There is a chance you will gain weight if you indulge in too many comfort foods or stay away from exercises or gym for too long. But if you have hypothyroidism the numbers on the scale can go up the even if you stick firmly to your diet and exercise regularly. Let us understand the relationship between overweight and hypothyroidism. Thyroid is a small gland based at the neck, sits in front of the wind pipe and has 2 sections. It looks like butterfly. Is very light weight about an ounce. But it is an important part of the endocrine system. Thyroid produces 2 key hormones T3 & T4 which regulates your metabolism or how efficiently your body burns food for energy. When your thyroid makes less of these hormones as it does in hypothyroidism your metabolism slows down. It will be difficult to burn calories but quickly can gain weight. Much of the weight gain is due to the underactive thyroid on the kidney function.
There are no symptoms as such in the beginning. But later it leads to muscle weakness, fatigue, tiredness, obesity and depression. Therefore it is very important to adopt a new diet and a new lifestyle. Subtract calories from the diet and completely avoid junk food, fried food, packeted food and desserts. Replace desserts with seasonal fruits. Restrict intake of food like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Another way to cut down calories is to eat more energy dense foods as they contain fewer calories that will make one feel full.
Exercising is compulsory. Spend 45 minutes each day. Either go for brisk walk, resistance exercise or cycling. Any activity that makes your heart beat harder and causes you to break a sweat.