I have been on levothyroxine my entire life, and have been on 200mg for the last 5 months and while there has been some improvement, my dose was upped again, and I have seen significant weight gain since I started the 200's (I haven't gotten the higher dose yet as I'm uninsured and can't afford it yet). I gained almost 50lbs, and am currently almost 400lbs. I need to lose weight, but I can't afford healthy food really and my metabolism is super shitty rn. Any idea on what I can do?
Hi marilyn, and welcome. Your dose probably needs upped indeed, or you could try a different brand, or even NDT? About healthy foods, you can eat pretty healthily from as little as 20 euros a week is my experience. Beans and rice are cheap, fruit and veggies from the market (just before they close and want to go home) don't cost much. You can try gluten free and eat no processed food and as little refined sugar as possible. I think you also need to get your blood tested to look at your thyroid levels.
This may also be helpful https://theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com/2016/11/15/hypothyroid-patient-checklist/
Check out fatgirlfedup for inspiration. She has lost over 300 pounds naturally and without much money.
Your body may not convert the t4 meds in levothyroxine and you may need t3 meds also. Like an NDT med. Ask your dr to try switching you after checking all levels. You can eat healthy on a budget but it takes work and you need to cook for yourself. In the US supermarkets, you need to shop mostly outer aisles and look for sales. It requires effort but it can be done. Stick with whole unprocessed foods (think avoiding foods in a box - so cookies, crackers, cereals, packaged mac and cheese, frozen meals, etc). Lots of fresh veggies (frozen ok too but fresh is best), lean meats, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, rice, etc
The whole baked chickens in the Deli are your best friend! Use them for sandwiches, top salads, stirfrys etc.
Continued hypo symptoms and always increasing your dose of levothyroxine with no relief usually means that is not the right medication for you. Some people need to add the T3 hormone or switch to natural thyroid hormone. If your doctor won't prescribe it, then look for a more knowledgeable thyroid doc.
Im hypo dr dropped mine from 200mg bk to 100mg one day 125mg the following
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Hi marilyn I went through something similar and I’m now on 200mg ( was 500mg). One issue I had was converting T4 to T3 so I was changed to T3 ( 60mcg) and eventually I have reduced my dose down and gone back onto T4. I’ve only lost weight recently properly because I’ve increased my protein and decreased fat & Carbs (2:1:1) I don’t cut out gluten as I don’t have to.