Thyroid and weight loss; Losing weight with hypothyroidism

thyroid and weight loss1 Thyroid and weight loss; Losing weight with hypothyroidismThyroid and weight loss  has been a common problem among women. Thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped organ situated in the middle of neck. It is one of the largest endocrine glands and helps in the secretion of many hormones, such as thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3) and calcitonin, that regulate the metabolism rate of the body.

Thyroid and weight loss ; The relation :-

You may be wondering what leads to weight gain during thyroid problems. Thyroid gland regulates the metabolism of the body and it is indirectly related to body weight. when the body enters   ” hypothyroidism” the production of the thyroid hormone is decreased and the body metabolism decreases leading to weight gain. It also causes fluid retention leading to added weight. Other factors which add up on the weight gain are; increase in food intake, decrease in physical activity as a result of fatigue, and the aging process

If you too have hypothroidism and are looking to lose weight, here are some tips for you. Thyroid and weight loss .

Thyroid and weight loss

Losing weight with hypothyroidism is a challenging task. All those with hypo thyroid and weight loss on their mind, go for a very low calorie diet which can further lower the body’s metabolism, worsening the problem. hence a correct approach is needed .

  • Keep a check on your thyroid levels Remember the answer to your weight loss question is solving the reason of weight gain. If you have thyroid and weight loss is your goal, you must keep a check on your thyroid levels. take your medications regularly without fail and keep your levels as close to the normal range as possible. and you would see your weight coming to normal. Check your thyroid levels every 3-4 months, or atleast once in 6 months.
  • Increase your Activity: lowered metabolism is the main hurdle for those struggling with thyroid and weight loss . Increasing the activity levels through exercise  will help in increasing the metabolism. increase your activity level by  including a 30 – 45 mins exercise session, be it walking, yoga, tai chi,swimming, cycling or gyming. take stairs every time you have to climb up or down. short medium pace walks after your meals will be beneficial too.
  • Increase your water and fiber intake: Hypothyroidism can cause chronic constipation, water retention and edema. increasing water and fiber intake will help in regularizing bowel movements. Increased Water consumption will also  hep in flushing out your lymphatic system, further helping water retention problems.
  • Increase  Selenium intake: To supplement selenium in your diet, include bran,whole wheat,tuna, onions and tomatoes in your diet.
  • Increase Iodine intake: Increasing iodine intake will help in improving the thyroid functions. eat iodized salt. If the doctor advises, go for iodine supplements.
  • Increase Your Metabolism : the key for thyroid and weight loss is increasing your metabolism. here are some tips on how you can do that.

i] Have 5-6 mini meals – small and frequent meals helps in reducing the sugar spikes and balance the blood sugar level. this will help in avoiding hunger pangs. small frequent meals help by keeping the digestive system on the go. It helps in burning more involuntary calories and prevents storage of Fat.

ii] Green tea -  drinking green tea will increase the metabolic rate and your energy levels.  hypothyroidism makes you feel tired and fatigued all the time. Green tea will help in decreasing the stress levels and will give you the most needed energy kick.

iii] Warm water and Lemon – a glass of warm water and lemon early in the morning and after your main meals will help you in keeping the metabolism rate up through out the day.

Thyroid and weight loss :-

  • Foods to eat : Include a lot of carrots,whole grain cereals, avocado, apricots , fish, asparagus , olive oil, sunflower seeds.
  • Foods to avoid:  Eat less of  broccoli, lima beans, cabbage, peanuts, sweet potato, mustard, kale, kohlrabi, linseed and soy products. These foods   may interfere with iodine uptake in the body. don’t  cut these foods out completely, just keep these to a minimum.

Whether the excess weight accounts from thyroid or other hormonal issues, the key to weight loss is to correct the underlying  condition while monitoring your diet , eating the right things and avoiding whats wrong and exercising. A healthy lifestyle since the very beginning is the solution to every weight related problem. including thyroid and weight loss . You might also want to read -

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  1. Gayatri says

    Hi Payal,
    Your articles are very encouraging. I am 35 years old. My height is 164 cms and I weigh 80 kgs/ 177lbs. Recently was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, T3 and T4 normal. TSH is 7.65. I am taking 50 mcg eltroxin. I was always overweight but after my second pregnancy I gained lot more. I joined group exercises and lost significant amount of weight in 6 months. Then we moved to a new place and have gained all the weight back. Now I have started walking on the treadmill for 30 mins. I have a pear shaped body and am a vegetarian. Kindly advice as to how I can get a permanent solution for my weight issues. How much should I weigh and how long will it take to get to that weight? Thanks a lot.

    • says

      Hi Gayatri,

      Your weight according to your height should be 64 – 65 kgs. try following the above mentioned tips. how long you would take to lose this weight can not be really answered, as it would depend on your bodily response. you should aim at losing around 2 kgs in a month. this kind of weight loss which is slow and steady brings about permanent changes, and the weight is less likely to bound back.

      while you exercise, take tips from here to utilize your time to the fullest. –

  2. says

    I am a 74kgs 5feet 1 inch with hypothyroidism i have tried all diet plans a
    With minimal exercise of 30mins daily i am a moderate worker kindly suggest me a diet chart to reduce and maintain weight .

    • says

      Hello Madam ,

      Thank you or reading at Dietburrp. You can definetly benefit by eating brown and red rice, but weight loss depends on a lot of factor. as stage 1, you can lose around 1- 2 kgs in the first month by doing so . but for further weight loss you would need to ollow other tips as well.

  3. Shekhar says

    Hi Doctor,

    My wife got thyroid problem and her biological thyroid level is more than 8 points. she got three times miscarriage in last 3 years after marriage, due to this problem. Kindly suggest me diet plan (what to eat and most importantly what not to eat) to control this problem.

    I have gone through your blogs and you are doing a very noble work.

    With thanks and high regards

    • says

      Hi Shekhar,

      Thank you for reading at Dietburrp. i can understand your plight. But dont worry this can be managed with proper mmedications, and diet and exercise combinations. if You can give me the deails about her exercises and diet pattern, then i will be able to help you better. Mean while please try to follow the tips mentioned obve in the article, they would definately make a difference. Plz provide her tsh and t3 / t4 levels too .

  4. poonam says

    i have thyroid hypothyriodism and my age is 32 and height is 5″3 and weight is 80 now some weight is gained due to thyroid some due to pregnancy and my history i use to play badminton lot of physical fitness played almost 20 nationals now i have stoped playing so pls suggest me how should i reduce my weight

  5. Vidya says

    I have just recently tested for hypothyroidism after the reports being normal for nearly a decade, TSH has shot up, yet i do not have any symptoms. i am not on medications and dont plan to take either and fight this the natural way. I am 39 years and weigh 65 kgs. I want to knock off 3-4 kilos and keep it that way. Whats the best south Indian veg diet for it and how much exercise should i put in everyday? does it also mean absolutely no treats?

  6. savitha says

    Hi. My name is savitha. I weight about 60 kgs. My height is 5’2. I m getting married in may. please suggest me a good diet plan so that i can lose 5 kgs of my weight in next 3 months

  7. Sreeramakrishnan says

    Thanks for the post.. it was so informative..
    My mother who is 60 now is having 78 kg weight & 5′ 3″height. Now taking Electroxine 100 mg for hypothyroidism. to add up to the problems she is having knee problem and back pain as well.. In such cases how to maintain the metabolic rate ? what should be an ideal diet for her ?

  8. vani says

    Hi.this looks 33 yr old housewife.i hv thyroid since 7 yrs n hv been taking 100 mcg thyronorm.but since 2 mnths my doc reduced it to 75 mg.n levels r fine.i weigh 64 kgs n wanna lose 10 kgs.i exercise for 45 min but not regular.plz suggest me a good veg meal a marwadi

  9. Payel Agarwala says

    Hello madam my age is29 hight5.2 waight 72.I want to loss 10kg plz suggest me diet chart.I have thyroid problem. I am trying since 1yr to loss my wait. Agar 2kg kamta hai to next month 3 kg gain ho jata hai .Plzzz plzz help me maam. Mujhe knee m v problm ho gai hai to mai jyada exercise v nahi kar sakti.

    • says

      H i Payel ,

      you need to walk for atleast 30 min in the beginning and increase it to 45 mins from second month onwards , without exercise its hard to stimulate thyroid to fuction normally. take medicine regularly. coz if your weight is due to thyroid hypo function, then only improving the thyroid function is the key.

      drink warm water and lemon, follow other tips mentioned in this article above and with that try to follow this diet chart here –

      dont worry , weight loss will happen if you do your best and remain tension free. thinking about the weight will only make you gain more weight. All the best

  10. Meeta says

    thnks a lot…i wish i can loose 20kg in a month or 2 if you have nay special diet plan for loosing weight fast plz let me know?

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