#2: Avoid Sugars and Simple Carbs
If you have an underactive thyroid, it is necessary for you to have a moderate- to low-carbohydrate diet which is focused on complex carbohydrates.
Also, avoid the consumption of sugars and simple carbs which simply add to your overall calorie intake.
When you try to lose weight, your main focus should be on consuming fewer calories than you can burn off easily.
The slowed metabolism due to underactive thyroid can make your body to have difficulties with burning calories.
Still, you must not excessively reduce your calorie intake, because that will result with a stress response in your body that additionally decreases the production of hormones in your thyroid.
Try to consume complex carbohydrates to reduce the production of cytokines – the small proteins that can affect the inflammation in your body.
It is useful to keep a food journal in order to observe your daily calorie intake in the purpose of eating a well-balanced diet.
#3: Keep Moving
Exercise is pretty much the best way to lose weight, even for persons with an underactive thyroid.
Any type of exercise will speed up your metabolism rate, thus aiding you to overcome the negative effects of underactive thyroid. Regular physical activity will also provide you with the much-needed strength and mobility.
Low-intensity, prolonged exercise like a daily walk of 45 minutes to an hour is enough. But it’s important to do that regularly.
Together with this, you should do light weight exercises and strength-training two times per week for half an hour.
These exercises are very beneficial, especially if you have a problem with mobility.
#4: Use Coconut Oil When Cooking
Another simple way how you can lose weight with an underactive thyroid is if you use coconut oil on a regular basis.
First of all, the healthy medium-chain fatty acids which coconut oil contains will stimulate your thyroid to produce hormones and thus maintain its normal functioning.
In addition, it promotes weight loss and reduces cholesterol levels, two frequent problems related to hypothyroidism.
Moreover, these fatty acids easily enter into the mitochondria – the energy-burning powerhouses of the cells. From here they are converted into energy.
This in turn will give your metabolism additional boost.
A 2002 study points out the satiating effect of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) when compared with long-chain triglycerides (LCT). MCT also facilitates weight loss.
Another study published in 2012 spoke of the positive effect of consuming coconut oil on the anthropometric and biochemical profiles of women with abdominal obesity.
Replace your regular cooking oil with extra-virgin coconut oil. You can also eat a tablespoon or two of extra-virgin coconut oil per day as an addition to your milk, hot chocolate, smoothie, or tea.
Important note: Make sure you do not eat more than 3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day.