Hypothyroidism is a condition characterized by an impairment of the functioning of the thyroid gland. One of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain. People with hypothyroidism may diet and not have any significant weight loss. What is a good diet for hypothyroidism that is most likely to help the person with hypothyroidism lose weight?
Some metabolic disorders related to hypothyroidism cause weight gain that cannot be corrected by dieting and exercise alone. The hormone imbalances must also be treated.
Diets that focus on restricting carbohydrate intake should be avoided. Low carbohydrate diets can further impair the functioning of an already low-functioning thyroid. A person with hypothyroidism may initially lose weight on a low-carbohydrate diet only to regain the weight, and often more weight, after following the diet for a significant amount of time or getting off the diet.
A slow metabolism is a common problem for people with hypothyroidism. Some diets are designed to boost a person’s metabolism. These often feature eating small meals or snacks every two to three hours, eating within half an hour of waking, and daily exercise. One such diet is the Food Lovers Fat Loss System by Robert Ferguson.
A person may hesitate to follow such a diet to boost metabolism since the diet may require eating more food than the person has been eating. However, the combinations of the food to account for the effects of the glycemic index and the frequent eating of small portions actually help boost metabolism.
Many people with a slowed metabolism will cut calories to lose weight. Unfortunately, cutting calories often slows the metabolism even more. One person who drastically cut calories to eight hundred to eleven hundred calories a day and exercised everyday gained two pounds after following that strict regimen for six weeks. This person lost five pounds in the first week of following the Fat Lovers diet by eating much more food than during the diet of severe restriction.
Similar programs also show the benefits of eating increased amounts of healthy food as opposed to severely restricting calorie intake. Whole grains and other complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and vegetables are usually the recommended foods of these diets. Many of these programs encourage the person to limit fats, sugar, and soda.
Some foods have been identified as having a positive effect on a person’s metabolism. Grapefruit, low-fat yogurt, green tea, almonds, spinach, broccoli, apples, turkey, hot peppers, and oatmeal are common foods that are associated with having the ability to boost a person’s metabolism.