How can low thyroid function affect weight gain? Research has shown that when your thyroid function changes, sometimes even in small amounts, it can cause weight gain. Even if your test results show “within normal range” you may have a reduction in thyroid function. It can not only cause weight gain, but many of the other bothersome symptoms as well.

The truth is, unexpected weight gain and difficulty losing weight may be the first noticeable sign that you’re struggling with hypothyroidism. It can be very frustrating to gain five pounds every year, not be able to lose it, and not be able to figure out why.
Whether your reduced thyroid function is a result of the thyroid’s impaired ability to produce hormones, or the body’s difficulty using the thyroid hormones, problems with it may cause the rate at which you use nutrients or your metabolic rate to slow down.

Women are more prone to thyroid issues and weight gain because the thyroid is linked to other systems. These include proper functioning of neurotransmitters, reproductive hormones and adrenal glands.

It cannot be stressed enough how important making good nutrition and supplementation choices a consistent part of your life can be. It is the most effective way to support your thyroid. Consistency is so imperative. You can’t spend your life on that yoyo cycle of fasting and feasting type dieting. This only puts stress on other hormone systems. It can make you gain instead of lose weight.
If you want to support your thyroid properly and avoid weigh gain, here are a few tips for eating to support your thyroid:

•Choose whole foods—Foods such as whole grain and whole milk are better for optimal nutrition. You want to find those rich in iodine and selenium, but you also need zinc, iron, and copper for optimal thyroid health.

•Eat on a regular schedule—Don’t skip meals! You should eat your meals and snacks at regular times. Always eat breakfast within an hour of waking. This lets your body know it’s going to get fuel and gets it off to a good start. Skipping meals or snacks can stress your thyroid.

•Include protein in each meal and a fiber for breakfast and lunch—You can get fiber from fruits and vegetables, not just grains.

•Eliminate gluten, sugar/artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and junk food—You can find plenty of naturally sweet snacks such as fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth. You may find you like it better.

•Reduce goitrogens—These include raw cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Some experts recommend removing these completely but I haven’t found to many people who overeat this food group (ie. Brussel sprouts). You need to always steam or cook these to reduce/eliminate the goitrogens. Aim for only 2-3 serves per week.

Your body always lets you know when something is wrong. If you start gaining weight and feel it may be related to your thyroid, you should listen to your body. Take action based on how you feel—don’t trust the test result. If it shows your levels are “normal” but you don’t feel well, start following these steps. An optimal diet can help lead you to overall thyroid health.