A common mistake that I find patients will often do is to eat the wrong things and expect to lose weight. Most of us know that calories and keeping simple carbohydrates and fats under control are key to weight loss. But did you know that some vegetables and grains can keep you from losing those last few pounds? Here are the some of the most common vegetable consumption mistakes that people will make when trying to lose weight.
Goitrogenic foods are those foods that slow the functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is in charge of maintaining your metabolism and during weight loss you really don't want to have your thyroid slow its function. There are a number of common foods found in our diet that if high on you list of frequently eaten foods can contribute to your inability to lose weight.
When we think of vegetarians we usually think of the beanpole thin people who expound on the virtues of tofu burgers and wheatgrass juice. Well think again. There are actually many overweight vegetarians. This is often due to the soy-laden diet of veggie meats, tofu, soy milk and soy protein drinks in their diet. Many dieters, especially those who have been drinking soy protein shakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner will find that they are either gaining weight or having a lot of trouble dropping those last few pounds. There are a couple of reasons for this curious paradox. First, soy products, especially unfermented soy products like soy milk, tofu and the plethora of veggie meats out there are goitrogenic and significantly affect your thyroid's ability to function optimally. Second, these same soy products can affect your blood sugar levels and mineral absorption necessary for optimal immune and pancreatic function. Better choices are fermented soy products or to get your protein source from other non-goitrogenic foods.
These include the foods in the mustard family like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard, kale, turnips. Heating or cooking of these vegetables will partially inactivate the goitrogens. Three or so servings per week of these vegetables are fine as they have a lot of value in preventing various cancers. However, if you are trying to lose weight, keep your consumption to a minimum during dieting and if you eat these vegetables make sure they are cooked. Cole slaw and lots of raw broccoli and cauliflower are out.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Actually most corn starch products in the form of food additives are often hidden in various ingredients and are difficult to get out of the diet without some conscious effort. If you are successful at removing these foods out of your diet you just may find that your weight loss can be quite effortless.
If you are trying to lose weight and have not had your thyroid completely checked follow-up with your doctor to ensure proper testing of your thyroid. Remember just testing for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is not always enough to detect thyroid sluggishness or dysfunction. Also, try to fully understand some of the complexities of treating thyroid and adrenal dysfunction so that you can help your doctor help you attain your optimal weight goals.