deathschoice (deathschoice) wrote in vegancooking,

Losing weight as a vegan with hypothyroidism.

Hi there! I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which unfortunately runs rampantly in my family. I am currently on medication (levothyroxine, generic synthroid), and when I asked my doctor about this she said we'd have to wait and see how the medication goes and hope for the best. Anyway, as anyone familiar with this condition will know, people with an underactive thyroid often have an excruciatingly tough time losing weight. I am one of those people.

Basically, I can sit on the couch all day and eat nothing but greasy take-out, cookies and chips and my weight (down to the point) and measurements are exactly the same as if I burned 300-400 calories exercising and ate 100% clean/unprocessed foods/drank nothing but water and counted calories. During the day the scale will budge a little, but almost every morning it is the same weight.

I am having a lot of trouble with this because after doing some extensive internet research I have found that most people who have lost weight successfully with hypothyroidism are on a very low-carb diet (and very low grain/rice diet) which I am finding would be difficult as a vegan. Just one cup of chickpeas has 45-55g of carbs which is more carbs than these people are eating per day.

My exercise/eating habits are usually like so:
  • I walk/jog 4-4.5 mph on my treadmill for 30-45 minutes every day. Sometimes I'll take a break on one day a week, but I feel better if I do it every day.

  • I do strength training 4-5 days a week and this involves squats, lunges, bicep curls and tricep dips.

  • I take a multi-vitamin, b12 supplement and l-lysine supplement every day and a vitamin d supplement once a week.

  • I drink at least 5 glasses of water throughout the day and lots of tea as well.

  • Breakfast is usually 1-2 pieces of fruit an hour after taking my thyroid medicine.

  • Lunch is usually a large salad (spinach, romaine, tomatoes, peppers, red onion, cucumbers) and low-calorie dressing.

  • Dinner is usually a cup of beans with veggies.

  • I am wondering if anyone here has any tips, advice and especially success stories for losing weight as a vegan with hypothyroidism. I would appreciate it so much.
Tags: -health, -health-weight loss, -meal planning, -vegan-dieting
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