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How To Lose Weight… Even With Hypothyroidism!

June 26th, 2012 by Ingrid Macher

More than 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism… with many more sufferers yet to find out they have it.

Hypothyroidism is a malfunction of the thyroid gland (a butterfly- shaped gland in your neck), which is responsible for controlling your metabolism. The way it normally does this is by secreting hormones (T3 and T4), which then tell our cells how fast to burn calories for energy.

When this process isn’t working as it should, there are some nasty symptoms….

You feel constantly fatigued. Your skin and nails become dry. Your muscles feel sore and are slow to recover from exercise. You’re constantly feeling cold. You have frequent constipation…

But perhaps worst of all…

Your metabolism slows down and you start holding on to extra weight…

And if you’re trying to lose that weight, it can seem almost impossible!

But I understand your frustration…

The condition runs in my family. And while I personally don’t suffer from it, my mother and sister do… so I know firsthand how frustrating it can feel…

After so many women wrote to me… telling me about their struggles with hypothyroidism, and asking how to get over that obstacle to achieve a slim, sexy body…

I knew I had to help.

So I did some research…

And while I understand how frustrated you feel… and how hard it seems, know this…

Your Situation Isn’t Hopeless!

With a few lifestyle changes, you can still make all of your fat loss goals come true.

These changes allow you to naturally get the condition under control, kick-start your
metabolism and have the fat start melting off…

So let’s get into them… and show your thyroid gland who’s really in control here!

Eat a high protein diet. Getting the right amount of protein is important to anyone trying to lose weight. But when that person has hypothyroidism, that importance is greatly magnified. Protein has an extremely high thermic effect. It takes a lot of energy to break down and digest. This energy, of course, requires calories to be used up. So by just eating a high-protein diet, your body is forced to burn calories, which helps you lose weight.

Eat small meals, more often. Because hypothyroidism has been linked to insulin resistance, you want to avoid having huge spikes in your blood sugar levels. Having large meals will generate a massive insulin release that causes those calories to be stored as fat. So instead of having three huge meals, you want to be eating smaller meals, more often. This keeps your blood sugar levels stable, while providing your body with a constant stream of nutrients.

Avoid simple sugars. Again, this has to do with insulin. Eating simple carbs (such as corn, cakes, white flour, pasta, sugary breakfast cereal) triggers massive amounts of insulin to be released by the body. This is because these foods are digested rapidly, and used for short-term energy. Since you want to keep insulin stable, these foods should be avoided in favor of…

Stick to complex carbs. When you have hypothyroidism, complex carbohydrates are your friends. They are a great source of energy. But since this energy is released more gradually, they don’t wreak havoc on your insulin levels like the simple carbs do. A good way to get these carbs into your diet is by eating whole fruits and an assortment of colorful vegetables.

Get your fats in! Healthy fats can do wonders when it comes to hormone health, as your body needs these fats in order to produce the hormones. Make sure you’re getting good, healthy fats
in your diet, like those from olive oil, avocados, flax seed, fish and nuts.

Amp up on “Thyroid healthy” minerals. There are certain minerals essential to thyroid function. When you’re deficient in any one of them, it results in a decreased metabolism, where fewer calories are burned. To avoid this, you want to keep these minerals at healthy levels. Iodine is needed by the thyroid to produce hormones. Good sources of iodine are seafood, sea vegetables (like kelp), cranberries, and strawberries. Selenium and zinc are other minerals that support healthy T3 levels. Good sources of selenium are lamb, fish, eggs, shellfish, and onions. Great sources of zinc are nuts, oysters, meats, pumpkin seeds and wheat germ.

Lay off the coffee! The caffeine (and added sugar) puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your adrenal glands, which works in synergy with your thyroid. Developing adrenal fatigue from too much caffeine only serves to make your hypothyroidism worse.

Avoid alcohol. This one is pretty obvious. Alcohol depletes you of minerals and dehydrates you. It also impairs your judgment, causes you to crave unhealthy foods, and is generally high in calories (especially when added with high-sugar mixes). As you can see, these factors add up to a nightmare on an impaired metabolism. Avoid.

Get active! Low-impact exercise is easy on the joints and improves your general health. In addition to the calories burned, exercise also helps you lose weight by increasing your insulin sensitivity… ensuring that the carbs you eat are used for energy instead of stored as ugly fat.

It’s no coincidence that these changes would help anyone (if they don’t have hypothyroidism) look and feel better. The principles of sound nutrition get your body functioning at its optimal levels.

When you make these changes in your life, your body has no choice but to respond. Give It a constant stream of nutrients and take away all the stress of eating processed foods, and you’ll
be amazed at how fast your metabolism normalizes and the pounds start melting away!

So make these changes at every opportunity… and finally feel that frustration of having a slow metabolism finally ease up.

I know it will make a difference in your life…

We’re all here to become sexy and healthy… so if you have any comments or concerns, feel free to leave me a message in the comments section below!

 


3 Responses to “How To Lose Weight… Even With Hypothyroidism!”

  1. June 27, 2012 at 2:04 am, Judy Stiles Woods said:

    sounds like the diet I was on when I started losing weight..

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  2. August 02, 2012 at 7:38 pm, Maria Roman said:

    I really appreciate the info on Hypothyroidism! I suffer from this condition as well as my mom and two sisters. I think my daughter may have it as well since she suffers from constant fatigue at age 23. I now realize that a drastic change in my diet will def help nurture my thyroid. Question: I need to loose about 20 lbs and want to go to the gym. Is it ok to lift weights or will that put a strain on my already fatigued body? I go to the gym and use the tread mill for about 30 minutes and then sometimes I hit various machines for weight lifting and feel very tired for the rest of the day. Am I over doing it?

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  3. August 24, 2012 at 6:45 am, Camy BellaDino said:

    Hi, Maria. My name is Camy and I have a thyroid problem for about 20 years. I, also, need to lose about 20 lbs. It is indeed frustrating to see that I cannot achieve my goal even if I am very "organic" and extremely aware of a healthy lifestyle. I am doing Insanity at the moment and I have seen very little results after 7 weeks. I noticed that if I take a natural animal thyroid hormone my "mood" is absolutely 100% improved and working out on daily basis is not an issue. Last week I ran out of it (hormone) and I decided to stay off it for a while. Literally, my energy level dropped dramatically. It's been 2 days since all I want to do is sleep. I will give a try to the tips mentioned above, but I will definetely get some natural hormone in order to "have" myself back. Hopefully the combo will make me see the (so much) desired results.

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