Slimming with Hashimoto’s disease

There are diseases that promote putting on weight, therefore people suffering from them have problems maintaining a healthy body weight. One of such diseases is Hashimoto. This is a chronic thyroiditis, which in addition to putting on weight is manifested by constant overwork, constipation, joint and muscle pain, skin dryness, and in women also painful menstruation. Women are the most exposed to that disease. The highest number of cases is recorded among people between 45 and 65 years of age, but among the patients there is no shortage of children and adolescents. Putting on weight is the result of hypothyroidism that leads to a thermogenesis disorder.


In people suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, the fight against overweight requires the combination of appropriate endocrine treatment with a proper diet and physical activity. Treatment aims to supplement the level of hormones, which leads to the restoration of normal metabolism. Typically, patients are given thyroxine during therapy. However, it cannot be taken at an increased dose to reduce body weight. However, overweight can be eliminated by changing eating habits and lifestyle.


When Hashimoto’s disease is diagnosed, it is allowed to limit calories by up to 500 in relation to individual needs. Nutrition principles are similar to those for healthy people seeking to reduce weight. So regular meals play a very important role. It is recommended to eat more often, but small amounts. High calorie meals should be eaten in the ante meridiem and noon hours, while in the afternoon and evening you should choose light food. It is necessary to eliminate from the menu products that promote the accumulation of excess fat. The first group is meat products, rich in saturated fats. Among others, lard, pate, pork knuckle, duck and goose meat are dangerous. Lean meat, fish, eggs and dairy products may be the source of animal protein. It is also recommended to limit the consumption of simple carbohydrates, i.e. white sugar, white flour products, beetroot and potatoes. Instead of them, complex carbohydrates should be chosen. To maintain proper metabolism, it is necessary to drink at least 1.5 litres of liquids per day and eat food rich in dietary fiber. There are no contraindications to make it easier to fight against excessive kilos by using dietary supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids, which can be taken at dose of 2 grams per day,  are particularly recommended. Among the vitamins, the most important are C, D and E, which reduce the risk of complaints often associated with Hashimoto. What’s more, some people see the positive effects of taking green tea in capsules. Hashimoto sufferers who want to reduce weight or prevent putting on weight are usually recommended to consult a dietician. The specialist will help you plan a menu that will help you achieve your goal, while at the same time, will be beneficial for your health.


Hashimoto patients can play different sports, but aerobic exercises are especially recommended. They help compensate the lipid disorders that often accompany hypothyroidism. The regularity of training is very important. It is worth finding time for sport three or four times a week. Also in this case, it would be good to use the help of a specialist, or personal trainer, who will arrange a training plan tailored to individual needs.


To summarize the information presented here, the diagnosis of Hashimoto is not a sentence for those who care about maintaining a slim figure. Thanks to the treatment, proper diet and physical activity, you can avoid overweight, as well as many other problems that result from this disease. The most important thing is to find the right specialists and then follow the treatment rules agreed with them.