Are you exhausted trying every diet, exercise routine, fasting schedule, and everything in between to lose weight?
If you’ve been doing everything right but STILL aren’t seeing the weight loss results you’re looking for, it may be time to dig a little deeper.
The inability to lose weight is one of the most common symptoms that thyroid patients face, and it is often the initial frustration that inspires them to seek medical help in the first place. However, when they go to their doctor, they are often told that there is nothing wrong with their thyroid after running some basic tests. This can be very discouraging, especially when they are struggling to lose weight despite their best efforts. But the reality is, there are many things that can affect thyroid health and weight management, and it is important to seek help from a qualified natural health practitioner who specializes in this area.
When you seek help from a natural health practitioner, they will typically perform a thorough evaluation of your thyroid function to determine if there is an underlying issue that is affecting your ability to lose weight. This may include a TSH panel, which measures the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone in your body, as well as other tests to evaluate your thyroid function and overall health.
There are several common issues that can affect thyroid health and weight management. One of the most common is under-conversion of T3, which is the active hormone that helps you lose weight. Normally, your body naturally produces only 7% of this important hormone. This isn’t enough, so your liver and GI tract are responsible for converting T4 (which you have 93% of) into T3, so your body has enough of this important hormone. Consequently, if you have liver or gut issues, then chances are your conversion of T3 is not occurring properly, so your body is not receiving the hormone it needs to regulate its own weight.
Another factor that can affect thyroid health and weight management is the adrenal glands. These glands are your natural defense system against stress, and are also responsible for maintaining weight. When your adrenal glands are overworked and exhausted, which can lead to weight gain and other health issues. This is why it is important to address any underlying stress or anxiety issues that may be affecting your adrenal glands and overall health.
Finally, autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto's put a lot of chronic stress on the thyroid, eventually breaking it down over time so it does not function properly. Unfortunately, when you have an autoimmune disorder happening beneath the surface, and your solution is to take thyroid medication, it is not getting to the root of the problem, and your thyroid is still being secretly attacked
The thyroid is an essential part of a healthy body, so it’s built to be tough. It is able to compensate for imbalances for long periods of time before you realize that something is going wrong at all. If you are struggling with weight gain it is important to seek help from a qualified natural health practitioner. They will run a comprehensive panel of up to 10 tests to fully understand what is going wrong within your body that could be putting stress on your thyroid, and create a healing protocol to address the true root of your thyroid dysfunction.
Do you need a weight loss reset? Consider these top tips:
- Focus on nutrient-dense foods that support thyroid health, such as lean proteins, healthy fats, and foods rich in iodine and selenium.
- Be mindful of your stress levels and prioritize stress management techniques, such as meditation or yoga, as stress can negatively impact thyroid function and weight management.
- Consider tracking your food intake and keeping a food diary to better understand how your diet may be affecting your weight and thyroid function.
- Avoid crash diets and extreme calorie restriction, as this can further stress your thyroid and negatively impact your metabolism.
Remember, managing weight alongside thyroid problems can be challenging, but it is possible with the right approach and support.
If you've been trying everything to lose weight and nothing seems to work, don't give up hope. With the right support and treatment, you can achieve optimal thyroid health and manage your weight effectively.