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Want to lose weight, but struggling with thyroid? Add these 5 foods to your diet for quicker results

Weight loss in thyroid patients is often seen as impossible. However, with healthy lifestyle changes and a healthy diet, it's possible.
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Losing weight can be challenging with thyroid but it's not impossible. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 23 Oct 2023, 12:32 pm IST
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“Your weight seems to be increasing. Is it because of thyroid?” Well, the awareness about health-related issues has made people more mindful of the problems they could be going through. Weight gain can happen due to a number of reasons. Thyroid is one. It is a chronic disorder that slows metabolism, increases body weight, or makes it difficult to lose weight. In fact, in some cases, thyroid problems are a result of being overweight. Therefore, it is frequently recommended that people address their thyroid issues as their first step in any weight-loss journey. Following that, for weight loss in thyroid patients, diet plays an important role.

Health Shots spoke to Hari Lakshmi, Consultant Dietician/Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospitals, Chennai, to find out what to eat and what to avoid with thyroid for weight loss.

If you want to lose weight, adding healthy foods to your diet, along with regular exercise is important. However, since your thyroid gland plays a significant role in weight gain, it takes much more effort to lose weight.

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Hypothyroidism is a problem! and need treatment Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Lakshmi says, “Since the thyroid hormone is responsible for metabolic functions, an imbalance of it can cause weight gain. Getting proper treatment for hypothyroidism should be your priority before you go on any diet or exercise plan. Inadequately treated hypothyroidism can make it harder for you to lose weight. If you want to lose weight, you need to take care of your overall health. Most people keep their thyroid in control with their daily diet.”

Here is what you should or should not eat to lose weight with hypothyroidism:

With a good quality diet, you can maintain your hormonal functions. Getting better control of your lifestyle can help you lose weight easily with a thyroid.

Foods you should eat if you have thyroid:

1. Increase your iodine intake

This is pretty much obvious. Iodine is the mineral that regulates thyroid function in the body. So, include Iodine rich sources such as salt, fish, dairy, eggs, etc. in your diet.

2. Fibre

Adding fibre-enriched foods to your diet can help you improve your digestion. You should ensure that you add plenty of fruits, veggies, and pulses rich in fibre to your daily diet.

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Include healthy foods in your diet! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Selenium-rich foods are important

It is another mineral that helps in the secretion of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Adding Brazil nuts, sardines, eggs, and legumes will help.

4. Vitamin D

You require vitamin D since a vitamin D deficiency has been linked to weight gain. Additionally, the demand for vitamin D is heightened if you have thyroid problems. Foods rich in vitamin D include eggs, fatty fish, organ meat, mushrooms, and sunlight.

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5. Copper and omega-3

If you are looking for weight loss tips with thyroid, copper and omega 3 should be a part of your diet. Almonds, sesame seeds, and legumes are good sources of copper. Ghee, walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Tip: Don’t forget to stay hydrated

Staying hydrated helps in losing weight faster and it also keeps a check on the functioning of hormones.

Fruits for weight loss in thyroid patients

In addition to these foods, you should incorporate fruits into your thyroid diet to control your weight and overall health. Apples, berries, and avocados are among the fruits that are good for thyroid patients because of their abundance of health advantages. Since these fruits are high in antioxidants, they are useful in preventing the thyroid gland’s damage from free radicals. Not only that, but they might help decrease cholesterol, guard against diabetes, stop obesity, and avoid cardiac problems.

Foods you should avoid with thyroid:

1. Limit your sugar intake and high carb foods

When it comes to losing weight, sugar and carbs are a big “No”. Such foods can also spike the sugar level.

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Sugar can negatively impact your health and must be replaced with healthier alternatives! Image courtesy:

2. Goitrogen containing foods

There are some foods that contain goitrogens which interfere with the normal functioning of the thyroid. Such food items include millet, soy, cruciferous vegetables, etc.

3. Highly processed foods

Highly processed foods such as snacks, frozen foods, and biscuits should be avoided as they are generally high in sodium.

4. Certain fruits

Certain fruits such as peaches, pears, and strawberries too should be avoided if you want to lose weight with hypothyroidism.

5. Dairy products

Milk, cheese, paneer curd, and butter are dairy products that you should ditch because they can alter the hormonal balance in your body and can lead to weight gain.

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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