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How thy­roid af­fects me­tab­o­lism, med­i­cal gad­get of the week, and the new su­per­food to lose weight – all the help­ful de­tails are on this page.

Thy­roid, a but­ter­fly-shaped gland in front of the neck, can be a cul­prit for weight gain in some peo­ple. The gland pro­duces a thy­roid hor­mone that con­trols the speed of me­tab­o­lism that helps the body break down food and con­verts it to en­ergy, says Dr Yasir M. Ak­mal, staff physi­cian, Gen­eral Surgery, Di­ges­tive Dis­ease In­sti­tute, Cleve­land Clinic Abu Dhabi. ‘Weight gain is a side ef­fect of hy­pothy­roidism.’ Dr Ak­mal rec­om­mends pa­tients to ex­er­cise reg­u­larly. ‘Eat small meals through­out the day (veg­eta­bles, fruits, whole grains, lean pro­tein and healthy fats to keep the en­ergy lev­els sta­ble), es­tab­lish a sleep sched­ule and avoid eat­ing salty foods, dairy, cured meats and choco­late.’

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