FIGHTING WEIGHT GAIN FROM HYPOTHYROIDISM

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Unexplained weight gain is a major symptom of hypothyroidism. It often seems like a losing battle. Many people suffer from the weight gain and have been fighting it for years. Although it can be difficult, it isn’t impossible to fight weight gain from hypothyroidism. Since an underactive thyroid can slow your body metabolism, weight gain can be a big problem for those suffering from hypothyroidism. There are several ways to fight the weight gain that have proven successful.

  • Increase Your Fiber—If you suffer from hypothyroidism, it can slow your digestive system. That is why most people suffering from it also suffer from chronic constipation. It cause fecal matter to build up. This will make you retain excessive water weight. If you increase your fiber, you can cut back on water weight retention by helping your bowels eliminate waste.
  • Water Consumption—When you increase your fiber, you also want to increase your water intake. This will help flush out your lymphatic system and also fight against retention of water.
  • Boost Your Metabolism—You can boost your metabolism through exercise, but what you eat plays an equally important role in metabolic function. You should eat breakfast every day to get your metabolism going. Make your dinner the lightest meal. Never starve yourself in order to help lose weight. If you do, then your body thinks it won’t be getting food (fuel) so it stores the fat for later fuel. Throughout the day you should eat small meals. Make sure to have a well-balanced diet and intake a lot of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins while avoiding sugars and starches
  • Try Weight Training With Your Exercise—A lot of people think weight training will increase your body size. The truth is that people who do weight training lose weight more likely than those who don’t. You never want to lift weights too heavy. Five-Ten repetitions should be able to be achieved before your body weakens. For the lower body, simple squats, leg presses, and lunges work fine. Curls and twists are good for the upper body. In combination with a regular cardiovascular workout, you can begin to quickly lose weight.
  • As always, you should always check with your doctor before you begin any diet or fitness program. A few lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy and adding exercise to your daily schedule, will help you keep your hypothyroidism under control and achieve the weight loss you desire.