Gather around the campfire for another saucy story. Also, you guys know my style at this point. Either prove it with labs/research or shut the fuck up .
Everyone’s fear of taking T3 is after you stop taking it you’ll be permanently shut down and required to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life. That was my fear a long time ago too. I actually ran across a post from John Jewett where he mentioned he was going to start taking T3 for prep. The post featured a study on thyroid suppression after long term use of thyroid medication. I was actually shocked at the answer. The study showed people coming off thyroid medication after 10 years of usage and within 30 days their numbers were back to their baseline thyroid levels.
I was shocked. But think, these people didn’t have well functioning thyroids to begin with or else they wouldn’t have been on the medication in the first place. But, their thyroid kicked back into action shortly after they stopped exogenous T3/T4. If mine was healthy to begin with would it go back to normal after?
So for my last prep I felt comfortable taking T3. My labs have always showed a healthy thyroid but if you’re in a caloric deficit for months on end it starts to go down. This happened to me as I stopped burning as many calories per day as we had used to in the beginning of prep. So I began to use T3 at the end of my prep and all I can say is holy shit it worked great. I was absolutely peeled for my show. Way farther than I’ve ever gone before in my previous shows. You could see every individual muscle in my body. Now I understand how these guys do it.
I used 50mcg of T3 per day. It was the brand name tiromel which is pharmaceutical T3. I will post a picture below of what 50mcg looks like on bloodwork. Normal range T3 is 2.2-4.2. 50mch T3 produced 7.6!
So the big thing was what happened once I got off? The day after my competition was over I stopped taking T3. I just sat back and watched. Within 48 hours of coming off I felt tired and sluggish. I was worried this would last for a while. But to my surprise within 48 hours after that I felt pretty good. Almost back to normal already.
So 30 days after I stopped taking T3 I had tested my T3 and it was already back to 3.1. This was in the middle of the normal range which is 2.2-4.2. Within 30 days it was perfect. My T4 was still a little low but not by much, plus T4 doesn’t do anything but convert to T3 anyway.
So 4 months after I got off I said fuck it let’s test it again. To my surprise my thyroid improved even more. My T3 measured at 3.8! T4 was back in range as well. At this point my energy was excellent and I actually felt like it was better than before I ever took T3. As if it kickstarted my thyroid.
Would I use T3 again? Yes, absolutely. If you’re taking a significant amount of anabolics you won’t shrivel up, that’s a myth. However, would I take 50mcg per day again? No. I would be fine with 25-37.5mcg per day. I think 25mcg per day would put people in the high end of the normal range which is perfect for most.
I’m going to post 2 pictures. The first one is a lab test of taking 50mcg of T3 per day.
The second is an actual picture of my bloodwork. The hand-written numbers are my 30 day post labs. The number in text are my 120 day post T3 bloodwork.