There are many common weight loss tips that you will hear that wont actually work if you suffer from an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism to give it its proper scientific name.
So, what are these tips and is there a way to manage your weight if you suffer from this condition?
#1: Eat less and move more
This is probably one of the most commonly given words of advice for anyone attempting to lose weight, and for the vast majority this tip will work.
Unfortunately if you suffer from an underactive thyroid then your body may not be producing the hormones necessary to regulate your energy expenditure, or to help control your food cravings.
#2: Eat grains
The fibre in foods made from grain can be of benefit to many trying to lose weight, after-all it is slow to digest so will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
The problem is that those who suffer from hypothyroidism may find that their condition is exasperated when they consume these types of food.
If you find that foods such as whole-grain bread, cereal and other grain based foods cause a reaction you maybe gluten intolerant so will need to find a gluten-free alternative.
#3: Always eat breakfast
While it is a good idea for those who wish to lose weight to start their day off with a healthy breakfast this tip may not be able to apply to those with hypothyroidism.
For those who prefer to take their medication first thing in the morning, you may need to skip breakfast so that you can take the medication on an empty stomach.
#4: Perform high intensity exercise often
Of course for the average person trying to lose weight, frequent sessions of high intensity exercise will certainly be of benefit.
However, those with an underactive thyroid may struggle with this.
The reason being is that one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is chronic fatigue, whereby you will be physically unable to perform exercise, even if you are motivated to do so.
#5: Choosing diet or low fat foods
You may think that lower fat foods contain fewer calories, but the reality is that when you remove the fat from food the taste is often lost too.
What manufacturers tend to do is add sugar to these low fat foods for flavour, which not only adds unnecessary calories, but can also have a negative effect on those with metabolic conditions like hypothyroidism.