Fighting weight gain from hypothyroidism can be difficult, but definitely not impossible. Keeping your condition under control, and trying to lose weight with an underactive thyroid (and slowed metabolism), can make things difficult, but don’t despair. There are many ways to achieve long-term success with your weight loss while dealing with hypothyroidism.
More than 5 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism, and it is estimated that up to 10% of all American women have some form of thyroid dysfunction. The thyroid is a small gland at the base of the throat that is stimulated by the pituitary gland to produce hormones important for metabolism and the functioning and maintenance of all the cells. Under production of these thyroid hormones leads to hypothyroidism.
Increase Your Fiber
Hypothyroidism slows your digestive system down significantly, and most hypothyroid patients suffer from chronic constipation as a result. This build up of fecal matter can cause you to retain excessive water weight and experience severe edema. By increasing your fiber, you help your bowels to eliminate waste and cut back on retaining water weight. Be sure to pair your increased fiber with increased water intake so you don’t lead to even greater constipation. Water consumption will also flush out your lymphatic system, further helping water retention problems.
Boost Your Metabolism
Exercise can help boost your metabolism, but also how and what you eat plays a role in how your metabolism functions. Be sure to eat breakfast everyday to get your metabolism going first thing in the morning (and you will be more likely to begin losing weight). Also, make dinner your lightest meal. Don’t starve yourself in an effort to lose weight, as when your body does not think that it will receive food, it will work to preserve fat. Eat small meals throughout the day, and work on a well-balanced diet consisting of lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins (avoiding starch and sugars).
Add Weight Training to Your Routine
Weight training is often thought to increase your body size, but people that weight train are more likely to lose weight than those that do not. Don’t try to lift weights that are too heavy for your – you should be able to do at least 5 to 10 repetitions before your muscles become too weak to continue. Lower body workouts can be as simple as squats, leg presses and lunges, while curls and twists will be sufficient for the upper body. You can compliment this routine with a regular cardiovascular workout, and you will start losing weight fast.
As with any new fitness or weight loss diet, consult with your physician before beginning. Keeping your hypothyroidism under control while losing weight can be accomplished once you make some lifestyle changes that will benefit you for years to come. Eat healthy and add exercise to your regular practices, and watch the weight drop off.