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Paleo and Thyroid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Ok, so I've been a thyroid patient for 11 years. My husband and I started Paleo about a month ago and while he has seen great success, I on the other hand GAINED 3 lbs! What gives?

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on January 16, 2013
at 08:35 PM

Well, what weight did you start at? Not being snarky -- I honestly can't offer suggestions unless I have some idea of how much you start out at. You've tagged this with hypothyroidism, so I can assume you're overweight, but that's not always the case. Quite a few people gain weight when starting Paleo because they started out *underweight.*

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:57 PM

I agree, cronometer is something that I just started using. Very helpful! I lost 15 pounds easily but stalled. I'm now keeping track of my eating by logging everything. Very insightful :)

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:47 PM

Eating in a 'paleo' way isn't some magical way that one loses weight. Sure palatability/cravings that many have on a 'SAD' might dissipate, and energy consumption might be reduced, but not necessaily. You might be eating more than you think...More broadly, it is only one part of the equation for overall health, a big one yes, but alongside dealing with stress/ways of vieing the world/lilifestyle as a whole etc... If you get overall health sorted as best you can weight loss will likely follow.

Diet's still is a big factor of course, particulrly in the context hormonal status etc (I see you mention your thyroid.) This will likely influence capacities to lose weight etc. It;s difficult to know why you've gained weight but I wouldn't worry much if I were you. You might consdier how much you're eating or what you're eating, and have eaten before a month ago; perhaps the change in you're diet has seen you reducing consumption of products that have had iodizied salt added, and foods you are now eating are perhaps those that are goitrogenic (ie mainly brassicas)...? This is one thing I can think that might be relevant... You could use 'cronometer' also to see how much you eating in numerical terms - may not be helpful, but it may be..

79850813c5cfc0a089e1060ef9b6ed27

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:57 PM

I agree, cronometer is something that I just started using. Very helpful! I lost 15 pounds easily but stalled. I'm now keeping track of my eating by logging everything. Very insightful :)

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:02 PM

Totally agree w/ Michael - eating paleo is not a magic bullet for weight loss. It is perfectly possible to gain weight on paleo.

Are you eating low carb? I have found that VERY low carb slows down my thyroid. I do fine at just under 30% carb, but even at 25% I start to get sluggish. I assume if you're eating paleo you're not eating soy, but I also find soy very problematic for the thyroid, and ditto with other heavy sources of isoflavones, like red clover tea. And just discovering that quercetin, which is solving another health problem for me, might be another no-no for thyroid function.

Things that seem to help my thyroid: daily gelatin and/or bone broth, daily coconut oil, regular use of iodized salt & seafood at least once a week.

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:43 PM

Keeping polyunsaturated fats low, as low as possible, is very important for thyroid function.

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on January 16, 2013
at 03:08 PM

I've found Paleo very helpful, however, you haven't specified much as to what form of Paleo you are doing? What's a typical day look like for you?

i've lost about 5lbs and managed to keep that off out of the 20lbs I gained since diagnosed with my thyroid disease back in May. However, I didn't lose that weight and keep it off until I did a bout of the Autoimmune Protocol and found out what I needed to eliminate from my daily Paleo regimen. For me that means no dairy (I do occasionally have grassfed butter or cheese once every month or so), and I need to keep nightshades and eggs to a minimum. So for me it's pretty much meat and veg, with the occasional sweet potato once a week.

I also second bone broth. It has so many nutrients that will benefit you, so why not have a cup a few times a week? Iodized salt may or may not benefit you depending on your particular disease, so do your homework on that first. I skip it, as it hinders mine.

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