Many people know it:
Despite a change in your diet and regular sports program, you don’t see the desired results? The 10000th diet failed and you are frustrated? In cases like this, the thyroid gland is usually to blame. Because this small organ produces two hormones that regulate the entire metabolism, it plays a crucial part of whether and how much we gain or lose weight.
Especially with people over the age of 40, there can be a slight hypofunction of the thyroid gland, which can slow down the metabolism and make it very difficult to lose weight effectively. However, there are ways and means to ensure proper fat burning with proper nutrition and regular exercise.
Seafood, eggs, quality soy products, peas or legumes can help boost the metabolism.
This mineral is essential for a healthy thyroid function. Foods high in iodine include ocean fish and shellfish, sea vegetables, cranberries, asparagus, carrots, tomatoes, rhubarb, potatoes, peas, strawberries, mushrooms, egg yolk and soybeans.
However, people who suffer from a serious thyroid disease and who take certain therapies should consult a doctor/specialist.
Good fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega -6)
These fatty acids stimulate the production of serotonin and dopamine - substances that help the thyroid. In addition to whole grains and healthy fats, which are contained in fish, nuts, vegetable oil and avocado, also the (moderate) consumption of dark chocolate is advisable.
One should enjoy three to four meals and allow the metabolism between meals a break.
Little or no processed sugar
Those who use wholegrain instead of white flour products and lots of fruits and vegetables instead of processed sugar prevent the thyroid gland from being paralyzed by too much insulin.
However, as with any body fat reduction, it's not just about diet but also about moving your body.
Stimulate the thyroid gland by exercise - this is how fat burning gets going
- Physical activity is not only important for the metabolism, but also brings the hormones into balance. Extreme exercising for gaining muscles and strength in the gym is not necessary. Regular and mild exercising in everyday life often brings much more. Above all, activities in the fresh air make us feel good.
- 10 minutes of morning gymnastics in bed help the circulation and stimulate the metabolism. After that, let some sunshine in, and enjoy the first rays on your skin.
- A brisk walk after lunch will save you from the midday tiredness. Just 20-30 minutes are enough to process the meal better. The thyroid is thereby relieved from “work”
- As soon as the sun comes out, you feel more energy and you feel like meeting friends and family. Instead of sitting in the sun in the next café, you could use the good weather and go hiking, for example.
Even in the evening, after the last meal, a small walk can work wonders: exercise, relax and gently tune your body to sleep.