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Thyroid Issues?

#1 Postby upupandaway » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:38 pm

Hey guys, new member here. Hoping you have some avenues that I can research. I noticed that a lot of you are pretty well experienced in weight loss, better eating, etc, so I'm hoping that you might have some valid opinions.

I've been trying to lose about 50 pounds for a few years now. When I got my first desk job, I sky rocketed up to 225 lbs. For a 5'9" guy, that's no good. This was when I was about 21, so being young, I just cut my portions in half, went jogging, kept up my weights, and knocked it down to my svelt 175 with no problem. Then I got married, started cooking for two, and gained it all back.

Now I'm 30 and I can't seem to shed it. The strength and endurance are definitely there, and I feel healthy. I bike, lift weights, eat mostly right, etc. I can drop a few pounds here or there, but overall I'm just maintaining a solid 225. I've been doing a lot of reading, and this thyroid specialist houston (hope the link is OK) is saying that a lot of people are unable to lose weight because as their diet worsens and they get older, it adversely affects their thyroid and that bad thyroid function can make it hard to lose weight, even if they don't have any other real symptoms. Now I'm kind of worried that the diets that I did back in the day when I was heavy into lifting are causing me problems now.

Has anybody else heard this? I've got no other symptoms. I'm not fatigued, achy, sick, etc, I just can't lose the padding. Do you think it's a valid thing that I should have checked out? I mean, I always thought that a little diet and exercise would fix almost anything, but I cannot seem to shed this weight.

Any advice or other avenues of research would be awesome.

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Re: Thyroid Issues?

#2 Postby C.O. » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:06 pm

Yes your link works. What are you actually eating? I don't think it hurts to go see a doctor. Normally its simple math, burn more calories than you take in and lose weight. Always the more information the better. Maybe try searching thyroid in the search here on the forum and post your questions directly to those that have posted about it before.
I guess my non-medical opinion is decrease calories and increase cardio. If that doesn't make a difference why not seek medical advice about your thyroid.


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Re: Thyroid Issues?

#3 Postby Comingtocyberspace » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:06 am

From experience certain foods can impact your thyroid ... -function/

Also using toothpaste with fluoride can impact your thyroid ... roid_7.htm

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Re: Thyroid Issues?

#4 Postby VeganEssentials » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:36 pm

Been more info coming out lately that the removal of iodine from processing grains has lead to more people having thyroid issues (even iodized salt apparently is NOT always accurately dosed, and can have far less iodine than stated on the label). There are home tests you can do based on checking your temperature immediately on waking up to help find if there may be a thyroid issue, but truthfully, it could well be that you might just not be eating in the way that your body is asking for macronutrient-wise. I know a LOT of people here shovel down the carbohydrates like mad and never put on fat from it, but I can't do that, and as long as I was basing my meals on carbs first and protein/fats secondary, I couldn't get the scale to budge. It was mostly diet tweaks to cut carbs from being around 60-70% of my calories to 30-40% that made a massive difference, so you never know, it might just be a symptom of getting older and your body wanting a shift in a new direction before things will start working well for fat loss again, the only way to know is to find out if your thyroid is or isn't a factor, and if it isn't, then you've got your work ahead for changing your diet and how you train in order to get what you're looking for!
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Re: Thyroid Issues?

#5 Postby VeganCrumbs » Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:33 pm

I had the same exact problem. I have a lot of trouble losing weight and felt very lethargic all the time. I went to an herbalist and she discovered that my thyroid was "barely functioning". Now each day I take J Crow's Lugol's Liquid Iodine. You can buy it at the link below. It is the best I have found on the market and most other brands are lesser quality and diluted. I have also seen a huge difference in my complexion as well as energy levels.

When I first stated taking the iodine, I started out with 2 drops of the 5% solution and that is what worked for me. If your nose starts running within an hour of you taking it, then you know you have taken too high of a dose. I just mix it in with my protein shake or green drink first thing in the morning. ... pping.aspx

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Re: Thyroid Issues?

#6 Postby Vegalicious » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:03 pm

I used to be hypothyroid and it can cause weight loss problems. However, first and foremost, I would take a look at your diet. Iodine deficiency can be a contributing factor, as can be B12 deficiency, mineral and vitamin depletion from stress and medication. The best way to address it (and this is how I reversed my issue) is by overhauling your diet, to make sure there is no junk in it, no processed foods, etc., and then to add B12 and iodine rich foods (or take kelp drops).

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to get labs done. If your TSH is over 2.5ish, there is a reason to start being concerned (I know some labs say 5.0, but by that point a lot of people are simply miserable and symptomatic). Once you have labs done it will be easier to pin point what is truly wrong and how to fix it.

You can read more about my thyroid success story on my site.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Thyroid Issues?

#7 Postby lapetitemort » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:10 pm

I also have hypothyroidism and woul be interested in what others do. I went off synthetic thyroid a year ago.

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