Losing Weight Naturally with Hypothyroidism

Some medical research experts state that 1 out of every 10 Americans and 1 out of every 8 women Americans will develop hypothyroidism during their lifetime. Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that occurs when the thyroid gland, located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormone.

This medical condition can occur due to an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland, after surgical removal of the gland or following radiation of an overactive thyroid gland among other causes. One of the early symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland is weight gain according to Dr. Tiffani Fries from Genesis Chiropractic located in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices in Millcreek, Utah, and Holladay, Utah, as well.

It can be a true challenge to lose that extra weight put on by an underactive thyroid gland that negatively impacts the body’s endocrine system. However, there are some effective strategies that can help people lose weight naturally with hypothyroidism.

Tip #1: Eliminate Sugar from Diet

Diet is one of the most effective natural weight loss methods known. For endocrine problems such as hypothyroidism, an anti-inflammatory diet is strongly recommended. Eliminating sugar from the diet is essential to maintain a healthy balance and weight.

While all foods break down to glucose, a sugar, some foods that are oversaturated with empty carbohydrates that do not have much nutritional value should be avoided altogether. These foods and beverages include white bread, pasta dishes, candy, and other high-sugar snacks and sugar-laden beverages like sodas. Learn to read labels to choose healthier foods.

Tip #2: Follow a Healthy Diet Plan Especially for Hypothyroidism

Doctors who specialize in functional medicine, like Dr. Tiffani Fries at Genesis Chiropractic, will typically recommend following a healthy diet plan especially geared for hypothyroidism. Dr. Fries is also experienced in providing weight loss and nutrition plans in Salt Lake City.

The Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet is especially helpful for autoimmune-related endocrine health conditions such as hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s Disease an autoimmune disorder that impacts the thyroid gland.

This diet should not be a long-term one, and diabetics and those with thyroid conditions should always first speak with their doctors before starting or changing their diet plan for safety reasons.

In its basic form, this diet avoids inflammatory foods while supporting a healthier autoimmune system.

Foods You Can Eat

  • Lean proteins – beef, pork, poultry, eggs, & seafood containing omega-3 fatty acids
  • Non-dairy fermented foods – apple cider vinegar, Brussels sprouts, kale & others
  • Garlic & onions – sulfur-rich foods
  • Herbs that are anti-inflammatory – turmeric and rosemary
  • Bone broth & collagen and/or arrowroot starch
  • Monk fruit
  • Green tea

Foods to Avoid

  • Processed foods
  • Alternate sweeteners – sucralose or aspartame
  • Refined sugars
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee, alcohol & sugar-laden sodas
  • Most dairy foods
  • Grains
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Beans & legumes – potentially an allergen called lectin
  • Potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers & other nightshade vegetables
  • Dried fruits

Tip #3: Decrease Overall Stress Using Stress-Busting Techniques

Chronic stress is linked to many endocrine and other health disorders including hypothyroidism and diarrhea associated with IBS. Therefore, using some stress-busting techniques may improve overall health and well-being according to many doctors that specialize in functional medicine.

Some natural stress-relief techniques include:

  • Have a regular bedtime routine- avoid technology before bedtime, soothing bedroom colors and nightshades
  • Yoga or meditation
  • Getting outdoors – nature promotes tranquility
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Keep the bedroom cool & comfortable
  • Try a weighted blanket

Note: Targeted chiropractic treatment can also boost and support a healthier immune and endocrine system as well as decrease overall stress and body pain.

Tip #4: Try to Exercise Every Day

It is important to try getting exercise almost every day. This can be as simple as walking after dinner or doing some aerobics for short sessions.

Tip #5: Consider Adding These Natural Supplements & Nutrients to Diet

  • Curcumin
  • Iodine – for hypothyroidism
  • Selenium
  • Glutathione
  • Probiotics & Gut Healing Herbs

Tip #6: Try Intermittent Fasting or Time-Restricted Eating

Many doctors recommend intermittent fasting also called time-restricted eating. This is thought to regulate metabolism and boost autoimmune and endocrine-related health.

Please contact Genesis Chiropractic to learn more about hypothyroidism and natural weight loss strategies or book your appointment. Visit https://saltlakecityutchiropractor.com.


1. American Thyroid Association – Medical FAQS Page 2021 Definition of Hypothyroidism


2. Healthline article “AIP (Autoimmune Protocol Diet) Overview, Food List & Guide”