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]]> Q. I suffer from hypothyroidism. How can I lose weight?
Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) is a very common weight loss problem (10 times more common in women than men).
Under active thyroids are usually caused by Hashimoto’s disease or goitre (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) where the body’s immune system produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland, reducing hormone secretion.
It can also be triggered by childbirth and/or stress.
I meet many women who have an under-active thyroid and although most succeed in losing weight, their weight loss can be slower than normal.
- Make sure your thyroid levels are checked regularly, so your medication is kept at the correct dosage. Thyroid function can change quite quickly.
- Take regular exercise. Physical activity is especially important if you suffer from hypothyroidism. It is essential in order to help speed up your metabolism for better weight control.
- Try to avoid alcohol and manage your stress.
- Eat a varied low-fat diet which includes plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oily fish. These foods may help the thyroid function.
- Eat less cabbage and soya beans. These foods may reduce the thyroid function.
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