Can Sushi Help Me Lose Weight?

Ok, this title is a little bit click bait. And for Keto people sushi has a good amount of carbs. *gasp*

This isn’t really about sushi, but about fish and seafood in general. Look at cultures around the world that have more seafood based diets. Their life expectancy is probably pretty high, their obesity levels lower (lower than America’s at least, which might not be saying much). What’s the secret?

There’s a good chance it has to do with the consumption ratio of omega 6 to omega 3, but what I’m interested in and want to talk about today is iodine.

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The reason I am so interested in iodine is because of its role in thyroid function. Low iodine may lead to low thyroid functioning (if severe maybe even hypothyroidism or goiters), and the thyroid is known for its role in one’s “metabolism” (I use the word metabolism colloquially here to suggest how easily/difficult one gains/loses weight). If you’ve ever asked yourself, “why am I struggling to lose weight despite so much effort?” it could be a hundred things. Maybe you’re following unsustainable diets, or not tracking your calories accurately (they can be sneaky), or your thyroid is functioning less than optimally. And if you are asking yourself that question, you might want to read this article I’m linking here.

Of course, healthy thyroid function is considered in a range, not an exact level, so what if my thyroid level is high enough that it’s not considered a disorder, but lower in the range so that weight loss is A STRUGGLE…?

Maybe you’re afraid of consuming salt or don’t buy iodized salt, cutting out a MAJOR source of iodine for American people. Maybe you don’t like seafood that much (I don’t. Most of it is too slimy for me.) Maybe you avoid dairy (I often try to). So where are you getting your iodine? And if you’re not, how is your thyroid being affected? Could ensuring an optimally functioning thyroid aid in weight loss?

The American diet isn’t great at including iodine. And I’m curious if this has any role whatsoever in our obesity epidemic.  Even though I’m not a fan of seafood, I’ve come to enjoy salmon and tolerate tuna. I am trying to make myself like cod. I do LOVE seaweed.

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These seaweed snacks are kind of like the equivalent of kale chips only they actually taste good. The wasabi ones are my favorite, and you can get them at most stores.

I guess kelp is one of the new “superfoods”, and I’m planning on trying it out for it’s health benefits. Kelp is one of the best sources of iodine, and it seems people (or at least the media) is obsessing over its weight loss benefits.

This article isn’t meant to imply that anyone struggling with weight loss has anything wrong with their thyroid. And I don’t want to encourage anyone to consume more iodine than is recommended (if you’re thinking, “The more iodine, the higher the thyroid levels, the more weight loss,” stop. Consuming more than is recommended is not healthy and could have the reverse effect.) I simply think iodine is an important nutrient that is so often overlooked and ignored in the American diet.

Where are you getting your iodine?

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