I was diagnosed with Graves two yrs ago and had it treated by radioactivity solution to remove the thyroid. Now I am taking levothyroxine 112mg. I am also type 2 diabetic. My problem is weight gain, no matter what I do, I just keep gaining. Every pound is so bad for my blood sugar. Is there a special diet for someone like me who has no thyroid???
Besides optimising thyroid hormone levels so your metabolism speeds up, the low carb high fat diet is something to consider.
High-fat ketogenic diet fuels rapid weight loss, say obesity experts...
"But Westman says rapid weight loss isn't the only benefit of a ketogenic diet, which has been found effective in treating epilepsy, reverses type 2 diabetes, and preventing heart disease. New research indicates the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet fights depression and bipolar disorder.
In fact, Dr. Westman said people who follow a high-fat ketogenic diet experience improved health across the board.
"Here at Duke, we use mainly the low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat diabetes and obesity. Hypertension gets better, heartburn gets better, fatty liver. The list goes on and on.""
Excerpt from Diabetes UK - Low Carb High Fat Diet..
"The diet, because of its low requirement for insulin, has been recognised by the Swedish government as being suitable for people with type 2 diabetes and as helpful to individuals looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
The recommendation of the low carb, high fat diet is that people eat full fat versions of dairy food in preference to low fat options.
The diet does not rule out fatty meats and instead encourages people to leave the fat on rather than removing it.
Organic versions of foods are suggested where possible.
Which foods can I eat on the LCHF diet? – Green light foods
The following foods are compliant with the diet:
Dairy: natural yoghurt, cheese, cream, butter
Olive oil and canola oil (organically grown and cold-pressed)
Home made sauces
What food can I have up to moderate amounts? – Amber light foods
The following foods can be eaten in moderate amounts:
Bean and lentils
Nuts, almonds and sunflower seeds
Fruit (not including dried fruit)
Chocolate with a high cocoa quantity (65 to 90%)
Sausages can be eaten occasionally but can include undesirable additives.
Alcohol can be included with the note that it is fattening and can lead to imbalances in blood sugar.
What should be avoided on the diet? – Red light foods
The diet suggests that only a minimal amount of the following should be eaten:
Potato, rice, bread, flour and corn based products
Other cereal-based products – such as pasta, pastry, biscuits and breakfast cereals.
Sweets and cakes
Omega-6 based oils – such as corn, sunflower, safflower, soybean and peanut oil"
A bit too short huh? :) I should of added that even a fast metabolism doesn't help if you are insulin resistant as I found out. Plus my metabolism isn't optimal either but I'm losing weight albeit more slowly since I changed my diet.
Well, I might as well get my 2¢ in here, too... Optimizing thyroid hormone levels, which should be your first and foremost priority, since no diet is going to help you lose weight until your metabolism is normalized. Once that's done, you should opt for a low glycemic diet, which is a diet that centers on foods that increase blood sugars the least. Those foods would include high quality proteins, vegetables, whole grains, etc. Do some research and find a list of low glycemic foods.
I second goolarra's request for labs/reference ranges.
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