Hypothyriod and Medifast?

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Hi, I'm new and am SUPER excited about starting Medifast. Will start in 2 weeks..

I'm starting at 285 pounds and have had success in the past low carb dieting- until my body stopped losing weight..

I'm married now, would like to TTC and after a gap in insurance am now set to get a physical, complete bloodwork and meet with an endo..

We're expecting PCOS (which I have) and maybe a thyroid issue (hence the no weight loss and fast weight gain)..

Next, because I'd like to get the weight off as efficiently as possible, and have food choice control issues, I'm going to do Medifast!.

My question: does anyone here have hypothyroid issues and has the soy in Medifast caused problems with your health and/or weight loss success?.


Comments (48)

I have hypothyroidism. I take my pill in the middle of the night when I get up to use the bathroom....which I have to do at least once because of all the water we MFers have to drink..

I set it on my bed stand with a glass of water. Also, go to the Getting Started with Medifast Forum and type thyroid or hypothyroid into the "Search this Thread" orange box at the top and you should be able to get the low down from the registered nutritionisst about it. You can also do that on this forum and see what other MFers have to say...

Comment #1

Yep I'm hypo and have no issues. I take my meds first thing when I get up with my cuppa coffee, then my first meal is a cappuccino which has no soy in it. It's been working fine for me...

Comment #2

Me too! I have hypo. I take my meds when I wake up and wait 1 hour before eating my 1st Medifast meal. I alternate daily between cappucino and chai latte because they are non-soy and taste great mixed in my morning cup of coffee. I have lost 26 lbs. in 10 weeks...may not be coming off as fast as others, but it works for me! I wish you the best of luck...

Comment #3

I handle it like Cellis. I take my pill between 3:00 & 5:00 a.m. whenever I wake up for a potty break...always happens. That keeps it spaced at least 3 hours from any of my Medifast meals...

Comment #4

I actually have NO thyroid. I had thyroid cancer 11 yrs ago and had it removed. Hence, I take a high dose of Synthroid - I take it first thing at about 5:30 when I get up. I have coffee and then eat at about 8:00. I also eat a non-soy meal for breakfast to avoid the absorbtion issue. I have not had any other issues, and am losing at a good rate..

Good luck, and welcome!..

Comment #5

I'm right there with you Rebel. I had mine removed when I was 8. I'm on Armour. I too take my meds as soon as I get up in the morning (between 5:30 and 6 am) and eat at work about 8-8:30. It worked for me while on 5&1.

Miggs - You are going to do GREAT on MF!..

Comment #6

Welcome! You will do awesome on this plan! Good luck and losses to you!!!..

Comment #7

Thanks for the advice and welcome!.

I'm not up on all the thyroid stuff so cross our fingers that's not the issue..

I was under the impression that soy was just generally debilitating on the thyroid regardless of what time you eat the food vs. what time you take your meds. I'm still learning, though!..

Comment #8

The soy issue is that it can inhibit the absorbtion of the thyroid hormone replacement. I don't think it is bad for a healthy thyroid, although too much of anything isn't good!..

Comment #9

Soy inhibits the absorption of thyroid meds, as does calcium. Technically, all thyroid, regardless of the type, should be taken on an empty stomach...

Comment #10

I take my synthroid when I go to bed at night, and my levels have remained consistent when checked every three months since starting MF...

Comment #11

I have it too and had no problems.

I lost an average of 2.4 lbs with no stalls.

This is the only program that would work for me it was a Miracle.

Best of all I'm keep it off no problem.

Good luck to you!..

Comment #12

I have PCOS, hypothyroid,and severe anemia. I have really good days and really bad days, mainly due to some medication I'm on. Like previous posters, I used to take my thyroid meds in the middle of the night. I'm on non-soy Medifast products now so I take it in the morning, then eat about an hour later..

I think I average about 10lbs lost/month. I plateau a lot but I also exercise regularly and have menstrual issues that cause weigh-ins to be "botched." But, I wish you so much luck. I always feel it's a double uphill battle with PCOS and hypothyroid, but don't ever give up! It is so rewarding...

Comment #13

Ok, cool. I was just under the impression that soy, even if you don't have hypothyroid, can CAUSE thyroid issues even if you don't already have it. Like cause you to have hypothyroid..

So I was wondering if you were to have it would it wreak havoc further...

Comment #14

Hello and welcome! I have hypo too, and I take my meds around 6a-7a and then wait about 4-5 hours to eat after that! I have been losing weight and it's fine for me right now, but I get my levels tested again this dec!..

Comment #15

I must admit that this is the only program that I find will work for us that have pcos, and thyroid disorders and if you stick to the plan, it works!.

Just take one day at a time!..

Comment #16

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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