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5 Tips for Weight Loss after Thyroidectomy: What your Doctor is Missing

5 Tips for Weight Loss after Thyroidectomy: What your Doctor is Missing

5 Tips for Weight Loss after Thyroidectomy: What your Doctor is Missing

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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  1. HEY GUYS! If you are struggling with weight loss after thyroidectomy share your EXPERIENCE below!
    ALSO, don't forget to DOWNLOAD my free thyroid resources (foods to eat/avoid, the complete list of optimal thyroid lab tests, how to find a thyroid doctor, and more) HERE:

  2. Thank you SO MUCH! Struggling, struggling…so this is a little light shining through the darkness…
    and yes, how I wish I had not listened to the doctors!!!!

  3. I have my thyroid removed 6 years on levo 0.125.i gain 40 pounds even with dieting, and intermittent phentermine and fasting and dieting and still not loosing..dont know what to do

  4. Had a thyroidectomy due to papillary thyroid cancer now on synthroid 175mcg and have gained 20 lbs. I have 2 Brazilian nuts a day. Should I be having selenium even though I’m trying to suppress TSH?

  5. I was 150 when hyper with graves got on prednisone went to 180 in a month face is a moon face, then I got odd medication lost like 10-15 pounds 173 now I got my thyroid removed today I am so sad I didn’t know this will be my weight or higher for the rest of my life I’m only 16 5’5 172 but is bound to gain 20 pounds everybody say

  6. I am about to have my thyroid removed. I have had graves disease for about 8 years and finally my doctor has decided it is time it comes out. I am nervous, especially after watching this and reading comments. Would you suggest I keep my thyroid and deal with it? My biggest issues are my eyes, my resting heart rate, and the extreme shaking. But maybe it is worth dealing with these side effects instead of trading them for weight gain and all the other things brought up here.

  7. I was born with a disintegrated thyroid and it was removed. I have been on Synthroid and other types of medication since I was an infant. I didn’t struggle with weight until I had my son at 30. Since than I have gained 30 lbs and have had several attempts to lose weight with little success. I haven’t found any information until now pertaining to no thyroid, Hypothyroidism yes not not complete removal. Thankyou for your information. I’m hoping I can improve a few things.

  8. Thank you for this video..I had Hashimotos and a goiter and papillary carcinoma had PT in 2019 and completion in 2020 was able to control weight after Partial but after total I gained 30 pounds in a year!!! I am 49 and menopause as well…

  9. Diagnosed with cancer and had to get total thyroidectomy. Very troubled by ensuing weight gain, besides brain fog/ attention deficit/ Low energy. Doctors all believe I’m imagining things and dismiss it.

  10. 😭 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer October 2020 I weighed 125/30 lbs just finished my chemo and radiation treatments and I weigh 160lbs. I’ll be having my thyroid removed Tuesday sep 28th and I can’t gain another 20/30lbs I’m already the biggest I have ever been!!! This is what I worry ab the most not the surgery or the cancer (bc it’s a “well behaved slow growing cancer “) I just want my freaking life bk!! 🤨

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