How to manage weight with thyroid? Here are the Dos and Don’ts

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

 
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Unusual weight gain can be a symptom underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. In the case of hypothyroidism, the individual is not able to burn calories in the required rate due to a reduction in the level of thyroid hormones and as a result, ends up gaining weight. This condition causes the build-up of excess fat in the body.

It can be very difficult to reduce weight under such circumstances but that does not mean that it is impossible. Perfect sync between your diet and your workout session is required to shed kilos the right way. But there are several other factors that you have to take into account when you are suffering from underactive thyroid.

 
 

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Balanced diet

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In any case, a balanced diet is a must while trying to shed some extra kilos. It is much more important while the circumstance also includes underactive thyroid. We must follow a diet pattern which is able to overcome the deficiency in nutrition such as iodine and selenium since they affect the thyroid functions of your body.

 

Include complex carbs

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Complex carbs have a very rich fiber content. The fiber content will keep you full for a longer time stopping the unnecessary intake of calories in the process. Vegetables, whole cereals and whole pulses are some of the foods which are rich in complex carbs.

 

Metabolism boosting exercise

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It is very difficult to lose weight while you have a slow metabolism. Underactive thyroid results in decreasing the rate of your metabolism hence making it more difficult to lose weight. Consult an expert and aim to follow a workout that boosts your metabolism.

 

Don’ts:

Don’t go for foods with a high glycemic index

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Foods with a high glycemic index such as white bread, corn, refined flour, cakes and muffins do not help your already unbalanced thyroid levels. These foods increase your body’s glucose content which ends up converting into fat.

 

Do not cut down goitrogens intake

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Goitrogens interfere with your thyroid functions and block the enzymes that help your thyroid glands process iodine. This results in the thyroid glands producing more cells to counter the deficit leading to the enlargement of your thyroid glands. But completely cutting down on foods which are rich in goitrogens is not advisable since it is rich in other nutrients which are very essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Bottom line:
Make sure that you get enough sleep and also avoid stress as much as possible. This might result in your making bad food choice and overeating as well. Make it a point to drink a lot of water.


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