Hypothyroidism is a chronic disease, caused by reduced thyroid function. It leads to some symptoms, including increased body weight (caused by decreased metabolism), water keeping water inside the body, depression, muscle pain, increased cholesterol, increased fatigue, mental “fog,” etc. Not only does it increase body weight, but it is also difficult to lose weight due to this disease!
Experts are not sure why it is so, but there are several theories, including changes in metabolism, insulin resistance, and changes in brain chemistry. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help fight this disea-se, but you will not lose the weight in the same way as a healthy person.
Be realistic and realize that there is a certain weight limit that you simply can not cross. Having more energy, getting rid of the feeling of tiredness and depression are usually much more important things that affect the quality of life than a few extra pounds.
Dietary tips to lose weight with hypothyroidism
Reduce the use of stimulants. When you try to fight fatigue, stimulants like caffeine can be a way of life. Stop doing that, do not drink so much coffee, Coke. Instead, enjoy a stimulating tea. This will help your adrenal glands regenerate, and you get the boost of new energy.
Reduce the number of carbohydrates you eat to 45% of the total daily volume. The rest should consist of a lot of protein. Enjoy plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains (whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice, wheat sprouts). These foods are nutritionally superior to their refined counterparts.
Limit sweet (simple carbohydrates) foods such as cakes, pastries, biscuits, candies, ice cream, and fries. These foods stimulate high insulin production. Protein is digested slower, slowing down insulin release.
Increase your fiber intake to 30-40 grams per day. People with hypothyroidism often encounter slow digestion and constipation. Drink 8-12 cups of water a day. Metabolism requires plenty of drinking water. Otherwise, you experience painful weight loss. Hypothyroidism causes weight gain, usually 5 pounds extra.
You can also take extra 10 kilos due to permanent fatigue and reluctance to exercise. If you still feel tired, you are „powerless“. This can lead to a vicious circle. Physical activity and exercise is the key to weight control and fatigue reduction