There definitely is evidence that adrenal stress and hypothyroidism affects some people’s ability to lose weight. In fact, environmental conditions these days such as stress, food, infections, toxic load, etc. can alter energy metabolism and result in fatigue and difficulty losing weight. Poor functioning thyroid glands may make it more difficult to comply with appropriate calories because of a slowing metabolism, but it will not stop anyone from losing weight as long as you consume fewer calories than you burn. With that said, here are a few tips to help the process.
- Increase daily activities – standing or pacing instead of sitting, house chores, gardening, playing with kids, etc.
- Increase daily steps – wear a pedometer and gradually increase the number of steps per day.
- Increase workout time or intensity
- Vary exercise activities
- Decrease food intake approximately 100-200 calories/day and repeat this reduction if after two weeks there is no change in weight, body composition or circumference measurements
- Incorporate more fiber rich foods that help fill you up – whole grains, fruits and vegetables
- Track daily calories and portions
It’s important to seek medical advice is you suspect a thyroid condition because proper treatment restores thyroid hormone levels and metabolism. Bottom line – if you can’t eat much, move more and be very careful with what you do eat so you get the biggest bang for your buck. Foods rich in water and fiber will provide the most food with the fewest calories and incorporating activity throughout the day will help boost your calorie burn.