Losing weight with adrenal fatigue and hypothyroid
I got diagnosed with adrenal fatigue last summer. It was a relief to know my symptoms were not in my head but now I have a lot of work to rebuild my adrenal glands. Has anyone else had to deal with this and any tips for losing weight with adrenal fatigue.
I also am hypothyroid cause my thyroid was killed in 2004.
Tips: Go slow, and resist the urge to compare your loss rate to others who don't have the same challenges. Losing weight is a stress on the body, affecting cortisol levels and lots of other relevant things. So when you feel frustrated that you aren't losing faster, remind yourself that slow, sustainable loss is the way to go for you. I'd recommend looking up your BMR and counting calories; you may find that with your health issues, you don't burn as much as a 'normal' person. But experiment and see how your body reacts. Again, 2 lb a week losses aren't likely to happen, nor do you want them to happen. Slow and steady.
If you are still hypothyroid, you may want to look into adjusting medication levels.
Edit - One other thing - don't overdo it with strenuous exercise. Movement is good, but really intense exercise doesn't usually play well with adrenal fatigue. Walking regularly will be much kinder to yourself than trying to do an hour of cardio at the gym. (Corollary: You won't be able to burn as many calories through exercise as others, which makes your diet - and staying within whatever your calorie range is - all the more important.)
Hi I'm new to this so can't give any tips but adding strength training vua a BodyPump class has seemed to peak something in me, weight is coming off!
I have an cortisol deficency because my adrenal glands are not producing hormone, I'm still getting tested for a dx
I'm on Cortef 15mg a day
Oooooh and PPT hyper to hypo on 25mcg synthroid, blood work to check levels on wednesday
Dr. Diane Schwarzbein, an endocrinoligist, writes extensively about diet & adrenal fatigue in her 2nd diet book, The Schwarzbein Principle II. You might find some helpful info there.
oh this is sad... I'm sort of in the same boat. I didn't realize that I had this condition, and then I underwent an intermittent fasting regimen for a couple of weeks (I used to do this ALL THE TIME when I was younger... but it went sour this time) that exacerbated the adrenal fatigue, and made me put on MORE WEIGHT than before. I've had MORE TROUBLE trying to coordinate adrenal recovery and losing weight.
Apparently eating very clean (lots of raw veggies and steamed lean meats), and eating every 3 hours is ideal for both purposes.
It can be very difficult! Especially since a person with adrenal fatigue craves salty and sweet foods.
I am hoping to keep disciplined with my diet.
Let me know if you've had any success!
Yikes, I'm so sorry to hear that IF aggravated your adrenal issues, reanbean! I've lost 11 lbs since my last post in this thread in May down to my current ticker weight - just moderate calorie counting and occasional non-strenuous exercise, though I do think eating a paleo/primal diet has helped some. Definitely not breaking any speed records over here, but it's progress!
If you're interested, you might google the Perfect Health Diet - it's a pretty interesting, scientifically rigorous analysis of a smorgasbord of different nutritional studies. Though not specifically for adrenal issues, it's been helpful for me (and tremendously educational!) Good luck with your diet plans.
So, a little bit of an update. I eat nearly the same thing every day, and after four weeks, I've lost 8 pounds, and my adrenal fatigue symptoms have been getting better. I also walk about 20 minutes or more 3-4 times per week. I ALSO go to bed before 10pm, and sleep in until 9am on the weekends.
The more I lose, the more difficult it seems. I have serious cravings, and I feel hungry sometimes, but I've found that I can cope with it. I eat often enough. My husband loves to eat fast food, pizza, and macaroni RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME... but, I've decided not to eat garbage food, highly processed carbs, or coffee.
My saving grace has been being able to eat nut butters, dark chocolate every day, and LOTS of salt! :) I use real salt VERY liberally, especially on my eggs and avocado.
I'm in a weight loss competition at work, so I've got a little bit more of incentive not to cheat on my diet. Come to find out, the high school wrestling coach is in the competition- NOT FAIR! Anyhow, I make 2 enormous bowls of salad two or three times a week, and they last me for a while so that I don't have to cook so often. I'm a graduate student, so I don't any ANY time to waste.
Here's what I have every day:
-2 cups of green tea throughout the day with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar; at least 2 glasses of water (I usually drink 3-4 extra large glasses)
Breakfast: 2 over-easy eggs, fresh broccoli and baby carrots
-4 vitamin C
(I'm waiting for Rodiola extract in the mail, and I just started taking B5 (Pantothenic acid) today)
9:30 am or skip if late breakfast
Snack: turkey or chicken meat muffin made with oats
Lunch: 4 oz. of seasoned & steamed chicken or pork, giant salad with chopped apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, peppers, zucchini, etc., and homemade salad dressing (ginger root, fresh squeezed lemon juice, raw honey)
Snack: half of an avocado or raw nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut)
Dinner: 4 oz. of seasoned & steamed fish, giant salad with lots of fresh veggies such as bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, etc. (salads vary); homemade salad dressing, and 1/3 70% cocoa dark chocolate bar! :D
Snack: half of an avocado or raw nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut)
After reviewing my Lose it! account, I've realized that I'm consuming 200 or more calories over what the program says I should be consuming in order to lose 2 pounds a day (1100... seems way too low), and that's most likely due to the nut butters and/or avocado snacks.
I've been out of my adaptogens for two days now (Ashwagandha & licorice root), and I feel like dirt! My eyes burn and ache all day, I am extremely tired, irritable, spacy, my joints ache like crazy, and I'm not sleeping well again.
I think the adaptogens were actually what was allowing me to lose weight! I can't wait until they get here. ONE MORE DAY!
I am so glad I found your post! I have been telling my Dr. for a year now that something is wrong with my body, and I've gained 40 pounds. Try carrying a 40 pound bag of dog food around a store, and you'll know how bad this feels. Yours is the first post I've seen that details the diet you follow. I've been diagnosed with low cortisol levels, and have a 2 hour test on Monday morning to further screen for adrenal problems. I have not found the information you posted on the adaptogens...going to the store now to buy these! I have it all...the burning eyes, aching all over, tiredness, spacy, not sleeping at all. And feel horrible about myself. So going to try your way of eating, and see how that helps. Thanks so much for posting!
Scoot over girls to make room for one more in this adrenal fatigue boat. I saw a naturopathic doctor earlier this week. Going to test blood and saliva tomorrow. I'm a type 2 diabetic and hitting menopause, so the very slow weight loss was expected. But not the sleeplessness and total exhaustion!
I eat a Paleolithic diet and the doctor liked that. She liked the vitamins I'm on, but she upped my fish oil dose and added cucuramin. She's got more supplements planned after the test results come back.
See ya 'round!
UPDATE: I think I'm cured! 5 months later, and various diets adhered to, 18 pounds down, and hopefully more to come!
Check out the full details in the mini goals forum, and ask me any questions about how I recovered and lost weight if you like! I want to post pictures once I'm at 20 lbs lost :-)
reanbean...congrats! you worked hard. i am new today and just looking around. i noticed you dealt with adrenal fatigue and hypo thyroid. and i saw you dealt with burning eyes.
i have many problems but recently-a few months- i have had burning eyes on and off and they water. i wondered if you know if this is from adrenal or thyroid problems-i have both...and if you figured out what to do to fix it.
i cant figure out what is causing it. thank you.
Hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue
I have been hypothyroid for 22 years and have, for the most part, been on Synthroid. Things were not going well. I was more of an athlete in my younger days but as I got older, the energy was escaping me.
Here is what I learned:
Synthroid does not offer support for your T3. I now am taking an all-natural hormone -- Erfa. This can only be prescribed through a Naturopath Doctor unless you have an MD that is more pro-holistic. Yay! Go for it! There is another hormone replacement prescription called Westhroid (westhroid.com) but all I know is that it is readily available in the US.
You also need other supplements to help support your thyroid, such as Zinc and Selenium and B12. Even though you might be a red meat eater, most people are still deficient in B12 (is my guess).
After 22 years of my thyroid being mismanaged via the use of Synthroid and doctors not educating me and me thinking all was well I have been diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue.
Here is what I have learned:
To know for sure where your cortisol levels are, I highly encourage you to take an Adrenal Saliva panel and if your gut is having issues, also a GI panel. If your MD or insurance will not allow these to be covered or offered, I would figure out a way to get them. They are not cheap ($120 for one and $210 for the other -- that's what I paid), but well worth knowing where you are in your journey.
Also, a lot of MDs won't test for adrenal fatigue until you have gone to the brink of having Addison's Disease. Boo.
THINGS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU:
1. Read "Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Syndrome" by James Wilson. This book not only has a very detailed questionnaire to help you figure out where your adrenal fatigue came from, but also helps you to understand what is going on in your body AND will guide you in recovery steps.
2. Find a naturopath doc -- a good one. I love my doc. We meet over the telephone, but she is priceless to my recovery. Her name is Dr. Ariel Policano. Some insurance plans offer naturopath docs so check to see if yours will!
3. Be wary of what you read on search engines and look more for personal experiences. I found some great advice from people who blogged and will most likely blog my experience as well in hopes that it will help others.
4. Your adrenal fatigue and health are individual to you. Therefore, it is important to have a trusted medical advisor who will listen and test and listen and listen. This is why I turned to naturopath.
4. Weight gain is common with adrenal fatigue so eating well is essential.
5. Exercise is also important BUT the right kind is even more important. Too much cardio and hard workouts can actually set a person with adrenal fatigue back. I was a long time runner, aerobic kick boxer and soccer player. I am now learning how to do Pilates and Yoga and walk more rather than run. You get the idea.
6. SLEEP is under rated. If you live in a go-go society, which most of the world does, then there might be a likelihood of sleep deprivation. Getting to sleep by 10pm or even earlier allows a person to have a deeper slumber prior to midnight. That's right! Before midnight is important. Dr. Wilson also writes about being able to sleep between the hours of 7am-9am as often as possible. Calm down... dont throw tomatoes at your screen. If you work 5 days a week, then do this on Saturdays and Sundays and other days during the week if you can.
7. FOOD: For some, food might be an issue. The first thing if you are hypothyroid and diagnosed with adrenal fatigue is to take the gluten out of your diet. There is still plenty of amazing whole foods to be eaten without gluten.
8. LAUGHTER: do it! And as often as you can. I stopped watching my favorite Law and Order so that I can do more laughing. Laughing and high doses of vitamin c are crucial to anyone's well being.
LAST... The more seriously you take your recovery, the more likely you will recover in a timely manner.
I hope this all helps. Please ask questions. I'm happy to share what I know in hopes that it might help someone. I am NOT a doc, but have done enough research to guide others to good reading materials and good websites.
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