Losing weight with Hashimotos thyroiditis
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I have hashimotos and I gained a lot of weight right before I was diagnosed. When my scale tipped 200, I got really scared and motivated. I was also motivated by visiting some relatives and neighbors and seeing how as they got older , they did not take care of theirselves and had knee and sciata (pardon spelling) problems which left them not wanting to move or do anything. I love to travel and consider myself a fun, fairly active person. Well, I was wondering if anyone ever gets frustrated, like me, with the scale due to the water retention that thyoiditis can cause and how you have overcome it. I know you can't always go by the scale, but the last time I started really getting motivated I got side tracked because I would be down one pound one day, and up 2 the next due to water retention. I lost 6 pounds this past week using Spark People, and now I weigh 198! Is there a good natural product or food for water retention? I do try to avoid salt- that is pretty obvious. TIA
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I too have been diagnosed with Hashimotos... and it has definitely been a struggle. It's going to take us more work than an average person trying to lose weight. I am currently on a Paleo Diet and working with a personal trainer, and finally I am seeing success. I have been losing roughly 1lb a day. I'm now just 2 months max from my goal weight.
1st - Paleo "Diet", huge help. She has me at a 1500 cal. diet a day using this "diet" which honestly isn't bad at all. In fact the food is great, and I feel better than I have in a long time.
2nd - Consider a 2nd opinion, and look for a doctor who will treat based on your symptoms as well as your blood work. I had a doc who only looked at my blood work, so my dosage has never increased ... even though I wasn't feeling better. New doc, new dosage based on symptoms. Went up just 25mcg and that was HUGE improvement in my fatigue symptoms.
3rd - Get a Vit D test. I live in FL, so you'd think Vit D would be no problem, but my test came back horribly and now I am on a mega dose of Vit D to get me back to par (under doctors recommendation)
4th - Exercise Plan.... 7 days a week, I walk 3 miles. 7 days a week I do 30 min cardio at home (either on Wii Fit or Wii Just Dance Programs). Then I see the trainer 2-3 times a week.
Talk with your doc about what you can do, what kind of diet you can do, etc. if you can afford a trainer I recommend it, they are not as high priced as you may think. Even if it is just 1 day a week. I was very blessed that my trainer had worked with people who had hashimotos before, and she has been a huge encouragement to me through this process of losing weight. If you can find a trainer that is also a licensed nutritionist that is a PLUS. And often if you bring a friend with you to your session they'll cut the price and split the price of the hour between you and your friend. :)
And last bit of advice whatever plan you end up on for diet/exercise...do not cheat. You'll be tempted, I was. My friend and I are going together and she admits she cheats and she is not seeing results at all. I have wanted to cheat, but in the end I remember being so frustrated at my weight gain that it wasn't worth it.
1516 days ago
Thanks so much for inviting me to view your SparkPage and your blog entry. It's nice to meet you!
My current doctor has said that my hypo is Hashimotos, too. I honestly don't know how he drew that conclusion -- my last doctor never labeled it as such. How did your doctor determine that yours was Hashimotos?
I've been hypothyroid for about nineteen years now. I am sure you know that many people (many are women) have this disease, so you are definitely not alone. I know there are specific groups on SparkPeople for people with thyroid issues but I personally haven't yet been very active with these groups. I've really just been very active on SP for a few weeks now and the New YOU Boot Camp Challenge is my current focus and where I post most often.
I can't say that I know of any specific foods or products to fight water retention. I understand that, oddly enough, drinking plenty of water is actually supposed to help keep water retention to a minimum. Something I do is to keep my diet as fresh and free of processed food as I can. (However, I do use processed foods sometimes to help save time. I just try to keep it to a minimum.) I love vegetables and eat a lot of them every day and I think that helps, too -- at the very least it helps me to avoid processed foods as much as I can.
Maybe someone in one of the SP thyroid groups can give you some more tips about this issue, too.
If you haven't already, check out an author (and hypothyroid patient) named Mary Shomon. She has written a few books on hypothyroidism including "Living Well with Hypothyroidism." There is a ton of info in this book and you might find some help there, too. She also has a Website to which you can subscribe.
I do find it difficult to lose weight -- and all too easy to put it on! In order to lose weight, I have to be very focused and very disciplined and it is a real challenge. SparkPeople is helping me A LOT and I feel about the best I have in a long time. If you like, we can keep in touch, encourage each other, and share thoughts. Please let me know if you're interested.
In the meantime, take really good care of yourself and stay with the Spark! It will help in more ways than I can say.
Keep up the great work!
2787 days ago
Congrats on the weight loss!
I don't know anything about Hashimotos but I can tell you this: Stay positive and stay focused. We can't control what happens to us, we can control how we react to it. It all comes down to attitude!
If you drink plenty of water and do enough of the right things long enough and you'll reach your goals.
Best of luck!
2788 days ago
Comment edited on: 1/10/2009 10:07:43 AM
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