Hypothyroidism – My Follow Up!

Two months ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism – which came as both a relief and shock all at the same time. Shock at the fact that I had something wrong with me, yet relief because I finally had a reason as to why I was not only feeling so low but also putting on weight. (you can read about it here)

The endocrinologist prescribed me a generic levothyroxine medication which I was to take everyday for two months and then come in for a check-up! Well, I had my check-up today and I am so pleased with the results!

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My TSH level has come down dramatically from 9.85 to 3.73 μUI/ml. Basically this means I am well within the healthy range of where my TSH level should be (0.35 – 5.50 μUI/ml). In other words, the medication is working!

Although I’m happy with the results, I am not surprised. I have definitely felt a ‘shift’ in my body, especially in the last three weeks. Mentally I am far happier, I feel more alert and less lethargic than I was just a few weeks ago. But the most telling sign for me, is my weight. I have gone down 3.5kg.

As I never really trust scales – I also measured myself when I first started the medication. I thought it would be interesting to see if there was a difference. Here are the results

Weight & Measurements 27th January 2015 31st March 2015 TOTAL Loss
Weight 68 kg (150 lbs) 64.4 KG (142 lbs) 3.5 kg
Waist 82 cm (32 in) 77 cm (30 in) 5 cm
Belly Button 88 cm (35 in) 84 cm (33 in) 4 cm
Abdominal 93 cm (37 in) 88 cm (35 in) 5 cm

This is quite a big difference, especially when you take into consideration that apart from taking the medication I have done nothing actively to lose weight. In fact, apart from continuing to eat a healthy diet (LCHF of course) I haven’t done any exercise for the last four weeks due to a muscle injury I have sustained.

I came back from the doctors today feeling happy and positive. The doctor would like to see my TSH levels drop a little more, so I will be going back for another check-up in two months and I would be interested to see if there will be any more changes both physically and mentally. But right now, I feel so positive.

As always the point of sharing this story – is to hopefully offer some encouragement! For those of you who are doing everything right on LCHF yet are not seeing any results or worse still, your weight is increasing and you feel low- there could be an underlying problem that is outside of your control. Go see your doctor it could make such a difference in your life.

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12 thoughts on “Hypothyroidism – My Follow Up!

  1. It is possible t gain weight on the LCHF diet if one consumes to much protein for one’s individual needs. Excess protein beyond your unique physical needs will cause an insulin response (albeit less than a carbohydrate one) and store the excess calories as fat. I urge all people wanting to eat on the LCHF diet to read these two books. “Eat Bacon, Don’t jog” by Grant Petersen and “Primal Body, Primal Mind” by Nora T. Gedgaudas. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

    • Absolutely Carl Davis! A lot of people think that LCHF gives them the green light to eat like gluttons, but that is not the case! I always point out to people that LCHF starts for Low Carb not HIGH protein! Thanks for the book recomendations. I haven’t read them myself – so will go see if I can find them 🙂

    • I have read some theories along those lines – but ultimately I believe it is rubbish and scare mongering. According to the American Thyroid Association, 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease – now, considering the Standard American Diet (SAD) I have a hard time believing that the majority of these 20 million Americans have problems with their thyroid due to eating low carb!

    • Hi Gurjeet – I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist, so unfortunately I can’t recommend any diet for you. However having said that, LCHF is not a high protein diet despite what people may think. In fact protein is not mentioned at all in the description. It is in fact most importantly a HIGH FAT and LOW carb diet. So as long as you eat enough fat to keep yourself satiated and watch your carb intake, there should be no reason at all to increase your protein intake. However, your best bet is to do some research yourself and see what diet suits you best! Good Luck 🙂

  2. I have had hypothyroidism (well, technically, I had to have half of my thyroid taken out) for approx 3years, and I have just started the LCHF lifestyle, about 5 weeks ago.
    I’m really struggling, and I FEEL like ive put on even more weight in the last 5 weeks, even though the scales are staying the same. There’s definitely no weight loss, but I have more back fat and my belly looks pregnant! 😦
    Was supposed to have an apt with my dietician today but there was a mix up with the reception, and it got cancelled.
    Last appt though, my waist cm measurements increased.
    I’m so disappointed and frustrated, I’m eating the lowest carbs possible, and still cant lose weight.
    Since I’ve had my thyroid operation, I cant seem to do anything to stop the weight gain, let alone to lose weight.
    I just feel like crying, especially looking at the success stories in all the LCHF books I’ve bought and read 😦

  3. Go to: dietdoctor.com, for answers. The site is full of physicians and scientific researchers who may have the answer you seek. Good luck!

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