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I was treated for graves disease 20+ years ago.  I am looking
for advice on what the best diet for losing weight.
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My treatment was the RAI.  For a long time I have been taking 137 and every other day 125.  of levothyroxine.  I was in about 3 months ago and I was told I was a little high,  and to take 125 and not to take 137 any more.  Since then I have gained 10 pounds!  I also was taking my pill at any time of the day, usually in the morning and I would usually eat along with it.  I have done this for 20 years!  The nurse told me to not do that and to take it in the morning on an empty stomach. I am 51 and am wondering if it is my age for the sudden weight gain or something to do with my prescription?  When I talked to the nurse the other day she said I was not even at a 2?  I am getting rechecked in a month and I will start to take the pills in the am on an empty stomach.  I am curious does that really matter?  I am getting checked in a month and will list all of my levels!  thanks :)
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Graves is an OVER production of thyroid hormone. Which usually means that a person is given medication to shut down the production of thyroid and slow metabolism back to normal.

So one consideration is the possibility that your thyroid is now producing less thyroid hormone.  Thus you could be overmedicated which is slowing your metabolism down too much.

Just a possibility to consider.
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How were you treated for Graves Disease?  Are you now hypo?  Are you on thyroid replacement hormones?  If so, which ones, what dosage and for how long have you been on it?

It's possible that you need to increase your med dosage, if you aren't losing weight.  Typically, when thyroid hormone levels are adequate weight will come off.

If you have current labs you could post, that would be helpful for us.  Be sure to include reference ranges, which vary lab to lab and have to come from your own report.

If your thyroid levels are adequate for you, and you still don't lose weight, you should take a look at insulin resistance and/or metabolic syndrome.

Typically, a diet with lots of protein, veggies, healthy fats, low fat dairy, etc will be sufficient to help you lose weight as long as you keep portions in check.
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