Do you have a thyroid condition? Here are 5 weight loss tips for people with hypothyroidism& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism, which can result in unwanted weight gain
- Living with a condition like underactive thyroid can also make you sluggish, exhausted, feel jittery and anxious
- Try making these lifestyle changes to avoid pilling on the pounds and live well with hypothyroidism
New Delhi: Losing weight or maintaining weight loss can be challenging for you if you have a condition like hypothyroidism and indulge in too many calories or do not exercise regularly. At this unprecedented time, there’s a good chance that you’ll pile on the pounds if you don’t take care of your diet or maintain a fitness routine. Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid disease, is when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones that help regulate your metabolism, control growth or cell repair. Hence, people with hypothyroidism experience hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, especially around the belly – among several other symptoms.
Experts said most people with hypothyroidism tend to gain weight because their metabolism has slowed. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on lives, it’s even more important to make lifestyle changes that will help you maintain a healthy weight, which is important for overall health and well-being. Here are a few things you can do to trim down and avoid gaining belly fat.
Tips to jump-start your weight loss with hypothyroidism
- Healthy, balanced diet: Focus on a healthful diet that’s rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins. These foods are low in calories but high in nutrients that can help keep you fuller longer, helping you lose or manage weight. Avoid or limit intake of processed foods and those high in fat and sugar.
- Anti-inflammatory foods: Include plenty of anti-inflammatory foods in your diet to help soothe the immune system and calm excessive inflammation, which can cause weight gain and diseases. Foods such as tomatoes, leafy greens, fatty fish, nuts, olive oil can help fight inflammation while providing essential nutrients – such as vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, selenium, zinc, and iron – your body needs for healthy thyroid function.
- Small frequent meals: Eating small meals throughout the day can be one of the most effective strategies to win the battle of the bulge. Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and contain lean proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats, which will help support healthy blood sugar levels as well as prevent overeating by increasing fullness.
- Exercise: Regular exercise is a key component of any weight loss plan. It will help you burn more calories, beat fatigue, and give your more energy. It is recommended that one should aim for 300 minutes of aerobic exercise a week – such as jogging, bike riding, playing tennis, etc. Whether or not you have thyroid disease, making exercise a part of your daily routine can do wonders for your weight and overall health. Make sure that you consult with your physician before starting any new fitness routine.
- Medication: Taking medication as prescribed by your doctor can also help you manage weight and other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Usually, the thyroid hormone is taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning with plenty of water – at least half an hour before eating breakfast. You should not take your thyroid medication with any other medications. You should talk to your doctor if your thyroid medication isn’t working or unable to bring your thyroid levels back into a normal range, as it could affect your ability to lose weight.
Making simple lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, getting enough sleep, managing stress can support your thyroid hormone metabolism, helping you lose or maintain a healthy weight.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.