DAY 1: ELIMINATE THE CAUSES OF THYROID PROBLEMS
Carefully consider things that may interfere with your
thyroid function and eliminate them. As you will see, there are a good
many things that can impede optimal thyroid function.
Diet is a good place to begin. Certain foods have developed a reputation
for playing a role in thyroid dysfunction, but this reputation isn’t
necessarily connected to the latest scientific evidence.
For instance, soy foods and the broccoli family (broccoli, cabbage,
kale, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens) have all been said to cause
thyroid dysfunction, but they also have many other health benefits.
Research on these foods to date has been less than conclusive. In one
study, rats fed high concentrations of soy had problems with their
On the other hand, there are food groups where substantive evidence
supports a link to an autoimmune disease of the thyroid that slows down
Gluten is one of them. If you think you are having a thyroid problem,
you need to do a blood test to identify any hidden reaction to gluten
found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, kamut, and spelt. Gluten sensitivity
or allergy can cause many different types of symptoms, from migraines to
fatigue to weight gain.
Besides doing the blood test, you can simply eliminate gluten from your
diet for three weeks. If your symptoms go away, you have a clue that
your system might not like this food. If you want to take this self-test
a step further, reintroduce gluten into your diet and see if your
symptoms recur. If they do, that is another major clue.
There are other food allergies besides gluten that can stall thyroid
function. You might want to work with a medical practitioner to pinpoint
and eliminate these food allergies. A good place to begin is my book
The 3-Week Ketogenic Diet
Besides certain foods and food allergies, toxins can slow down your
thyroid. Testing yourself for mercury and getting it out of your system
and your environment becomes crucial. You also want to avoid fluoride,
which has been linked to thyroid problems, and chlorinated water.
Checking for pesticides is more difficult, but supporting your body’s
detoxification system by eating organic foods, filtering your water, and
eating detoxifying foods can be very helpful to heal your thyroid.
Stress also affects your thyroid function negatively. Military cadets in
training who were subjected to intense stress had higher levels of
cortisol, higher inflammation levels, reduced testosterone, higher TSH,
and very low T3. Treating the thyroid without dealing with chronic
stress can precipitate more problems.
A common form of chronic stress – adrenal gland exhaustion or burnout –
particularly becomes dangerous for hypothyroidism. Adrenal gland
exhaustion occurs when your adrenal glands are unable to keep up with
the physiological needs created by stress.
To remedy this chronic stress, incorporate meditation, yoga, relaxation,
and/or anything that calms you down, lowers stress, and makes you
Day 2: Eat Foods That Provide Nutritional Support for Your Thyroid, and Avoid Those That Don’t
Every step on your road to healing and weight loss depends on proper
nutrition and using food to communicate the right information to your
genes. Treating your thyroid is no exception.
Choose foods that offer nutritional support for your thyroid. The
production of thyroid hormones requires iodine and omega-3 fatty acids;
converting the inactive T4 to the active T3 requires selenium; and both
the binding of T3 to the receptor on the nucleus and switching it on
require vitamins A and D, as well as zinc. You will find these nutrients
in a whole-food, clean, organic diet.
Thyroid-boosting foods include seaweed and sea vegetables, which contain
iodine. Fish (especially sardines and salmon) contains iodine, omega-3
fats, and vitamin D. Dandelion, mustard, and other dark leafy greens
contain vitamin A. Smelt, herring, scallops, and Brazil nuts contain
You want to avoid foods that can interfere with thyroid function. These
include the aforementioned gluten, soy, vegetable oils, and other
DAY 3: THE RIGHT (METABOLIC) EXERCISE
Exercise can make or break your thyroid and metabolism.
The benefits of metabolic workouts fat outweigh the benefits of cardio
or even strength training, since you get the best of both worlds, here
are a few benefits:
Serious calorie burn – The calorie burn during a workout is easily
around 500 calories for a 30 minute workout, but it also increases
metabolic rate from anywhere between 10% to 25% for up to 48 hours, with
some studies showing an increase in metabolic rate for up to even 72
hours. This equates to hundreds of extra calories, which over the course
of a few workouts can become significant.
Improved cardiovascular capacity – Metabolic workouts help improve cardiovascular strength similar to traditional cardio.
Improved hormonal profile – Several studies have shown that hormones
that promote “lipolysis” (the technical term for fat loss) increase as a
results of high intensity strength training. I don’t want to bore you
with all the studies, but strength training in general has been shown to
help improve hormonal profile, and metabolic training is debatably the
best type of strength training to elicit the most powerful hormonal
Faster fat loss – Metabolic exercise boosts your main fat-burning
hormone, growth hormone. This type of training also balances insulin and
keeps low cortisol. Insulin and cortisol are two hormones that cause
fast fat gain. When you fix those, you lose weight quickly and in a
DAY 4: SUPPLEMENT YOUR THYROID AND DIET
Ashwagandha (500 milligrams daily)
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb that helps the body respond to stress,
keeping hormone levels better in balance. Adaptogens helps lower
cortisol and balance T4 levels. In fact, in clinical trials,
supplementing with Ashwagandha for eight weeks helped hypothyroidism
patients significantly increase thyroxine hormone levels, which reduced
the severity of the disorder. Also, try other adaptogen herbs like
rhodiola, licorice root, ginseng and holy basil, which have similar
Iodine (150–300 micrograms daily)
Studies show that even small amounts of supplementary iodine (250
micrograms) cause slight but significant changes in thyroid hormone
function in predisposed individuals. A diet rich in whole foods that
contain iodine — including fish, sea vegetables, eggs, raw dairy and
seaweed — can help prevent deficiency.
Iodine supplements should not be taken with Hashimoto’s disease because
getting too much iodine over the long term increases the risk of
developing an overactive thyroid. While it’s nearly impossible to get
too much from eating a variety of healthy foods alone, sometimes people
taking supplements or eating very high amounts of dried algae and
seaweed can exceed the recommended upper limit of 500 milligrams per
Selenium (200 micrograms daily)
The thyroid is the organ with the highest selenium content in the whole
body. Selenium is necessary for the production of the T3 thyroid hormone
and can reduce autoimmune affects. In patients with Hashimoto’s disease
and in pregnant women with thyroid disturbances, selenium
supplementation decreases anti-thyroid antibody levels and improves the
structure of the thyroid gland.
Because it helps balance hormone levels, selenium can lower the risk for
experiencing thyroid disorder during pregnancy (postpartum thyroiditis)
and afterwards. Other studies have shown that when selenium deficiency
is resolved through supplementation, patients experience on average 40
percent reduction in thyroid antibodies compared to a 10 percent
increase when given a placebo.
DAY 5: BALANCE YOUR MACRONUTRIENTS
Learning how to properly balance your main macronutrients
(carbs, proteins, and fats) can be the difference between your meals
being “fat-burning meals” or “fat-storing meals.”
I have a very simple formula for balancing your meals, I’ll share with
you shortly, but first I’d like to briefly go over why improper meal
balancing is destroying your metabolism.
Unfortunately, most people are eating ratios that spike insulin, raise
cortisol, overload their digestivve systems, and slow down their
DAY 6: OPTIMIZE YOUR FAT-BURNING METABOLISM
When it comes to your metabolism (and fat loss) there are 2 kinds of bodies:
1.) A Fat-Burning Body
2.) A Fat-Storing Body
This sounds over-simplistic, but when you start to investigate how your
metabolism functions in relation to your ability to burn fat, this is
what you’re left with.
Are your habits, exercise, food, and lifestyle supporting a metabolism that helps you burn fat or store fat?
DAY 7: FOLLOW A HEALTH FOCUSED PROGRAM
Instead of trying to lose weight, it’s time to start getting healthy.
Sure, in most of my programs I claim they can help you lose a lot of
weight in a short period of time, BUT the difference between my programs
and other “lose-weight quick” programs is mine are “health-focused.”
- They are based on real food, quality over quantity, and minimum supplements
- They help you balance your hormones
- They optimize your fat-burning metabolism, so it works for you instead of against you
If you’re ready to finally start a health-focused program that delivers
real and FAST results. Results that you can actually keep off, then I
invite you start with my 3-Week Ketogenic Diet, then move to my 3-Week
What Do People With Healthy Thyroids Know That You Don’t?
If you’re like most of my clients you’ve tried different
diets or weight loss programs to try and lose the excess weight that
seems like a constant struggle.
You don’t have to struggle anymore.
You can finally get rid of unwanted weight and it starts with your thyroid.
Fix your thyroid, fix your hormones.
Fix your hormones, lose the fat.
The next logical step is to join a proven science-focused program that
helps you optimize your thyroid, balance your hormones, and easily lose
The program(s) I’m referring to is The 3-Week Ketogenic Diet and The 3-Week Metabolism Diet
You can join one at a time or get both at the same time. While you may
thing these 2 programs will only last you 6 weeks, you can actually
interchange these 2 programs and repeat them for at least 6 months.
The results will surprise you as much as the thousands who have joined these 2 programs. Here are a few: