What are some natural ways to lose weight with a thyroid problem?

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  1. rlaha profile image60
    rlahaposted 11 years ago

    I had to have my thyroid removed due to cancer about 12 years ago.  Since then, my doctors have had me on different dosages of synthroid.  Since I changed my doctor to a thyrologist , I am now on Trinosint (more natural form of levothyroxine) and thyroid extract T3 cream. 

    However, since I have had my thyroid removed, my weight has slowly but steadily increased.  Eating healthier and exercising has not really helped me to lose the weight I have gained.  Does anyone know of any other ways to lose weight effectively with my thyroid issues?

    1. Sky9106 profile image67
      Sky9106posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I think You might be able to check out cleansing through fasting and natural foods especially on w/ends .  See what it says in the book Back to Eden , by Jhetro Kloss many years ago I dealt with all those complaints . Whatever I may think I know now , I will credit many to that book.

      Good to even try to be odf assistance to you. rlaha.

      1. rlaha profile image60
        rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Sky. I am not so sure how cleansing through fasting works but will look into it.  I will have to look into more natural foods that are better for the health as well. 

        I will look for the book and see if I can borrow it to read it.  You have been most helpful! Thanks again!

    2. Kris Heeter profile image73
      Kris Heeterposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      riaha - I've worked with clients on this successfully.  It's not easy but I recommend that you carefully read the book by Mary Shomon called "The Thyroid Diet" - it covers which foods to eat and which to avoid.  Combine those recommendations with regular exercise 3-5 times a week and you might be able to lose weight. Every individual is different, so there are no guarantees.

      From those I've worked with, just doing one and not the other typically doesn't work.  And, the exercise needs to be something that gets the heart rate up (power walking, running, swimming, aerobics, biking).

      Whenever making exercise and diet changes, always consult with your doctor just to make sure the changes they are making are best for you and to keep them updated on what changes you are making.

      Good luck!

      1. rlaha profile image60
        rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Kris.  Thanks for the tips.  I will check out that book as well.

    3. calpol25 profile image60
      calpol25posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      My sister used something called "Ali" its a kind of pill but you will have go to your doctor first x

    4. profile image52
      clarice45posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      My only chance to lose weight was Reductil 15mg. It helped me lose the appetite and focus on something else than  eating all day long. I am not sure about your condition, if you can take them, but I recommend it as an option for those who are sick and tired of crazy diets. I bought it from www.reductil-shop.com It's an European phamacy but makes worldwide deliveries. Best of luck to all!

  2. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 11 years ago

    My ex just quit eating. Course she always take supplements. She lost a lotta weight.

    1. rlaha profile image60
      rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure that refraining from eating is the best way to go, especially with someone like me who has extremely slow metabolism.  I find that eating helps to increase my metabolism.  Thanks though.

  3. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 11 years ago

    I would think the Atkins diet would work in this case, as it is not dependent on the body's metabolism rate which is sluggish when the thyroid gland is not working or removed.

    1. rlaha profile image60
      rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Izzy. I will check out what I have to do for that diet. I want to be careful too, because I have heard that some of these diets really don't work or work well.

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        The Atkins diet works a treat! I lost 50lbs in 10 months on it, and was never hungry. You cut carbs down to a minimum so that your body is forced to use its reserves for instant energy. Those reserves are the fat laid down from the days when we ate more carbs than our bodies could use.

        We are free to eat as much protein and fat as we wish, so we are never hungry and still the weight drops off. Oh and I never exercised either. or stopped drinking for that matter - there are no carbs in spirits or sugar-free mixers.

        1. rlaha profile image60
          rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you Izzy. I have just signed up to the Atkins Diet webpage and am reading all about it first before I go along with the diet. Thanks for the input!

          1. IzzyM profile image87
            IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

            Don;t buy all the vitamins and shakes and stuff they try to sell you. You don't need them, just follow the food thing and you'll lose weight, guaranteed. Oh and remember to drink the water, that is really important to flush the proteins through well.

            1. rlaha profile image60
              rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              Thank you so much!

  4. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 11 years ago

    I just had a look at the official Atkins site and it looks awful - too commercialized. Have a look here instead. I believe a hubber fr0m the success stories page wrote this - looks like her photo anyway - http://diet.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Atkins_Diet_Food_List

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That reminds me, I sent away for a free kit from them and never received it. It was with some protein bars and a book...hmmm

      I have a question about Atkins, how does it affect cholesterol? I have high cholesterol and am trying to get it down. And I do have hypothyroidism.

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I used to be in a lot of Atkins forums, and most people who got their cholesterol checked (I didn't) saw a substantial reduction in the bad cholesterol and a raise in the good.

        Edit to add: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/200 … kins_x.htm

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
          Uninvited Writerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Maybe I'll check it out.

  5. Gordon Hamilton profile image94
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 11 years ago


    I am sorry to hear of your problems and hope that you are feeling better day by day.

    Although the Hub Pages community and forums represent a wonderful place to obtain friendship, support and advice in a great many respects, I'm sorry to be a spoilsport in suggesting that you follow the advice only of qualified medical practitioners on this subject.

    Your health is the most important thing you have and you cannot take chances. Some of the weird dietary ideas being banded about in modern times (particularly online) would quickly kill a healthy elephant. (Note that I am not referring to any previous comments in this thread but in absolute general terms).

    Very best of luck!

  6. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 11 years ago

    I am absolutely convinced that those who diss this diet do so for political reasons (and all those doctors who are against it too, are having their strings pulled like puppets).

    A bit like the powerful US film industry pulling the politicians to introduce the ludicrous SOPA Bill, the processed food industry, which must be among the world's biggest industries (if not THE biggest), do not want to see the Atkins diet becoming the norm.

    No processed foods, with their added salt and sugar, are allowed on Atkins.

    Yet it is the processed food industry that has contributed the most to the obesity levels we are seeing now.

    Atkins is a hunter/gatherer diet, and nothing can be healthier than that.

    1. Gordon Hamilton profile image94
      Gordon Hamiltonposted 11 years agoin reply to this


      I'm sorry, my friend, but what are your medical qualifications that justify that comment? Which field of medicine do you specialise in, to be able to put forward that forceful opinion?

      Opinions on some things are open to debate and rightly so but when it comes to subjects way beyond our levels of understanding and qualifications, it is time to take a step back.

      It is no secret that I am pretty much a hunter/gatherer - but my personal opinion of that Atkins rubbish is unpublishable.

      Sorry, Izzy - that's why I believe it should be left to professional medical practitioners...

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        OK I am not a doctor, but I am a trained nurse, and back in the 70s obese patients were put on calorie controlled diets that restricted both their carbs and fat intake.

        Then along came the crowd that said carbs were good for you, and only fat was to be restricted, and I have watched people getting fatter and fatter ever since then.

        I know many people who are diabetic and who have been taught to take what (back in the 70s) would be considered almost criminal amounts of carbohydrates, and adjust their insulin levels upwards to cope.

        I know of a few diabetics who went on Atkins - against their doctor's advice, and brought their own blood sugars down to within acceptable levels, some for the first time in years, in a very short time (much to their doctors' amazement).

        BUT, and it has to be said it is true, Atkins can damage your kidneys because if its high protein levels, unless you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, or more in hot weather, and that is a huge amount for some.

        If they don't take the water, they can end up with something else wrong with them, and just maybe, I can see doctor's backing off for fear of lawsuits because of that.

        So, no I'm not an expert, but I'm not completely ignorant of the whole process either, and I really do believe the processed food industry have a lot more to answer for here than they would admit.

        1. Gordon Hamilton profile image94
          Gordon Hamiltonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Hi, Izzy,

          I hope you never took the view that I was suggesting you were ignorant - far from it. I wasn't criticising you personally, merely thinking most of all of riaha and her health.

          You make a lot of good points (as always) and I know you do it through your genuine, ongoing concern for people and their well being.

          Take care!

  7. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 11 years ago

    LOL, just looked at Riaha's profile and see she is a nutritionist! She probably knows more than you or I!

    1. Gordon Hamilton profile image94
      Gordon Hamiltonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm... That beckons a bigger question. Maybe we're research material, Izzy! wink

      Good night... smile

      1. rlaha profile image60
        rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Wow.  I am sorry you both are disagreeing so much.  I just hope I can be inspired by both of you and take your advice. I may see the thyrologis first and see what he recommends me to do regarding the Atkins Diet. If it is not recommended then I won't follow it.

  8. raciniwa profile image80
    raciniwaposted 11 years ago

    There are many ways to lose weight especially those promote by T.V ads, yet the best way to lose weight according to research is through Detoxification or Body cleansing...Body cleansing is through removing harmful radicals in our body... Detoxification entails one to be watchful of the food intake in the body...e.g, fatty foods, starchy foods for these may increase the white blood cells in our body, thus, germs and bacteria can now have a good place to stay...

    1. rlaha profile image60
      rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Raciniwa.  I would have to find a trustworthy program/place before I start.  I wonder if anyone know of any places like that near Knoxville, TN that are not so expensive?

      1. profile image52
        Robertr04posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I'm reading this page and three herbs come to mind.Bladderwrack extract is a sea vegetable used for weight reduction, nourishes thyroid to normalize weight. Dulse extract is the finest sea vegetable known for the thyroid gland, cold hands and/or feet, to prevent fibroid tumors in breasts, of the uterus and on the ovaries. Take to reduce swelling of thyroid,enlargement or swollen lumps in the intestinal area. Flax is a very old and effective remedy  as a universal healer. Dissolves cholesterol, triglycerides(a type of body fat) to normal. Ginseng,both Korean and true wild American are also great at reducing high cholesterol.

        1. rlaha profile image60
          rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you so much for the various herbs. I will have to try them. smile

          1. profile image52
            Robertr04posted 11 years agoin reply to this

            More info available at robertr04.hub. Hopefully I may be able to bring more valuable herbs to your attention.

            1. rlaha profile image60
              rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks. I will check out your hubs. smile

  9. ayurvedahimachal profile image60
    ayurvedahimachalposted 11 years ago


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  10. cloverleaffarm profile image70
    cloverleaffarmposted 11 years ago

    I have thyroid issues too. I take Synthoid. In January of 2008, my doctor told me that if I didn't lose weight, I could become diabetic (it runs in my family). I immediately went to a nutritionist who helped me lose 75 pounds. I did a hub on it. http://cloverleaffarm.hubpages.com/hub/ … se-Weight. I stick to the diet, and have only gained a few pounds back. Here's to your success!

    1. profile image52
      Robertr04posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      A particular condition may run in the family but that does'nt mean you have to suffer from it. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." You've already begun the fight by seeking advice from a nutritionist. Using the same advisor to confront possible future physical ailments would be to your advantage.I'm sure with the proper eating regimen and herbal supplements you should be able to dodge diabetes. If at all possible, get a dry blood cell analysis and find out what is going on inside your body and what is on the horizon. It will show you things that might could be contributing to a certain physical condition allowing a more accurate evaluation and treatment, leading to a preventive measure or correction of the problem. We do 9-10 of these procedures a week, working hand in hand with the clients medical physician have had much success. The analysis itself only takes about 10min of your time. The consultation appox. 1hr and that is scheduled usually 2-3 days afterward. Here's much to your success.

  11. rlaha profile image60
    rlahaposted 7 years ago

    Hi Alicejolly123.
      Thank you for the information on the natural remedies. I do drink a lot of honey ginger green tea but it really hasn't done anything for my weight loss. I use cinnamon and lemon/lemon juice in a lot of my cooking. I will have to try cinnamon tea, as I don't think I have every tried it before. How do you recommend I use apple cider vinegar? Thanks again for you input!



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