I think the most important thing is nurturing your metabolism by the way you live. The way you eat, and the way you exercise effect your metabolism, and it's not the same for everyone. If you're metabolism is working properly, you'll lose weight. That's basically the difficulty with weight gain and hypothyroidism!
Originally Posted by AMC
If you are hypo, I think you need to eat thyroid supporting foods. Which are carbs, salt, iodine etc.
High fat works really well for some people, but not for others, and it seems that people with weak thyroids don't do well on it. I did it for six months and never got any of the benefits they talk about. I felt constantly hungry and deprived (which would indicate I never achieved that illusive "fat burning mode"), but more than that: I was never satisfied. I couldn't sleep, felt like a maniac (more than usual ), but it all makes sense now: I had an underlying thyroid condition so it wasn't suitable for me. Personally a balanced approach is working for me. It's making me less neurotic and I'm gradually losing the weight I gained over the last year (since going Primal, ironically :P)
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat