Hi Joyla, I stand by what I said - although I don't think I said anything about wasting time. The thing is when it comes to thyroid we are not all equal. So many things can affect the way our bodies react. We cannot compare ourselves to each other.
I put myself in the place of some very very hypo person (me, for example) desperately trying to lose weight and failing, then reading someone saying oh, I'm hypo, but I can lose weight! And I think about the effect that has on that person. One feels a failiure. And perhaps one's partner reads the same thing and says well, she's hypo and she can lose weight, why can't you? You're just not trying hard enough... What does that do to our morale? Yes, it can be inspiring. But what happens if it doesn't work for the umpteenth time? What does that do to us?
But, as I said before, we don't know all the facts. Rarely when people post about their weight loss do they say well, I was hypo but now my levels are optimised and all my symptoms have gone. They do not give us their levels. They rarely think about that sort of thing, they are just so happy to be losing weight - and rightly so!
Then again, how much research has gone into this? Do we know if it's easier for someone to lose weight when their hypo is caught earlier? Could be. Could also be that someone who has been under-treated for many, many years has a much harder time losing weight than someone who is well treated right from the beginning.
Also, we often see people writing that yes, they managed to lose weight, but they put it straight back on again. (Know all about that!) People who blog about their weight loss tend to do it while they are losing or just after they've lost. We have no idea how long that is going to last.
Please understand that I'm not criticising or trying to undermine anyone. I'm just trying to be fair to everyone. It's heart-breaking when people say oh, she can lose weight, why can't I, I'm a loser - or words to that effect - when it is in no way their fault. There are reasons why they can't lose weight but we never have all the facts. And we probably never will.
Oh, and incase you're wondering, I've had Hashi's all my life. When I was in a hyper swing, I lost fantastic amounts. But when I went hypo again, it all went back on plus some.
At 65 years old, I had a lot of health problems and put on an amazing amount. I was the largest I'd been in my life. Two years later, when I got my dose sorted out, I started losing weight without changing my diet or doing anything and lost about 30 kilos.
At the moment, I'm having more problems, and that weight is starting to creep on again although I hardly eat, can't eat, makes me feel sick. And that's probably the problem, I don't eat enough at the moment to lose any weight.
And in between all that, so very very many failed diets that the word 'diet' is now poison to my ears.