CLA and Other Thyroid Weight Loss Tips

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Patients with thyroid problems who are facing weight loss challenges may be helped by the dietary supplement conjugated linoleic acid, known as CLA, which is reported to help body fat in people who are overweight.

CLA appears to help some, but not others, and its greatest value may be as a natural component of a healthy diet.  Along with CLA, check out these surprising tips for helping with your weight loss program:

  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid.  It has become well known in recent years as a weight loss supplement. Some researchers believe CLA inhibits fat cells from getting larger by affecting the specific enzymes that aid in fat storage.  Studies have shown that CLA could be effective in short-term weight loss, and spot reduction. But, CLA is better derived from ​food itself, versus pill form.  The best sources of CLA are found in butter, beef, veal, button mushrooms, sour cream, lamb, cottage cheese and safflower/sunflower oils.
  • Green Tea: Green tea offers several health advantages.  Green tea extract may increase metabolism (energy expenditure) enough to assist with weight loss and fat oxidation. some of the weight loss benefits of green tea stem from caffeine in the product, but other healthful attributes go beyond that. Assisting with daytime alertness, and with healthy compounds of its own, green tea has no known adverse side effects—a real bonus for a weight loss aid!
  • Hold the Sauce!  Use the Spice: Processed foods and sauces are usually loaded with salt (sodium).  The health effects of too much salt are real, including weight retention, hypertension, and other conditions. Pay attention to labels – especially salt content. You can avoid too much salt by cooking from scratch and substituting spices for fattening, salt-filled sauces.  Added flavor helps you eat less and feel more satisfied with your meal.  Eating smart does not have to mean eating boring!
  • Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a healthy addition to any diet.  Oat grains have been used by athletes for years for their  high level of complex carbohydrates. Along with water soluble fiber, these carbs encourage slow digestion (you keep that “full feeling” longer) and keeps blood glucose levels more stabilized. Oatmeal is also high in B vitamins. Go for steel cut and avoid the sugar to gain the most from your oats.
  • Water:  You have heard it all your life, drinking water is a healthy habit.  Water contains no sugar or added ingredients, can aid in digestion, helps you feel full longer, and is a super substitute for pop.  Add a twist of lemon for taste.  Drinking less sugary drinks and more water may help you enjoy the more subtle tastes of your food a little better.

There are  many ingredients, components, and foods that can help you lose weight.  More and more, individual nutrition and healthy shifts in eating patterns are forming the basis of losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight that is good for you. Thyroid disease calls for special considerations for what is on your plate. Make good choices, and remember, variety is the spice of life!

Frequently Asked Questions About CLA

See my article, Frequently Asked Questions About CLA for the answers to the following questions:

  • Is Any Brand of CLA Good to Use?
  • Is CLA Safe to Take With My Thyroid Medications?
  • Is CLA Only for People with Thyroid Problems?
  • How Much Should I Take?
  • Does CLA Have Soy in It? Should I Take It If It Says It Contains Soy?
  • Where Can I Get CLA?
  • How Should I Take It?
  • Does CLA Have Any Side Effects?
  • Where Can I Read More About CLA's Health Benefits?

If You're Planning to Start a Weight Loss Program

And, if you are planning to start a weight loss program, a good place to start your information search is the Thyroid Weight Loss Center, featuring information, diets, diet books, and much more.

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