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Diet difficulties

I keep reading how the right diet is the key to feeling better and losing weight with thyroid/adrenal issues. To make a long story short, I have tried and failed to have a well balanced gluten and sugar free diet for many years. It has been a source of both frustration and sadness that I beat myself up over on a daily basis.

Has anyone had the same problem and found a way to overcome it? I have tried everything from hypnosis to diet pills and could probably be qualified as a nutritionist. I know what to do, but I just can't seem to follow through for any length of time.

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Yes it's crap isn't it?! My high cortisol makes me ravenous too and I never seem to feel full which is very hard. Have to try so hard to be disciplined.

Did you stop Casein as well as gluten? Found that helped.

Look at this, my latest find. So far I'm thinking it might work...



Yes, it is completely crap! I know that cutting out gluten, sugar and dairy will help but I haven't had any lasting success doing it for more than a few days at a time. I dont have Hashimoto's, so am not totally sure if dietary changes are 100% necessary, but. I do feel much better when I'm able to stick with it and really, really wish I could:(.

I am interested in what you say about myoinostitol - can you elaborate on what it does for you? Does it cut carb cravings or work in some other way? I'm interested in giving a try but have done the same with so many other supplements without success that I would really appreciate any info that you can share before I do!

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I just feel more upbeat, definitely losing weight (not lots but right direction) and libido seems to be returning which is a complete miracle. I'd have rather stuck myself in the eye...


Early days on it, second week now so quite early to tell with other things but I'm going to stick on it.

Will report back again.


Thank you - sounds good to me.

More questions if you dont mind? Which brand are you taking and how much? Maybe I'll trial it for a couple of weeks and see if it helps!


Weight gain problems is the commonest of questions. This is a link which might be helpful:-


Doctors are apt to blame us if overweight, or say any pain etc is due to weight. They tell us to diet, but they completely forget that they haven't given us sufficient thyroid hormones to raise our metabolism so we are in 'no man's land'. Usually insufficient dose to keep TSH in range (even top of it when it should be 1 or lower).

It's a learning curve but eventually we know more than most medical personnel who don't look at the patient: take patient's pulse: temp and ask if they have any of the following:-


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Hi Shaw, I agree that some my weight gain is due to thyroid/adrenal issues but I also definitely earned the rest of it the old fashioned way. I don't eat an abnormally large amount, but it is usually junk. It has always been this way:(.

Mostly I eat that way because I like it and I also like the quick energy it gives me. I believe that it is an addiction, and one that I have not ever been able to break. I wish I knew the way to stop, but nothing has ever seemed to work.


It's bad enough being hypo without starving yourself.

We have to eat and we should eat what we enjoy. It is because being hypo our metabolism is slow and weight is gained. This research is interesting.


You should ask doctor (he'll probably refuse) to test your Free T4 and Free T3 to see if you are converting levo into sufficient T3. T3 raises metabolism.

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If you're finding it difficult to lose weight, stop dieting and eat more. Low calorie has a negative effect on conversion, so your T3 is probably low. And, it's low T3 that causes symptoms like that.

I have to confess that sometimes, my diet is dire. Sometimes, I stop eating, because eating just p****s me off, to much effort, too boring, I hate cooking... When I go to stay with my daughter I get huge home-cooked meals and I stuff myself - and that's when I lose weight! Doesn't happen often enough, though. lol

Your T3 needs to be optimal for you to lose weight - not too high and not too low. When I was taking NDT, I got up to 6 grains, felt awful, bed-bound, size of a whale! Too depressed to eat. Finally went onto T3 only, and that's when I started to lose weight. Lost over 50 kilos. Not as simple as it sounds, I've edited out the boring details. Didn't happen over-night. And, not suggesting you need to go T3 only, but you do need to check your T3, and make sure you're converting. :)


Thank you Greygoose - I can tell that losing the weight was more complicated than just taking T3 alone. Things are never that simple are they?

Everybody seems to say to up my caloric intake (unless they are mainstream and then they tell me to eat less & move more - how helpful, not) but I don't dare take the brakes off my eating until I get completely sorted out with my thyroid supplements.

I was encouraged to eat much more than I had been when I was treated for just adrenal fatigue by a nutritionist this past winter and put on 20+lbs in the space of two months. It was an absolute shocker and tbh I haven't quite gotten over it.

The same thing had happened the year before when I misguidedly began using natural progesterone cream and totally blimped out from that - I had only just lost the weight from that little experiment using the Dukan Diet when it happened all over again with the adrenal fatigue diet. Looking back, the DD was probably the final nail on the coffin for my thyroid and I can link blowing out both of my Achilles tendons to it:(.

I'm beginning to feel a little bit like Liz Taylor, the latter years. Maybe I should just pack it all in and invest in a new wardrobe full of kaftans!


If it's any consolation, I thought Liz Taylor was always gorgeous, whatever her weight! But, I guess you don't want to hear that. lol

So how are things with your thyroid? Do you have your latest labs? Has your FT3 been tested? Do you know how well you convert? How about your nutrients? It's not just about hormones. I needed to optimise my nutrients before I lost weight.


Actually my underactive thyroid is secondary to my very low adrenal profile. My thyroid results for in range my salivary adrenal results were atrocious. They are posted on this site but I am not at my desk top right now so can't retrieve them. I will post them on this thread later.

I only tend to gain weight rapidly when indulging in gluten and sugar. I have not been successful in cutting them out and am trying to find out if whatever deficiencies I have currently are spurring on my unhealthy cravings.


Totally agree with you about la Liz, but I'm sure that would have liked to have gotten off the rollercoaster too!


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