How to Lose Weight with Underactive Thyroid Symptoms

2The key to losing weight with underactive thyroid symptoms is to forget everything you know about standard dieting and weight loss!

Calorie counting and deprivation is not fun and makes life pretty miserable. For some people it works to lose weight, if they can stay on it long enough. Once they reach their weight we know that over 80% put it back on and after 5 years will weigh more than they did before the diet. For any of you suffering from underactive thyroid symptoms you will know that weight loss is not easy. That following these plans shifts little to no weight and that the rebound weight gain is almost instant.

There is nothing more deflating than following all the rules and not getting what you are promised. It affects your stress levels your anxiety and depression as well as your craving and eating habits in a very negative why, often times exacerbating your underactive thyroid symptoms.

The reason that most people who suffer from an underactive thyroid will not lose weight on a standard low calorie diet is that simply reducing calories also reduces your metabolism.

The metabolism is controlled by your thyroid, so if you have an underactive thyroid you will have a slower metabolism. Your metabolism is responsible for almost all actions that take place in your body and the speed at which they take place. According to the Free Dictionary the definition of metabolism is:
1. The chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life. In metabolism some substances are broken down to yield energy for vital processes while other substances, necessary for life, are synthesized.

2. The processing of a specific substance within the living body: water metabolism; iodine metabolism.

Many people pass off having a slow metabolism as an ‘excuse’ for carrying extra weight and many people in our society believe that it is just that and excuse and that it is as simple as being on a very strict diet and exercise plan. But as you can see from the description above, having a slow metabolism is slowing down every function of your body including the way your body burns calories, by following a low calorie diet it actually encourages your metabolism to drop even further. This is the result of a great feedback mechanism that our body has adapted over the years when we suffered from feasts and famine. It was a way to conserve body fat and essential processes to keep us alive until our next meal, which may have been some time away.

So if you lower your metabolism even further my constant rounds of “dieting” you will need to constantly keep reducing your calories to continue to lose weight. This is very difficult to do and you will feel tired, exhausted and constipated as a result.

So what can you do to lose weight with underactive thyroid function?

There are several steps that you need to take to help boost your metabolism and thyroid production to help weight lose without having to look towards starvation diets.

  • Look for any underlying causes
  • Remove foods that affect thyroid health
  • Eat thyroid friendly super foods on a regular basis
  • Incorporate thyroid friendly exercise
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce any unhealthy activities (such as smoking or drinking)

It doesn’t need to be difficult and you don’t need to feel deprived. We encourage you to eat healthy delicious foods to balance your thyroid hormones and lose weight. At we know that big changes can seem daunting so we are here to hold your hand all the way and provide you with as much information and the easiest way to achieve your goals possible.