This is the last segment in a podcast series all about thyroid health. In this episode, I continue my conversation with thyroid specialist Dr. Izabella Went. Dr. Wentz’s expertise has been spurred on by her own personal struggle with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Through extensive research as well as trial and error on herself, Dr. Wentz has greatly improved her condition.
How to Lose Weight with Thyroid Problems
Is it possible to lose weight with Hashimoto’s or other thyroid problems? Absolutely!
According to Dr. Wentz, one of the biggest keys to losing weight with thyroid problems is eating a nutrient dense diet. It’s important to realize that a low-calorie diet will actually not be helpful for you. Low-calorie diets, as well as over-exercising, will essentially cause adrenal dysfunction, which only makes things worse for your thyroid. So contrary to what you may have heard, it is important to eat really balanced, glycemic breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
Medications may also help you lose weight while experiencing thyroid problems. Work with a doctor to see if you are properly converting thyroid hormones T4 to T3. T3 is the more metabolically active thyroid hormone and having medication to supplement that will help you start to lose weight.
Additionally, eating fermented foods and intaking probiotics will also often help. Oftentimes people with Hashimoto’s will have dysbiopsis, an imbalance of gut flora. The bacteria in your gut is critical to extracting proper nutrients from food. When we are not digesting our food properly then we’re not extracting our nutrients properly, making us constantly hungry. An intake of probiotics and supplementing with digestive enzymes can help regulate your gut health, helping you lose weight.
What if you need to gain weight?
If you have hyperthyroidism, also known as overactive thyroid, you may actually need help gaining weight. In this case, it may be helpful to increase your calorie intake for the short term. You may also want to talk to your doctor about natural medications for balancing hyperthyroidism and curing potential gut infections, such as H Pylori.
Whatever the symptoms of your thyroid issue are, the first and most important step is to get a proper diagnoses. Get tests for TSH, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, and thyroglobulin antibodies as well as a thyroid ultrasound test done. That’s a great place to start.
Also, don’t be afraid to try different medication. What worked for your friend may not work for you. In some cases, doing a T4/T3 containing medication like Nature-Throid or WP Thyroid may be the better bet for people who continue to not do well on a medication like Synthroid.
Finally, consider eliminating foods you’re sensitive to from your diet (often gluten, dairy and soy). Addressing nutrient depletions in your diet is a safe and necessary step in helping you deal with weight gain and other symptoms of thyroid problems.
Resources I Mention:
- Dr. Izabella Wentz
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause
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