For patients with hypothyroidism (hypothyroidism), weight loss is an inextricable problem.
Hypothyroidism, that is, a decrease in the synthesis and secretion of thyroid hormones, will lead to a decrease in metabolism and energy consumption. Excess energy is stored by the body, which will lead to obesity.
However, the [obesity] of hypothyroidism patients is not only the fat accumulation we usually know, but also another more important reason for their weight gain is [mucedema].
In all parts of the body of hypothyroidism patients, there will be a substance called mucinous protein accumulation. This protein has strong water absorption, which will lead to water retention and drainage in the body and increase body weight.
Therefore, for hypothyroidism patients, [weight loss] is more appropriate than [weight loss].
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How to lose weight for hypothyroidism patients?
1. Adhere to effective medication
If you want to solve the problem of mucinous edema from the source, of course, you should cure hypothyroidism and control the thyroid function (thyroid function) within the normal range. Therefore, hypothyroidism patients must insist on taking medicine if they want to recover their proud figure before.
At present, the most commonly used drug is levothyroxine. Most hypothyroidism patients need to take the medicine for life. Through regular examination of nail function, the dosage of the drug is adjusted to the most suitable level for themselves.
Once the nail function returns to normal, edema will subside quickly and the weight loss effect is very significant.
Step 2: Control blood glucose levels
The first thing to do is to know your fasting blood sugar level, which is a key point.
Blood sugar level can be achieved by adjusting diet, and it may also be necessary to maintain the balance of the body by taking drugs, but it must be carried out under the guidance of doctors.
Step 3 Balance other hormones
If sex hormones (such as estrogen, progesterone and androgen, etc.) or adrenocortical hormones (such as cortisone and dehydroepiandrosterone, etc.) lose balance, it will become more difficult to lose weight.
Sex Hormones: More estrogen in the body during perimenopause and menopause can lead to abdominal fat accumulation and make it more difficult to lose weight. To understand the specific reasons, you can see why women often get fat in their 40s and 50s.
Testosterone: Lack of testosterone is difficult to build good muscles for both men and women.
Therefore, keeping hormone levels normal is also one of the key points for effective weight loss.
Step 4 Get plenty of sleep
It is very important to ensure adequate sleep!
Lack of sleep can easily lead to weight gain, let alone weight loss. Therefore, try to ensure at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
5. Life is in sport
In addition to getting enough sleep, you should also ensure a certain amount of exercise.
Muscle metabolism is more active than fat, and improving metabolism is very important for weight loss. For hypothyroidism patients, please stick to daily exercise, no matter which exercise method you take!
Step 6: Change your diet
Many thyroid patients have found that limiting starchy foods, fruits, dairy products and grains, eating more vegetables and less lean protein and fat are easier to achieve the goal of weight loss. In addition, eating 2-3 meals a day, eating less snacks and not eating after 8 pm is more conducive to hormone balance and normal blood sugar, and can promote fat burning.
Step 7 Avoid food allergies
Some foods (such as wheat, glutenin, etc.) are closely related to autoimmune thyroid diseases, so limiting glutenin diet can effectively reduce inflammation and even help to lose weight.
In addition to glutenin, there are many other allergens, such as some dairy products, soybeans, nuts, and some fruits, which can cause inflammation and are not conducive to weight loss.
Hypothyroidism patients can find out which can be eaten and which cannot be eaten through food allergen detection, thus changing their eating habits and avoiding food allergy.
A diet favourable to thyroid function
In addition to hypothyroidism patients, there are many people whose problem is not to lose weight, but how to eat is good for thyroid function. Dr. Clove recommended the following eating habits:
Step 1 Avoid iodine deficiency
Iodine is an essential raw material for thyroid hormone synthesis, so first of all, one should ensure that one’s diet is not short of iodine. There are many foods rich in iodine, including kelp, shrimps, lobsters, etc., and even iodized salt. (Salt that has not been iodized may contain insufficient iodine.)
2. Beware of goiter
Iodine intake should not be excessive, too much supplement will also affect thyroid function. Generally speaking, many vegetables (such as spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, etc.) will contain less iodine during cooking. Therefore, try to avoid juicing raw vegetables or eating too many raw vegetables.
3. Eat Soybean in Appropriate Amount
The relationship between soy and thyroid health is controversial.
Advantages: Soybean is a high protein and rich in plants. Some studies have shown that it can help women relieve climacteric symptoms such as hot flashes.
Disadvantages: But for thyroid patients, eating large amounts of soybean may be risky. Some studies have found that soybean can affect the absorption of thyroid drugs by iodine deficiency patients.
Therefore, for people suffering from thyroid diseases, eat soybean in an appropriate amount or replace normal soybean with fermented soybean (such as tofu, lobster sauce, etc.).
4. Eat less gluten food
Because many patients are particularly sensitive to glutenin, which leads to autoimmune thyroid diseases, a considerable number of patients’ conditions can be relieved after choosing glutenin-free foods. Follow-up can be conducted through antibody tests to determine whether the selection of glutenin-free foods is effective.
5. Thyroid supplements
Selenium, B vitamins and zinc are all very important to thyroid function. Please ensure that there are enough nutrients in your diet and choose the appropriate supplementary nutrients according to the relevant opinions of your doctor.