Losing weight can be really difficult for some people but not for those suffering from hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease. The hyperthyroid condition causes loss of weight and people find it hard to stop it.
Many people who deal with this disease have the weight loss problem. The main aim of this article is to discuss what people who suffer from hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease can do to gain some weight.
If You Suffer from Hyperthyroid Issues Do These Things to Gain Some Weight:
1. Normalize The Levels of Thyroid Hormone
The thyroid hormones are responsible for the weight loss in these conditions. So, it is of crucial importance to normalize their levels. Most of the people who suffer from hyperthyroidism also have Graves’ Disease, another autoimmune thyroid condition where the TSH receptors stimulate the TSH receptors which further cause the thyroid gland to secrete an excessive amount of thyroid hormone. Until you suppress the autoimmune component you should manage the hyperthyroid symptoms.
People usually take the antithyroid medication Methimazole. This medicine normalizes the levels of thyroid hormone and prevents weight loss. Other natural options are L-carnitine and Bugleweed which inhibit the production of thyroid hormone and stop the loss of weight.
2. Consume Nutrient Dense Food
Many people who experience hyperthyroid conditions oppose their weight loss by eating as many calories as they can. Unfortunately, they usually just load up carbohydrates rather than nutrient dense food.
Organ meat is the food with the highest nutritive-density. Other meats are also nutrient-dense but not in the same way as the organ meats. If you are a vegetarian, seeds and nuts will be on the highest place on your list. Other nutrient-dense foods are: collard greens, avocados, spinach, kale, radishes, arugula and carrots.
Eggs are also an important type of food. If you have gut problems, you should avoid eating seeds, nuts, legumes and beans. This is due to the phytic and lectins acid in these foods that make them difficult to digest.
3. Consume Smoothies with Added Protein Every Day
Along the nutrient dense food, you can drink one or two smoothies every day. Add some avocado, kale or coconut oil in the smoothie in order to enrich its content. What is more, you can also use some extra protein in the form of whey protein, a great source of glutathione. If you try to avoid dairy, use some pea or rice based protein powder.
4. Correct Any Malabsorption Problems
Malabsorption often comes with hyperthyroidism. This is an affected absorption of nutrients. There can also be other factors that affect these problems with absorption. People with Graves’ Disease have increased intestinal permeability which causes problems with the absorption of nutrients. Furthermore, certain pathogens can also cause problems with absorption of nutrients.
Other factors are: problems with the gallbladder, taking medications with beta blockers and antithyroid drugs which affect the nutrient absorption, oral contraceptives etc.
5. Do Some LIGHT Weightlifting at Least 3 Times a Week
Hyperthyroidism reduces the muscle mass and affects the bone density, so you should do some weightlifting at least 3 days a week. Instead of losing weight and eating more calories, try doing some light weightlifting, as this will help you to gain some weight.
A study conducted on 16 patients with hyperthyroidism showed that resistance training increases the recovery of skeletal muscle function and promotes weight gain.
In conclusion, when you experience hyperthyroidism it might be challenging to gain weight. In this case, the key point is to normalize the thyroid hormone for weight loss. What is more, nutrient dense foods and light weightlifting can help you gain weight.