Finding a Hypothyroidism Weight Loss Diet That Works For You

If you have hypothyroidism and are seeking ways to improve your body’s thyroid function so you can begin to lose weight, then coming up with a hypothyroidism weight loss diet plan is an excellent first step.

Remember, before making modifications to your diet or exercise regimen, it is important that you consult your doctor!

Note When You Take Your Thyroid Medication

First, remember that doctors have found that when patients take supplements that contain calcium, vitamins that contain iron, antacids, and drinking calcium-fortified drinks too close to taking their thyroid hormone medication, it may sabotage the effects of the medication. Therefore, consume these items at least three hours before or after taking your thyroid medication.

Eat Smaller Meals

Eating smaller meals (of about 250 calories) often throughout the day can help you feel less hungry, improve your blood sugar, and prevent fat storage.

More Vegetable And Fruits

fruits-vegetablesAdd more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you’re not used to these foods, try incorporating them into a smoothie.

Here is a smoothie recipe you can try: Blend an avocado, a handful or two of fresh cherries (that have been pitted and frozen for at least a few hours), two cups of cold water, raw cacao powder—not the refined cocoa powder—to taste (maybe two tablespoons), and some ice. Blend in a high-speed blender until smooth. You can add sweetener if necessary. A modest amount of agave is a healthy choice, but stevia is better—it has almost no calories, and is an excellent choice for diabetics or those on a diet.  You can modify the recipe to suit your tastes.

Add More Selenium, Vitamin E, Iodine, Zinc, And Copper

Try to add more Selenium, Vitamin E, Iodine, Zinc, and Copper into your diet by eating foods rich in these nutrients. They help your body do a better job of producing the thyroid hormones.

For more Selenium, have more mushrooms, seafood, shellfish, liver, and nuts.

For more Vitamin E, choose turnip greens, kiwi, sunflower seeds, mango, and avocados.

For iodine, try adding eggs, seafood, banana, parsley, oatmeal, radishes, yogurt, potatoes, kelp, and black walnuts (which are very rich in the organic iodine). You can also drink nettle tea.

For zinc, you can eat wheat germ, oysters, low-fat roast beef, veal liver, and chocolate (in moderation, and watch the sugars and other ingredients).

For copper, you can add sesame seeds, raw sunflower seeds, raw cashews, and navy beans.

Foods Good For Your Thyroid

pumpkin-seedsHere are some foods that you may want to incorporate in your hypothyroidism weight loss diet, because they contain a lot of tyrosine:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Chicken and turkey breast
  • Fish
  • Lean meat
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Milk
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Yogurt

Goitrogenic Foods To Avoid

There are also foods you may want to avoid, because they are goitrogenic. They have chemicals in them that reduce your thyroid’s ability to make hormones, although it is said that cooking these foods will remove the goitrogenic chemicals. Here is a list of foods to avoid, or to make sure you cook, if you need to eat them:

  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbagecauliflower-brocolli
  • Cauliflower
  • Garden cress
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Millet
  • Mustard and mustard greens
  • Peaches
  • Peanuts
  • Pears
  • Pine nuts
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Soy products, including tofu
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tempeh
  • Turnip

The Zone And South Beach Diets

Some people choose a reduced-carbohydrate diet to help control their hypothyroidism symptoms, like The Zone Diet and The South Beach Diet. And many proponents of a raw food diet say that not only did a high raw or all raw diet help with hypothyroidism, but also with diabetes and many other medical conditions.

Other Options

In addition to these dietary changes, you may also consult your doctor about other ideas that may help your hypothyroidism condition, such as:

  • Getting 20 minutes of sunlight daily (expose as much skin as you’re comfortable with, and avoid the mid-day hours when you’re likely to burn)
  • Adding an L-tyrosine supplement
  • Lowering stress levels (stress produces cortisol, which can limit thyroid hormone production)
  • Avoid chlorine and fluoride (these block iodine absorption)
  • Stop smoking
  • Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day (if you are inhibited by physical limitations or fatigue, start out with a ten-minute walk, three times a day—daily exercise will give you more energy, reduce stress, and reduce depression)

By making some of these changes, you may help your body function better, reduce your fatigue and depression, and enable your body to start losing weight again. With a little experimentation and some help from your doctor, you may be able to come up with a hypothyroidism weight loss diet that works for you!

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