Thyroid Diet, The

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From patient advocate Mary Shomon, author of Living Well With Hypothyroidism, here is the first book to tackle the weight factors specific to thyroid patients and detail a conventional and alternative plan for lasting weight loss.

An estimated 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with thyroid disease-most of them women-and for the majority of them, losing weight is mentioned time and time again as a primary concern and chief frustration-a challenge made more difficult due to the metabolic slowdown of a malfunctioning thyroid gland. For these thyroid patients, treatment alone doesn't seem to resolve weight problems. Further, they may struggle with raising basic metabolism, resolving underlying nutritional deficiencies, treating depression and correcting brain chemistry imbalances, reducing stress, and combating insulin resistance.
- The Thyroid Diet will identify these factors that inhibit a thyroid patient's ability to lose weight, and offer solutions-both conventional and alternative-to help. It will discuss optimal dietary changes, including how a thyroid sufferer should focus on a low-glycemic, high-fibre, low-calorie diet, eaten as smaller, more frequent meals to balance blood sugar. The Thyroid Diet addresses the use of various herbs, nutritional supplements, and prescription weight loss drugs, outlining the necessity of exercise, and drawing together all information into an integrated diet and exercise plan. It contains several different eating plans, food lists, and a set of delicious and healthy gourmet recipes. With handy worksheets to use in weight loss tracking, and a special resource section featuring websites, books, and support groups, here is vital help for the millions of thyroid patients dealing with weight problems.
- Mary Shomon has been praised by doctors around the country for her medical knowledge and sensitivity to patients' needs. She will be receiving similar blurbs for this new book. There are no other books on controlling your weight problems if you have a thyroid condition, yet over 40% of overweight people have evidence of a thyroid condition, and the weight loss problems facing them are unique and need a specific approach.

Customer Reviews:

  • Sanity Check
    I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about 1 1/2 years ago. I thought once they put my on medication that all my symptoms (dry skin, horse voice, pressure in chest etc.) would go away and I'd finally be able to lose some weight. However 18 months later and all my blood tests say my thyroid levels are good but I still have all the same symptoms with the exception of pressure on my chest. I've been a member of Weight Watchers and following the points program, exercising 5 days a week and I'm gaining about 1/2lb a week. Until I read this book..I thought I was doing something wrong. I now have enough information to have a much better understanding of my condition and I will certainly have alot more questions for my doctor. The last time I mentioned to him that I was concerned about my weight gain he simply asked me how much exercise I was getting. When I told him I was doing 30 minutes, 5 days a week on the treadmill, he simply responded that the new requirements are 40 min's, 5 days a week. I walked out of his office so discouraged thinking..are you kidding me. I'm doing 10 min's less than the recommended and that's supposed to explain why I'm gaining 1/2 lbs a week. Anyway I'm getting new blood work and now at least I can question my doctor better or I'll be finding a new one....more info
  • Never Received This Product...
    I cannot tell you a thing about this product, it was delivered to somewhere in West Dundee, not to me, I have not had time to follow up on this, but I intend to. I am quite disappointed as this has never happened when I have purchased from Amazon. Maybe someone here can find my purchase........more info
  • Maintaining weight when hypothyroid isn't easy...
    I liked this book. I think that too many people who review this book are looking for the magic pill that will not just fix their thyroid, but magically make it easy to lose weight. Let's get one thing straight - even with your thyroid meds optimized, weight loss is still something that you have to work at, just like everyone else on the earth. And if your meds aren't optimized it is even harder.

    So yes, Ms. Shamon does "rehash" the diet and exercise advice - these are necessary to everyone who wants to lose weight. She has compassion for those who aren't optimized and struggling with issues that make it harder for thyroid patients to lose weight - pain and fatigue that make exercise hard, a lower metabolism than the average person no matter what you do, etc.

    She does address many issues that often appear in those weight thyroid disease, such as gluten sensitivity, yeast overgrowth, and adrenal issues. She addresses facts and myths about thyroid disease, and gives a little diet test to help you decide which way of eating is going to work best for you. I scored high on the carbohydrate section which means I need to eat lower carb.

    The book mostly focused on people who are hypothyroid, mostly because most people who are hyperthyroid eventually become hyper through either removal of their thyroid or radiation to kill their thyroid, plus weight gain is more common in hypothyroidism than hyper.

    For those who are hyperthyroid, you would be better off with Ms. Shamon's book Living Well with Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism.

    She starts off with basic information on what hypothyroidism is and gives a quick self-test. The more items you check, the more chance it is that you have thyroid disease (either hypo or hyper).The next chapter includes a short (too short I think) discussion on optimal TSH levels. She does not address optimal Free T3 or Free T4 levels, but does discuss these as blood tests you might want to have done.

    She gives advice of supplements and herbs that might aid with weight loss (again, there is no magic pill), including prescription pills, how to get in exercise even with pain and fatigue, and an eye opening calorie worksheet that estimates your base metabolic rate. Mine is incredibly low - around just 1200 calories a day! There is a large recipe section for those who like to cook. Each recipe includes calories, and grams of fat, carbohydrates, and protein.

    At the back of the book is a huge section of resources. It has everything from helpful books and magazines, diet tools, allergy testing labs, cookbooks, fitness and exercise, help finding a good doctor, and help finding a personal trainer....more info
  • Wonderful
    This book really helped me to understand every thing I wanted to know about a thyroid disease. I have been hypothyroid for a few years, and my doctor is still trying to find a right dosage for the medication. I have used the advice in this book for about a month and have already seen results!...more info
  • A waste of money
    The title is deceptive. Most of the book is information about they types of thyroid problems and treatments available. There is no "special" "Thyroid Diet" in this book. Its simply a rehash of all the diet information out there about fats, calories, the glycemic index, etc., with a little input about some foods which may contribute to thyroid problems. ...more info
  • I'm not sure what to think!
    After reading all 18 reviews posted here I find it disturbing that only one mentioned losing any weight. But to be fair,I don't know if it's right to negatively label this diet as a mish-mash of all other diets. Don't all diets share in common three basics. Proteins, fats and carbs? Unless sources for nutrition have radically changed from the norm then all diets are essentially working with these same three nutritional elements and some repetitiveness is to be expected. Could attention to the fine details of a diets contents help those of us with Thyroid problems to lose weight? I was hoping to discover that as an unbiased answer here before I bought the book. Back to reading in the isles of Barnes and Noble I guess....more info
  • don't waste your time -- or money!!!
    if your diet consists of big macs, milkshakes and junk food, this book might be of some help to you. but if you already take care of yourself and eat a healthy diet, it doesn't provide any new information. it's all common sense -- cut the carbs, cut the fats, cut the calories. i have to agree with others who've reviewed it -- this is just a re-hash and mish mash of current diet philosophies. take the money you'd spend on this book and go take an exercise class! i didn't learn anything from this book that i hadn't already learned from my doctor....more info
  • The Thyroid Diet
    I found the book very informative. Especially the vitamins that might help lose the belly fat and weight loss. I have invested in the CLA and have had to invest in calcium as I am on active duty right now and have already suffered a stress fracture due the time that I have had to be on my feet. I'm hypothyroid, have had a hysterectomy with everything taken but an ovary and would like to lose the belly fat and tone up in other places.

    I also explains the adrenaline rushes I have at night after eating too much carbohydrates. Due to the long days at the office during this deployment to a warzone, there isn't much time to exercise and eat like a should.

    ...more info
  • Thyroid Diet by Shomon
    The author reviews classic tests for the thyroid; such as,
    nodule evaluation by blood test, the radioactive thyroid scan
    and the thyroid ultrasound. Classic manifestations of thyroid
    cancer are discussed. i.e. neck lumps, voice changes, breathing
    and swallowing difficulties and lymphatic node swelling.

    The TSH test is an important thyroid test tool with a problematic
    reference range in excess of 2.5mIU/L. Classic thyroid problems
    are with T4 cell production, T4 to T3 cellular conversion
    and cellular absorption for T3 cells with regard to weight loss.
    Important thyroid treatment modalities are probiotic pearl, zinc,
    selenium, L-tyrosine, guggul and Omega 3 fish oil.

    Food caloric intake is an important formula parameter:

    Food calories= basal metabolism + calories expended with activity
    + calories expended in digestion

    Classically, too many carbs cause an adverse insulin reaction.
    Therefore, the endocrine system experiences imbalances due to
    diabetes and leptin resistance. Certain foods promote goiter
    formation. These are broccoli, kale, millet, soy, brussel sprouts and mustard. A single muscle can take up to 50 calories per day
    to maintain. Fluoride levels should be kept to below 4,5 mg/ day
    for optimal thyroid functioning.

    This volume provides good advice for persons having thyroid
    issues either hyper or hypothyroidism, as well as metabolic
    issues. The book is a good value for the price charged....more info
  • Really Helpful!!
    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate everything that Mary Shomon does for those of us with thyroid disease. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a year and a half ago. I bought her hypothyroidism book to help me learn more about this disease and what it's all about. I found out that there are even people in my family who had it, and didn't know it! It probably explains why most of us are overweight, too. There is tons of valuable information that most doctors don't even know about in her books, but the hardest part for me is finding a decent doctor to help me with my thyroid problem. But hopefully, with the information I have, it's going to be different from now on.

    So now, I'm tackling that part, and doing the Thyroid Diet. I'm so glad to know that I am not the only one having trouble losing weight since my thyroid problem. I finally feel validated. No matter what I did I haven't been able to lose the weight, but I've started the diet, and began a weight program and walking exercise schedule, and FINALLY began losing weight.I started in March, and just in a month, I lost 6 lbs, which is unheard of for me. I also started the CLA, Lean for Less, hoodea and cinammon that she talks about, and am taking them faithfully...I do believe the combination of products have given me an added boost.

    I am glad to finally find someone who understands my frustrations! I will continue reading and I like getting all of the info I can on thyroid issues.

    --KK...more info
  • First Time I've Been Able to Lose Weight in Years!
    I really am glad I found Mary Shoman's "Thyroid Diet" book. I have been hypothyroid for a few years, and I never had a weight problem in the past. But the weight creeped up and by the time they diagnosed me, I had gained something like 40 pounds. (I never found out the final #, cause I wouldn't even look at the scale at my highest. UGH!) I felt awful, and I tried every single diet program out there, I did no-carb, I did low-fat, I did low-cal, and I just kept gaining weight, or I didn't lose anything.

    It was ridiculous. My doctor said that my thyroid had nothing to do with anything, but I knew, I just KNEW that my thyroid had something to do with it, because, for goodness sake, I never had an extra pound on me until the thyroid problems started up and I started with hypothyroidism.

    A friend of mine who is also hypothyroid told me that she had some success following some things she'd read from Mary Shoman at her website, and so I decided to get this book. It's been a real godsend, because for the first time in about 5 years, I've actually been consistently losing weight. First it was just a few pounds, really slow, but I LOST!!! I've started taking a couple of vitamins that she recommends, and I think that's helping too, but the overall diet is what's making the difference. I'm eating, but I finally feel like I'm eating the RIGHT things, and believe me, you can go spend 7 a week, or 20 a month, or 2000 a year at a local weight loss program, but if you don't lose weight and you tell them you have a thyroid problem, they're going to tell you you're not "doing the program right." And Shoman doesn't tell you that...she knows how the thyroid affects weight, and she explains it, she interviewed doctors who also talk about leptin, and metabolism, and the impact of thyroid on blood sugar, timing of food, and the best thyroid medicines and such...all things I think are what helped me sort of break the "losing streak" I had at weight loss! I even had a blood sugar test I read about in the book, and the doctor says I could be headed for pre-diabetes, so I definitely am doing the right thing by losing weight!

    There is definitely no magic diet cure -- wish there WAS!! -- with a thyroid problem or otherwise, but I feel like with Thyroid Diet, I at least have a fighting chance to figure out what foods, calorie levels, supplements, and other sorts of approaches might actually make a difference for me.

    I really recommend this book. I got it January of 2005, and as of April, I'm already down 20 pounds!!!

    Can't argue with success, right? ;-)...more info
    This is not a book for people who have gained weight due to a thyroid condition. I had my entire Thyroid removed a year ago and have gained twenty five pounds prior to the operation and that was in less than six months.
    This book only offers popular diet plans that are already available to the general public that have gained weight the old fashion way, through eating too much and not exercising enough or at all. Needless to say I am very dissapointed.
    In my entire life I have never gained so much weight and it's not due to my diet or lack of exercise. For me this is not a normal condition that can be cured with a low carb salad.
    I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone with a REAL THYROID CONDITION and plan on donating it to the Library.
    I saw a news story about a Veterinarian who totally cured a monkey of any thyroid symptoms and I'm hoping that one day a human Doctor will be smart enough to figure out something for humans because there's nothing in this book that will.

    ...more info
  • a misrepresentation

    I have been diagnosed as a borderline hypothyroid about 14 years ago! I've lived with this condition without any treatment and I considered my life pretty "normal", I never thought it was a dibilitating condition at all, infact I was surprised that it can be that extreme! About 3 months ago I thought I should stop procrastinating and do something about it, I had a checkup, had some tests and started taking some thyroid medication as the doctor ordered. I also bought a couple of books about hypothyroidism, one of which is this one.

    I did not learn anything new about dieting which is specific to people with hypothyroidism, I used to be chubby when I was a kid and hence I have always been very "health conscious", as in one of those people who spends 10-12 hours a week exercising and doing all sorts of outdoor activities for fun, I have managed to have a healthy BMI level of 21 as far as I can remember, way before I was diagnosed, I do not follow a specific diet, "all in moderation" is the motto I adhere to the most, out of curiousity I have read about Atkins, Southbeach, Weightwatchers and all these other diet articles and books, I did not see anything special or additional info in this book at all.

    The "Thyroid Diet" title is a misrepresentation in my opinion, the diet portion only gives a "high-level" description of the various commercial diets out there. I could not figure out which of the diet tips is specific to people with hypothyroidism.


    I do have some of the symptoms that were described in the book but rather on a milder level, I am quite skeptical about all of my symptoms related to hypothyroidism e.g.

    -forgetfulness (not to the point where I cannot function or do my work, it could be in my genes)
    -dry skin (I thought it was in my genes! nothing a little moisturizer can fix)
    -brittle hair (which I thought was attributed to the products that I use!)
    -oversleeping (i thought i was just lazy)
    -mild fatigue (not often, once in a while, this usually happens when I over-exercise)
    -irregular menstrual period (the only symptom which i thought is related to my thyroid problem)

    The book does not offer any explanation how to "differentiate" between symptoms that may be caused by hypothyrodism not something else. I thought this was a bit frustrating.

    I think this book is more for people with extreme symtoms who has never been diagnosed before. This book was very helpful in highligthing the extreme symptoms of hypothyroidism, since I am a borderline hypothyroid the examples in this book are not applicable to me or if they are it is something that in my opinion is not detrimental to my lifestyle and relationships.

    ...more info
  • TheThyroid Diet
    I was extremely disappointed with this book. It is about how to know if you have hypo- thyroid, (why would you buy it if you didn't know) how to get doctors to give you the appropriate tests, and then how hard it is to loose weight if you are hypothyroid. I expected a book that described types of food or exercise that would be helpful for people who have hypothyroid. Instead, this author basically said,' Different diets work for different people, try Atkins, weight watchers, counting calories, whatever you think might work, and stick to whatever works for you'
    Thanks for the tip! I never would have thought of that.
    The bottom line is: Don't bother getting this book.
    ...more info
  • Glad to Have This Book in My Effort to Lose Weight
    I have had my copy of "The Thyroid Diet" for three weeks, and I've already lost a few pounds. But even better, I'm actually beginning to feel like I may finally have some control over this mess that I've been battling for a long time.

    I gained about 25 pounds before I found out that I had a thyroid problem. (If I'd had some of this advice, I have a feeling I would have figured it out much sooner and saved myself major grief.)

    I've been doing pretty much every sort of diet and not losing weight -- I could scream-- so I could totally relate to this book. I made a few of the changes suggested right way, I already felt less bloated, and felt my hunger level reduce (and I'm one of those people who has a really good appetite.) Now, if only I could actually start to do some exercise--not my favorite thing.

    I'm really psyched about the ideas for supplements, and am going to start trying some of those, but i'm giving my body a chance to get used to the diet for a while before I start. Since I'm actually slowly losing right now, I don't want to mess things up and stop losing.

    One thing is I wished that there were more recipes in the book. There are some really good recipes in here, but I could have used even more ideas. But the ones she has in here are good. I've made a few things from the book and they were delicious.

    I'm getting a copy of this for my 2 sisters (I'm pretty sure one of them has a thyroid problem, and the other is gaining weight all of a sudden after being thin all her life). Like I said, I wish I'd had book this when I started blimping up a few years ago, and didn't know that my thyroid was totally messed up. Maybe I can save them some of the frustration I had.

    I really think this is a helpful book, and recommend it to people who have thyroid problems, and people who are gaining weight fast and don't know why.

    --Carina...more info
  • Just another diet book!
    I've been taking Armour thyroid for the past year and have been very happy with the results. I have also been eating low carb Protein Power/South Beach style for 2 years. This book told me absolutely NOTHING I did not already know, and the "diet" was a mish mash of information and mis-information from all the popular diets currently circulating. What a disappointment. Don't bother with this book-even used. Not worth the money....more info
  • Manage your mind
    This book is a gem; with thyroid disease i feel we are all diamonds in the rough, trying hard to feel, look and function
    like we did before thyroid disease. There is a lot of information, in this book. Supplementation, diet guidelines
    and tests to take to help determine which one to try, exercise
    tips and suggestions.
    Real people's accounts of what they did, tried...etc.

    One line stands out "Remember riding a bike?" "Did you ride
    perfectly, the first time?" it is the try, try again mentality that pushes and motivates you to began again.

    The author has done her research and given us a gold mine or
    i should say diamond mine or information. She has thryoid disease, as well. Her website is

    ...more info
  • Very Informative, Well Written, Easy to understand...
    Mary Shomon has outdone herself again. In her EASY to understand book that covers the details of how we digest our food, to the MANY herbs and minerals that can help Thyroid disease sufferers lose weight and what are just a waste of time or potentially dangerous. She doesn't just focus on HYPO-thyroid patients, she discusses the whole spectrum of Thyroid Diseases, including Thyroid Cancer Patients. There are also Many many valuable resources listed in the back of her book as well.
    Don't pass this book up, if you are suffering Thyroid Disease and cannot seem to lose weight this book will definitely give you hope and insight as to why. ...more info
  • Tell Me Something I DON'T Know
    Most woman with a thyroid problem are looking for some concrete information, not generalizations!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE TELL US SOMETHING WE DON'T ALREADY KNOW!!! Sorry, the book gave me no further information than what I already knew. This one goes in the pile with the other "Expert" writings on thyroidism....more info
  • Disappointing
    I did not find what I was looking for in this book. The discussion on herbs and supplements was very shallow and disappointing. I would have liked more information on that. Is it just me, or does this book have much the same information as her other thyroid books? There seems to be so much overlapping between the books. A waste of money....more info
  • It Works! The Bible of thyroid disease!
    I purchased this book to start 2008 out with a healthier diet. (That's right, last year.) I followed some of the suggestions that I thought would help my particular situation until Sept. 08. I LOST 50 LBS. in 6 months. The coconut oil and a few other supplements seemed to be part of my answer, along with regular exercise. Unfortunately, I began thinking I didn't need some of the supplements and suggestions any longer, and I've gained 29 lbs. back.

    The key is to read The Thyroid Diet like a Bible--every day--put into action what you learn, and reap the benefits you're looking for. This book is insightful, provides names of supplements to try and why, and truly works in jump-starting a sluggish thyroid. I am searching around my house for this book and getting back on track in 2009! If I can't find it, it's well worth the $10 to purchase again. Thank you, Mary Shomon!...more info
  • One of the best books on Thyroid I have read
    I have purchased several books on thyroid, regarding hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, graves eye disease, hashimotos thyroid and more. Although they all have very good information, NONE of them gave me the information I wanted/needed regarding this consistent weight gain that I am having! My doctor does not see it as a problem. I need to keep purchasing larger clothing, and have lost my confidence in the way I look and feel. It affects who I am. Some articles or websites say, you now have an oppportunity to experience a new look. Well, I liked the old one just fine, thank you.

    This book has some very good information about what supplements to take, and which ones are a waste of money. It talks about diet, exercise and explains everything in a friendly way, like someone who is just sitting across the table, sharing a cup of coffee.

    It does not talk down to you. It does not act all clinical and doctor view style. It is down to earth and in explainable terms.

    I give this book 5 stars. It is fantastic and I have recommended it to people I know who have thyroid problems and issues with the weight gain....more info
  • Becoming informed
    I have not finished reading this book however it is like a bright light of information. I am understanding a lot of problems I have that doctors just ignored! I can't wait to finish the book, it is filled with information and it's great to feel someone understands....more info
  • Must Read
    Between this book and What Your Doctor May not tell you about Hypothyroidism, I've learned a lot. I also visit Mary's website now and have learned how to manage my hypothyroidsm with my doctor much better....more info
  • Excellent choice!
    Finally a book that covers the topic of 'what is it I can eat and lose weight' if you're dealing with hypothyroidism. Excellent choice. Have recommended it to others. ...more info
  • thyroid
    So far this product has been very helpful to me and has a lot of information that i never knew about my condition. I recommend anyone that has questions or needs help losing weight that has a thyroid problem to read this book....more info
  • Thyroid diet
    this is an easy to use diet that come in handy and helped me understand my problems....more info
  • Save Your Money
    All that this book does is suggest various popular diets, South Beach, Weight Watchers, etc. There is no diet in this book specific to the thyroid, so choose the diet you want to follow and get a good book on that diet instead. ...more info
  • Must have for thyroid patients
    I refer back to this book constantly. I have hypothyroidism and learned a lot from this book. You will be shocked to see how many things you must change from your lifestyle to be able to live a normal life. The thyroid is the body's engine so you really need to read up on it if you have a thyroid problem. ...more info
  • Well done and informative.
    Ms. Shomon approaches the topic from personal experience and as a patient advocate. She has researched the topic and provides good information in a form that is easy to read and even easier to understand. And that is what the thyroid disorder patient needs to know to begin taking charge of their health. I liked the book and would recommend it to anyone that wants to know about thyroid conditions and weight loss....more info
  • Thyroid Diet
    I found this book to be "just okay". Not one I would re-read or even refer back to (unlike some of my books of this nature). There is some useful information for the beginner thyroid patient. There is no miracle diet in this book. ...more info
  • Enlightening
    I was diagnosed as hypothyroid about 15 years ago, and I've been taking medication since. In ALL that time, I was always lead to believe thyroid only had to do with weight - manage your thyroid lose weight. I never bothered to research hypothyroidism farther because I was never given reason to by my doctor or anyone - I'm on medication, it's being treated...period. I found this author on-line by mistake while looking for something else, and I'm glad I did. She has opened my eyes to everything our thyroid glands REALLY do and cause - and weight, by far, is not the only thing affected - also, even regulated, we can see symptoms. I'm currently reading another book as well, and I am trying to educate myself more on the subject. There is a lot to it, and it all makes my life and the way I feel and act make so much more sense.

    I have to say, though, that she is a GENIUS for having "Diet" in the title because this is much less of a "diet" book and more of a map to help you feel better and possibly lose weight. I may not have purchased the book without that word in the title.

    It's all about trial and error. Everyone is different, but this book is an incredible resource for finding something that might very well work for you - she sets out many viable options. This is definitely worth a read!
    ...more info
  • Needs a more clear diet section, this was not worth buying
    I have read on Hypothyroid and this is not the book I was looking for, as to help me to speed up my metabolism. I would like to find a book that just is plain and gives examples of diets and foods to eat. Disappointed.......more info
  • Good for info, not all of it worth following
    I was so excited to get this book and I read it like a bible. I tried many of the things that Shoman suggests. Some work, some don't. I think that's her point--it's all about trial and error for us hypothyroid people and what works for me may not work for you. She merely provides as much info as she's gathered about what's worked for some people. I'm glad I read it--not many of the things worked for me, but it helped me understand my condition better. Recipes weren't great--rather plain. I've been doing Sonoma for a couple of months and have lost 20 pounds--much happier with that diet and it's working! Sonoma fits the guidelines Shoman sets out very well. Worth trying...more info
  • not what i expected
    The book is good if you do not know anything about thyroid disease, the book was not worth the money that you pay for it...more info
  • Great for people new to hypothyroidism
    I got this book after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it has alot of great information for people new to this disease, but with all the research out there, don't go by this person's diet....that is something you will have to find out on your own. One thing for instance is the soy products, that is something you will have to experiment with, she praises it, but other medical professionals will tell you to stay away from it if you have hypothyroidism. Also alot of the vitamins aren't really good for you either. Some don't agree with you and some can really do some damage to your system and shake you up a bit so be careful there. This book is good for new comers to hypothyroidism but as for the food and vitamins please be careful....more info
  • the beginning of the book is redundant
    this is a good little book, but if you have read shomon's LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM, much of what she says in the beginning of THE THYROID DIET is word for word redundant.

    that being said, one would expect from the title, THE THYROID DIET, that the majority of the book would consist of recipes. that is not at all the case. shomon continues giving tidbits of extremely helpful information for those of us who suffer with hypothyroidism. she includes a variety of descriptions of diets one could choose from as well as vitamins and minerals that might be helpful to include.

    the bottom line is that there is no one formula that works for all of us, but there IS a formula. don't give up until you find what's right for you and what makes you feel good again!!...more info
  • Comprehensive pragmatic resource
    This book is well based in solid experience and research. It contains good pragmatic advice on dealing with low thyroid and metabolism. I have actually been able to lose some weight since consulting this book....more info
  • Really
    The book has good information. But the reason people like it is not because it is good. It is because it tells people what they want to hear- "It's not your fault you are overweight." People, admit it! LOVE to blame anything on their weight but them. This book gives people "proof" that they eat healthy and exercise and are still overweight! They get sympathy. That is why this book is so popular, because most of the info in it is pure sensational- scare tactics followed by words everyone wants to hear.
    I was diagnosed with thyroid disorder at 14. I weigh less than 100 pounds and I eat alot for my weight. My thyroid has affected my moods and my hair, and possibly my weight, but I think people are eating a lot more than they want to admit, and then being sluggish and not feeling well makes them eat more, so I guess you could say "its the thyroid" but really it is the food....more info
  • Great Help
    This book was very helpful in covering all the basis of thyroid disease as it applies to daily life. I definetly was encouraging to read that I am not a horrible eater but that i am eating the wrong types of things that do not help in my thyroid struggles....more info
  • An A+ of needed information
    This book was filled with much needed information, it gives the reader hope with a little humor and fact. When I needed answers I looked in this book and there they were, the information will be used much more than just the one time read its also a great reference as well ...more info
  • Reviewed by Maria Louis
    I found this book to be an encyclopedia for the Hypothydroid Patient from A-Z. Very well written with all the latest information and available tests one needs for an optimal functioning Thyroid. I found the receipes quite interesting and different from anything I've ever cooked. Thank God, for Mary Shomon and the information she provides. An extremely helpful person who is very knowledgeable on the subject....more info
  • Hypothyroid adults, listen up..
    Mary Shomon once again explains life as a sufferer of thyroid disease, what it is all about and what it means to live this way. The special body chemistry of the hypo and hyper thyroid patient is used to create food plans that are usable. I have already seen progress in 3 weeks and I do feel better. My carbohydrate cravings are decreasing, my energy level is increasing, but most of all I don't feel my low metabolism is because of something I did.......more info
  • Informative
    This book has taught me alot about the thyroid and it's function. Last year I joined a gym. I used the treadmill and got up to 4 miles an hour, 3-4 days a week and also used the Nautilus equipment. I watched what and when I ate and in four months could not lose more than 3 pounds. Very frustrating. I knew it had something to do with my hypothyroidism but wanted to learn more so I purchased this book. I'm still in the process of reading it but what I've read so far has enlightened me and reaffirmed my frustration. Basically, if you are afflicted with hypothyroidism and want to lose weight you will have to make a lifetime commitment to work twice as hard to lose it. Also, get a blood test early. Doctor's don't usually check this until you're in your fifties. I was diagnosed in my mid-forties AFTER being diagnosed with depression. ...more info
  • Necessary knowledge for thyroid sufferers
    A well edited popular presentation on the metabolic aspect of thyroid illness. The author is well informed on the newest research on thyroid illness, and manages to present the message in a convincing and interesting way. ...more info
  • WARNING - Only Read if You are Hopelessly Obeise!
    This book scared the life out of me! It started off good with a funny, easy to read first chapter that hit home...but then it went south. I was recently diagnosed as severely hypothyroid (even with treatments my numbers are still not good) but I do NOT have a significant weight problem. I have had the same 5-10 lbs on me for years that I would like to loose. And, I was hoping not to gain any more in light of this thyroid problem since thyroid and weight are so closely related. So, I bought this book thinking that I'd get some useful tips. Well, the book basically scared me to death - with how hopeless and depressing it is to be hypothyroid and overweight. She basically says only a tiny minority of thyroid patients can be thin, and even replacement therapy doesn't help. What?? I'm thin! I haven't even been on the hormone replacement until recently. I am incredibly paranoid now that "the pounds will just start coming on - up to 30 pounds in a month!" AHHHGH!! Are you kidding? She goes into painful details - one after the next - of people who just gained like 20 lbs overnight. There are frightening calculations that "if your metabolism slows by just X calories per day - that's 30 lbs per year! This is what hypothyroidism does to you." Ok - stop freaking me out - Ms. Shomon. That is not why I wanted this book and not really what this book purports to be. I wanted to "manage my metabolism for lasting weight loss" - not be depressed and freaked out. Maybe some people like this kind of thing because it explains why they are obeise and makes them feel that they are not alone, but I feel like it also is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. I think I gained weight just reading this thing. She needs to be more specific about people who are hypothyroid and NOT obeise - what are they like? Are they men instead of women? Are they athletes? What do they do for excercise? What made them fall into this "lucky" group?

    There is nothing new or thyroid specific in here. There is a 100 page overview of thyroid disease which only useful if you don't know you are hypothyroid (but one would think you do if you are buying "the THYROID diet") and then a few recipes that any diet cookbook can give you. She lists all the fad diets and says essentially: "Any of these might work - everyone is different. A combination will probably work best for you. You just have to experiment... At the end of the day, it is just diet and excercise." Yeah...that's helpful. If you have absolutely NO clue about thyroid disease, metabolism, or what "bad carbs" and "bad fats" are - then go ahead and buy this......more info
  • Changing my life
    With the information in this book I have been able to understand in simple terms and learn ways to help myself to overcome some of the challenges that I have been experiencing for several years now. I really wish I had read this a long time ago. I highly recommend it....more info