I have thyroid issues and want to lose weight. How do I go about this?

The thyroid and a sluggish metabolism go hand in hand. A thyroid condition slows down your metabolism drastically. The first thing you need to do is get on medication so you can get your hormone levels balanced out.

Without medication, even the best diet will not work and you will have issues with low energy, massive mood melt-downs and not to mention excessive hair fall.

A thyroid problem is an auto-immune issue so ideally you should follow a very anti-inflammatory plan that eliminates inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy and soy. The other important change you should bring about in your lifestyle is to include exercise as a daily activity. A regimen that includes resistance training and muscle building should be incorporated into your daily schedule.

Muscle is a very active tissue and the only real and sure way to increase your metabolic rate is to exercise your muscles. Compared to fat tissue, your muscle tissue uses three times more calories just to maintain itself. Weight training three times a week can dramatically help with building some lean muscle.

Lastly, I’ve noticed in my clinical practice that people with thyroid problems tend to lose inches faster than they see progress on the weighing scales. So if you are suffering with your thyroid, judge your progress based on your clothes, energy levels, inches you lose and the amount of weight you lift at the gym or your progress at your workouts and not the scale.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop.