T3 and T4 are the most important thyroid hormones in the body. If there’s an insufficient amount of them in the body, hypothyroidism occurs, and the body’s important functions slow down.
Here’s what functions these hormones affect:
- Body temperature
An improperly functioning thyroid can slow down the metabolism and digestion, which is why you will gain weight more than usual. In this case, you need to try some alternative approaches in order to resolve the problem.
- Get more sleep
According to studies, women who sleep less than 5 hours a day have a tendency to weigh 32% more than women who sleep 7 hours or more.
- Try a gluten-free diet
Fresh fruit and vegetables like meat, poultry and fish don’t contain gluten. Gluten is present in wheat and flour products, canned soups, sausages, soy sauce, low-fat ice cream, frozen foods and salad dressings.
- Drink more water
Drinking water is vital for your health. Water’s health benefits cannot be replaced with tea, coffee, soft drinks or juices. Water will boost your metabolism and keep your body free of toxins while reducing your appetite and controlling your weight.
- Eat more fiber
Eat foods rich in fiber such as eggplant, green veggies and peas.
- Avoid goitrogens
Broccoli, cauliflower and peanuts are goitrogenic foods – avoid them all the time.
- Reduce your sodium intake
You need to avoid foods rich in sodium such as processed foods.
- Change your mealtimes
Instead of eating 5-6 smaller meals, try eating 2-3 bigger meals every day without snacks and eating late in the evening.
Regular exercise can burn fat and calories while boosting your metabolism. Try to do aerobic, strengthening and flexibility exercises every day.
- Drink green tea
Green tea can boost your energy and reinforce your immune system.
- Avoid stress
Stress causes excessive eating, so you must avoid it by meditation and deep breathing techniques.
Although difficult, trying to lose weight when you’re having thyroid problems can be done. Never give up!