I have Hashimoto and been on levothyroxine for last 4 years. Recently I’m on 150mcg levothyroxine.
For most of the time I have been hypo I didn’t have problem with weight gain. I mean I had to be careful what and how much I was eating not to gain weight. In general I believe I have healthy diet with homemade food, no takeaways and fast foods, no juices, fizzy drink and biscuits.
However, in a last 6-8 months I have been gaining weight steadily despite really carefully watching my diet.
I was in army so used to be very fit and always had flat belly, not anymore. Whatever I eat now my belly is like balloon and gain a lot of fat. My arms became fluffy and my thighs gained so much fat and cellulite that I’m shocked. I am not sofa-type person and although don’t do much sports; I’m always in the move either running with kids between activities or cleaning house, ironing etc. I do ashtanga yoga 2-3 times a week – for those who are not familiar it is not lying down on your mat and relaxing, it’s 1.5h workout that tests each muscle in your body and your mental strength. Relaxation is only last 10min. I walk often and sometimes go jogging. I’m also in full time employment.
I believe I’m eating healthy and reasonable amounts, as mentioned before only homemade food mainly salads, chicken or turkey breast, vegetables, fruits and soups. My daily menu usually includes sunflowers and pumpkin seeds (total 6 tea spoons) for breakfast and baked apple or 1-2 boiled eggs or home-made hummus with tomatoes, cucumber and carrot. For lunch I usually have chicken or turkey breast with salad with greens, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, sometimes a little feta or mozzarella with 2 table spoons olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. For dinner I have home-made vegetarian soups, sometimes poultry or fish with salad. Additionally during the day I eat 3-4 fruits mainly apples, mango, kiwi, banana. I avoid anything what has sugar and gluten and I’m taking 40 billion active cultures daily. And I’m gaining weight! What I can do to gain back control of my weight? I did natural ketosis plan – for 6 weeks and lost 2kg, I didn’t really like the food and it was pretty expensive. I don’t need to mention that I gained more than 2kg afterwards eating my salads that I love.
I don’t understand this, my thyroid results look better now, (this is link to my latest results healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...), I also feel better, why did the weight gain problem appear now when I’m on high dose of levo? Is that a side effect? I could manage my weight before but not anymore.
Is there anybody who has similar experience and could advise how to deal with it? I thought things will slowly improve with levothyroxine not get worse.