on 5/17/19 2:55 pm - Fremont, MI
Has anyone who has had the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s been able to keep the weight off? I had RNY in 2008 and initially lost 144 pounds. I kept within 10 pounds for 5 years and then got pregnant. I gained 50 pounds while pregnant and more has gradually crept back on. She is now almost 5 and I have not been able to lose the weight again. I recently was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Any suggestions? I am still down from my heaviest but...
on 5/17/19 3:15 pm
RNY on 11/22/16

I have Hashimotos. I was diagnosed before my RNY. Take your meds,make sure your labs are good.

on 5/17/19 4:17 pm

Same here. Was diagnosed with Hashimoto's pre-bypass and I control it by frequent blood tests so my thyroid medication can be adjusted as appropriate, and I take my medicine religiously and consistently. However, I'm still a newbie (2.5 yrs post-op) so I don't know how this will all play out long term. I do have a great endocrinologist so I'm quite hopeful.

on 5/17/19 6:42 pm - Fremont, MI
I am on a high dose. 187.5mcg we are still trying to get me on the right dose. I have been on Thyroid meds since 1985 but recently they found large nodules which so far are not cancerous. I have only been followed by my PCP until recently since the nodules were biopsied I was referred to an endocrinologist.
Barb RNY August 4, 2008

H.A.L.A B.
on 5/18/19 6:54 am

Pregnancy, plus long term post op life, some people gain. In my year 3-4 I gained app 30 lbs and it took me close to 2 years to drop it all.

Unfortunately, Hashimoto or not, weight gain long term happens all the time. We get comfortable, our portions sizes gets bigger, and by year 5 most if the malabsorption of calories is just history. Our body gets smarter to try to absorb anything it can. Adding just a splash of cream to your coffee in the morning can add up over time. Gaining 1 lb a month is only theoretically 3500 calories extra what our body needs. When you divide that by 30 days for a month, that is only app 115 calories extra. In food or even because of slight drop in metabolism, due to age or, like in your case possibly due to Hashimoto.

Unfortunately - the only way to get rid of that extra is to limit calories, change what calories are coming from (real whole foods vs processed stuff) and try to increase activity.

As long as medication helps you to maintain good thyroid levels, it should be possible, though maybe more difficult, to lose the regain.

Lady year I gained 30-35 lbs. My PCP did not like that. Neither did I. It is 7 months, and by changing my diet, eliminating alcohol, grains, dairy, even fruits, plus increase in my activity I am finally getting where I need to be weight wise. And the first month of the extremely though diet, my body resisted the change. I would lose 1 lb, then gain 1 lbs.

Only when I incorporated intermittent fasting, when I had a initially a 10 hour in every 24 hours, when I would eat, and "fast in at least 14 hours, that I could see my body getting that I was serious. Later on, as I adapted, I could limit the "eating window," to 8 hours. Eating often from 1 pm to 8 or 9 pm. Plus really limit carbs, but adding good fats like avocado per day.

Even now, I no longer drink alcohol. I continue to follow no more than 10 hour eating window, giving my system a break from digestion. That break, even helped my IBS.

Consider that on average, if you are really dedicated, and determined to lose weight, you may lose up to 1 lb per week. At least Initially. That means that a gain of 50 lbs may take up to a year to lose. Dividing the loss into smaller chunks may help.

I.e. during my September visit with my PCP, he told me to come back in 3 months, and he is expecting me to lose the first 15 lbs during that that. I did. After that he knew my body would lose slower so he set up my goals to be 8-10 lbs every 3 months. Realistic if I really wanted to do it. Plus most my other docs are in the same system, so when I had an appointment with any of them in between his visits, he would see how I do.

So 7 months, and I lost the 35 lbs I wanted. Now I can't just go back to eating "whatever-whenever". I am gently increasing safe for me carbs, (some berries, nuts) adding some more fat (an extra 1/2 avocado per day) and I no longer weigh my real proteins (meat that has no sugar added like chicken, turkey, fish, etc)

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

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