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The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss Paperback – August 17, 2004
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As a child I was chubby, but at puberty, slimmed out into a perfect size 8. I went through my 20s as a slender woman of 5'6", eating whatever I wanted (but eating quite poorly), and never even thinking about exercise. When I developed autoimmune hypothyroidism, it was a shock to my metabolism, which had already slowly started to add pounds, along with troublesome thyroid symptoms. Months after I began thyroid hormone replacement, I was still struggling with weight gain that seemed impossible to stop, and on my wedding day, I walked down the aisle in a size 16 dress, despite frantic dieting and exercise. Trying to lose the weight was impossible. I even gained weight on 800 calories a day. It was only when I really delved into the issues of insulin resistance and the thyroid's effects on metabolism that I began to understand why it was so hard to lose weight, and how I might achieve this elusive goal. That's why I wrote The Thyroid Diet...to share the results of! years of my own struggle and research to find out why, despite what doctors say, having an underactive thyroid can cause substantial and stubborn weight gain, and the specific ways you can lose it. Interestingly, as many as 10 million people have undiagnosed thyroid problems, and can't lose weight. The book is for them too, helping them identify the symptoms and risk factors, and outlining how they can get properly diagnosed and treated.
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So yes, Ms. Shamon does "rehash" the diet and exercise advice - these are necessary to everyone who wants to lose weight. She has compassion for those who aren't optimized and struggling with issues that make it harder for thyroid patients to lose weight - pain and fatigue that make exercise hard, a lower metabolism than the average person no matter what you do, etc.
She does address many issues that often appear in those weight thyroid disease, such as gluten sensitivity, yeast overgrowth, and adrenal issues. She addresses facts and myths about thyroid disease, and gives a little diet test to help you decide which way of eating is going to work best for you. I scored high on the carbohydrate section which means I need to eat lower carb.
The book mostly focused on people who are hypothyroid, mostly because most people who are hyperthyroid eventually become hyper through either removal of their thyroid or radiation to kill their thyroid, plus weight gain is more common in hypothyroidism than hyper.
For those who are hyperthyroid, you would be better off with Ms. Shamon's book Living Well with Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism.
She starts off with basic information on what hypothyroidism is and gives a quick self-test. The more items you check, the more chance it is that you have thyroid disease (either hypo or hyper).The next chapter includes a short (too short I think) discussion on optimal TSH levels. She does not address optimal Free T3 or Free T4 levels, but does discuss these as blood tests you might want to have done.
She gives advice of supplements and herbs that might aid with weight loss (again, there is no magic pill), including prescription pills, how to get in exercise even with pain and fatigue, and an eye opening calorie worksheet that estimates your base metabolic rate. Mine is incredibly low - around just 1200 calories a day! There is a large recipe section for those who like to cook. Each recipe includes calories, and grams of fat, carbohydrates, and protein.
At the back of the book is a huge section of resources. It has everything from helpful books and magazines, diet tools, allergy testing labs, cookbooks, fitness and exercise, help finding a good doctor, and help finding a personal trainer.