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Our Frequently Asked Questions topic will answer many of your fasting & weight loss questions!
If you're new and have a question or need some advice, please give us as much information as you can about your situation in order for us to be able to help you as best we can. For example, it's helpful to know your BMI/weight, how much you want to lose, any medical conditions which might affect your weight and (if you've started fasting already) how you do your fasts in terms of splitting up your calories, what you eat etc. Thanks!
I'm hypothyroid as well. I had radioactive ablation from hyper/Graves disease and my thyroid is in its death throes.
I"m down 70 pounds so far, the first 40 were strictly 5:2, then the last 30 were a combo of weight watchers and 5:2. but now I've gone reduced carb after my new endocrinologist said I should. He suggested 60g carbs per day! My last one had said anywhere between 100 and 150 was fine, and to aim for 125. So I'm giving it a shot with aiming for low carb light days and having my splurgy carb days at 125. 60 is a bit low, imho, although I know that's not as low as a real keto diet.
My endocrinologist also loves intermittent fasting and said "go for it!!" and he also recommended the dietdoctor.com site.
It's taken me a long time to lose the weight and I've changed an awful lot of bad habits to far healthier ones. I feel much healthier than I've ever felt before and that's something, even though I have 40 to 50 pounds left to go.
Good to hear your first fast went well, and that you have done a lot of reading around this website - lots of useful info. Drinking more may help prevent headaches - I like to drink a glass of warm water, sometimes with a squeeze of lemon juice, first thing each day and half an hour before meals - or throughout the day, on fast days.
Tracie's experience and advice will be a great help for you, given you are dealing with the same condition. And you having done low carb before will also assist. Hopefully adding in a couple of fast days a week will start to make a difference. Do remember that this "diet" may only result in a pound a week loss on average, but over time I can assure you that mounts up!
Good luck and best wishes.
I would also recommend for headaches: your usual amount of caffeine (just with as little milk as possible, and no sugar) and a salty broth.