Does Soy Promote Weight Gain?

Question: I am a vegetarian. I've been gaining weight and have been told by a nutritionist that the soy in my diet is acting as an endocrine blocker, not allowing the rest of my food to metabolize. Is this possible? What can I do to obtain the protein I need to stay healthy?

A Answer by Andrew Weil, M.D. (Published 3/10/2005)
Link to DrWeil.com

In some people, a high intake of soy can block thyroid function, but this usually occurs only if you already have a thyroid disorder. If you're concerned about your thyroid, ask your physician to do thyroid function tests. If results show that your thyroid is working normally, there's no need to worry about your soy intake. Even people who have low thyroid function can eat soy providing that their thyroid medication is adjusted to take into account their soy intake.

As far as your weight is concerned, pay attention to the number of calories you consume daily, and make an effort to replace high-fat foods with low-calorie ones like vegetables. Avoid carbohydrates that deliver high glycemic loads, in order to avoid spikes in your blood sugar that can lead to increased insulin production and conversion of calories to fat.

To learn more about the health benefits of eating Soy Nuts, click on Dr. Weil's photo(ABOVE) to go to his website.

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