Losing weight and keeping it off can be a struggle, especially if you have an underactive thyroid. Your metabolism has slowed down and you’re almost always feeling tired. In this tutorial I’m looking at four steps required to successfully lose weight with hypothyroidism. (bells ringing) Optimise your thyroid medication.
If your medication is not helping to correct thyroid hormone levels as well as relieve symptoms, then weight loss goes from difficult to near impossible. Work with your health care provider to determine what type of medication is better for you. And also to find the optimal dose required. While Levothyroxine is on average more effective,.
Desiccated thyroid is a useful alternative that is reportedly much better tolerated. There is no difference between taking thyroid hormone meds in the morning versus the evening. Choose whatever is easier for you to have on a fasting stomach. Cut back on added sugars and refined starches. I need to begin with this clarification.
Carbohydrates on their own are not inherently bad for you. They do not make you fat or sick on their own. That said, carbs in the form of added sugars and unrefined starches are unhealthy and unnecessary. They offer virtually zero nutritional benefit and are the main contributor to the excess calories that we consume. Therefore, cutting back on added sugar is the most simple.
And direct way to cut out excess empty calories. This is done by limiting intake of junk foods, flavored drinks including juice, alcohol, white bread, most cereals and muesli bars, and a good portion of packaged food in your supermarket’s quot;health foodquot; aisle. That includes glutenfree junk food, it’s still junk food. Now it’s unrealistic and unfair to expect yourself to avoid added sugar every single moment.
Of every single day of the year but you do need to slowly begin taking actionable steps that help you to cut back and form healthier eating habits. Start by not having junk foods at home or keep them in a cupboard that you never use yourself. Base meals around vegetables and protein. If you want to lose weight with hypothyroidism veggies and a protein source should be the foundation.
Of every meal you make and they should be plated first when you serve meals. The main benefit of protein is that it’s much more satiating than both fat and carbs. That means it has a unique ability to reduce appetite and therefore your overall caloric intake too. Studies show high protein diets may also reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60 percent.
Do I Have Hypothyroidism or Adrenal Fatigue
Do I have hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue? Adrenal fatigue tends to hit people suffering from high amounts of stress like soldiers, chronic overwork under tight deadlines or jumping out of airplanes and other high risk sports often. I have been stressed out a lot. Adrenal fatigue can cause you to feel tired even after a long sleep, and you have trouble getting up in the morning. So can hypothyroidism.
When someone’s stress levels are high, they don’t sleep well. Fortunately, literally chilling out and relaxing so you can sleep well can correct for it while your thyroid wouldn’t recover. Unless the adrenal fatigue is bad. Adrenal fatigue makes your blood sugar really low in the morning, and this can force you to wake up for late night snacks. Hypothyroidism causes you to feel tired too. But hypothyroidism can make you more sensitive to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain.
And hoarseness. Late night snacking and lack of sleep can cause weight gain too. That’s why night shift workers are way more likely to be obese. A thyroid failing to produce enough hormones will cause stiffness in your joints, muscle aches, thinning hair and a slowed heart rate that adrenal fatigue won’t. But they can both be mistaken for depression, both cause fatigue, and if you’re down enough, both cause impaired memory. Only a decreased thyroid will cause goiter, decreased body temperature and elevated cholesterol.
If I have hypothyroidism, it is no where severe enough to cause those symptoms. What symptoms should I look for with regard to adrenal fatigue? Adrenal fatigue adds to anxiety and irritability while making you unable to get energized, because you’re using up the adrenaline just dealing with daily life. Adrenal fatigue can also happen because the adrenal glands simply slow down. Hypothyroidism is most likely in women over sixty. You’re nowhere near old enough. The hard part is that hypothyroidism can slow down or suspend your period, while all the stress that causes adrenal fatigue can do the same. So I have that symptom, but don’t.
Know what I have. The only sure test is a blood test, to see which hormones are too low or too high. So then I get to stress out as to what is wrong. You could have high adrenaline levels from stress and thyroid problems, though I hope you don’t end up causing one condition worrying about the other. Then I need to talk to the to see what I have. And avoid high stress conditions to minimize the risk of making your adrenals worse and using up energy if your thyroid is acting up.
That becomes an interesting excuse for not driving in rush hour traffic.