Weight loss tips for thyroid patients:
You will be alarmed to know that 1 in every 10 Indians suffers from hypothyroidism (deficiency of thyroid hormone). When the thyroid gland makes either too much or too little growth hormones, it leads to thyroid disease. This disease not only affects your metabolism but also takes a direct hit on your weight by causing unexplainable weight gain. There is no cure for this disease as such but taking a healthy diet with the medicines can definitely help keep the disease in control. Here are some food tips that people with hypothyroidism can follow for maintaining a healthy and fit body.
Watch your iodine intake:
Iodine is one such mineral that helps in stimulating the thyroid gland to function properly. When the body doesn’t receive enough iodine, it leads to an under-active or overactive thyroid gland. As per experts, patients suffering from thyroid diseases should increase their iodine intake.
Iodine is found mainly in animal protein, seafood, and of course in common table salt (iodized). Fish and eggs can help increase the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) production in the body to a great extent.
Cut out sugar:
Here’s some bad news for all the sweet lovers out there, if you are suffering from thyroid disease then it’s time to bid goodbye to all the late-night dessert cravings! Substitute those cravings with natural sweeteners or even fruits like berries.
Staying hydrated and drinking lots and lots of water is the first step toward weight loss. Carry your own water bottle everywhere because not only does it keep you hydrated; but it also helps in digestion.
Small and frequent meals:
Thyroid diseases tend to slow down the digestion system and thus it is advised to stick to small yet frequent meals. Instead of having three large meals, have 5-6 small meals throughout the day.
Stock up on protein:
A high protein diet consisting of lentils, fish, and meat contains selenium, which in turn helps you overcome the weakness caused by hypothyroidism. It strengthens the muscles and makes you stronger
Antioxidants protect your body from cell injuries that lead to thyroid diseases and weight gain. The antioxidants present in cranberries, avocadoes, and apples help in detoxifying your body in a natural yet quick way.
It is suggested to eat plenty of vegetables and fiber-rich fruits because it not only helps to lose weight, it also helps in detoxifying and digestion.