Graves 25 years ago. Ultimately had my thyroid removed with radioactive iodine. I am now Hypothyroid, just now struggling with weight as I get older and through menopause (I’m 57). I took synthroid for many years, and tried many of the others with no regulation of my gland, am now taking 100m Unithroid and .10 natural compound. But cannot seem to turn back time, I am about 15lbs overweight. I don’t love being a size 12. Nothing seems to move on me, no matter what I eat, how much I exercise, etc. I am Vitamin D deficient, low magnesium. I also had a parathyroid major removed 2 years ago. I feel like I’m treading water always. My diet is normal, healthy eating, try to low-fat everything. If you can help, I’d appreciate it.

    • Hi DorothyAnne,

      I’m sorry. I know this is so hard. Please do try to follow the tips in this article. They really work. You do need to correct your vitamin D etc… before you will be able to lose fat. Do NOT eat low fat though. INCREASE fat and protein – and eat lower CARB. It will make a tremendous difference. Low fat foods tend to cause weight gain. I know it’s counterintuitive. I struggled with this concept for years – even as a nutritionist. Are there nutritionists near you who understand thyroid issues? And is your doctor willing to work with you? You can do this, and you will. Take the time to implement each of the steps in this article, and after two weeks report back on progress 🙂

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