How To Stimulate The Thyroid To Burn Fat And Activate Metabolism

In
first world countries, it can sometimes seem like everyone is
overweight. According to the American Heart Association, an astonishing
60-75% of the United States population is overweight or obese!1

People
swing in and out of challenging diets, and gain and lose weight in
cycles. The good news is that by using lifestyle and nutritional tactics
that consistently help burn fat, you can make long-lasting healthy
weight loss a reality.


 

Also, boosting the function of your thyroid
gland helps to keep you lean. This is because the thyroid plays a
crucial role in controlling the metabolism of your cells, the rate at
which they use energy or the rate at which your cells perform their
duties.

If you’re looking to lose weight, you should know that the
thyroid and weight loss are deeply connected. Hypothyroidism not only
slows down your metabolism, making it take longer for you to burn
calories, it also can make you gain water weight.

9 Ways to Burn Fat and Boost Your Thyroid

1. EAT FOODS IN A TRADITIONAL MEDITERRANEAN DIET

A
Mediterranean diet, a diet rich in whole plant foods and omega 3 fats
from plants and fish, has been evidenced to fight disease in a multitude
of scientific studies. Importantly, a review of randomized controlled
studies found that a Mediterranean diet consistently helps people lose
weight.2Whole plant foods like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts,
and seeds help to keep blood sugar and insulin within healthy (or lower)
ranges because the sugars in these foods are absorbed more slowly than
processed carbohydrates.

The higher your insulin, the more energy
you store and the fatter you tend to get. Interestingly, chronically
high insulin causes itself to lose its ability to signal satiety,
leaving you feeling hungry all the time (which leads to overeating).

Nuts
consumed in a Mediterranean diet might increase the rate at which you
burn energy, and the olive oil, which is traditionally eaten, has been
shown to help people lose weight as compared to reduced fat diets.

2. REDUCING CALORIES

Let’s
get this boring one out of the way. Reducing calories does help people
lose weight.4 More interestingly, reducing calories can also lower
fasting blood glucose and inflammation throughout your body.

Lower
glucose means less insulin that causes you to store calories, and
inflammation has been implicated in promoting weight gain and causing
insulin resistance.

3. ASHWAGANDHA

Ashwagandha has been used for
thousands of years in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and can bolster thyroid
function. In humans, more thyroid hormone was produced as a result of
daily Ashwagandha supplementation. Patients’ levels increased in the
range of 7-24%.7,

This herb is also indicated to help burn fat and promote muscle growth.8 So take Ashwagandha to be a lean, mean, muscle machine.

4. GUGGUL

Guggul
has also been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for close to 3,000
years. In animal studies, this herb has been shown to promote thyroid
function, and there is some evidence that it reduces body weight.

5. BERBERINE

This
is a powerful alkaloid found in some plants. It can be taken as a
supplement and is a powerful anti-diabetes herbal compound.

A
clinical study has shown it to be as effective as metformin, a popular
diabetes drug, at lowering numerous parameters of diabetes-like insulin,
glucose, and plasma triglycerides.10 Once again, lower insulin and
glucose means less fat storage.

Berberine also activates an
enzyme, AMPK, that increases glucose and fat energy usage in cells.11
AMPK is important for keeping a lean body because it reduces fat storage
and lowers insulin resistance.

(Note: If you want to discover the
top 10 foods that Master Herbologist and Nutritionist Dr. Donna
Schwontkowski recommends to boost your thyroid, then you can check out
the guide here.)

6. CAYENNE PEPPER

This spice is a great adjunct herb for boosting metabolism and energy expenditure. (This means it burns up fat.).

Cayenne
has been thought of as having thyroid-mimicking stimulatory effects,
and it is a great tool for fighting the clinical disease signs that
accompany weight gain: diabetes and metabolic resistance.12

7. GINSENG

Ginseng
has been shown to promote weight loss in humans and might increase
thyroid hormones. Ginseng has also been shown to reduce levels of the
thyroid hormone-inhibiting factor, “reverse-T3”

8. COCONUT OIL

It
might seem paradoxical, but coconut oil (which is a densely fat
substance) has been shown to reduce abdominal fat in humans.15It’s
thought that the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil speed up fat
burning in our bodies.

And although there is little research at
this time that relates coconut oil to the thyroid, many practitioners
and hypothyroid sufferers swear by coconut oil’s ability to help
vitalize the thyroid.

9. GREEN TEA

Green tea is
evidenced to have mild weight loss effects.16 Polyphenols in green tea
can inhibit fat absorption in the intestines, and they also activate
AMPK, the enzyme that helps you burn fat.17

Change Your Body with Lifestyle and Nutrition

These
are just a few of the ways that nutrition and lifestyle habits can help
burn fat or invigorate thyroid function. There are plenty more. But as
you can see, there are realistic and easy ways in which you can fight
fat storage and give your thyroid a boost.

By eating healthy,
using lifestyle and nutritional tricks to burn fat, and invigorating
your thyroid, you’ll feel more energetic, slim, and just plain better.

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