If you want to know how to lose weight with a thyroid problem, then you should know that this is something I have battled with for a long time!
If you are having trouble losing weight, it is likely that you have an underactive or removed thyroid. An underactive thyroid causes the body’s metabolism to slow down. This slowed metabolism is what causes us to pack on the pounds. So, how can we get our metabolism to speed back up? These are a few things that you should consider doing to increase your metabolism.
First, you need to contact your doctor and have your thyroid levels rechecked. This is the most important thing that you should do before trying to lose weight. Your thyroid levels are likely to change and your tests may show that you need more medication to be at a stable level. If you are still within a stable level after being tested, talk to your doctor about your weight loss plans. Doctors know that your metabolism is affected by your thyroid levels. It’s important to let them know if you are feeling tired or cold, if you are having problems with constipation, dry skin, blood pressure, etc. Sometimes your thyroid levels can change based on your symptoms rather than the blood test results, especially if you are a sensitive person. Your doctor might decide that a small increase in your dosage will help, but this should get rechecked within 6 to 12 weeks.
Once you get your thyroid at its optimum level for weight loss, you need to focus on getting your metabolism fired up. Anyone wanting to lose weight needs to make exercise a part of their lifestyle. A combination of weight training and high-intensity interval training will help you consume more oxygen and make mitochondria work harder to consume energy, thus burning more calories.
Another way to crank up your metabolism is by eating smaller meals or snacks more frequently. While this isn’t scientifically proven to boost your metabolism, it is actually proven to be a great way to control your blood sugar throughout the day and avoid overeating.
Finding out how many calories you should be consuming for your gender, current weight, and height is vital. From this, you should also make sure that around 30–40% of these calories are proteins.
One of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is constipation. Ensuring you have 25—30 g of fibre each day will help keep your bowel movements regular. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help food pass through your digestive system more easily. Fibrous foods are more difficult for your body to digest. This means that it takes your body longer to process the food, so your body’s metabolism works longer, burning more calories than it would if you had eaten non-fibrous foods. Fibre also helps you feel fuller for longer, which decreases the risk of overeating.
You may be feeling fatigued, have achy joints, muscle pain, and perhaps don’t really feel like exercising. However, if you make being active a part of your daily lifestyle by moving around during the day it will help to not only make yourself feel more alive, but it will burn more calories throughout the day too! If you’re new to exercise, starting with low-impact workouts is the best way. When you are ready for a new challenge, switching up your training every 4–6 weeks will help keep you interested as well as boost fat loss.
These are just a few things that you can consider to help with the metabolism problem that is caused by a sluggish thyroid gland. There are many other things that you can learn when wanting to lose weight with a thyroid problem. Do yourself a favor and try some of these things out, and you will see how it really is possible to lose the weight that you want.