How to Increase Your Metabolism with the Right Hypothyroidism Diet
Did you know you could damage your metabolism by eating a low-calorie diet for hypothyroidism? Also, the damage done by this type of diet can take years to recover from.
One of the main complaints from hypothyroid sufferers is weight gain. If you have gained weight due to your condition, it’s because of a low metabolism and if you follow the common advice of reducing your calories to lose weight, you will only sabotage your results.
You may see some immediate improvement, but what you don’t see is the damage being done to your metabolism.
Restricting your calories can plummet your calorie-burning capacity by up to 50%! When you do this, your body will burn approximately 500 less calories a day.
You see, your thyroid thinks your body is starving when you diet, and as a result your metabolism will slow down in order to conserve the little food you’re eating. Once your body has turned down the thermostat, it can take years to turn it back up.
Dieting this way will destroy your metabolism.
You’re probably wondering how you can lose weight with hypothyroidism. The bottom line is – you must increase your metabolism, not lower it by eating like a bird.
There are three basic hypothyroidism diet rules to follow to make sure you keep your metabolism up. (1) never skip a meal, (2) eat protein with each meal, and (3) eat at least three meals a day.
No doubt you heard this before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Because you’ve literally been fasting from the night before your last meal. So, if you don’t eat breakfast and you get up and-go in the morning without eating, your body will slow its metabolism to conserve energy because it doesn’t have an immediate source of energy (food).
So, eat breakfast!
This leads to rule number two. Eat protein with each meal. If you get up and eat a Danish with a cup of coffee, you’re just feeding your body sugar and stimulating your nervous system. This may give you the morning jolt you’re looking for, but ultimately your blood sugar will drop causing mood swings, cravings, and hunger.
This type of meal is a quick fix and will not sustain your energy. However, if you feed your body some protein such as eggs, meat, or fish along with some fibrous veggies, it will keep you full and give you energy throughout the morning. Also, this type of food heats up the body because it takes a lot of energy to break it down. This is your metabolism at work – you’re burning calories. So the idea is to use the right kind of fuel to keep your metabolic rate up.
Lastly, don’t skip meals. This concept is the same as skipping breakfast. If your body doesn’t know when the next meal will arrive, it will protect itself by conserving and slowing the metabolic rate. And guess what controls your metabolic rate…your thyroid.
It’s not a bad idea to snack between meals. Choose snacks like almonds, hardboiled eggs, veggies and humus. Also, you should make sure you eat every 4-5 hours. Don’t eat lunch at 11 a.m. and then wait until 7 p.m. to eat dinner. Again, the body doesn’t know when the next meal is coming, so it will slow down.
Start training your body to know when meals are coming by eating at consistent times every day.
These rules sound simple, but you’d be surprised how many people break them. It is very important to follow the diet rules of eating breakfast, eating protein with every meal, and not skipping meals, because you have hypothyroidism.
So, if you want to lose a few pounds remember starving yourself doesn’t work. What does work is eating the right hypothyroidism diet designed to stimulate your metabolism, not destroy it.
Eat well and be well,
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski