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Ask the expert: diet tips for hypothyroid patient

Unstable thyroid levels are a clear indication of an unstable metabolism

17 May 2016 | 10:34 am

I’m a hypothyroid patient on medication. My height is 149cm and I weigh 59.6 kg. Any suggestions for a good diet?

Unstable thyroid levels are a clear indication of an unstable metabolism. Without the right dosage of medication, weight loss/fat loss can be a challenge. Consult an endocrinologist after which you should start following a fat loss plan that has the right balance of macronutrients for you. Hypothyroidism slows down your metabolic rate drastically, which makes it difficult for your body to drop fat irrespective of the method you opt for.

Going on a crash diet will only make things worse. Choose a sensible diet and exercise regime. Get your carbs from fruits, veggies, and limited amounts of white rice; protein from nuts, eggs and fish; and fats from coconut oil, ghee and butter.

Using cheap and refined vegetable oils will give you way too much omega-6 and worsen the condition of your hormones. One way to increase your metabolic rate is to gain muscle. So you must add weight training to your workout four times a week.

Please do not go by your BMI – it is a redundant concept. The best way to judge your progress is to check your body fat percentage. For men, it is normal to be between 10 and 20 per cent; for women, between 18 and 28 per cent.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.