How does the hypothyroid diet compare to a low calorie diet?
If you have hypothyroidism, there’s a good chance that you’re struggling to lose weight.
Weight gain is the most common symptom of hypothyroidism. Although weight gain isn’t the only sign of hypothyroidism, it’s the hallmark of the condition.
In reality, the condition should be called hypometabolism, because a low metabolism is the end result of hypothyroidism.
If you’re like most people with hypothyroidism, you try to lose weight by going ON a diet. And the most common type of diet is a low calorie diet.
Dieting becomes a problem when the diet is either repeated, or the diet focus is restricting calories.
This is a natural thing to do because most people believe by eating less they will weigh less, and this does happen, but only in the early stages of dieting.
Initially, the numbers on your scale change – which creates optimism.
The problem becomes when the numbers stop changing and you get frustrated. At this point you may be tempted to eat even less.
Eventually you go OFF the diet due to frustration.
The result is a few pounds lost, frustration, and a lower metabolism, or hypometabolism.
When you go ON a diet this can lower thyroid hormone by up to 50%, which equates to a lower metabolism by 25-40%.
Things start to change when you go OFF the diet and resume normal eating.
At this point, your body has a lower metabolism because of dieting. However, you resume your old eating habits. Now, you ‘ll regain the weight you lost, plus more.
It can take years for your body to resume its normal metabolism after dieting. This is the danger of a low calorie diet.
The hypothyroid diet on the other hand optimizes your metabolism. It enables the body to burn more calories because the body is running more efficiently.
If you optimize your metabolism your body doesn’t store fat because blood sugar is stable. There is less inflammation because you have eliminated food sensitivities. And, your body is less burdened with toxins.
The result is, increased energy, clearer thinking, less aches/pains and headaches, better digestion, and long term weight loss.
Rather than just restricting calories for a quick fix, you should consider optimizing your body’s metabolism by using a program like the hypothyroid diet.
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski