Hypothyroid Diet For Weight Loss

Hypothyroid Diet for HypothyroidismIf you’ve been diagnosed as hypothyroid, you are probably experiencing a sense of relief because you now understand why weight has been so hard to lose. When you have the thyroid disorder known as hypothyroid, the pounds tend to pile on and stick around, since your metabolism is slow. Most people also struggle with fatigue, which makes it harder to exercise and stay active.

Foods To Eliminate When Diagnosed With Hypothyroidism

If you’re hypothyroid, there are dietary changes you can make that will improve your chances of losing weight. The primary change is to avoid foods which are goitrogens, particularly when raw:

  • gluten
  • soy
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • brussels sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • turnips

Goitrogenic foods can be eaten in small amounts, and tend to be less harmful when cooked, steamed, or fermented. They’re simply not your best choice if you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, since they can reduce or block the uptake of iodine and/or thyroid hormones to your thyroid. Don’t panic about small amounts, but avoid regular consumption, especially raw. There’s a good common-sense article with more information here, if you want more detail.

Three More “Bad Foods” for Hypothyroid Individuals

  1. You will also want to keep your sodium (salt) consumption reasonable, as hypothyroidism can lead to other health issues. 1,500mg/day should be your limit – read food labels.
  2. Sugar is a problem for anyone wanting to lose weight, since easily available sugar in the bloodstream means that your body won’t burn its stored calories. It’s particularly important to keep sugar under control when you have a slow metabolism, which you will when hypothyroid.
  3. Fats should be watched as well. Of course, some good fats are fine, and needed. Greasy snacks and bad fats (french fries and other deep-fried foods are the perfect example of what to avoid) can block your body’s absorption of your hormone replacement medication, so resist them.

What Are The Good Foods for Hypothyroid Diets?

Foods that contain the nutrient iodine are excellent for people who are hypothyroid. Be careful about increasing your consumption suddenly though, as you may actually need less medication if you make a major dietary change. Ease your way into eating more:

  • sardines
  • scallops
  • seaweed and other sea vegetables
  • cod
  • haddock
  • shrimp
  • salmon
  • milk
  • cottage cheese
  • yogurt
  • turkey breast
  • navy or black-eyed beans
  • tuna
  • eggs
  • dried prunes
  • bananas
  • strawberries
  • green beans

Read more here about healthy foods containing iodine.

An excellent healthy snack for your thyroid weight loss diet are nuts containing selenium. A couple of brazil nuts, or an handful of cashews provide the selenium your thyroid needs. More is not better in this case, as too much selenium can be toxic, so don’t overdo it on the brazil nuts. More info here.

The Key To Hypothyroid Weight Loss

If you’re hypothyroid and overweight, the key to your weight loss is going to be professional medical support. A doctor who specializes in weight loss can help you lose weight in a healthy way, even when diagnosed hypothyroid. If you’re in Hawaii, call our office today at (808) 551-4348 or click here to make a complimentary first appointment.

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