Under Active Thyroid Diet Secrets Exposed
Are you wondering about under active thyroid diet secrets? Is your head swirling from facts we’ve explored about Hypothyroidism diet plans in the previous segments? Do you sometimes long to uncover
the “secret” that guarantees weight loss with Hypothyroidism?
We’ve shown you several under active thyroid diet plans and talked
technical about this disease. Now, we’ll expose “secrets” that you may have not thought about before that could be hindering your ability to lose weight and keep it off while battling Hypothyroidism.
Secret #1: People with Hypothyroidism Must Exercise More to Lose Weight
Q: Why isn’t Exercise Working?
A: We’re glad you recognize exercise as a vital part of the
under active thyroid diet. In essence, you’re in a never ending battle
with your metabolism. A sluggish metabolism won’t efficiently burn fat
and calories, translating to weight gain. Exercise also re-balances Leptin and blood sugar. If your Hypothyroidism is not under control your metabolism will not be working like it should either. So make sure you are taking the right medication for your body. And honestly…..you make have to change up the type of exercise you’re doing.
Try something new….maybe yoga and a Zumba class! Fitness trainers like to call this “muscle confusion”. Basically you are confusing your body by performing different types of exercise and this will make those muscles work harder. They never know what kind of exercise is coming!
It’s quite possible you’re attempting to exercise like a healthy
person attempting to lose a few pounds. Just try your best to step-up
your exercise regime.
Secret #2: A Lot Water is Vital for an Under Active Thyroid Diet
Q: Why should I drink more water than usual?
A: It’s that pesky metabolism again! Water not only
aids the operation of your metabolism, it eliminates bloating and helps
decrease appetite. People with Hypothyroidism
should drink the recommended eight glasses of water each day. Not to mention that all that working out will
make you very thirsty. A great trick that I use is to add 1 oz of unsweetened cranberry juice to 7 oz of water with a little stevia. It’s refreshing and really good to detoxify your kidneys.
Secret #3: Fiber is Critical for Hypothyroidism
Q: What role does fiber play in weight loss?
A: For one thing, fiber keeps you regular! Fiber is a
slow-food, meaning that it spends longer in transit before digestion is
completed. This slower process helps balance blood sugar levels and
regulates your cholesterol. You stay full longer, which combats food
cravings, leading to weight loss.
Secret #4: Medication Makes you Fat
Q: Why would my doctor prescribe medicine that makes me fat and tell me to lose weight at the same time?
A: It’s the old medical adage – the benefits outweigh the risks.
Your doctor is treating the symptoms of Hypothyroidism with mainstream
drugs such as: beta blockers, steroid anti-inflammatory drugs,
antidepressants and/or PTU. These drugs carry the side-effect of
potential weight gain. Medicine sees weight loss as secondary. When I was given beta blockers (in error) to keep my heart palpitations under control I gained 35 pounds in 2 months…… it was a nightmare. You can read about my story here.
In some cases, you can ask your doctor if there is an alternative available.
Secret #5: Focusing on Caloric Intake is not Enough
Q: Didn’t we talk about this in the previous segment?
A: Sometimes it’s
not the actual calories you are eating but the actual food that you are
eating. The calories in a glass of orange juice are much higher than just
eating an orange. Move your food plan into eating more whole foods and
less processed foods. As a result, you will be eating less calories but
more dense, vitamin enhanced foods in the process. Give yourself a hug… you deserve it!
We applaud you for eating a healthy diet, which includes enough calories for your particular needs! Let’s do a brief overview:
- Favor whole foods over refined foods that are high in simple sugar and contain toxic preservatives.
- Eating organic ensures foods have not been nutrient deprived,
eliminates harmful effects from pesticides, other toxins and hormones.
- Incorporate several mini-meals during the day.
- Focus on your healthy foods and avoid processed foods.
I encourage your efforts to stick-and-stay with your under active thyroid diet. We are all unique and have different body chemistry. Listen to the signs your body is telling you and honor yourself!