As many of you know from your own experience, hypothyroidism is connected to a difficulty to maintain desired shape. This side effect of hypothyroidism changes life of many patients, especially women. Even though I personally do not experience this problem, I decided to invite Kate B. Forsyth to reveal the secret: how to lose unwanted pounds?
Secret Revealed: Best Way to Lose Weight if You Have Hypothyroidism
Guest post by Kate B. Forsyth
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid condition) occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones that the body needs to function. The hormones that the thyroid gland produces play an important and essential role to your health, and they also affect all areas of your metabolism: they are responsible for the proper use of fats and carbohydrates in your body, help control your body temperature, influence the heart rate, and also help regulate the production of proteins.
Hypothyroidism symptoms reminder
There may be so many symptoms indicating your thyroid bad condition. The most common include: feeling of tiredness (fatigue), increased sensitivity to cold, dry skin, thinning hair, constipation, depression, muscle weakness, impaired memory, slowed heart rate, and weight gain.
Let’s focus on the last one – difficulty to maintain a healthy weight. It is all because metabolism in low thyroid condition slows down. Another thing is that your body may be swelling, because of hormonal imbalance.
Fortunately, you can still go ahead and shed those extra pounds the healthy way. It’s not going to be easy, but it is possible.
Dr. Westin Childs is a firm believer in healthy weight loss even if you have hypothyroidism. He is a physician practicing functional medicine. He specializes in balancing hormones for long-lasting weight loss, and he specifically focuses on treating hypothyroidism, leptin resistance, and insulin resistance. He has several case studies of some of his real-life patients that he has helped. You can read all about it here.
So to get you started on your road to a healthier and more svelte you, here are some tips to remember.
Maintain Thyroid Medication
It is essential to work hand in hand with your doctor to determine which type of medication works best for you. Deciding on the right dosage is important as well. Keep in mind that unless your thyroid hormones are corrected, losing weight the healthy way will be difficult.
A few things to remember about your medications is that it should be taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, and then washed down with plenty of water. Don’t take it with any other medication. Also, wait for around 30 minutes to an hour before eating breakfast.
According to Tina Beaudoin, president of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors, if you avoid gluten in your food, this will help you with your hypothyroidism. How? Well, gluten has a high content of goitrogens. These interfere with iodine uptake and also suppress thyroid functions. When people get rid of gluten in their diets, there is a steady decrease in their antibodies, however not in every case – some Hashimoto’s patients noticed an increase of their antibodies after giving up on gluten, however at the same time they lost weight or at least noticed better metabolism. The choice is yours.
Goodbye to Simple Carbs and Sugars
It’s time to get rid of junk food and those sweets you like. Make sure to also stop taking in flavored drinks (yes, juices included), alcohol, white bread, most cereals, and packaged food. Refined sugar and simple carbs make up a large portion of the excess calories a person takes in every day.
It is recommended that people with hypothyroidism go on a moderate- to low-carbohydrate diet that focuses on complex carbs. Doing this reduces the production of cytokines, tiny proteins that influence inflammation in the body.
Eat More Anti-Inflammatory Food
Food with anti-inflammatory properties eases aching joints and pains and also soothes depression. Also, these foods eases the immunity system as it goes into overdrive in people with hypothyroidism. Some examples of anti-inflammatory food are leafy green vegetables, fruit, fatty fish, nuts, and olive oil.
Eat More Vegetables and Protein
In order to lose weight effectively and healthily when you have thyroidism, it’s best if you stock up on vegetables and food with high protein content. Protein is a key ingredient in weight loss. It has the unique ability to reduce your appetite while keeping you full longer. Some examples of food high in protein are eggs, seafood, meat, nuts legumes, and dairy.
Vegetables also make sure you are getting the right amount of nutrients that your body needs. They also provide you with healthy fiber, which feeds the healthy bacteria found in the gut.
We all know that exercise is an important component in burning calories. Many successful weight loss stories always involve some kind of exercise. Keep in mind that you don’t have to go all out and all at once. Start slow, like maybe going for long walks or lifting small weights. Low-intensity exercises are just as effective as high-intensity workouts when it comes to losing weight.
About the author
Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Natural products & healthy lifestyle passionate, hypothyroidism fighter. Founder and writer of iamthyroidtoday.com
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