If you've gained weight as a result of your hypothyroidism do not panic. There are changes you can implement NOW in order to, not only help you lose weight, but also keep you energized and feeling great. If you follow my 3 step hypothyroidism diet guidelines you will see a massive difference! So just relax and read on.
Do any of the following symptoms sounds familiar?
o Feeling weak
o Tiredness / Sleepiness
o Dry and coarseness of the skin
o Hair loss / brittle hair
o Poor memory and concentration
o Weight Gain
o Difficulty swallowing
o Puffy face and hands
o Stiff and aching muscles
If so then follow my five step hypothyroidism diet guidelines below:
1. The foods to Eat: You want to go for foods which are rich in the amino acid tyrosine. This is because tyrosine combined with Iodine (more Iodine later) create thyroxin. This is an essential hormone produced by the thyroid gland.
The foods below contain tyrosine and having plenty of these in your diet for hypothyroidism will have you feeling much better as well as dropping those unwanted pounds.
Low fat milk
Pumpkin & Sesame seeds
Plus I would also strongly urge you to include foods which are a good source of Iodine such as salt water fish, sushi, sea kelp. OK some of these things might sound strange but you can use supplements like Thyromine to get around this. You can find more information on Thyromine on my Hypothyroidism Help blog (link at the bottom of the page).
Please also keep your intake of fiber in your diet high. This will not only make you feel better, but alleviate constipation, which is a very common side effect of hypothyroidism.
2. The foods to avoid: This is essential because what we're really saying is that having these foods in your hypothyroidism diet will hinder your already sluggish thyroid. These foods are those low in natural goitrogens, for example:
These foods can interfere with the absorption of iodine into your body. This can often result in the enlargement of your thyroid gland. There have been many studies linking iodine deficiency inn diet to hypothyroidism so it's important to know which foods to avoid when putting together your hypothyroidism diet.
3. Speed up your metabolism: There are a number of ways you can do this but I recommend eating MORE healthy meals. Eg 6-8 small healthy meals per day rather than 3 big ones. Yep you heard me right! This will speed up your metabolism and turn your body into a fat burning machine.
Just remember to keep you calorie take low for each meal. This can make planning your meals a bit difficult but there are online diets available to help you do this (and you can see my blog for recommendations) and the results will far out weigh the trouble this takes to accomplish.
Conclusion: I hope this has given you some helpful insights into how you can create a hypothyroidism diet to suit your needs, make you feel fantastic once again while losing a stack of unsightly weight!