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10 Ways to Lose Weight When You Have Hypothyroidism

By Andrew Alpin, 22 November 2022

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5 Don’t eat simple carbs and sugars

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The director of the Prime Wellness Clinic in San Diego, Kelly Austin, ND, is a naturopathic doctor specializing in hormone disorders. She recommends a moderate- to low-carbohydrate diet focusing on complex carbohydrates like starchy vegetables and legumes and avoiding simple sugars like candy and soda. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University says that refined grain products and sugary drinks, which have a high glycemic load, may cause inflammation in the body. But Dr. Austin says that eating enough calories is important because “low calories can cause a stress response and result in decreased T3 (the active thyroid hormone triiodothyronine) production.”

Don’t eat simple carbs and sugars

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6 Keep a Food Diary

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Dr. Corsino says that if you don’t write down everything you eat and drink, your daily caloric intake can quickly go through the roof. It can also help you make sure that your diet is well-balanced. Austin says someone with hypothyroidism should keep a food journal to keep track of how much of each macronutrient they eat. The best way for the thyroid to work is to eat a diet high in healthy fats, low to moderate in protein, and low to moderate in carbs.

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7 Regularly check hormone levels

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One of the most efficient ways to lose weight and bring it under control when you have hypothyroidism is by monitoring your hormone levels. By checking your hormones, you and your doctor will be able to see how well your thyroid is working. When you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, your doctor may check your hormones more often to see how well your treatment plan works. Once your thyroid hormones are stable, your doctor will probably test you less often.

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