Low Calorie Eating Plans Vs. The Hypothyroid Diet
How does a low calorie eating plan compare to the Hypothyroid 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.
More truthfully, this condition would be referred to as hypometabolism, because hypothyroidism inevitably results in a low metabolism.
If you are like the majority of people who live with hypothyroidism, you attempt to shed excess weight by dieting. The most common plan is a low-calorie eating plan.
Diets are problematic when people repeat them or focus solely on cutting their caloric intake.
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.
Problems arise, however, when the numbers stop dropping and dieters get frustrated. Many people find themselves tempted to cut their calories even more.
Frustration usually causes people to quit their diets.
The results include a few pounds of weight loss, immense frustration and a lowered metabolic functioning.
The thyroid hormone is lowered by as much as 50% when people go on low-calorie diets and this results in a lower metabolism by as much as 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 will regain the weight you lost, plus more.
It will often take years for normal metabolic functioning to resume after having implemented a low calorie eating program. This is the problem with diets that severely restrict calories.
On the other hand, the hypothyroid diet improves metabolic performance. It allows the body to burn more fat and calories because it will be running a lot more efficiently.
If you optimize the performance of your metabolism, your blood sugar will stabilize and your body won’t store fat. Inflammation will be lessened because food sensitivities will be gone. You will also have fewer internal 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.