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7 Steps to Lose Weight when you are Hypothyroid

7 Steps to Lose Weight when you are Hypothyroid

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 What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid (a gland located at the base of the throat) doesn’t produce enough T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) causing it to be underactive.  This can cause a multitude of symptoms.

The Thyroid Hormones T3 & T4 maintain the rate at which your body uses fats and carbohydrates. They help control your body temperature, influence your heart rate, and help regulate the production of proteins.

The reason it takes sometimes years to diagnose is that the symptoms of hypothyroidism vary.

The symptoms depend on the severity of the hormone deficiency. They tend to develop slowly over a number of years.

Most people barely notice the symptoms such as fatigue or weight gain, & just attribute them to aging.  My doctor told me I was in early menopause when I was 36. She also told me I was depressed & put me on anti-depressants, which only made it worse.

Over time, as your metabolism continues to slow down, you may develop more obvious symptoms. If Hypothyroidism isn’t treated, the symptoms can become more severe. I had almost all of the symptoms below.

Some of the Symptoms associated with Hypothyroid:

7 Steps to Losing Weight & Keeping it Off

 

 1.  Stop Eating Gluten/Grains/White Potatoes

Yes, that means pasta, bread, rice, corn, wheat etc… Giving up Grains is probably the hardest thing to do, but one of the most important. It takes about 5-7 breaddays to stop having cravings. This will have the biggest results! (Gluten hides in many places, be sure to read all labels) Instead of Rice have Cauliflower Rice. Instead of Mashed Potatoes have Cauliflower “Fauxtaters” etc…

Most People with Thyroid Issues have a sensitivity to gluten & don’t even know it.

2. Stop Eating/Drinking Dairy

MilkDrink Coconut Milk or Almond Milk (check labels & avoid as many chemicals as possible) This is what I drink. I mix 1 can with 1-2 cans of water. (use 1 can of water if you like it thicker) There are no emulsifiers, so you have to shake/blend well before using. I use it in my ‘AIP Coffee’ instead of milk or cream.

3. Stop Eating Sugar

7 Steps to Lose Weight & Keep it off when you are HypothyroidInstead of refined sugar, use natural sweeteners such as Raw Honey, Real Maple Syrup, dates etc… (use in moderation, remember they are still high in carbs)

4.  Stop Eating/Drinking Soy

Soy ProductsInstead of soy sauce use coconut aminos. (Make sure to read labels) Here are a few of the recipes that I use coconut aminos. Paleo Korean Ground Beef, AIP Paleo Chicken Fried Rice & Paleo Coconut Chicken Soup. 

5. Stop Eating Processed Oils

Processed Oil used to deep fryStart Eating Healthy Fats such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Grass Fed Beef, Wild Caught Fish, Avocados, Free Range Eggs, Nuts & Seeds (Make sure you are getting enough fats.

Repeat after me: FATS DO NOT MAKE YOU FAT! Good Fats, that is!

I put 1-2 Tbs of Coconut Oil in my “AIP” coffee every morning. Coconut Oil is especially good for the Thyroid.

6.  Stop Eating Processed Foods

Start Eating Whole Foods (preferably organic Fruits & Vegetables) (Fruits in moderation due to sugar content, preferably berries) If it has a label, it probably is processed. If eating Root Vegetables, eat in moderation due to sugar content. Substitute Sweet Potatoes Fries for White Potatoes (also in moderation). Eat as many leafy greens as possible. Try my recipe for Swiss Chard & Grilled Zucchini Squash.

7.  Stop Drinking Sodas, Diet Drinks, Sugary Drinks, Alcohol

7 Steps to Lose Weight & Keep it off when you are HypothyroidStart Drinking Clean Water & lots of it (tap water & most bottled water contain fluoride & chlorine) Make sure it’s filtered. This is the filter I use. I even take it on vacation with me when we drive. The water tastes so clean! Also, Kombucha is a great alternative to soda, plus you get gut-healthy probiotics.


I know this sounds overwhelming but is necessary to heal your thyroid. That is why I did it slowly to get used to removing things from my diet slowly. Read how I did it here! 

Additional Things to Start Doing


1.
 Start using a Natural Salt instead of Table Salt  (Switch to a natural salt such as this)

2. Start taking Probiotics &/or eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut or fermented cauliflower daily.

3. Start Drinking Bone Broth daily. This is imperative to heal Leaky Gut. Most people that have Thyroid Issues have Leaky Gut. 

4. Start Walking or exercising at least 20-30 min. a day (if possible, outside & get some natural Vitamin D) Try to work up to 10,000 steps per day. I love my Fitbit. It helps me to track my steps, workouts, heart rate, food intake & sleep patterns. As you start to feel better, try incorporating body weight exercises such as squats, planks, pushups etc… or yoga!

 


Supplements that can help Balance the Thyroid Naturally



These are some of the supplements I take with the exception of Iodine. I have Hashimoto’s & do not take Iodine. Make sure you are tested for Hashimoto’s before taking Iodine & do not take if you test positive unless under a doctors care, preferably a Functional Medicine/Naturopath Doctor.

I also take a natural thyroid medicine which is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands which treat both T3 & T4. I have done much better than when I was taking Synthroid which only treats T4. That’s why it’s so important to have all 5 tests done instead of just TSH.

Most people find that when they treat both T3 & T4 they feel better than just taking Synthroid that only treats T4. I had a hard time finding a doctor that would do a complete panel & prescribe something natural. I kept firing them until I found someone who would listen.

Update:

I have since gotten my antibodies into the normal range which my Naturopath Doctor said is in remission now. She tested my iodine & I was low. I am now taking iodine & keeping a check on it.  If you are not sure have your doctor test your iodine levels. 

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Books I Recommend Reading

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause  by: Isabellz Wentz, PharmD

The Paleo Thyroid Solution: Stop Feeling Fat, Foggy, And Fatigued At The Hands Of Uninformed Doctors – Reclaim Your Health by: Elle Russ

The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight — and How to Get Your Life Back by: Amy Myers, MD

Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment by: James A Bowthorpe

 

***Remember to always check with your doctor (preferably a Naturopath Doctor) before taking any medications or supplements. NO information in this post should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.

 

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Sources:

ref: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

ref:  https://draxe.com/8-secrets-to-cure-hypothyroidism-and-other-hormone-problems/

ref: https://draxe.com/hypothyroidism-diet-natural-treatment/

ref: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/08/iodine-is-important-but-new-study-shows-too-much-causes-problems.aspx

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23 comments

    • Renee' says:

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, from what I understand white potatoes raise your blood sugar more than sweet potatoes (doesn’t make sense does it?). When doing AIP, White potatoes are not allowed. From what I understand, Paleo has had some controversy about whether white potatoes are paleo or not. I’ve noticed that they do include them now. But for weight loss & for autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, it is best to avoid them. For losing weight it is best to avoid both but if you need carbs, choose sweet potatoes over white potatoes but of course in moderation.

    • Renee' says:

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, from what I understand white potatoes raise your blood sugar more than sweet potatoes (doesn’t make sense does it?). When doing AIP, White potatoes are not allowed. From what I understand, Paleo has had some controversy about whether white potatoes are paleo or not. I’ve noticed that they do include them now. But for weight loss & for autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, it is best to avoid them. For losing weight it is best to avoid both but if you need carbs, choose sweet potatoes over white potatoes but of course in moderation.

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Paula, I do advise against any sugar substitutes like Splenda. If you have to, I would recommend Stevia even though I prefer to use honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. Thanks for your comment.

  1. EtteJay says:

    Why stop dairy? I do use coconut milk, but also use organic skim milk because i lije it better in cereal. Just curious why you recommend no dairy.

    • Renee' says:

      Great Question? Here is a great article by The Paleo Mom that hopefully can answer your question. Also, if you have a Thyroid issue Look into the AIP Diet. I have Hashimoto’s which is an autoimmune disease. I started the Paleo Diet first & was amazed how much better I felt. After about 6 months I started the AIP diet. I have put 2 autoimmune diseases in remission with this diet. Gluten, Dairy, Soy etc… cause so much inflammation in the gut. Cereal is a no no also in the paleo & AIP diet. Grains also cause inflammation in the gut. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any more questions. There is a ton of information out there to help you.

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Tina, First of all, what tests did you have done? There should be 5 tests. TSH, T3Free, T4Free, TPO, & Reverse T3. If your Dr. did not do all these tests (which I suspect he/she didn’t due to him/her putting you on Levo.) That would be the first thing to address. Have him/her write a Rx for a natural thyroid medicine such as Nature Throid. If they refuse, fire them & find someone who will. Preferably a Functional Medicine Dr. Second thing, is to change your diet if you haven’t already. I will send you an email so we can discuss. Hopefully, you can get it under control before it gets too bad.

  2. Judy says:

    Hi Renee!
    Thank-you so much for all the great information! I have wanted to start taking a probiotic but never knew which one to take. I already ordered yours.

    Thanks again!

  3. Leanne says:

    Hi there, I have basically followed this approach to eating as best I can and over the last two years I have shed almost 30 kg’s, I have Hashimotos and have been on synthroid medication for 13 years struggling to loose weight and still suffering with lots of symptoms. The chainge in diet was an absolute winner for me, I feel and look amazing.. Its definitely worth doing

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Leanne, That is awesome to hear! Thanks for letting the readers know. I hope this helps others that are struggling too. I’m glad you are doing so much better! You might also want to look into a natural thyroid medicine. Synthroid has its own set of problems.

  4. Nicole | The Professional Mom Project says:

    Such a great resource. Thanks so much. I recently started on desiccated thyroid as well and i do feel better. Still very tired but better than before.

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Natasha, Yes you do have to have a prescription. The dose would depend on your thyroid levels.It’s very important to have a full thyroid panel done. I had a hard time finding a doctor to prescribe it for me. I fired 2 endocrinologists before I finally found a gynecologist that treats with a holistic approach that prescribed it for me. Armour is another natural thyroid medicine.

      • Mirna says:

        I had hypothyroid for over twelve years I am not over weight but straggle with severe fatigue and of course all the other symptoms I am hishimoto and I been taking L-vothyrixine for twelve years I would like to stop taking the medication because I been getting a lot of pain in my lower right side and back

      • Renee' says:

        Hi Mirna, I understand. I don’t have a weight problem either but can relate with the severe fatigue. Have you thought about switching to a natural thyroid medicine such as Armour or Nature Throid? That helped me tremendously. Also, the Paleo/AIP diet more than anything. Are you gluten/dairy free? If not I would suggest doing so. Also, what kind of supplements are you taking? People with Hashi’s usually are deficient in Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin D, Magnesium etc…Please feel free to e-mail me at renee@thehealthnutmama.com

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