Melinda, a 33-year-old tax attorney, came to see me after having struggled with fatigue, mood swings, lack of motivation, and gradual weight gain for roughly 3 years. I diagnosed Melinda with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and a low-grade hypothyroidism. As a result of her thyroid condition, Melinda had gained 35 pounds and became mildly depressed. Her weight issue had further affected her mood and self-esteem. She had tried losing weight by following the Paleo diet and then tried Weight Watchers, but neither was successful. This further affected her depression and motivation. She also became a victim of food cravings and began overeating unhealthy and fattening foods.
“I ate virtually nothing for six months and was very strict with what I was eating, and I started gaining weight. Despite my low energy levels, I forced myself to exercise five days a week, but that didn’t help either. After giving up on dieting and exercise, here I am, 35 pounds fatter. I feel like a fat 70-year-old lady and that my life is turning upside down.”
Melinda blamed her depression and reduced self-esteem on her weight problem, when in fact the root of the problem was a thyroid imbalance caused by thyroid autoimmunity. When I treated Melinda’s hypothyroid condition with the right thyroid medication and addressed her body inflammation and immune system reactivity, she began to lose weight, her confidence returned, and her outlook brightened. She also followed my comprehensive weight loss program, paid attention to food sensitivities, took natural supplements to reduce body inflammation and support the immune system, and was able to regain her energy and self-esteem and rid herself of her food cravings. After a six-month period, she was able to lose all the extra weight she had gained over the preceding three years.