It has been well documented that thyroid patients can have problems losing weight and even maintaining their weight. In fact, weight gain is one of the most commonly reported problems associated with a thyroid imbalance. Fortunately, by understanding some of the fundamental truths of weight management and combining that with the unique situation a thyroid imbalance creates, losing weight doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. Here are five simple weight loss tips geared specifically towards thyroid patients.
1. Keep a Food Diary
This is a weight loss tip that is shared by professionals regardless of your medical conditions. The best part is that it is the easiest thing to do and also one of the most effective. A study published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine noted that the more people keep records of their food intake, the more weight they lost. In fact, someone who keeps a daily food record loses twice as much as someone who keeps no records at all, on average. This is because writing down what you are eating subconsciously encourages you to eat the right foods and fewer calories.
2. Compensate for Your Metabolism
One of the biggest adjustments someone with a thyroid imbalance has to make is that their metabolism has slown down. Since your body has an under functioning metabolism, it becomes too slow for a higher level of appetite. This leads your body to storing it as fat rather than burning it off as energy. You must ensure your diet compensates by eating fewer calories per sitting. Eating smaller portions, but a greater number of meals throughout the day can often accomplish this.
3. Find a Balance of Indulgence
You should allow yourself indulgences occasionally. If you never indulge, your body naturally feels more stressed which contributes to both hunger and weight gain. An additional risk of never indulging is that once you do break your diet, you will likely binge which can result in significant weight gain.
4. Manage Your Stress
Stress has been linked to weight gain in general; however it is particularly devastating to thyroid patients trying to lose weight. Stress naturally raises cortisol levels which create spikes in your blood sugar and insulin levels. As a result, your body naturally tries to store fat which leads you to feeling even hungrier. Stress also tends to lead to poor food choices. Stress management is important for people with a thyroid imbalance for a variety of reasons. Even if you don’t want to lose weight, implementing a sound stress management plan should still be considered essential.
5. Increase Your Serotonin Levels
One of the reasons avoiding carbohydrates when you are trying to lose weight is difficult is because they naturally increase your body’s serotonin levels. In order to achieve this, there are a variety of options you can utilize. A recent trend has been undergoing a short course of antidepressants. Another option is utilizing natural supplements or increasing your weekly aerobic exercise.
Losing weight when you have a thyroid imbalance may feel like an impossible task. In order to be successful, it is vital that you understand that each step you take will provide you with long-term benefits.