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I have hypothyroidism. I want to reduce weight. Please advise me the diet and exercises.

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Published At October 14, 2014
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Patient's Query

Dear Doctor,

I have hypothyroidism and I am on medicines for it. Also hysterectomy was done 3 years back. I want to reduce my weight now.

Please advise appropriate diet and exercise for me.

Age - 52 years/ female.
Weight - 75kgs, height - 5'4".

Answered by Dr. Meha Malhotra

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your weight gain may be partially due to hypothyroidism.You may start with brisk walking for 20 minutes daily and gradually increase it to 45 minutes daily.

Please do not lift heavy weights at this age. This may cause more harm than benefit.

  • Try oats, muesli, brown bread, egg whites for breakfast.
  • Lunch should be a complete meal with no ghee on rotis.
  • Dinner can be soup, veggies with roti, dalia(broken wheat), dal roti.
  • Do not be on empty stomach for more than 2 hours during day time or the time you are awake.
  • Take light snacks, fruits, juices, shakes in between your meals. Else your metabolism can slow down.
  • Please tell me how much thyroxine are you taking and your TSH level and medicine details so that I can see whether thyroid is not the cause of your problem.

    Please note:

    • Not eating for long periods or being on empty stomach could slow down metabolism and potentially increase weight.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Meha Malhotra
Dr. Meha Malhotra

Dermatology

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