Keto and Hypothyroidism
“Your labs indicate subclinical Hypothyroidism. Let’s start you on Levothyroxine.”
These were the words Keto Girl Tara heard from her doctor 1 month prior to starting the Keto Girl program.
Keto, But Little Success
Tara was tired of gaining weight. She tried calorie counting and a vegan diet but neither were successful. In the fall, prior to her hypothyroid diagnosis and joining the Keto Girl program, Tara decided to try regular Keto. She comes from a data driven career, and she decided to religiously track 20g net carbs daily. Tara did notice some positive changes, but she felt super restricted due to the lack of flexibility in the diet. Although she lost 10 pounds over 7 months, it was not sustainable for her and her sanity; she still felt exhausted and blah.
Keto Girl Was My Last Hope
“Anti-inflammatory keto approach that is dairy-free and gluten-free with no carb tracking?! How am I even supposed to make that work?!” This was Tara’s initial response, but she knew she had to try it because of the success she had heard from others. It only made sense, but how?
Doing it the Keto Girl Way
Tara trusted the Keto Girl process. She started avoiding high inflammatory foods, and rather than tracking her carbs, she listened to her body. She began taking note of when she was hungry and full, and what inflammation felt like. Within a week she had lost weight, had more energy and was sleeping better. After a month, she was incorporating several higher carb days while still being able to go back into ketosis the next day. With these changes, Tara watched her weight consistently drop.
The Final Week…
12 weeks and 10 pounds down following the Keto Girl Method, vs 7 months and only 10 pounds down following regular keto and strict fasting. During her last week, she went to her doctor to have her thyroid panel redrawn. Her thyroid levels were suprisingly high, so the doctor took her off of her Levothyroxine. Her thyroid levels were normalizing due to the new Keto Girl diet.
Tara will continue to follow the Keto Girl Method; it is her new medicine. “I’m more than willing to trade in my thyroid medicine for the Keto Girl diet, as I’ve lost more weight, sleep better and finally have the energy to do the things I love! My goal wasn’t to lose a lot of weight as I’m petite, but it feels good to consistently see the scale go down and feel empowered that I know how to eat for my body and my hormones.”