Insulin Resistance - Hypothyroidism

For people who have a serious weight problem, weight gained due to hypothyroidism, there is a virtual inability to lose weight. Your body has responded to the condition by keeping the weight on, and you cannot seem to lose it, even reducing your diet down to 900 calories a day, which is not recommended.

The problem is that your body has a set point for the weight it feels it needs to be at. No matter what you do, you cannot lose weight. Eating less, exercising more, nothing seems to work. When you have hypothyroidism, you have a certain insulin resistance, which means that your body will not burn off the calories, nor will it rid itself of the fat it has stored, no matter what you do.

What can be done about this? It's a tough sell, but you have to change the way that you eat. Basically, you have to avoid starchy foods and carbohydrates. This means no bread, potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes, cereal, rice, pasta, sugar, and definitely no sweets or desserts. You have to eat more lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, fish, non starchy vegetables and fruits that do not contain high sugars.

Exercising regularly is also important, which means getting out for a brisk walk for at least 45 minutes daily. Exercise serves to lower insulin levels and this is the main issue with trying to lose weight. It is difficult to live this way; however it is the only way to lose the weight when you have insulin resistance.

As you change your diet, you will find that you no longer have cravings for the sweets and the high carbohydrate foods that you have eliminated from your diet. In fact, eating these types of foods after eliminating them might cause you to be ill, because they will no longer be tolerated by your stomach or your body.

For those with hypothyroidism and insulin resistance, it can seem an impossible task to lose weight. It is extremely difficult to lose just two pounds, and incredibly easy to gain weight. This can lead to a great deal of frustration and some people just resolve to carry the extra weight. You need to make a decision, whether you want to deal with the problem, and then work towards being healthier. Only you can solve the problem, and it won't be easy. It will take a great deal of dedication, but once you change your eating habits, you will find it much easier down the road.