So i went to the doctor the other day because I was severly depressed.
I was perscribed an anti-depressant(yes I know I do not want to be on it, but my dad forced me to take it)
I also had my thyroid levels check. My t3 is low. Everything else is normal, so I am on 25 mg of liothyronine(sp?). My total t3 was 53.
This brings up a question that I hope you all can help me with...
I do not want to stop working out by any means, but I am weight lifting and with weight lifting in order to progress with strength you have to eat more. So I plan on doing IF with the leangains approach, eating 2700 calories MWF and then 1800 TTHSS. Do you think that this will still work to drop bodyfat? I do not want to gain any weight by any means(I am not overweight, I am 165ish and 6'1''). I have gained a little bit of weight, but that was due to over eating crap while battling this depression I am in. I know that my low thyroid levels will contribute to my depression, and I am hoping that if I am feeling better when my levels are normal I can wean off my AD(which is Wellbutrin btw).
I am scared that if I do this I will gain weight with the high carb days 3 days a week, although I hear that carbs are needed for a healthy thyroid. Does this seem like a healthy approach with things while being hypothyroid?
There's a lot of complex stuff related to this which I'm not well versed in enough to remark on in any depth, except to recommend you go to a few of these links and sites and have a read:
There is also plenty of food for thought re thyroid support and depression (amongst other things) in Ray Peat's material. You might read Danny Roddy or even Matt Stone 180 for a more accessible take.
As a side note, I believe weight gain can be a side effect of low thyroid and depression (And SSRIs, although I see you're not on one. I'm not very famiilair with that drug though I'm afraid). Getting to the bottom of what's affecting what in what way is always one of the most difficult things to do, but a very helpful one.
As far as I know carb refeeds immediately after lifting won't/can't add to bodyfat because of the way your muscles use up the glucose after working out. Don't sweat it, and don't skimp out on that part of it if you have low thyroid. You might need to up the carbs a bit even on non-workout days too until your thyroid issues are resolved.
I think leangains approach might work for muscle gain and fat loss, Berkhan says it does. Wikipedia lists having trouble losing fat as a symptom of hypothyroidism, and depression is as well. Maybe once the thyroid medication starts working you will be able to lose fat easier and won't have to worry about eating so little and gaining fat. Hope you feel better soon, Let us know how the thyroid medication helps!
I've a lot of respect for Ray Peat and he does a lot of work to increase thyroid.
You'll not find a specific diet plan from him however I interpret it as:
So in a day we are looking at around 3500 Calories.
liver (particularly for the vid A) (twice a week)
coconut oil (this will stimulate your thyroid)
Time spend in a UVB sun light - Osram vitalux ultra - avoiding washing none smelly areas of body with soap a raw carrot a day
When eating out or eating with friends I'll have anything that is meat and potatoes.
Sea salt added to most things.
I do this for the following reasons:
a) Ray peat has me convinced that it is healthy b) I'm sick of feeling like a person with an eating disorder, and sick of having to consume kilograms of meat per day just to maintain my weight. c) It is cheaper and actually makes me eager to get out of bed in the morning, a plate of lamb chops does not.
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