Weight loss after thyroidectomy can be almost impossible unless you know exactly what to look for and how to treat it.
It’s considered “normal” to gain 20 pounds after thyroidectomy and Doctors tell patients that this is normal and in the same breath then say that the thyroid isn’t causing the weight gain. How can this be?
It is possible to lose weight after thyroidectomy but it takes a very different approach.
Eating less and exercising more will NOT lead to significant weight loss if you’ve had a thyroidectomy or your thyroid ablated with radioactive iodine.
Instead you need to be focusing on hormone imbalances that lead to weight gain.
I’ve also included a diet guide to follow in addition to the following 5 tips which I explain in detail in the video.
5 Tips for weight loss after thyroidectomy:
1. Get on the right type and dose of thyroid medication – for most patients this means a combination of T3 and T4. So medications like cytomel or liothyronine in addition to levothyroxine/synthroid or the use of natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) will most likely be necessary.
2. Increase your free T3 – you need to be doing whatever is in your power to naturally increase your free T3. The more t3 you can in your system the higher your metabolism will be and the more weight you will lose.
3. Balance all other hormones in the body – I list several hormones, but the main ones I want you to focus on are insulin resistance and leptin resistance. Until these 2 are treated it will be almost impossible for you to lose weight.
4. Be strict with your diet but don’t restrict calories – one of the worst things you can do is restrict your calories down to 1,000-1,200 calories per day. This will cause high reverse T3 levels and further reduce your metabolism. Instead be strict with WHAT you put in your mouth but don’t restrict your calories.
5. When you have energy make sure you make exercise count – that means a combination of low intensity daily plus high intensity 1-3x per week.
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Dr. Westin Childs is the Thyroid and Weight Loss Doctor
This video is not intended to be used as medical advice. If you have questions about your health please consult your physician or primary care provider. Dr. Westin Childs goes to great lengths to produce high quality content but this is NOT a substitute for medical care.