Thyroid Diets

Most people who have a thyroid problem suffer from hypothyroidism and when you find the right diet it can be a great help to curing this problem. One of the major issues that is associated with a low thyroid is that you can gain weight and if it goes untreated then you may not know what is causing you to have this weight gain. If you get checked out and find that your levels are out of whack then you need to use diet and exercise to help regulate the issue. It is important that you use a mix of exercise along with a healthy diet because this will increase your success rate.

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You want to first avoid certain foods that are high in salt such as chips and salty crackers as well. Also if you take a lot of iron supplements this can create an issue with your thyroid so you want to avoid it if possible. It is best to stick with a low carb high protein diet because this will allow your body to lose fat while increasing your metabolism as well. You should add fruits and vegetables into your diet also and these will help your body to balance out your thyroid.

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Remember that if you have unexplained weight gain then you should go to the doctor to check and see if you may have a thyroid issue. It is very common to have a gain in weight when your thyroid is out of balance. Using a proper diet and exercise plan can improve your chances of having a healthy body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can i lose weight? Diets don’t work for me it’s so hard to maintain. I don’t think its a thyroid problem.
    IM 15 AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR THE PAST YEAR LIKE I SAID DIETS DON’T WORK FOR ME. I RAN FOR ABOUT A MONTH, EVERYDAY FOR 2 HOURS AND STILL DIDN’T LOSE MUCH, ONLY LOST ABOUT 5 POUNDS. I HATE BEING FAT !!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Do get to your doctor for a physical exam and tell him the problem you have given us. Very few young people actually have thyroid problems but you need to be checked.
      And if you don’t have thryroid problems you can walk or run all you can and still be fat. You also have to have a low caloried diet. You must burn up the calories you take in. Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Are low carb diets good for thyroid weight loss?

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  3. QUESTION:
    Can diet pills cause lump in throat and underactive thyroid?
    Can Phedra Cut XT (stimulates thyroid function) diet pills cause thyroiditis/goiter and underactive thyroid?

    If so, is it temporary? I am on levothyroxine to shrink it :(

    • ANSWER:
      After the birth of my daughter I took diet pills to lose weight. A few months later my thyroid gland was swollen so much that it looked like I ha a golf ball sized lump in my throat. I was given medication and it shrunk and I had no problems for years. About 10 years later I started gaining weight and with each passing year more symptoms came on. Today I am hypothyroid (underactive) Do I think there was a connection?….most likely.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to control an underactive thyroid through diet and exersisie alone?
    I don’t want to go to the doctor but my thyroid is not working real well. Just curious if it could be controlled with out medication? I heard that iodine and selenium were both good for your thyroid. Want to know if that is true? I’ve never been on the medication for it and i’d prefer not to start if I can help it.

    • ANSWER:
      Not usually. A rare few might be able to be helped with iodine if it was an iodine deficiency that caused the thyroid condition and it was caught early. However, most will need thyroid medication. If your body does not priduce thyroid hormone, it will continue to cause symptoms until you cannot stand it any longer. It can even cause heart problems if left untreated, as hypothyroidism causes elevated cholesterol levels. If you want a natural approach, you could try Armour or Nature-throid.

  5. QUESTION:
    How does one keep soy out of their diet when on Thyroid medication?
    I recently went onto thyroid medication. The doctor said to take med’s one hour before breakfast in the morning, and keep soy out of your diet. How does one do this?

    • ANSWER:
      Think.

      About 3 billion people on this planet eat a lot of soy.

      Don’t you think we’d hear if 3 billion people had thyroid problems?

      I would not worry about eating soy.

      I would worry about what information sources your doctor is using.

  6. QUESTION:
    can you do the lemonade diet while taking thyroid medication?
    How is one able to do the lemonade diet when they are taking thyroid medication? If the lemonade diet is a cleansing, wouldn’t it remove the medicine content “which is helping my situation”?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok so your body has a hard time already with producing hormones and you want to stress it out more by being on a diet?
      “sigh”

  7. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend a good vegetarian diet for thyroid patients?
    What foods should I avoid? Which do you recommend? Is there cookbook for vegetarian thyroid patients?

    • ANSWER:
      Supplements:
      Kelp2000-3000mg daily
      Brewer’s yeastAs directed
      Essential Fatty Acids As directed
      Beta Carotene15,000 iu daily
      Vitamin C500 mg 4x daily
      Vitamin E400 iu daily
      Zinc50 mg daily

      Herbs:
      Bayberry and black cohosh can be quite helpful.

      Recommendations:
      Include in the diet molasses, parsley, apricots, dates and prunes.
      Avoid Brussels sprouts, peaches, pears, spinach, turnips, cabbage, kale, broccoli and mustard greens.
      Antihistamines and sulfa drugs should not be taken, unless specifically advised by a physician.
      Avoid processed and refined foods, including white flour and sugar.
      Avoid fluoride (in toothpaste and tap water) and chlorine. (tap water)

  8. QUESTION:
    Should I feed my Dog a BARF Diet? He just got diagnoised with a thyroid problem?
    My mini pinn has just been diagnoised with a thyroid problem he has to take medicine for it, but other then that and a few bad teeth from negelect at the former shelter, hes in great shape. I’ve heard a lot about the BARF diets. Are they really better? I feed him Candiade now.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, let me tell you that IF you ask your vet -they will most likely strongly discourage a RAW diet. However, this is the same person who would most likely encourage you to feed your dog Science Diet. So, most likely the vet doesn’t know much about nutrition.

      I feed my dogs Canidae. If I could afford to, I would feed them Eagle Pack. Innova is also a great food. As far as changing the diet is concerned -if it works, maybe you shouldn’t fix it.

      There are two types of RAW:
      A barf model–Dr Billinghurst is the main spokespman, and it incorporates roughly 15% vegetables and the rest is meat.
      A prey model–Tom Lonsdale is there spokesman, it is modeled after what a wolf would eat in the wild– which is considerably more meat/organs/bones.

      As far as RAW goes, I have seen many raw-fed dogs who are FREAKISHLY healthy. Barf or Prey is really just a matter of preferance. I have seen dogs do wonderfully on both. I have also seen dogs get terribly ill when switched to RAW. I’m sure at least a percentage of the dogs who get sick from RAW -get sick because their owners don’t research/prepare properly. However, it would be unwise to assume that all dogs who get sick with RAW are owner errors. I’ve seen dogs get salmonilla poisoning -and they aren’t supposed to.

      So, from an objective standpoint, I would advise you to be extremely cautious in whichever you choose. You should find as many websites as you can. Also, go to www.dogster.com and talk to some of the RAW feeders there. They have a whole forum devoted to it. Also, Billinghurst and Lonsdale have written books on the subject. I suggest you purchase and read them both before making up your mind. Also try to find people who are against RAW and why…

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the dangers of taking a diet pill while on thyroid meds.?
    I am medication for an under active thyroid (50) and have been for 3 or more months. I want to know what will happen to me if I start taking a diet pill also?
    I have also been doing 1hr of carido 3 days a week for two months.

    • ANSWER:
      I have done this before, but the trick was, to take about a third of the diet pill for starters, and check to see if my heart rate was too fast, or if I couldn’t sleep at night, or if it raised my blood pressure…ON about a third of one, I did just fine. you don’t want a heart attack or a stroke.

  10. QUESTION:
    Could I be pregnant since I haven’t started my period and I take diet pills and thyroid medicine?
    I started taking diet pills and thyroid pills about 3 weeks ago. The first day of my last period wasfebruary 25, and I still have not started and it’s March 26…could I be pregnant or is it a possibility that the pills I take have messed with my menstrual cycle?

    • ANSWER:
      You do not say which thyroid medication and diet pills you are taking.
      Thyrod medication such as Levothyroxine can cause changes in menstruation.

      You need to tell the doctor prescribing your meds what other pills you are taking.

      there should be information on the leaflets in packs. Look for side effects and interactions (or google this info).

  11. QUESTION:
    Does excess flaxseed oil suppliment give you thyroid problem?
    I take Omacore fish oil suppliment. Can I also take flaxseed oil? I read about excess flaxseeds in diet cause thyroid problems. Isit true? How much and what form – oil, raw seeds, roasted seeds or powder – is the safe flaxseed intake?

    • ANSWER:
      The raw flax seeds themselves do:

      http://www.drmirkin.com/nutrition/N192.html

      This is from a compound called cyanogen.
      It is converted in the body to another chemical called Thiocyanate (SCN). SCN in high concentrations in the blood for prolonged periods may have an adverse affect on the thyroid gland and may reduce its ability to take up Iodine.

      http://www.ifafitness.com/health/herbals.htm

      You should not eat more than 3 tablespoons a day of the raw seeds and I would opt for less than this if you are even borderline hypothyroid or are on medication for hypothyroidism.
      Cyanogen is made inactive my cooking:

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Flax-Seeds:-A-Rich-Source-of-Omega-3s&id=154185

      so roasted flax seeds would be free of cyanogen. Powder would be cyanogen free only if was processed by pasteuisation or another method to remove cyanogen. It would be best to contact the manufacturer for such info. If it was from sprouted seeds, the sprouting process may remove cyanogen but again you need to ask the manufacturer for details. There is often a contact number on the packaging.

      Flax seed oil: there are conflicting reports:
      This report says flax seed oil does not contain cyanogen:

      http://www.ifafitness.com/health/herbals.htm

      and so does this:

      http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~shlevy/DIETARY%20SUPPLEMENTS.htm

      This report says that flax seed oil (quote): “contains also neurotoxic cyanogen glycosides and immuno-suppressive cyclic nonapeptides. Therefore, in order for flaxseeds oil to be used as edible food for reducing the plasma level of cholesterol and hyperlimidemia, it is preferable to remove these toxic components and saturated fatty acids from flaxseed or its oil before using as edible food.” (unquote):

      http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?wo=2006137717

      I would therefore again ask the manufacturer if the oil has been processed for removal of the toxic compounds.
      It is likely that flax seed oil manufacturers are aware of the toxic components by way of the seeds and process the oil to remove these, by various methods such as this:

      http://www.springerlink.com/content/g102426115603321/

      Fish oil is excellent for you …why not stick with fish oil.
      Also, I do know that flax seed oil goes rancid really quickly so if you purchase a bottle of the oil you need to refridgerate it.

      If you have thyroid problems stay away from soya also as this can cause problems with the thyroid gland in those predisposed to problems especially.

      Hope this helps.
      Best wishes.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do I have to be on a low iodine diet for thyroid nuclear scan?
    I am just wondering why and what if someone doesn’t go by the diet and eat whatever they want, will the test results show cancer when it’s really not?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Anybody on a thyroid diet that actually works!?!?!?
    I am struggling big time with my weight due to my thyroid. I feel like I have tried everything out there.

    Has anybody had any luck figuring out how to shed some pounds??

    • ANSWER:
      Low carb is the fastest way to lose weight when you have thyroid issues. There all about the same, but Kimkins is the cheapest. Hope this helps:)

  14. QUESTION:
    Any connection between diet soft drink and thyroid/parathyroid disease?
    A lot of young women drank quite a bit of the one-calorie diet soft drink when it was first introduced.

    There seems to be an unusually large amount of thyroid disorder among women of this age group – fifty to sixty years.

    Could their be a connection? Excess phosphate intake for instance? Or is this simply a factor of age?

    • ANSWER:
      Well soda plus potassium bromate in enriched flour products, additives in all our food and god forbid if they were ever in a chlorine pool … thyroid will be toast after any of those.

  15. QUESTION:
    What kind of diet supplement is safe with thyroid meds?
    I’m on Hypo-thyroid meds and am wondering if a diet pill would be safe.

    • ANSWER:
      please consult a doctor. about twice a week, in the am, i take 1 hydroxycut. that’s it.
      here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms in case anyone coming upon your question may be interested;
      i have low thyroid. if you have low thyroid…here’s a great question to answer: can you see the floor of your house? that was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      anyway, the signs are:fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      if you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are:increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. there’s a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. i hope i’ve helped you!!

  16. QUESTION:
    Will the atkins diet help you to lose weight if you have an underactive thyroid?
    I recently found out my thyroid is underactive and that is why I have struggled with my weight for so long. Does anyone know if the atkins diet will work with and underactive thyroid? I am already on meds for my thyroid and it seems to be normal at times when they check it and others off a little. I have only had blood work done twice though.

    • ANSWER:
      I also have an under active thyroid and have tried a low calorie diet, and have lost weight. My aunt does the Atkins diet and she seem to loose weight on it ( and she also has an under active thyroid). I hope it helps. I think once you are stable at a normal level, then you will just have to try a little hard then other to loose the weight. Good Luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do diet pills work if you have a thyroid condition?
    ok so my friend bought a diet pill and she has a thyroid condition the one where her metabolism isn’t as fast as the rest of ours… i’ve told her not to take it because of health issues and to do it the natural way. she says it doesn’t matter because it works like a laxative for her, but is this true? what do i tell her?

    • ANSWER:
      Well you can tell her she is screwing up her thyroid more and her metabolism will slow even more.

      Read a book called You Are WHat You Eat by Gillian Mc Keith.

      Iron deficency test: Go to the mirror and pull your lower eyelid and see if the color is red or flesh color. If its flesh colored you are lacking enough iron and should take a herbal iron like Floradix. It will take a month to see a difference. Iron carrys oxygen in your blood and if you dont have it you will feel tired, cold hands and feet, headaches, RLS, dull brittle hair, brittle nails, poor sleep, pale skin (see thru), shortness of breath, fatigue, poor concentration, low mood, ringing in the ears, irregular heart beats, cracks in the corner of the mouth, dizziness, fainting, sore tongue and canker sores. Add b12 and folic acid for best results.

      She needs to work out and eat healthy to help her body. Drinking hot tea will raise her metabolism and also taking 1 (ONE) capsicum capsule a day will also heat her up internally to speed metabolism (find at health food store).

      She needs to stay away from all white flour products because they contain bromine and harm her thyroid also chlorine pools harm thyroid. SHe can also take a product called IODORAL (google) for 6 months to get her iodine levels up in her body so her thyroid will start functioning.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are there diets & weight loss plans for people who have Thyroid illnesses?
    I’m 36, 5′ and overweight. I NEED to loose 30 pounds. When I was younger, I would just cut back on what I ate & the pounds would come off. Now I am taking Synthroid for a very inactive thyroid, and it seems no mater how much I decrease my caloric intake, I do not loose any weight. To complicate matters, I am allergic to fish, seafood, & soybeans…. and I am single mom with a VERY limited income. Anyone out there know of any diets that would be effective? (please don’t say ask your doctor, as I can barely afford the Snythroid, let alone another doctor visit) – Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok this is what I did. I had the same issues as you have. So there is a solution. But you have to REALLY want to lose the weight. Yeah I know we all do. If you do this you will see the pounds fly off.

      I stayed motivated for 5 months and every day I didn’t miss one I would start walking. First, I got into my car and figured out a route for 2 miles and then for 5 miles according to the odometer. Something that I would like to walk. Nice trees and parks etc to look at. Then I started at two miles a day for about three weeks. It is actually very easy to do. One mile in the morning and one mile at night. I followed my 2 mile route slowly at first and I started to speed up. After three weeks I increased my walk to three miles etc until I was up to 5 miles a day. I know what you are thinking but hey it can be done. You start walking slowly and then increase the speed.

      At the same time start cutting down on your eating. I ate one meal a day at 1 pm with veggies and salad and some protein ( chicken ) but that was it. I found that with the walking I didn’t need anymore food. It just happened . The cravings left with the endorphins kicking in with the exercise. Go figure. Anyway after 5 months I had lost the weight and gained muscle and looked really buff. I had lost in all 60 pounds and feel fabulous. Synthroid has a little upper in it to get you moving in case you don’t know. They put it in there so we, who have to take it, can avoid depression that comes with under active thyroids. So if you take it in the morning and go and walk within the hour it will help you move . Honestly if I can do it YOU can . I was the most unmotivated person and finally just took that first one mile step and was on my way. Good luck. Think bikini think summer. : ))

  19. QUESTION:
    Can a person with Thyroid Disease use the Acai Berry Diet that Dr. Oz recommend?
    I have Thyroid Problems for the past 2 years, i have gain a lot of weight, i have tried many diet with exercises, but nothing seems to work… Do to this over weight problem i have develop other health problems such as heart problems. I will like to find a diet that Works for my situation.

    • ANSWER:
      Dr Oz didn’t reccomend any acai berry diet. he said that acai berry is a very healthy food with amazing nutrition (which it is) However, he doesn’t recommend any particular product and I believe there was no mention about weight loss anything.

      Also, the thing that most people mean when they say “acai berry diet” is that you’ll take diet pills, it’s not however a diet in the sane that you’ll eat this or that.

      Anyway, you are going to have to diet and exercise anyway to lose weight. There is no magic pill that makes you lose weight, so diet and exercise are the only way to weight loss (although acai berry can help a bit with those results)

  20. QUESTION:
    Any diet plans for someone with a thyroid condition?
    I have a thyroid condition that messes with my weight and hormones a lot. I have been trying to find some sort of diet plan that goes well with someone that has graves disease. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      After extensive research, I have learned the right nutritition, proper exercise and life balance are very important for those of us with these conditions. I have found that if you eat a high fiber diet, limit dairy and carbs that my body seems to work better.

      Also a mental and physical tune-up are imperative. Try to relax, meditate, try yoga or tai chi-whatever works for you to coordinate your mindset with your body.

      I wanted to share with you a weightloss/nutritional lifestyle a girfriend of mine recently uncovered. A good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with hashimoto thyroitism. My girlfriend also wanted to lose weight and simply feel better. About three months ago, she implemented a customized nutritional support system that is personalized for each persons individual body. My girlfriend reports great results. She was really excited when she initially dropped a ton of weight initially, I believe somewhere around 20 pounds, before evening out to a weekly weight loss average of 3-5 pounds that is still continuing. Her goal was to loose somewhere around 60 pounds total.
      The “puffiness” and “bloating” appearance she had experienced throughout her body but especially in her face, neck, arms and belly is finally gone! I don’t recognize her anymore, she looks fabulous and years younger!

      Another report coming from her that really intrigued me was the fact that she had boundless energy throughout the day without those “dips” in energy levels (she would crash mid day and that tired feeling would leave her craving caffeine). No more sleepless nights for her! I don’t know about you, but I am one of those who can’t rest well at night.
      Her TSH levels are incredibly low! She reported that witihn a month of her new regimen her T3 and T4 levels lowered and remain steadily low. Her own endocrinologist was amazed at her rapid healing and the fact that she is getting better on a daily basis, her body is starting to repair itself. She has not relapsed once!

      After learning of her quick results (she has only been on her exercise and nutritional support program less than three months), I will be trying this program as I have almost all of her symptoms, plus some!

      PLEASE NOTE: To lose weight you must exercise and eat properly. Having a nutritional program will enhance your results but will not be a free pass to eat the foods that are not healthy or beneficial to your body–whether or not you have a thyroid condition! I highly reccomend seeking a comprehensive wellness lifestyle plan (mind, body and soul).

      Sorry about my long post but I am so excited to meet others who may be having the same challenges and I feel so blessed to maybe have an answer that might work for you.

      Let me know if any of this information helps as I know the symptoms with Graves can also be found with those that have Hashimoto.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there diets & weight loss plans for people who have an inactive/sluggish Thyroid illness?
    I’m 36, 5′ and overweight. I NEED to loose 30 pounds. When I was younger, I would just cut back on what I ate & the pounds would come off. Now I am taking Synthroid for a very inactive thyroid, and it seems no mater how much I decrease my caloric intake, I do not loose any weight. To complicate matters, I am allergic to fish, seafood, & soybeans…. and I am single mom with a VERY limited income. I also have some back injuries which limit the amount of vigorous exercise (and pilates) that I can do. I am looking for a diet – not a work out plan. Anyone out there know of any diets that would be effective? (please don’t say ask your doctor, as I can barely afford the Snythroid, let alone another doctor visit) – Thanks.
    Just to verify – I have back & neck injuries which limit the amount of vigorous exercise I can do. I am not asking for a exercise program because I know my limits of what I can and cannot do without hurting myself & exacerbating my condition…. I am looking for a diet which compliment what exercise activities I can do that will work for someone with a sluggish / inactive thyroid.

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise is just as vital as food intake when it comes to losing weight. There’s lots of excellent tips and tricks for exercise on the site in the box below. I lost 9 pounds by following their tips.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a soy free diet to help my thyroid?
    Since soy hurts the thyroid and soy is in almost everything. What can i do to avoid it?

    I have low thyroid and soy does affect it. and i take meds for it.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of soy. Soy lechitin, which is an emuslifier, will not affect you. I believe this is what you are referring to when you say it is in almost everything. What you need to look out for is when it says soybean, soy protein, tofu, etc. But if it says soy lechitin, you’re ok. There are a lot of goitrogens out there; not just soy. But soy is the one you really need to watch out for.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goitrogen

  23. QUESTION:
    Once I start taking meds for an overactive thyroid will I gain weight?
    I recently found out I have an overactive thyroid. I started restricting/dieting about a year ago and have lost 15 lbs. My doctor thinks that I lost most of my weight due to my overactive thyroid… if I start taking meds will I gain the weight back?

    • ANSWER:
      The meds they will put you on will have steroids in them. Depending on how overactive your thyroid is, the dosage amount your endocrinologist give you will make you gain weight because it slows down the hyperactivity of the thyroid.

      Now, being that you and I have the same problem(hyperthyroidism), I know personally about what you ask. You do lose weight rather quickly when you have a thyroid that’s hyper, as opposed to hypothyroidism, which makes you gain weight. If you’re still dieting/exercising while on the medication, you shouldn’t worry about how much weight you may pick up. If you think about it, that weight would be your REAL weight had you not had hyperthyroidism.

      One thing you don’t want to do is stop taking your meds. I don’t care how sensitive about weight gain you are, ignoring your meds will only make your thyroid WORSE over time and you may not have a choice but to have it surgically removed. Or they may put you on Radioactive Iodine medication, which will hinder you from being around close proximity with others BECAUSE of the radiation poring out of your system. Sounds bad, right?

      Radiation is as close as a word as can get to sounding like some cancer treatment, which you’ll never want.

      Do us both a favor and DO what the doctor tells you to do. I’d rather look really good with an extra 10 pounds than to be lain up in some hospital undergoing to radiation therapy because I didn’t do as I was told.

      Weight gain? Yes, because of the steroids in the meds. That is just fine. You won’t be turning into Arnold Scharwzenegger any time soon.

  24. QUESTION:
    how do i diet with a thyroid problem?
    Icurrently take syntroid med. for my thyroid and still not lost any weight. could it be because it goes up and down?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same issue and the only way to really maintain or lose weight is by eating small meals 6X a day and at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. I dropped 82lbs in 10 months. It’s a lifestyle change and once you’ve committed to it, it’s second nature like anything else.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does your thyroid surgery effect weight loss when trying to diet?
    My mom is trying to diet. She had one of her thyroids removed last year, would this effect her metabolism?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, there is only one thyroid, so is that what she had removed or was it something else that comes in a pair, like kidneys? If indeed it was her thyroid, and she had it removed, then the doctor will have placed her on a synthetic thyroid hormone, such as synthroid to make up for the hormones that the thyroid is responsible for. The doc will monitor her until he gets the correct lab tests that indicate these levels are appropriate. Once normalized she should have very little issues with her metabolism, provided they check these hormone levels every few months. If they are off, the doc either decreases or increases the synthroid to get desirable levels. People who no longer have a thyroid must be on the synthetic hormones–without them, they will surely gain weight, among other health issues.
      Thyroid is responsible for metabolism, and often, if someone’s thyroid is dysfunctioning their weight will fluctuate from what is their normal weight. For instance, if someone has a hyperthyroid (over active), they will lose weight, eat like a horse, be jittery, and if left in the hyper state too long, their eyes will bulge out and bone health can deteriorate. If someone has a hypothyroid (under active), they can gain weight easily without having to eat that much, they are cold and tired all the time and it can cause what is called goiter. Neither of these conditions are optimal and need medical attention immediately. People who have uncontrolled thyroid disease (hypo or hyper) get very frustrated with their weight and diet is of focus. However, if someone is trying to lose weight and they are hypothyroid (meaning they have not received the correct medical attention), it will make it difficult to lose weight. And vice versa for hyperthyroid. Once you receive the correct medical care and doctors are satisfied with the lab results they get, then dieting, as long as it is done correctly, should be effective. So ensure your mom has gone to the doctor and they have obtained the correct hormone levels in her lab tests. Once that is established, she needs to seek out dietary information from a reputable source. Registered Dietitians are the experts and can help your mom reach her weight goal. I hope this has helped! Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Low Iodine diet before Radio Iodine treatment for thyroid cancers?
    I am just starting a low Iodine diet for 2 weeks (less tan 65 micrograms) before I have a radioactive Iodine treatment for Thyroid cancer. I was wondering if there is anyone who has any menu ideas, or meal ideas for me, or have been on the same diet? I have a few basic ones, but you can only eat the same thing so many times!
    Thanks for any feedback!

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the same thing last November – during Thanksgiving! It didn’t seem like it would be that difficult but once you start you realize just how much you can’t eat.

      For breakfast I ate oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts (unsalted). I also had a few egg white omelets.

      I made a big pot of beef stew (see link below for recipe) so I had that for many many dinners. I also had pasta with homemade sauce. If you seach you can find one brand of canned tomatos that doesn’t have salt.

      For dessert I made wacky cake (recipe is also below) – it’s a chocolate cake that uses cocoa powder so it’s ok.

      I bought a cookbook online, but a lot of the recipes are also here –

      http://www.thyca.org/ThyCa%20Cookbook%20011804.pdf

  27. QUESTION:
    Can I take a diet pill with Levothyroxine? Thyroid question?
    I have hypothyroid and I’m taking .25mg of Levothyroxine everyday. I was wondering of I could take Oxyelite Pro with the medicine and be ok??

    Have any of you with thyroid problems taken diet pills while on medication?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you want to take all those pills? Do you think your body is deficient in drugs? You most likely are deficient in zinc & iodine and your weight issue is due to eating too many carbs & sugars, not enough good fats. Doctors are LAZY and only treat “Symptoms,” not root causes of issues like this. They are terrible at dealing with degenerative diseases of which most of them can be traced back to your diet and toxicity from chemicals, foods, etc.

      Are you aware that taking the synthetic hormone therapy, you are causing your thyroid to be damaged? And you may very well be chained to that for the rest of your life? Have you ever known anyone to be deficient of any drug? Ever? Does it make sense that your thyroid would just stop functioning properly for no reason? Did your doctor tell you what caused this or just prescribe the drug to “Fix” the problem?

      You can do your own simple test at home to see if both of these issues are creating the problem. Get some tincture of iodine from the drug store (not the clear type). Swab it on to create a 2″ x 3″ patch on your forearm or chest. Do this in the morning first thing and then watch it through the day. See how long it takes to disappear. It should be visible after 24 hours. If it goes away in a few hours, BINGO! You are deficient. Now get some liquid zinc assay and swish a little around in your mouth for 30 seconds. If it tastes like water for the entire 30 seconds, BINGO again.

      See a nutritional therapist about this and solve the problem, don’t live with it for the rest of your life!

      good luck to you

  28. QUESTION:
    can u take thyroid med and diet pills at the same time?
    so i take 112 mg of synthroid, i really need to lose 30 pounds o be at a healthy weight. i have a bad hip and the work out the dr. put me on just aint cutting it, is it safe for me to take diet pills like slimquick? and what type of diet pills work best that are not high in caffeine?

    • ANSWER:
      no. first off, diet pills are dangerous for everyone.
      second off, you’re modifying your metabolism with synthroid.
      ask your doctor what HE or SHE deems acceptible.
      otherwise you could find yourself lying in an emergency room dying of a stroke or cardiac event surrounded by your loved ones.

  29. QUESTION:
    What to eat if you have an Hyperactive Thyroid or Graves Disease? ?
    I’ve heard that there are certain foods that help to inhibit your thyroid function such as raw veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, and that I should avoid eggs and yellow vegetables like squash….does anyone know of a good Diet for Hyperactive Thyroid or Graves Disease?

    • ANSWER:
      hmm if you have graves disease try to avoid foods high in iodine content..because it affacts the overproduction on thyroid in your body.
      sorry wish i could help more but that all i know
      now quick queston…
      i saw the answer you put about GOLDLEO tag editor..
      i downloaded the program and all but now everytime i try to open up songs with the directory it won’t let me..
      can you please help me?…its driving me nuts..thank you

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the diet for a thyroid Patient?
    other than sodium products what are the other food products to be avoided and what are to be eaten?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid bills, low fat foods etc…

  31. QUESTION:
    What kinda diet or diet medicine is good for someone without a thyroid?
    i had surgery 2 year ago because i had graves disease, i was tried all the time and lost weight . ihad to much calcuim in my body, now that my thyroid has been took out im gaining weight.

    • ANSWER:
      Forget about the diet pills. What’s most important is thyroid levels. The morning TSH needs to be around 1.0 if you are on T4 (Synthroid, Levoxyl) Also, you want to make sure you are converting enough T4 into T3. You can find this out by having a free t3 test. The result should be at least midrange. If its below midrange, it means you are a poor converter of T4 to T3. A T4/T3 medication like Armour thyroid or Thyrolar might help. On T4/T3, medication dosage is adjusted by free t4 and free t3, not by TSH.

      As far as diet, decrease carbs and increase fiber,

      Exercise 4+ times per week. Drink lots of water and limit sugar

  32. QUESTION:
    I have a thyroid problem. Can I take diet pills or the other stuff for quick weight loss?

    Aztec- I do diet and excercise. It’s not enough. As you have this dieseas longer you will start to see. I have had this for 8 years.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been through it all and know what’s it about. The main thing is to stick in there. You can’t be an addict to food and never exercise if you want to live a healthy life and keep the weight off. I’ve worked out, done every diet, and all types of classes.

      Nothing works, besides dedication and intelligence towards the subject of losing weight.

      First, depending on how much weight you need to lose, your diet is the first concern. You can’t eat 10,000 calories a day and expect the weight to come off, even if you are exercising a lot. Which brings us to the next thing. Duh, Exercising…

      This is a must especially if you need to a lot of weight. Get at least 30 mins of some good hardcore exercising. Do some cardio, in the long run, it’s good for the heart.

      However, I find the most hardest part of losing weight/keeping it off, in my diet. It’s so hard to keep your fingers out of the cookie jar or those chocolate goodies. I’ve found a great addition to help any one out, it’s a natural weight loss supplement called Proactol. Now don’t get all crazy on me and say diet pills don’t work. That is true, but not in this case. This one isn’t meant to burn pounds while you sit on the couch. It’s an appetite suppressant, along with being a fat binder. I saved money on the pills at theweightlossplace.com along with getting some good info. It basically makes those fingers not go towards the cookie jar. For me it’s the best pill I’ve tried and I’ve tried cupboards full. Now this doesn’t mean you have to follow my foot steps but I’ve successfully lost roughly 70 pounds and keeping it off til this day.

      Well good luck and remember what I said, Dedicate.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have an UNDER active thyroid condition . Have tried many diets etc . to loose weight , can anyone resolve my

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor has diagnosed an under active thyroid then they should have given you treatment, ie Thyroxine. Go back to yuor doctor and check it out.

      Dont’ forget, its not just weight which is affected by an under active thyroid, you need help with the other symtoms too.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can a person with thyroid problems take fruta plants diet pills?

    • ANSWER:
      You must have correct information if you want to lose weight. You can did program that I lost 19 pounds in 40 days. It works fast and It will work for you too. You can get more information from link below.

  35. QUESTION:
    im a vegetarian with thyroid disorder am a destined to be fat?
    i am a faddy eater and dont like fish,poultry and most meats,i have been diagnosed with undreactive thyroid and take medication…am i always destined to be overweight as most diets need you to eat fish etc

    • ANSWER:
      Not at all. You could ask a nutritionist to design a vegetarian diet for you, or make one up yourself. I’m not sure if thyroid disorder means you have to avoid any foods but one of the best ways to lose weight is to design a diet around wholegrains and fruits and vegetables. First, you need to get rid of the notion that carbs are bad for you…this is a myth. Refined carbs are bad for you…white pasta, white bread, white rice. Wholegrain carbs are good for you. If you fill up on wholegrains, legumes (beans and lentils) and fruits and veggies you’ll be getting a ton of nutrition without a lot of calories. There are lots of low fat veggie diet plans out there, you just need to look!

      One word of advice, if you have thyroid issues don’t take too much soya, as it will not help you condition.

  36. QUESTION:
    thyroid medication, why would doseage go down when I diet and lose weight?
    I have been on a low calorie diet since Jan 28, 2008 and have lost 33 pounds, last trip to the doctor she did blood test and found I need less Metformin for sugar, also said with the weight loss I need 112 thyroid and I have been taking 125 for years, I never knew ones throid ever got better just worse, is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      There’s not much of a difference in the dosage. It could be due to time of day of the testing. A TSH test will be higher first thing in the morning and lowest around 2PM. If you had an afternoon test, your doctor may decrease your dosage bsed on the lower TSH. When hypothyroid, TSH testing should be close to when the metabolism is near its lowest for the day and this is first thing in the morning.

      As far as lowering the dosage of Metformin. That s normal with weight loss.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can the low iodine diet cause extreme tiredness even though I had my whole thyroid gland removed?
    I had my thyroid removed about a month ago…found out I have thyroid cancer. I’m taking a high dose of Synthroid. I have started the low iodine diet to prepare for my radioactive iodine treatment, but I am unusually exhausted! Would the diet cause this even though I no longer have a thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      It shouldn’t, but it could. You might be eating substantially less calories on the Low Iodine Diet compared to your regular diet, so decreased caloric intake can be one of the problems. When did you start your Synthroid? You might not be on the correct dose (too low = hypo) and that could be causing your exhaustion. Make sure you are eating enough, stay properly hydrated, and take it easy. You might want to let your doctor know about the exhaustion, especially if it continues after your Low Iodine Diet is over…that would signal it’s time to check your blood levels! Good luck with your Low Iodine Diet, RAI ablation and scans! Fingers crossed for clean scans!

  38. QUESTION:
    what are the alternative medicine for thyroid cancer?
    I have a papillary carcinoma,or a type of thyroid cancer does anyone know any diet or alternative medicine for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Chemo is not usually an option for thyroid cancer. Radioactive I131 is administered a few months after your thyroid is removed. The thyroid gland takes up iodine and so do the cancer cells. So by having treatment with I131 you will be killing the remaining cells, The benefits of treatment outweigh the side effects as there are few with I131. As for diet, the is no alternative for thyroid cancer but there is a diet you need to go on before scans and treatments called the Low Iodine Diet. Here is a site that can help you listed below

  39. QUESTION:
    Do you have diet suggestions for an underactive thyroid?
    I have hypothyroid and in less than a year I went from 110lbs to 178lbs. I am depressed andI have isolated myself because I am too embarrased to go anywhere or date. I have tried to lose the weight but have had no luck.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism slows your metabolism and that’s why you gain weight. The thyroid gland needs iodine to make thyroid hormones which are active, iodized forms of thyronine which is the hormone. Anything that gives you iodine is good, seafood, salt and stuff like that.
      Most important question, have you seen a doctor? And if you have, are you getting thyroid replacement therapy? And if you are, is your level therapeutic? As your weight gain should have improved if your thyroid hormone levels are good.
      Watch your calories, trying to keep between 1200 to 1500 calories if you’re a woman and exercise drinking lots of WATER as well.

  40. QUESTION:
    What foods are best if you have hypothyodism and a history of depression? I do take thyroid hormone.?
    I’m a big believer that you are what you eat. I know that entire books have been written on the best diet to follow if you have thyroid problems. I would appreciate a recommendation for such a book.

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to your local health food store and get a book called Prescription for Nutritional Healing. The basic idea from the book is to avoid fluoride(including that found in toothpaste and tap water) and chlorine(also found in tap water). Chlorine, fluoride and iodine are chemically related; chlorine and fluoride block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, causing a reduction in iodine-containing hormone production and eventually hypothyroidism. Avoid processed and refined foods like sugar and white flour, avoid taking sulfa drugs or antihistamines unless specifically directed to do so by a doctor. A study at the University of Massachusetts revealed that levothyroxine(synthroid and others) can cause as much as a 13 percent decrease in bone mass, so talk to your doctor about prescribing Armour Thyroid tablets to replace deficient thyroid hormones. Eat in moderation foods like brussels sprouts, peaches, pears, spinich, turnips, and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, kale, and mustard greens. If your condition is severe omit these foods entirely, they may further suppress thyroid function. It will also give you names of vitamins and supplements to take to replace minerals your body might be lacking due to the low acting thyroid. Hope this was of some help to you, cause the book has been a big help to me.

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried any of the Thyroid Diet books? Success Stories?
    I have had a thyroid problem for 3 years now. Since this time i have tried to lose weight both by cutting back and increasing exercise. Nothing seems to work. I know that i am putting the effort in but it is just not having an effect. I have read up on the internet that you need to decrease insulin levels etc but i am not sure exactly how to go about this.

    I wonderd if there is anyone out there either with the same problem or has been in the same situation or knwos someone that has found a technique that works either through a book or whatever. Any tips other than exercise or diet – i already know that – i am talking specifics.

    Many thanks to all that answer.

    • ANSWER:
      em this work out has been working out for my sister she has been doing it 3 weeks and she is seeing results

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  42. QUESTION:
    Why is that people that have thyroid and Diabettes Disease unable to take diet pill, or other medications?
    I want to lose weight but it seems as though I can’t take any to lose weight. Please help me if you know anything that I may take that will be safe.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been through it all and know what’s it about. The main thing is to stick in there. You can’t be an addict to food and never exercise if you want to live a healthy life and keep the weight off. I’ve worked out, done every diet, and all types of classes.

      Nothing works, besides dedication and intelligence towards the subject of losing weight.

      First, depending on how much weight you need to lose, your diet is the first concern. You can’t eat 10,000 calories a day and expect the weight to come off, even if you are exercising a lot. Which brings us to the next thing. Duh, Exercising…

      This is a must especially if you need to a lot of weight. Get at least 30 mins of some good hardcore exercising. Do some cardio, in the long run, it’s good for the heart.

      However, I find the most hardest part of losing weight/keeping it off, in my diet. It’s so hard to keep your fingers out of the cookie jar or those chocolate goodies. I’ve found a great addition to help any one out, it’s a natural weight loss supplement called Proactol. Now don’t get all crazy on me and say diet pills don’t work. That is true, but not in this case. This one isn’t meant to burn pounds while you sit on the couch. It’s an appetite suppressant, along with being a fat binder. I saved money on the pills at theweightlossplace dot com along with getting some good info. It basically makes those fingers not go towards the cookie jar. For me it’s the best pill I’ve tried and I’ve tried cupboards full. Now this doesn’t mean you have to follow my foot steps but I’ve successfully lost roughly 70 pounds and keeping it off til this day.

      Well good luck and remember what I said, Dedicate.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I lose weight if i am a vegetarian and I have a thyroid problem?
    i’m a vegetarian with a thyroid condition which makes me gain weight. my diet includes lots of protein and fiber and I still cannot lose any weight.
    I do eat eggs, milk, and cheese.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m assuming you’re hypothyroid? That’s the most common thyroid condition resulting in weight gain. First off it takes a couple months for thyroid levels to even out after you start taking synthetic thyroid hormone. Secondly, you’ll need to start an exercise program in order to boost your metabolic rate. You’ll also need to consume enough calories to fuel your body, and vary the sources from which you’re getting your proteins. Are you vegan, or will you eat lacto/ovo? Following a vegetarian diet can be dangerous with a thyroid condition – there may be certain nutrients that you cannot metabolize due to your thyroid – for example, you may not be able to convert betacarotene into Vit A.(the only sources of true Vit A are animal). The previous poster was correct in stating that you should seek the advice of a nutritionist; I would also suggest a visit to an endocrinologist.

  44. QUESTION:
    what is best diet for people without a thyroid?
    should the focus be on calories, metabolism, or some other angle to overcome the non-existent thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kathy. People with hypothyroidism usually need to be on a low carb diet. Not sure why, but carbs seem to be a big problem when dealing with a thyroid issue. I belong to a support group, and they always talk about restricting carbs and sugar. Exercise is very important also. Bottom line, eating healthy, and getting some exercise, is always a good idea :-)

  45. QUESTION:
    Why can’t someone with thyroid disease take diet pills?
    what would be the side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Which diets pills are your referring to and which thyroid disease (hypo or hyper)?

  46. QUESTION:
    Can diet pills work if you don’t have a thyroid?
    I purchased Orovo Detox and have been taking it for about 5 days. I am not experiencing any of the side effects or symptons that I have read about (no racing heart rate, no increase in energy, no jitters). I am also not losing even an ounce of weight. I know a lot of weight loss pills “manipulate” your thyroid to increase metabolism, but I didn’t think this one was like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Rachel,

      I am an Orovo Independant Business Owner. I would be glad to assist you, and if the answer below isn’t sufficient I do know that their Customer Service line is VERY helpful and can answer your questions for you.

      First, they key to unlocking the ower of Orovo’s products is living a healthy active lifesytle. Orovo is a company that sells health and wellness products (for beauty, weight loss, etc.), and Orovo Detox is one of leading supplement they’ve sold so far. It is not a crash diet pill as some sites have suggested. It’s not loaded with caffeine nor are there any harsh, unhealthy stimulants such as Ephedrine. It’s a health food supplement containing a 10 Super Foods, an Antioxidant blend, and 31 all natural detoxifying ingredients. Join that with a healthy life style and it can help increase your weight loss. Many people have taken it and have seen different results (some with significant weight loss, and some shed a few pounds). Remember that everyone’s body is going to metabolize it differently. So what my body does with it will be different than how your body utlilizes it.

      Althought I have not taken the Detox, I am taking the Multi-Vitamin, and my husband is taking the Original. I’ve had three families that began the Detox and each lost weight by the end of their cycle. Some in total body fat, and others in loss of inches.

      One person was able to take her work out to a higher level after taking the multi-vitamin and actually saw an increase in weight and inches, but it was because she was able to sustain a harder workout for a greater period of time and was building muscle mass. She supplemented with the Detox and as she continued that path, then she began to loose the body fat she wanted to get rid off. She’s lost a few inches since then and is very happy with the results.

      Orovo Detox can increase, and aid in a continued, steady weight loss (considering there is not preexisting condition for weight gain – ei hyperthiroidism) when taken properly and combined with a healthy lifestyle. I have a friend who has lost over 25 pounds using the Orovo products. She has just began to plateau in her weight loss, but is already at her desired weight.

      Orovo has a a couple other products that were made specifically for people who are serious about loosing weight and want to take a healthier route. They have Orovo Extreme, 7DFB, 72 Hour Slimming Pill, and LipoSeduction 2250 depending on which fits better into your weight loss plan and schedule.

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  47. QUESTION:
    If iodine is not present a human’s diet, the thyroid gland condition called goiter develops. Iodized salt is d
    I came up with 7.7e17 atoms I. Is that right?

    • ANSWER:
      I looked up your previous question and this is the answer I got
      25 mg salt x .0001 = .0025 mg Ca(IO3)2

      .0025 mg Ca(IO3)2 x (1 g/1000 mg) x (1 mol Ca(IO3)2 / 389.88g) x (2 mol I / 1 mol Ca(IO3)2) x (6.02e23 atoms I /1 mol) = 7.7e15 atoms I

      one of us is a factor of 2 off

  48. QUESTION:
    does anyone know a good diet for someone who has thyroid disease?
    i’m not on meds anymore. because i have 2 solid nodules(not cancerous) but they have never decreased. but i want to lose weight without making my thyroid act up again?

    • ANSWER:
      The best one that I’ve found is Weight Watchers. Don’t let the points thing fool you. When followed correctly, it is a high fiber, well balanced diet. You can find more info about thyroid disease on about.com. You body does not process certain kinds of foods as well as someone that doesn’t have the disease. I’ve dealt with this for over 20 years now and WW has been the only thing that has ever worked for me. I hope this helps.

  49. QUESTION:
    Which diet pills are safe while treating the thyroid?
    I am being treated for hyperthyroidism, but would still like to lose weight with the aid of a weight loss supplement. Which supplements are safe to take while treating thyroid disease? Which weight loss supplements are safe to take while taking propylrhyouracil (PTU)?

    • ANSWER:
      You really should talk to your doctor about this. He/she is the best person to advise you, but….
      Diet pills are a waste of money, don’t work, and some are actually bad for you with nasty side effects. No pill, potion or supplement will help. Please don’t fall for all the spam adverts you see.

      All you need is a good healthy diet – lots of fruit and veg, and exercise. It takes time and motivation:)

  50. QUESTION:
    How can I lose 20 pounds in a month in a half with thyroid disease?
    I going back home in 7 weeks for my wedding and I want to lose 15-20 pounds before then. I have thyroid disease so it makes losing weigh harder to do. Does anyone have a workout/diet plan that will help me reach my goal?

    • ANSWER:
      You can probably safely loose 1-2 lbs per week.

      Before my wedding I lost weight by following this diet/exercise plan:
      3 workouts per week (1 hour each time) cardio, weights and spin class.
      Water, water water! all day long I drank tons of water.
      Ate more raw veggies
      No Carbs after 5pm. And no late dinners.
      Cut out salt.

      Good luck!