Hypothyroidism Weight Loss Diet: How To Counter the Weight Gain

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When your thyroid does not function properly, in the case of hypothyroidism, your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is significantly reduced. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll notice that your body is burning fewer calories. With this in mind, a similar pattern of eating will often lead to weight gain, since your body won’t be able to burn enough calories to maintain balance, but you can do a number of different things in order to counter the weight gain.

Eat Regular Meals

Some people try to lose weight by avoiding food, or by starving themselves. After all, if the problem is a faulty thyroid that causes a drop in the metabolism, then the solution is cutting down significantly on calories, right? Wrong. This intermittent fasting can work for some people but it’s not the way to go when you have thyroid problems. You won’t lose weight by starving yourself, and over the long run, this can be extremely harmful to your body. Your metabolism will get a signal that it needs to store fuel and you will actually gain more weight if do not take in food regularly.

Stimulating Your Digestion

Rather than avoiding food, it is more helpful to stimulate your digestive system. Fermented foods can help with this. Foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt and apple cider vinegar aid in digestion. You can help your body process and absorb nutrients by eating these foods that are also rich in probiotics.

In addition, choose foods that are easier to digest. Warm foods like soups and cooked vegetables are good for your digestive system. Your body is able to process these foods more easily.

Focus on Nutrients

Dark leafy green vegetables contain high quality nutrients and antioxidants. Some fruits such as berries also have a higher nutritional value. Consuming healthy proteins and food that contains essential fats such as avocado, nuts or wild fish is important for the health of your thyroid gland. While fat is often associated with weight gain, good fats are actually a necessary part of a healthy diet.  Choose things like salmon, steelhead trout, chicken, and even pork. These meats will help you get the nutrients that you need, and for some people they are easier to digest than red meat.

What to Avoid?

Avoid foods that cause inflammation in your system. This includes, processed, refined and high sugar foods including grains and starch.  They can slow down your metabolism, block your nutrient absorption and make you feel worse overall.


Dr. Jeda Boughton is a doctor of Chinese medicine in Vancouver BC, Canada, and the founder of the Natural Thyroid Health Program. She teaches women who suffer from thyroid disorders how to heal naturally through alternative medicine.

Jeda Boughton – who has written posts on Natural Thyroid Health.


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