- Juanita Weaver-Reiss
It's my thyroid's fault I can't lose weight....
It is complicated. Losing weight, that is.
To hear someone explain, it doesn't sound that difficult or complicated. This is what you hear. You have to eat less. To lose one lb per week, reduce your calories by 500 calories every day, and you will lose one pound each week.
But wait a minute.
You do that. You know for a fact that you have eaten less, and you even may have added in physical activity too.
Why is it that you can't lose weight?
There could be a variety of reasons why counting your calories, increasing your physical activity, and add to the list, all of the things you are doing to lose weight are just not working.
A possible issue/cause for a person's inability to lose weight could be hypothyroidism.
The thyroid gland is a butter-fly shaped gland that is located in the lower front of the neck. The hormones that are secreated from the organ perform a variety of functions in the body.
Helps the body use energy
Helps a person stay warm
Promote normal heart rate
Regulates functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems
Regulates cholesterol levels
and much more
When your thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones, a balance in your chemical reactions can be upset.
This can cause a variety of symptoms. Not being able to lose weight is just one of those symptoms.
Tiredness and fatigue
Dry skin and hair
Sensitivity to cold temperature
Frequent, heavy periods
Joint and muscle pain
It may be time to ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels. At the same time, ask for to have your thyroid antibodies checked. If your antibodies are elevated, you may be dealing with an autoimmune issue called Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Also it may be time to find a dietitian to work with to select the foods, your approach to foods, and activity to make it so you can be successful with your weight loss plans.
A dietitian in your pocket