Tips on Losing Weight When You Have Low Thyroid FunctionPosted: Aug 13 in Getting Active, Hormone Therapy, Lifestyle by Staff
If you have a low-functioning thyroid gland, you know how hard it is to lose weight, no matter how much you starve yourself or try exercise.
Hypothyroidism does complicate your weight loss efforts. The hormone secreted by your thyroid gland determines your body’s rate of metabolism. If there isn’t enough of the hormone, your body slows down, and fails to burn enough calories. Certainly, you can help the situation by taking medications to correct your body’s levels of the thyroid hormone. Hormonal supplements don’t help you entirely escape the problem, however. You need a nutritional plan in addition.
Losing weight with low thyroid function is possible. It can take as long as a month to lose a pound. As long as you don’t lose heart and give up, you will get to your target weight. You only need to keep at it. You also need to follow these tips.
Find the right thyroid supplement
Not every thyroid supplement works for everyone. It’s important that you find a doctor who is willing to work tirelessly to try every alternative from Synthroid to T3 in order to arrive at one that is right for you.
Keep an eye on your insulin levels
If your blood insulin levels are unhealthy, you will gain weight even if you cut the calories in your diet. If you are to lose weight, it’s important to make sure that you have the right blood insulin levels.
Do away with the gluten in your diet
Getting rid of the gluten in your diet may not be necessary when you have healthy thyroid function. When you struggle with hypothyroidism, however, opting for a gluten-free diet is important if you are to lose weight.
Make sure you get enough sleep
Your body burns fat more quickly when you sleep than when you’re awake (and resting). If you don’t get enough sleep, it could mean that you lose out on an opportunity to burn lots of fat. You need to get your full seven or eight hours of sleep each night.
Be wary of too much cardio
When you have hypothyroidism, your body can break down your muscle tissue for energy. Losing muscle mass is a bad idea. The less muscle you have, the lower does your rate of metabolism become. You should prefer to lift weights instead of running.
Go to a doctor who looks at both your bloodwork and your symptoms
Many doctors simply order the TSH hormonal test to see how healthy your thyroid function is. It’s an inadequate form of test, however. Go to a doctor who will prescribe complete bloodwork for Tg thyroid antibodies, T3, T3 reverse, T3 uptake, T4 and TPO. If all your tests are normal, but your symptoms persist, the doctor needs to be willing to try to tweak your medication.
Don’t assume that a system that works for a friend will work for you
Whatever seems to work for a friend — the paleo diet, the vegan diet or the keto diet — may not necessarily work for you. Just because a particular kind of thyroid medication works for them, doesn’t mean that it should help you. In most cases, every individual is different, and responds differently to different medications and diets. You need to find a treatment system that works for you.
When you have hypothyroidism, losing weight is harder. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up. You can get to your target weight. You only need to work at it for longer.