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hi , i have NO THYROID after THYROID CANCER in 2005 , i am on 250mg of thyroxine a day and have blood tests to make sure my T3 is well surpressed !!! to stop any cancer thyroid cells developing in my blood stream. i weigh 31st and have tried loads to loose weight and no diets seem to work at all !!! im accussed of being a pig by docs and had numourous offers of stomach clipping , bannding etc but i could die from the op so bugger that as i might not loose the weight and concidering i have fighted for all these years to beat cancer i hardly want to put myself at risk of dieing as i have no high blood pressure , im not diebetic , no high colustral , in fact im very fit !!! can anyone suggest food diet for me. ive a lot of fluid in my system cos radiation cocked my lymph draiage system up so i have been having wrap treatment to move this and have very good legs again that should of given me a 3kg weight loss but it hasnt. please help x

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HI smudgeeco, I think you mean that you make sure your TSH is well suppressed, don't you? Because if your T3 were suppressed... well, it doesn't bear thinking about! lol So do you know what your T3 is? Just testing the TSH isn't enough - especially if you have no thyroid!

Diets won't help you when you're hypo. It probably isn't even real fat, but a mixture of fluid and myxodeoma. Ignore doctors, they know nothing about nutrition, weight, or the losing of it.

Hugs, Grey


Hello Smudgeeco, I too have no thyroid due to thyroid cancer in 2003, and have struggled with all sorts of issues including weight.

I have found that being on T3 has helped, and getting B12 injections every 4 weeks, good levels of D3, folate, and ferritin.

I agree with greygoose, don't listen to the doctors, you will find the information you need on this site. it is thanks to all the advice and information on here, that I am finally getting better.

Good luck! x


Hello Smudgeeco, I have thyroid cancer too. I'm not too overweight but I can't loose weight even if I try. The only time I lost weight was when I was feeling really ill with anxiety and depression but I wouldn't recommend it, it was horrible.

If you are feeling in good spirits then that's a good thing. I don't know what the answer is. I've been reading about how the endocrine system works and it's complicated but it makes sense to find out whether you have enough t3 in your body.

I read that T2 is one of the thyroid hormones that helps with weight control but your body has to make T2 from T3 so if you are low on T3 your body might not make enough??? I don't understand it all yet but it sounds like Margo has found t3 helpful. I'm thinking of looking into it too.


Hello Smudgeeco, I am sorry to hear of your plight it is a terrible struggle to lose the weight with thyroid problems. The only time I managed to lose weight consistently and really noticed the difference in photo's, was when I went on the 5-2 intermittent fast diet. I chose two days a week when I was busy enough to keep my mind off food and had a decent meal in evening but only ate 500 or at most 600 calories. It is a well documented plan by Dr Moseley so I recommend you research it to see if this is something that would fit in well with your lifestyle. After the initial hunger in first week it became quite easy to do and I looked forward to my dinner on my fast days and made them as filling as possible using soups and eggs .

I am going to go back on it because like everything unless you keep it up the weight creeps back but for me it is dooable and on the 5 days when I don't low calorie fast I enjoy my usual diet but do try to eat healthy. I think as Greygoose wrote your problem is probably myxodema too from looking at your legs. If you can get your doc to agree t3 you may benefit.

I do hope you find the right path to correcting this as it is not fat so to speak this is a symptom of your thyroid condition that is not being managed efficiently with the meds.

Blessings to you! Chris


Hi, so sorry you're having so many problems. Lymphoedema is difficult to manage, whatever the cause. Other members are right to point out that if your FT3 level is not optimal for you, then any of the swelling you have that is thyroid-related fluid retention, and/or myxoedema, will not be relieved.

If some of your weight gain is fat, I would suggest trying a low carbohydrate or even a ketogenic diet. There are lots of resources online, and some good books to help you understand this dietary approach. I would suggest starting with Gary Taubes, 'Why We Get Fat', and any of Zoe Harcombe's books.


Oh bee Jesus smudgeeco , I've been diagnosed with myxeodema can't lose weight off legs either . Even tried weight loss tablets from doctor before diagnosed ,they do not work either. Am struggling , too . Heart ❤️ goes out too you , honestly . For a full 7 days I've cut out bread n milk, ate soup, yogurt , plenty of fruit and for breaky had scrambled egg and bacon. Am wasting away . I know the scales are BROKEN. Chin up we are with u , and thinking of u ❤️❤️c


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