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Is Hypothyroidism Making it Difficult for You to Lose Weight?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

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Reverse Hypothyroidism Nutritionally

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Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not secrete adequate amounts of thyroid hormone to keep the plasma level at normal levels. This impairment of thyroid hormone secretion often leads to obesity and difficulty in losing weight. In hypothyroidism, your metabolism slows down (sluggish metabolism), and your ability to engage in physical activity diminishes. Most approaches for losing weight and body fat do not work well in hypothyroidism.

 It is estimated that  20 million Americans have hypothyroidism,  and many of them do not know it. It is amazing that the role of hypothyroidism in obesity is often overlooked in the modern medical practice. Most of the hypothyroidism cases are sub clinical (mild cases), and this may contribute to the insufficient attention given to this disorder in the battle against obesity.

 Thyroid Hormones

 Attention to the role of hypothyroidism in obesity  has gone down in the past few decades. Thyroid hormones are produced and released by the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located below the voice box (Adam's apple). Thyroxine (T4) and triiodotyronine (T3) are the two hormones released from the thyroid gland. The amino acid, tyrosine and iodine are important molecules used in the thyroid gland to synthesize the thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism can result if one does not have enough iodine in the diet. This iodine deficiency-induced hypothyroidism is nutritionally correctable by inclusion of iodine-rich foods in your diet. Some iodine-rich sources include kelp, fish, eggs and strawberries.

 Sluggish Metabolism

 Thyroid hormone plays an important role in regulating energy metabolism. An elevation in the plasma level of thyroid hormone speeds up energy metabolism so that you can burn up fat very quickly and lose weight. A decrease in the plasma level of this hormone has the opposite effect. It slows down metabolism and causes the body to store fat. This can lead to obesity.

 Interestingly, hypothyroidism will curb your appetite and reduce your caloric intake, but this effect does not prevent you from gaining weight. The metabolism-depressing effect of hypothyroidism is sufficient to override the effects of reduced food intake.

 Fatigue and Weakness

 Lethargy, fatigue, mental dullness, forgetfulness and depression are a few common symptoms of hypothyroidism. If you have hypothyroidism then you would likely feel too weak, lethargic and disinterested in engaging in exercise and physical activity. If you are determined to force yourself to exercise and bring your weight down, then tiredness, fatigue and boredom may undermine your determination and prevent you from reaching your fitness objective. Weight gain would then continue and discouragement may start to creep in.

Importance of a Good Check Up

 A good checkup is the first step in mapping out an effective strategy for body fat reduction.  A good check up can make it easier to lose weight. Some physicians are in a hurry and they may not determine the pathological basis of your obesity. He or she may simply remind you to lose weight. He or she may also instruct you to watch what you are eating, and suggest that you should cut down on the amount of fats and carbohydrates that you consume. This casual checkup is not useful, and it may not help you to lose weight.

 You should ask your physician about the organic or pathological basis for your excess body fat. If you do not get a good explanation, supported by data from appropriate laboratory tests, then you may consider getting a second opinion from another physician.

Make sure that the new physician will perform the appropriate tests to determine the cause of the obesity. If you suspect that you have hypothyroidism then ask your clinician to check for hypothyroidism.

 Once the cause of obesity is reasonably targeted, appropriate protocol can be set up to restore good health and healthy metabolism. Weight loss is difficult if you don't know what is causing the overweight problem and which remedial protocols will solve the problem.


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