Managing Your Weight with Hypothyroidism

Managing Your Weight with Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when there is not enough thyroid hormone in the bloodstream, slowing down the metabolism. If your thyroid does not produce and release enough thyroid hormone into your body, you have hypothyroidism. The result is a slowed metabolism that affects your entire body. 

This condition can affect people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Hypothyroidism is a common condition, particularly among women over age 60. Women are generally more likely to develop hypothyroidism after menopause than earlier in life.

Types of Hypothyroidism

  • Primary hypothyroidism. A primary cause involves conditions that directly affect the thyroid and result in low thyroid hormone levels. 
  • Secondary hypothyroidism. A secondary cause is something that causes the pituitary gland to fail, which means that the thyroid-stimulating hormone cannot balance out the thyroid hormones.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?


The other causes of hypothyroidism may include:

  • Hereditary conditions or a medical condition passed down through your family
  • Thyroiditis or inflammation of the thyroid
  • Iodine deficiency or not having enough iodine in your body
  • Treatment of hyperthyroidism or radiation and surgical removal of the thyroid

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Will Hypothyroidism Make You Gain Weight?

Weight gain is one of the common symptoms of hypothyroidism. If your condition is not treated, you could gain weight. Once you are treating the condition, the weight should start to lower. However, you will still need to watch your calories and exercise to lose weight. Talk to your healthcare provider about weight loss and ways to develop a diet that works for you.

Manage Your Weight 

Healthy foods, controlled portion sizes, and regular exercise are key components to losing weight. But if you have hypothyroidism, your underactive thyroid gland may also play a role. Use these six strategies to jump-start weight loss with hypothyroidism.

  • Cut out simple carbs and sugars
  • Eat more anti-inflammatory foods
  • Stick to small, frequent meals
  • Move your body and have a regular exercise 
  • Take note of your daily calorie intake 
  • Take thyroid medications if you have as directed
eating healthy meal

Manage Your Weight with HCG Diet

The HCG diet combines the weight loss benefits of caloric deficit dieting with the fat-burning benefits of HCG. Caloric deficit dieting can provide powerful weight loss at the cost of your muscles when the body breaks them down for energy. When HCG is present in the blood, the body can more easily burn calories from fat instead of muscle.

Patients following the HCG diet will undergo daily injections of HCG along with a diet that restricts caloric intake. When your body is in starvation mode due to caloric restrictions, HCG allows the body to burn unwanted fat instead of burning muscle, so the weight that is lost during the diet is mostly fat. Patients who follow the HCG program will experience the following:

  • Stabilized metabolism
  • Increased burning of unwanted fat
  • Slimmed-down abdomen, hips, upper arms, buttocks, and neck
  • Greater retention of muscle mass 

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Managing Your Weight with Hypothyroidism