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I am on levothyroxine for a underactive thyroid but have had no probs doing 5:2.. As long as i stick to it, i lose weight and suffer no ill effects as far as i know,tho ive read that people sh'd be cautious and not fast more than 14-16 hrs if they have hyperthyroidism. I DO fast longer..probably about 20 hrs between my pre fast evening meal and my 500 cal dinner on a fast day
4:3 at 1000 cals ive not heard of but its low cal and will lead to weight loss if youre careful the other days.
Its another option i guess but somebody more cluedup than me can no doubt give you a more informative answer than i can..hope they'll be along soon to help! X
There's also some links in posts on that thread for more information on fasting and hypothyroidism.
Anyway, welcome and good luck!
I have seen science that indicates prolonged fasting isn't helpful, but that 12-16 hours should be no problem, so I intend to do 16 hour fasts three days a week once I become hypothyroid. I'll probably aim for 750-1000 calories and see how I do on those days. My husband and I calculated out that at our BMIs/TDEEs, doing 3x1000 calories was for us about the same calorie deficit in a week as 2x500 calories (again, considering we are reasonably careful on our normal days and not binging).
Have a good day/night everyone ,depending on where you are
I've been recommended trying 800 for 2 days and normal, healthy balanced eating for the other 2 days. Have found a book called 800 Fasting diet or something like that which seems quite good. I guess you could quite easily adapt their plan to add another couple of 100 calories per day if 800 is too low for you. Good luck with finding the way that works for you.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/800-Calorie-Fas ... lorie+diet
I assuming the extra calories are of some benefit to us Hypos?
https://www.fastday.com/fasting/intermi ... disorders/
Yes, the thyroid very much follows a circadian rhythm. We have the lowest amount of T3 and highest amount of TSH in the morning, before we eat. If you are taking hormone replacement, this is why you take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. One good friend of mine found that simply making sure she kept her medication by her bed, taking it first thing on an empty stomach and waiting at least 1/2 hour to eat or drink anything other than water was all she needed to do to feel better and lose weight normally. Before doing this (she had been taking her medication later in the morning, with breakfast), she had no energy, was gaining weight way too easily and felt terrible.
From all of the things I've read on hypothyroid, the 800 calories/calorie composition in this book must be a guess. I haven't seen any studies about specific diets or specific calorie amounts targeting specifically hypothyroid people. It may be a good guess, but it's most likely a guess.
Most people looking to lose weight will do better by eating fewer carbs. Since too much protein is also a problem, it naturally follows that some increase in fat consumed is necessary, and healthier fat is always a better choice than hydrogenated oil. I don't generally go low-carb, but I do go low carb on fast days (although I'll make an exception for beans in a soup, like yummy black beans).
But during these 6 years or something no doctor or pharmacy people have ever told me I ought to take the pill first thing in the morning or on empty stomach, so I take them along with another med round 10am And - it works.
I stick to 5:2 fast and most often it is 20 at least hours between my pre-fast dinner and my 500kcal one and - I lost 17kg even though. OK, I gained 3 during post op rehab and healing but I do hope that now that I'm back on track will loose them rather quickly. if anyone think I could loose those kg faster by changing the amount of hours between meals, please oh please tell.
Time to go to bed and read some, the newest Tom Clancy (written by another guy. How that adds up is beyond me, but the book is good).
I'm glad to hear you're doing better!! good luck on losing the last 3 quickly
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