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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 (the average is 5) 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.  Eliminate all Gluten/Grains

Grains cause a spike in insulin leading to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer & dementia.

Giving up Grains (pasta, bread, rice, corn, wheat etc…) 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)

Example: Instead of Rice have Cauliflower Rice

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

2. Stop Eating/Drinking Dairy

MilkDairy is nature’s perfect food — if you’re a baby cow.

Dairy causes inflammation in the gut. Dairy has been linked to weight gain, prostate cancer, & heart disease. It causes digestive problems for people with lactose intolerance, acne, bloating, gas, constipation,  diarrhea, aggravates irritable bowel, & autistic behaviors. 

Drink 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 HypothyroidSugar causes Weight Gain, Heart Disease, Type II Diabetes, Fatty Liver, Leaky Gut, & Cancer. Instead 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)

Limit Root Vegetables (such as potatoes) & Fruit. Remember, they convert to sugar in the body. Example: Choose Berries over melons & sweet potatoes over white potatoes. 

4.  Stop Eating/Drinking Soy

Soy Products

Soy can cause serious problems such as obesity, breast cancer, thyroid problems & increased estrogen levels. Instead of soy sauce use coconut aminos. (Make sure to read labels.)

 

 

 

 

Recipes using Coconut Amino’s:

5. Stop Eating Processed Oils

Processed Oil used to deep fryProcessed Oils/Vegetable Oils are linked to reproductive problems, low birth rate, hormonal issues, obesity, mental decline, liver problems, cancer, endometriosis, PCOS and heart disease.

Start 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 in your diet. 

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

Processed foods have been linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, liver issues, and diabetes.

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) or Mashed “Fauxtatoes”. Eat as many leafy greens as possible. Salads are a good way to get in lots of veggies. 

Some Recipes to Try

For More Recipe Ideas go to My Recipes!

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

These drinks cause obesity, heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems, tooth decay, preterm labor, belly fat, high blood pressure& high cholesterol.

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!  I like to drink lemon water. 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 in phases. 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 bodyweight exercises such as squats, planks, pushups etc… or yoga!

5. Have a cup of warm lemon water on an empty stomach 1st thing in the morning. Or even better have a cup of Lemon Ginger Tumeric Tea.

 

 

 

Supplements that can help Balance the Thyroid Naturally

Read more here about the Top 6 Supplements for Hashimoto’s.

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 doctor’s care, preferably a Functional Medicine/Naturopath Doctor.

I also take a natural thyroid medicine which is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands that 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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ref: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

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

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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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39 comments

  1. Wanda says:

    First let me say this makes me so sad. I love bread and milk products. I do not like fish or seafood and I do not like beans. So this diet makes me so sad.

    How do you know if it is hypothyroidism or menopause. I had a partial hysterectomy in my 30’s (still have one ovary). I had half of my thyroid removed due to a nodule that was pushing my esophagus over. My doctor says my thyroid levels are low but in the normal range. The doctor will not check my hormone levels because she says they vary too much day to day and even hour to hour. I have a lot of the symptoms of low thyroid. After thyroid surgery I gained 20 pounds in a year. I usually eat breakfast and dinner only. I used to be cold all the time and still am at times. But other times, especially during the night, I get so hot. Not sweaty but just wake up thinking I can’t stand it because I’m so hot. So I am really confused if I am having low thyroid symptoms or menopause symptoms since some symptoms go for both. I am 52 years old and since I had a hysterectomy I have no idea if I am menopausal or not. But I have weight gain that I cannot lose, dry skin and my hair feels like hay. I have joint pain, brain fog, the energy of a sloth. I have developed Howell and bat wings. I’m tired an hour after I get up. I’m tired of feeling like this but also am sad if I have to give up all of these foods.

    • Renee' says:

      Wanda, Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you probably have both. I did. My doctor diagnosed me with peri-menopause in my mid-30’s. She put me on anti-depressants several years later due to the same symptoms you are describing, which only made it worse. She tested my thyroid for about 5 years before finally sending me to an endocrinologist. After a year of going to him he finally put me on medication. (Synthroid) which didn’t treat the whole thyroid. Fast forward, two endocrinologists & 2 gyno’s later I found the Paleo diet. Then 6 months later the AIP diet. It saved my life. (maybe a little overdramatic) but that’s how I feel now. It was a slow process. I lost 8 lbs in 2 weeks after starting the diet. It did slow down after that. Everyone is different, & depending on your issues whether you will or not. I had so much more energy. I slowly learned from all the reading & researching about eating organic, grass fed, pastured, & wild caught foods. I learned about personal care products & cleaning products that were affecting my thyroid. I removed toxic chemicals. I started seeing a Functional Medicine Dr. (expensive but worth it). I am 56 now & feel the best I have felt in years. I am back to full Paleo & will never eat the Standard American Diet again. It is very overwhelming at first. Nobody loved bread & pasta more than me! It took about a week to get over the cravings. Knowing that I would feel better was the motivation. Join some facebook AIP support groups. It helped me tremendously. Read my story on the blog. Email me anytime if you have any questions. Also, my functional medicine doctor has me on bio-identical hormones & a natural thyroid medicine. I’ve put 3 autoimmune diseases in remission.

    • GiGi says:

      Hello Wanda,
      Don’t give up and hang in there. You are not alone. First thing I would say..get a new doctor! I have found that if you are not an advocate and ally for my health & well-being you are dropped like a bad habit.

      I am 50 y/o; had a hysterectomy at 31 (kept both ovaries), total thyroidectomy in 2008 due to goiter (my sister had thyroid cancer so I wanted them to take the whole thing). Additionally, I gained weight like crazy. In 2013 I has a gastric bypass surgery; overweight, borderline hypertension & diabetes. Worked like a charm. Weight came off, got off the BP & diabetes meds & managed well. Fast forward to 2019 and my thyroid went haywire. With the constant weight fluctuation from the surgery my levels are checked every 3 months. Big issue was my vitamin D was grossly deficient; I don’t absorb generic Synthroid so I have to take brand name. Added Cytomel for optimal conversion of the meds.

      Your insurance will pay for a full thyroid panel; there is NO reason for denying you the tests. Get a chem 24 panel also. My Dr also has an estradiol level checked, that can tell you if you are peri-menopausal or not. Bottom line, get away from that doctor…she is not cutting it! A good endocrinologist would not leave you flailing in the wind. Take care

  2. Brianna says:

    WHY ? ???. I gained 9 lbs, with baby’s (he turned a year old in February) but after I gained 50 POUNDS, ouch. Got serious about AIP December 27, lost 12 lbs first 2 weeks, then 2 lbs the next 6 weeks. I was not exercising but I should have been loosing something. I am nursing. Well I threw a pity party and ate a SAD diet this whole week and now back on day 1 of AIP, trying to get to my 90 days. I did start walking this morning. But why does all this work for everyone else but not me? I know I need to talk to my functional doctor but can’t for a couple months due to insurance.
    Brianna

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Brianna, I know what you mean. It is so frustrating. You are probably stressing yourself out too much. Enjoy that sweet baby, and take it one day at a time. There are a lot of things that can be holding you back. I was on AIP for about 2 years. I’m back to full Paleo now. It’s been a little over 6 years in the process. Make sure to address your adrenals, hormones, personal care supplies & cleaning supplies. Address Nutrient deficiencies & take good supplements. 90 days may not be enough time. I stayed on it until I was symptom free. You might try intermittent fasting. I have had good results with that. Watch your fruit/sugar intake. Even natural sugars can stall weight loss. Don’t beat yourself up. It will come when your body heals. It’s a marathon not a race! Slow & easy. You may find that you will lose inflammation to start with & not necessarily pounds.

  3. Amanda says:

    After having my second child, I had almost all these symptoms (including gaining weight after my son was born) and was diagnosed with low thyroid and put on levothyroxine. I called my doctor every month for a year complaining that my symptoms were not improving. I did cross fit everyday and ate very healthy and continued to gain weight and be bloated. After 14 months my doctor suggested an antidepressant! I was furious! I stopped the medicine that day and started a Keto diet, low in carbs, no sugar, no processed foods at all. After 8 weeks I was in better shape than I’d been in years, full of energy, and finally felt like my old self. I wish there were more people like you showing us how much damage food can do when we aren’t eating correctly.

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Amanda, Thank you so much for your comment! Kudos to you for taking your health into your own hands. If only Doctors were “educated” properly we wouldn’t have so many illnesses.

    • Renee' says:

      I’m sorry you had to have a thyroidectomy. I’m also sorry you feel that this article is a total waste of time. For most people that are struggling, they just need somewhere to start. And yes, this diet would work for most everyone. But the average American is not on it, that is one of the main reasons we have so many health issues & weight problems.

  4. Kathy Cupp says:

    Thank you do much for the valuable information you have provided.
    I too suffer with hypothyroidism. I was born with only one thyroid. I went undiagnosed for many years. I take levothroxine and a T3 medication.
    I feel terrible most days. My Dr. has suggested removing my existing thyroid. I am unsure of this. What do you think?

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Kathy, I’m sorry you suffer with hypothyroidism. 1st thing I would do is get a second opinion & start on a natural thyroid medicine. 2nd thing I would do is start the AIP diet immediately. Then I would clean up all your personal care products & cleaning supplies. I hope you get to feeling better. You may have to fire a few doctors until you find the right one.

  5. Teema says:

    Thank you so much sir.
    I have hypothyroid disease and I have been on levothyroxine for several years but still have weight problem. What can I do and can I get nature thyroid I leave in Nigeria, west Africa.

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Teema,
      I’m sorry to hear that you are Hypothyroid. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with Nigeria, West Africa. You could ask your doctor that prescribes your levothyroxine & see if he will write you a Rx for NP Thyroid. This is what I am currently taking due to unavailability here where I live. I think Nature Throid has had some issues & it’s become very difficult to get. If you can’t get NP Thyroid, check on Armour. Also, have you eliminated, Gluten & Dairy from your diet? Those are 2 biggies. I would suggest going at least Paleo for a few weeks/months & see how you do? If that doesn’t work, then go AIP. You may need to address food sensitivities & leaky gut. Please e-mail me if you have any other questions. Thanks for reaching out!

    • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Tina Miller says:

    I was just recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism what exercises can I do to also help with losing weight I am on 50 mcg Levothyroxcine and can not lose weight please help

    • 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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 [email protected]

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