Underactive thyroid – how much does diet matter?

Our thyroid gland is important for secreting hormones involved in maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Thyroxine is a hormone which is produced naturally in the body by the thyroid gland. Having too little thyroxine or too much thyroxine can cause health problems.

  • Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid gland is overactive –this can lead to a faster metabolism and weight loss.
  • Hypothyroidism means your thyroid gland is underactive –this can lead to a slower metabolism and weight gain.


Chris’s ‘Around the UK Rowing Challenge’


If losing 9 stone wasn’t enough, NC member Chris Angel set himself an ambitious goal for 2017 to row the distance of circumnavigating the UK on his indoor rowing machine – raising money for charity at the same time.

Starting from London, Chris is now past Inverness on our map of the UK.  To make it round in under 12 months requires an unrelenting program. Right now he’s 39% of the way there and 49km ahead of schedule. If he maintains his current pace, he’s set to complete his row by the end of November.



Compare and Contrast with Sprog, Ann and Steve (part 2)

Three-Way Blog Part 2

Last month Sprog, Ann and Steve wrote a joint blog – a ‘virtual chat’ – about a little study we had done together for eleven consecutive days at the end of March 2017. For the study we all completed our Nutracheck diaries in as much detail as we possibly could, including food and exercise, and we weighed ourselves every morning. What we were interested in was whether we could learn anything from our different diets and our different levels of exercise. This is part 2 of our chat, but Sprog started us off with a brief summary of what we had covered in part 1…


The first thing we noticed was that, right from the start, all three of us began to lose weight, just because we felt that the others were interested in what we were doing, and we felt accountable to one other. Then we noticed that Steve, who didn’t even want to lose weight, was losing it the fastest of all of us (SPROG and ANN: Booo!!) which we saw was because heavier people burn calories faster, and even more so if they are men (SPROG and ANN: Booo!! Booo!! STEVE: OK, knock it off you two!)


And don’t forget my Sprog Stepping Challenge.

Compare and Contrast with Sprog, Ann and Steve

Steve, sprog and ann blog image

A few weeks ago we Nutracheck members Sprog and Steve wrote the ‘Wobbleblog’ – a joint blog about our recent maintenance experiences, in which we both struggled to get back to a weight we wanted, following unwelcome increases. While we were writing the blog we realised that our eating and drinking habits and the speed that we lost weight were very different, and we thought it might be interesting to look at these things in detail, to see if we could learn anything from one another. We also persuaded Steve’s wife, Ann, to join us in our study – Ann has been a Nutracheck member for some time, and while she is not yet maintaining, we thought that the experiences of somebody in a slightly different situation would make things even more interesting. In the same way as the Wobbleblog, this blog is in the form of a ‘virtual chat’. Our chat started with Sprog giving a recap of how the study worked…


It was quite simple, really. We all completed our Nutracheck diaries in as much detail as we possibly could, including food and exercise, and we weighed ourselves every morning, after a wee and naked (although glasses to see the scales were allowed!) We did that for eleven consecutive days at the end of March 2017, but we had a look at one another’s diaries occasionally, to see how we were getting on.


Why did we choose those days?


We wanted them to be fairly typical, so not to include one of us being on a holiday for eight days for example. And those days were more or less the only ones we could find for the three of us at the same time. And the last day was the day the whole team could meet up and…err…basically have a few drinks and a nice meal. Not so easy when we live a two-hour drive from one another.