Hi. I am 10 years post thyroid cancer. Unsurprisingly, I have gained weight. What success’ have people had losing weight? Diets, pills etc ? .
Hypothyroidism- best diet for weight loss - Thyroid UK
I've found it's difficult to stop weight rising, even with an excellent diet, although it's been a slow rise. I've found it's helped to go low carb, high (good) fats and I'm experimenting with going gluten free, so far so good. I lost a stone initially and now just leveled out but I'm not gaining any weight so maybe it's an option? I've also found drinking more water, less tea has helped.
Other than that, I wouldn't recommend diet tablets personally because it's difficult enough to keep ourselves on an even keel with good absorption of levothyroxine so any tablets we consume may affect absorption or gut function which could cause interference in how we absorb or utilise levothyroxine. My opinion is that its best to keep it as simple as possible. You can have a really nutritious diet with low carb, high fat and with gluten free.
Thanks. I do need to drink more water. Currently on no carbs diet, but not seeing results I was hoping for.
No carbs is not a good diet for hypos, because it negatively affects conversion, resulting in low T3. And it's low T3 that causes symptoms like weight-gain. So, you are effectively making yourself more hypo, and ruining your chances of losing weight.
Are you optimally treated with thyroid hormone replacement?
It’s not at all uncommon for doctors to react purely to TSH readings, when they don’t mean a lot!
How much thyroid hormone are you taking? Do you have any recent blood test results to share?
Hi Jazzw. Endocrine just reduced me to 175mcg levothyroxine from 200mcg. He reduced as 10 years post cancer, no need to suppress TSH. I don’t have latest results to hand, but will share when I get them.
He said I might be like small proportion of sufferers who would benefit from T3, but nothing he could do. His final comment was last patient gained 20kg when reducing Meds. Thanks!
I would increase the dose again. I feel ill if I decrease. Maybe our bodies get used to the higher amount or we just need it anyway. If they can't give us T3 we have no choice. More important to stay well.
Gaining weight won't help our health and goodness knows why NHS is so obsessed with bariatric surgery, spending millions but won't give us T3 which helps prevent weight gain.
I lost 4stone with slimming world, but have regained 3 since my thyroxine dose was decreased
Eileen, that’s my concern. Currently doing dukan diet-lost 100 grams only, in a week!
I have not put on any weight since my TT in 2015 apart from gaining 10lbs in 8 months on Levo I switched myself to NDT and T3 and immediately lost the 10 lbs and stay the same weight. I only eat mostly organic but never have dieted as such and don't believe in them either.