How do you lose weight when you had your thyroid removed and are in menopause? I just keep gaining no matter what I do.

C Lia E.
I think you have been dealt with a situation in which gaining weight will be a part of your life. My suggestion would be to focus on how you feel as opposed to how much you weigh, because the amount of weight you have has no value on who you are as a person. Work on being the strongest version of yourself regardless of the weight. Intuitively eat in what makes you feel good.

Terrence I.
Sadly in that case, you’ll probably have to check with your doctor for the proper medication to help balance your hormones. After that, the same rules apply as far as weight management: calories you consume being more or less than the calories you burn depending on your goals. Ultimately, resistance training provides the best long term benefits for losing weight compared to relying on cardio. Increased muscle mass burns fat by just existing and that’s why it’s more beneficial in that regard. (I’m a sports medicine scientist.)

Glen E.
Dear reader, that’s quite something, thyroid removed.. my advice would be: be gentle on yourself.. maybe talk to a physician but most of all be gentle on yourself! Good luck

Lila N.
Weight depends on many factors. When you’re going through menopause your body becomes unbalanced, you need more vitamin E to balance the hormones. You can eat foods with a lot of vitamin E or get a supplement. I use Nutrilite and my mom and aunties also use it at their menopause. One of them even had periods again.
Another reason might be your sleep quality. Sleeping too much or too little both affect your weight. If you can’t sleep well, get more calcium by food or supplements. Calcium helps with the connections in our neuro system which makes us more relaxed, have better memory and sleep well.
Some tips to lose weight: Try to eat a lot of vegetables every meal BEFORE you eat anything else. Eat fried/sweet food or what you love the most in the morning. Eat only veggies in the evening. Never go to bed or take a nap after eating! Let your body digest and burn the calories in at least 3-4 hours before you can go take a nap or go to bed.

C Lian Q.
Have you had a conversation with your physician/healthcare professional? I would also recommend the Whole30 plan. Think of is a way to “reset” your body and mindset towards food. Check out the Whole30 website for more detailed information about the program. Before starting the Whole30, I experienced from headaches and nasal congestion. After the program, the headaches and congestion gone. And, though I didn’t do the program to lose weight, I did drop a few pounds. I hope you find what works best for you.

Hil Ria S.
My mother has hypothyroidism and it’s going through menopause as well. She has extra 40 pounds that she had been gaining in the last couple of years. There’s no much you can do when weight gain is related to a health condition, more than love yourself and learn how to listen to your body. There’s millions and millions of research every year about how food impacts human beings. I had discovered that what really matters is to listen to your body and dedicate yourself to find a better and healthier way to live your life. All bodies are different, every chemical and hormone realized by food has different impacts in every human being and even ourselves.

When you’re making yourself a plate, check out it around 50% veggies, and if you’re trying to lose weight, you better restrict yourself from eating lots of fruits, and if you need something sweet, having frozen berries really helps.

I just think the most important think it’s to consciously take care of yourself, and take actions and responsibility when you don’t feel comfortable with your current weight.