Hashimotos Thyroiditis

kmowen9293 Posts: 9 Member
edited May 2017 in Getting Started
I am a 23 year old female and am a first time mommy to my 6 month old daughter. Just curious is anyone else using this app has either Hashimotos, a different thyroid or auto-immune disease, or is hypothyroid. After labor I went into a "thyroid storm" which threw my body off. My medicine seems to finally have me stable and now I'm determined to shed this baby weight. Any advice or tips or just encouragement is very much appreciated! ♡ God Bless.


  • Sarc_Warrior
    Sarc_Warrior Posts: 430 Member
    I have an autoimmune disease called sarcoidosis. Feel free to add me.
  • Sara2652
    Sara2652 Posts: 158 Member
    I have Hashimotos and Neurocardiogenic syncope. I'm on meds for the Hashimotos and take beta blockers as needed for the neurocardiogenic syncope.

    Congrats on having a baby! Very exciting!

    I started three weeks ago and I simply eat to 'maintain' but have been losing 2+ lbs a week (I have a lot to lose and was eating a lot before this). I'm taking it slow because I don't want to risk messing up my hormones any more then they are. I will not be cutting carbs from my diet like so many others as my body just doesn't function right with out them.

    Good luck you've got this!
  • Kathryn247
    Kathryn247 Posts: 570 Member
    Hello! I have Hashimoto's and also had a "thyroid storm" three years ago due to a medication screw-up. I put on about 25 pounds and gave up on weight loss. I started MFP this year and today (yes, today!) I am finally back to my pre-storm weight! It's totally possible! I'm walking a little bit more for exercise, but it's mainly counting calories. Weigh all of your solid food in grams, measure liquids with measuring cups, and track everything.
    I'm 44 and also a mom, although my son is 18. I still want to try to lose another 25 pounds, but so far it's going well and I can keep going! You can totally do this, too!
  • miteyme
    miteyme Posts: 21 Member
    I have Hashimotos too, and I agree that taking it gently with the dieting is essential. I seem to be prone to low blood sugar exhaustion and feel dreadful when I am in the process of losing weight, even when it is only 1lb per week!
    In the past I have become anaemic whilst dieting, even although I only aim for this small rate of weight loss.
    When I relax and don't mindfully control my calorie intake, I gain weight.
    It sounds like you are doing really well, having started to diet. I think everyone will agree that Hashimotos makes it harder and slower, so well done.
    I have found it to be possible to lose weight through intake control, but I have yet to succeed in keeping the hard won weight loss long term.
  • Lyrica7
    Lyrica7 Posts: 88 Member
    I have had a thyroidectomy no hashis and have just been diagnosed with sarcoidosis.
  • kmowen9293
    kmowen9293 Posts: 9 Member
    Thank you all! Very encouraging. I've heard so much negative comments about how hard losing weight will be with a thyroid problem. I personally over eat a lot and am very bad about portion control. It's not necessarily the food im eating... just how much. Hoping I can get things in track and continue feeling better. Thanks all!
  • Rusty740
    Rusty740 Posts: 749 Member
    Coincidently I saw another post similar to this, to which I replied...

    I think you might be interested in this study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5028075/ that had the following nutritional requirements.

    carbohydrates 12%–15%, proteins 50%–60%, and lipids 25%–30%. These patients were instructed to eat large leafy and other types of vegetables and only lean parts of red and white meat, avoiding goitrogenic food. The following items were also excluded from the diet: eggs, legumes, dairy products, bread, pasta, fruits, and rice.

    as compared to a low-calorie, non-restricted diet. Although it would have been nice if it lasted longer than 3 weeks and if they'd used DEXA instead of impedance for body fat, but maybe there's some hope here.

    Here's the conclusion.
    A dietary plan based on the reduction of carbohydrate content and free of goitrogenic foods leads not only to a decrease in body weight, but also determines a decrease in fat mass and a significant drop of sentinel autoantibodies in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. So, future studies could shed new light on the probable synergism between ChREBP-LXR, environmental contaminants, regulation of lipogenesis, and autoantibody production. Do not underestimate the value of the levels of anti-microsomal Abs, still not considered relevant in screening for autoimmune thyroiditis, the dietary regime described in this study could be implemented for the treatment of patients with autoimmune thyroid because of the possibility to reduce the inflammation state in general and of the thyroid gland in particular, and consequently of the levels of autoantibodies, information this surely important in the assessment of these patients and for the prediction of the course of the disease.
  • T1DCarnivoreRunner
    T1DCarnivoreRunner Posts: 11,502 Member
    There is a group: http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/group/753-hypothyroidism-and-hyperthyroidism

    It isn't super active, but more active than a lot of groups.

    I have Hashimoto's and Type 1 diabetes... as you probably know, those of us with auto-immune diseases often have more than just 1 (there is a scientific explanation, but I won't explain it here because I don't want to get too far off topic.

    As to @Rusty740 point, I found low carb to work far better for fat loss than a higher carb diet even when my calorie deficit remained constant. However, that was true even while eating other low carb foods not included in that study (specifically eggs, peanuts - a legume, and low carb dairy such as cheese and HWC). I also can't isolate that Hashimoto's is the reason for improved fat loss.
  • CSARdiver
    CSARdiver Posts: 6,257 Member
    Congratulations new momma and welcome aboard!

    I had a total thyroidectomy in 2000 and put on ~70lbs over the next 14 years. This had nothing to do with being hypothyroidism. I transitioned from a high active military career to a cushy civilian job in academia, had no clue what I was eating, and had no exercise routine. I discovered MFP in 2014 after my wife used this to get back into shape after having our third child. I followed the guidelines, made small changes and identified when I was hungry and when I was just bored and lost 60 lbs over a year.

    The key to this is following a routine. Keep track of your full thyroid panel including TSH, fT3, fT4, rT3. Log carefully and accurately and you'll be fine.

    You're among good company. There are several elite level athletes, including Jillian Michaels with Hashimoto's. There are several posters here who have this or some manner of metabolic issue and very successful in achieving their fitness goals.
  • LKArgh
    LKArgh Posts: 5,178 Member
    I have Hashimoto. Take your meds, keep up with your appointments, and everything will be exactly as is if you never had it, do not worry.
  • mirelaavdich
    mirelaavdich Posts: 41 Member
    Congratulations on having a baby! :)

    I too have Hashimoto's as well as PCOS and insulin resistance and have lost 82lbs so far without any issues. I do not eat any refined sugars, sugar substitutes, dairy or processed food. That was just something I decided to do, not doctor recommended but I believe that it helped stop cravings and need to snack.

    Track what you eat, be mindful of your calorie intake, add a little exercise and the weight should start coming off. If not, check back with your doctor to make sure that the hormone levels are in check. Good luck!
  • millcreekr
    millcreekr Posts: 25 Member
    I too have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and was diagnosed over 10 years ago. My TSH was 18! It took a while to get the medication right, but I seem to be okay now, as I'm in the low twos. Let me just say it was a shock to me also, and I found out that women who are pregnant and menopausal (me!) are the most likely candidates for this disease, as all our hormones are out of whack.

    I swear this is why my weight ballooned so high, but after joining my athletic club's Lose It At The Peak program this past January, and I began counting calories and working with a personal trainer three days a week, I lost over 20 pounds! No matter what, hypothyroidism, menopause, whatever, I gained weight because I was eating way too many calories for my body to handle. With MyFitnessPal I'm able to keep the weight loss program going. What I'm trying to say is that eating a low-calorie diet with exercise is the only way to lose weight in my opinion.

    I still count calories. I still eat carbs but not like I used to. I try to stay away from goitrogenic food such as tofu (really love it), which is from soy beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc. However, I do eat these once in awhile. I mean, I have to eat something!

    Good luck with your weight loss. It is hard work but so worth it. Once you get the right amount of medication, you should be fine.
  • rafinberg
    rafinberg Posts: 1 Member
    Hi Everyone! I'm 29 (30 next month :o ) and was diagnosed with PCOS about 7-8 year ago and Hashimoto's in 2015. I've been in grad school and caring for a sick parent who recently passed away and am finally able to focus more intentionally on my health. This info is super helpful! Are there other blogs, sites, boards, books, etc. that you have found helpful in understanding Hashimoto's?
  • jillianmarie20
    jillianmarie20 Posts: 36 Member
    Hey! I was diagnosed with Graves' disease (hyperthyroidism). Had a total thyroidectomy in November 2015. Trying to get my weight back on track after the constant fluctuation. My TSH is finally normal, I am on a steady dose of Synthroid and my specialist discharged me. There is (sometimes) an end to the mayhem!
  • iamunicoon
    iamunicoon Posts: 839 Member
    Hi everyone! I have Hashimoto's, diabetes type 1 and am hypothyroid. It's tough, losing weight with all of these together, especially because I also struggle with depression and anxiety. But it's managable with the right meds and support. :)
  • raquele3394
    raquele3394 Posts: 180 Member
    Hi I have Hashimoto's and diabetes type 2. I find difficult to loose weight. I am taking my meds and doing everything right!