Hypothyroid/Hashimotos's -- Non LC Paleo is going great -- should I limit carbs ?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 03, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Update to my old post,

For those of you who started with non LC Paleo, did weight loss happen naturally despite the carbs?

NON LC Paleo is going great. I've gradually reduced use of grains, but am eating Safe Starches as defined by The Perfect Health Diet. Gradually adding more things like eating shellfish and occasional organs. A little bone broth. And eating more fat. The increased satiety that I have is great.

In addition to having more even energy, I no longer have the stomach pain and GERD caused by dairy foods and wheat foods.

Another plus here, is that I don't have that obsessive need to count/measure that I did when I was LC. I just eat to satiety. I am overweight, and so far my weight IS going down slowly on a diet that is very satisfying.



on November 03, 2012
at 09:34 PM

& you may want to edit your post to make it a question, if you are looking for some feedback or comments etc (& to keep it from getting closed)



on November 03, 2012
at 09:32 PM

what's your definition of LC. Paul defines the Perfect Health Diet (1st edition) as low-to-moderate-carb 20-30% by calories. & in the next book that looks to have "headed more toward 30% carbs" http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/08/ahs-2012-the-safe-starches-panel/comment-page-1/#comment-88376

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on November 04, 2012
at 01:48 AM

sounds like you are doing great.
if what you are doing is working for you, i would not make any drastic changes.

you mention Perfect Health Diet (which is also my main reference), if you have not read it already, this is a Weight Loss Version post that Paul did.

note that Paul does not recommend reducing carbs;

"This may surprise many readers, since we???re fat-friendly, but there should be no reduction in carb or protein consumption on weight loss diets. Calorie restriction should come out of fat."

read the whole thing for context

good luck


on November 04, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Like daz said, if what you are doing is working, keep going. I'm also eating potatoes and rice and am liking it. I have stalled in weightloss in the last couple of months, but that's because I'm near my target and I've been cheating here and there (occasional candy/cake/alcohol). 150-200g of carbs from potatoes/rice is loads of food, so it's dead easy to stick to and gives us more options for meals instead of the usual meat+veg.



on November 04, 2012
at 01:05 AM

I have hypo, among other issues, and I've done VLC. I lost weight and had a reduction in symptoms, but then my weight plateaued. With over 100 lbs I'd still like to lose, I wasn't too thrilled I stopped losing for 4 months. I've recently increased my carbs (mainly squash and sweet potato) and the weight has started coming off again. Another piece of the puzzle you may want to consider if you still aren't feeling your best is the autoimmune protocol. It means different things to different people, but cutting out dairy, nightshades, egg and nuts has really improved my health.


on November 03, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I agree...I love carbs mostly in the form of potatoes and white rice but I can only handle them after ~4pm.

I still have hypo symptoms but their not nearly as bad. I also started taking more vitamin d3 so that might help too...either way I don't have a problem with large amounts of carbs in the evening and I really look forward to them.

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