Hypothyroidism also known as low or underactive thyroid, is a relatively common ailment that begins when the thyroid gland doesn't generate enough hormones.
Weight gain is perhaps one of the most obvious signs of hypothyroidism in individuals. Due to slower-than-normal metabolism (metabolism converts calories into energy), the body doesn't use the excess calories and instead stores them as fat and makes you appear fat, chubby and so-called cute.
But don't worry, here are some ways by which you can reduce your weight.
Exercising regularly is a vital step towards any weight-loss strategy. Your body becomes a more effective fat-burning machine with regular activities that raise your heart rate and make you perspire, such as swimming, jogging, cycling, or playing, for at least 30 minutes each day to reduce weight. Mowing the lawn, swiping the floor, running on the stairs up and down, and walking are also considered exercises.
Eliminate excess calories fats and carbs
Consuming excess calories can simply lead to storage of calories, thereby resulting in weight gain. Hence, indulge in fruits and vegetables as they are low in calories and high in nutrition. For protein, include lean ones such as tofu, homemade paneer, eggs and fish. These foods will keep you full. But don't forget to maintain a balance - too less carbs, calories and proteins can cause a reflexive stress response.
Hypothyroidism causes bloating and constipation. Hence, drink plenty of water or consume foods that have high water content - like watermelons, oranges, coconut water, sugarcane juice, green leafy vegetables and so on.
Eat small quantities,frequently
Hypothyroidism slows digestion. Hence, eating meals in smaller amounts at regular intervals with balanced proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats supports balanced blood sugar and helps prevent the highs and lows of oversized, highly processed meals.
Given that thyroid plays a significant role in regulating metabolic function, hypothyroidism may make weight loss more difficult if not treated properly. Be sure to consult a doctor before beginning any health related treatment.