Hack my middle-aged dad. Plus, Does fasting still count as a stress if it's been a long-time practice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Hi guys,

My dad is in his early fifties, overweight by 30-50 lbs and has poor bone density, and when I've gotten him to eat more paleo for extended periods, he hasn't lost the weight he was expecting to (he's been an on/off Atkins guy for years) He recently got a physical with some blood work done. The doc thinks his thyroid could be better and gave him levothyroxine. I'll post some of his numbers below. If anyone else wants to chime in about this feel free.

I've heard that when someone has thyroid/adrenal issues (which I think my dad has) that the key is to minimize stress to the system, including IF. My dad has never been a breakfast guy. He almost always skips breakfast and has done so for years. So my question is, what should I be having my dad do to improve his thyroid/adrenal/bone health/weight loss? And should I have my dad start eating three squares a day to decrease stress on his system, or because he's pretty much always not eaten breakfast, does it really not count as a stress?

My plan right now is to have him start selenium/iodine for thyroid and some strength training for bone density and testosterone. Any other ideas?

EDIT: Forgot to post the numbers. Free t3: 3.0 Range: 2.3-4.2 TSH 3r: 7.1 Range: .30-5.00 Free t4: 1.0 Range: .72-1.41 total testosterone: 257 Range: 241-827

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on March 17, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Encourage him to eat breakfast and read about the leptin reset. He's out of whack, so whatever he did successfully in his past doesn't matter as much as right now.

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