When my weight loss story was published in the German Women’s Health, I got many requests from English-speaking readers if I could please translate the story as it turned out that most of my readers are from the US. So, I’ll gladly share that interview in today’s post 🙂
Every year Kimberly had to buy her clothes one size bigger. Yet, she ate relatively healthy and did work out regularly. Only a blood test showed another reason for her figure fiasco – as it is the case with countless other women…
With 5′ 8, you weighed 182 lbs, so you were not extremely overweight, but on the way to it.
That’s right! The problem was not only the gradual weight gain of 4 to 8 per year but also my miserable state of mind. I felt tired, powerless, and suffered from severe hair loss.
What happened next?
My family doctor’s initial thought was that it must be a vitamin B12 or iron deficiency. This was obvious from her point of view because I have been eating a vegetarian diet since I was 6 years old. However, the first shock came when I stepped on the scale in the doctor’s office for the first time in many years.
I had guessed something around 154 Ibs – in fact; it was the said 182 Ibs. A few days later came the next shock: the blood test showed that I suffered from hypothyroidism, or more precisely, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
What influence did the disease have on your weight?
My metabolism was barely functioning, so I was steadily gaining weight. Looking back, I was also almost depressed, and as a result, I had no desire to exercise. Pro forma, I did go on my mini-stepper 3 times a week for 20 minutes, but that had nothing to do with exercise. Even though my doctor advised me not to google Hashimoto’s, I immediately researched whether I could do something myself. For example, in addition to taking hormones, many people get better with a gluten-free diet. That was also the case for me. I make sure that the products are not made from corn, though it has a high glycemic index, making the blood sugar level rise very quickly and fall again quickly.
I also noticed that I was eating too many carbohydrates and too big portions. So that was another reason I was gaining weight. And exercise is good for Hashimoto’s because it boosts the metabolism.
So working out is part of your life today?
Definitely, I started running, or more precisely, I walked and ran alternately because I couldn’t manage 50 meters at first. But I increased bit by bit because I also had more drive directly. At some point, I managed the 3 miles without a break. In no time at all, the first kilos came off. Today I work out 4-6 times a week. I still run a lot and am enthusiastic about pole dancing and bodyweight workouts.
What else have you changed?
In the meantime, I eat a completely vegan diet. For breakfast, I eat gluten-free crispbread with avocado and vegetable pans with mushrooms and quinoa for lunch. I also love green smoothies and legumes: chickpeas, lentils, beans not only taste great but are plant protein bombs and keep you full for a long time. This has also changed; I used to be hungry all the time, but not anymore.
This is how you lost 50 Ibs within 11 months?
Today I see the disease as the best thing that could have happened to me. For many years I was lethargic and unhappy. I thought of myself as lazy, which was not good for my self-confidence. So I withdrew. Now I’m a completely new person, wearing a size 4 to 6 instead of a 12. I feel so much better psychologically as well! Sport has contributed significantly to this.
As a nutritionist and Yoga Teacher, I always emphasize bio-individuality, which means there is no one-size-fits-all diet; each person is a unique individual with highly individualized nutritional and lifestyle requirements. Therefore, I do not think what I do is right for everyone with Hashimoto’s who wants to lose weight. In this interview, I’ve shared what has worked for me.
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