I just had to share this with all of you.
Firstly a little history. I used to be a happy, healthy 44 yr old male and then over the course of a year my weight increased from 90kgs to 105kgs. I guessed it was a few too many helpings of food and ignored it but then the terrible anxiety and depression kicked in and the doctor gave me anti depressants and Olanzapine! This helped a bit but now my weight shot up to 115kgs and I developed chronic fatigue. I literally could barely get out of bed and I used to walk with the speed of a 90 yr old man. I was at my whits end until I found on the internet somewhere an article about how inept most doctors are in the UK at diagnosing thyroid issues. As usual all my tests can back 'normal' but I felt terrible. I had a private test which showed my tsh was just under 10. I managed to persuade my Dr that I was probably subclinically hypothyroid and I was started on Thyroxine: I dosage was ramped up to 150mg but I still felt quite fatigued : I eventually lost my job as I couldn't get to work.
I tried ndt but this didn't make any difference either.
In the end, in fact 4 months ago now I decided to go on the Ketogenic lifestyle and then my life changed completely. Within two weeks all forms of fatigue were gone completely; my anxiety and depression disappeared. I suddenly had clarity of thought all the time. Plus of course I started losing weight. As I type I'm down to 95kgs; so I've lost 20kgs in 4 months.
Whereas before I felt as though I was incapable of anything physically now I'm back in the gym - the hypothyroidism a thing of the past completely.
I'm not too sure what part of the Keto diet has helped me. I now eat at least. 2-3 tbl spoons of MCT oil/day. I eat around 80% of my calories as fat : butter, ghee etc. By default I eat less than 20gms of carbs a day which means I'm totally gluten free.
I still take the thyroxine, but whereas before I still had the fatigue now I have no symptoms.
I dropped my Olanzapine and Sertraline completely.
So to be honest I don't know what part of this diet has done the trick but I have to encourage people; if you've been suffering with this awful fatigue and anxiety/depression for a long time give a strict Ketogenic diet a go. The first couple of weeks are tough as your body adjusts but then suddenly things just may just get a lot better for you as they have for me!
Have a happy New Year, I hope this helps