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With hypothyroidism, releasing weight, though difficult, is possible.
Could you dtect a difference if your thyroid gland slowed down ints production of thyroid
hormone?
When thyroid hormone synthesis decreases it's not always easy to tell by symptoms alone.
Misdiagnosed, under-treated, undetected thyroid disease is a huge problem in America today.
Mistaken as other illnesses or the aging process, thyroid disease is nicknamed "the great
mimicker" because the symptoms weakness, weight gain, fatigue, constipation, and thinning hair.
The endocrine system, which creates, distributes, and regulates hormones in the body has a key
player-the thyroid gland, a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland sitting at the base in the front of your neck.
The hormones produced by the thyroid gland, T3 and T4, regulate the body's metabolism by
providing cells with energy they need to function.
When your thyroid does not produce enough of these hormones, the balance of chemical
reactions in your body can be upset and many times results in a slowed metabolism. When this
metabolic upset occurs it causes many clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism the most prevelant
being weight gain.
When thyroid hormone levels are low your body burns less calories daily. An underactive thyroid
makes every calorie count more, sometimes double. It makes losing weight a slower and more
challenging process.
Attempting to lose weight and have an underactive thyroid, consider these seven things:
1. See your physician
It is important to see your Doctor if you are experiencing hypothyroidsim symptoms. Blood test will
determine if thyroid hormones need to be prescribed.
It's important to note that taking the thyroid hormones will help normalize hormone levels, but they
won't necessarily cause you to lose weight. To help shed those unwanted pounds you must still
make changes to your diet and lifestyle (learn more below).
2. Avoid eating things that hinder the absorption of thyroid hormone
Foods that hinder thyroid hormone absorption should be avoided when taking thyroid hormone.
The absorption of thyroid hormone can be hindered by dietary calcium or iron. Many doctors
recommend not eating any calcium or iron containing foods within two to three hours of taking
thyroid medition, for this reason most advise taking thyroid medicine immediately upon rising. It
can be surprising what foods contain iron and calcium, things like antacids, calcium-fortified

orange juice, and multivitamins so do your research.
Goitrogenic foods interfere with thyroid function and should be avoided as well. Common
goitrogenic foods include non-fermented soy foods, legumes such as lima beans,and raw
cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Preparation methods,
such as cooking or fermentation, reduce the amount of goitrogens in these foods.
3. Eat quality protein to balance meals
Basal metabolic rate (BMR)-the rate that your body burns calories-is most effected by muscle
tissue. To rebuild and restore muscles need energy, even when you are at rest or sleeping. Which
means it is important to preserve muscle when losing weight. To help maintain muscle mass and
higher BMR, speed metabolism, and improve energy consume meals higher in protein compared
to other macronutrients. It requires more calories than both fat and carbohydrates combined to
absorb and digest protein.
4. Be wise when deciding on calories
When trying to lose weight, every calorie counts. Every calorie counts when trying to lose weight.
This is even more apparent when your metabolism is sluggish. Stay away from sugary drinks,
white-flour pastas and bread, and other sources of refined carbohydrates that leavee you feeling
hungry and fatigued because of quickly spiking your blood sugar. Rather than eating reined
carbohydrates, consume portion-controlled meals loaded with dietary fiber to satify your appetite
and stay full longer. In addition to curbing cravings, a high-fiber diet can help avoid
hypothyroidism-induced constipation as dietary fiber is an important bulking agent for solidifying
and softening stools.
5. Get moving, every little bit helps
Resistance training and other physical activity contributes to metobloic stimulation and muscle
growth, which helps fuel weight loss. High-intensity interval training (HIT) is a great option if you
are challenged by time or motivation. To do HIT give 30 seocnds to several minutes of intense
effort followed by one to five minutes recovery. The benefits of HIT have been shown to outweigh
longer, continuous exercise when it comes to improving body composition and metabolic health.
6. Make sure you are getting sufficient vitamins and minerals daily
A diet supplying sufficient amounts of minerals such as iodine and selenium is important for
thyroid health. Sources of iodine include iodized salt and sea vegetables such as kelp. Sources of
selenium include animal products, seafood, dairy, and Brazil nuts. YOu can also assure you are
getting enough by taking supplements.
Vitamin D is also key for those with thyroid disorders and other auotimmune disorders. Vitamin D
can be obtained through what you eat, supplementation, or sitting in the sun, however you get it

get enough, it is so important to bone and brain health.
7. Quality sleep and plenty of it
Getting enough sleep is important is any weight loss effort but particularly if you have
hypothyroidism. Often sleep deprived people will eat high-calorie foods in an effort to increase
alertness. Using unhealthy foods to self-medicate your fatigue is catastrophic to both your trim
figure and your health. A metabolic meltdown can be the result of sleep deprivation because of
decreased insulin sensitivity. Each night the average adult requires seven to nine hoursof quality
shut eye.
Hypothyroidism doesn't have to stop you from reaching your weight-loss goals. Your health goals
will be reached with action, persistence, and a positive attitude.
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