Smart And Effective Steps To Help You Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism – Part 1
Posted Aug 16 2013 7:00am
By Avelina Kongoi
From personal experience I can tell you with confidence that you are only ever going to be able to truly appreciate how hard it is to shed weight when you have hypothyroidism is when you’re actually suffering from the disease yourself. You won’t just be limited to weight related issues when it comes to having an underactive thyroid. In fact you’ll more than likely end up suffering from many other symptoms too.
There are an estimated 30 million individuals across America right now who are actually suffering from the disease right now. But even more shocking that this fact is that there are many, many more individuals across America and the world who have yet to be told officially that they have the condition.
Another disease that is getting even more common among normal people is something that is known as subclinical hypothyroidism. A person who has this condition will experience a lot of the symptoms of hypothyroidism without actually suffering from the disease itself. This usually occurs because of poor nutrition, and simply improving their diet will totally change things around.
If you have hypothyroidism it essentially means that your metabolism will have slowed right down which means that you will burn far fewer calories than a normal individual. It really is as simple as that.
You will basically run into weight related issues when you have thyroid glands that aren’t working as they should be. The reason that this happens in the first place is because your thyroid glands are not producing enough thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) which are largely responsible for maintaining your bodies metabolism and also making sure that every cell in the body gets the energy that it needs to get through the day properly. So you can say that these hormones are largely responsible for helping your body burn the calories they need to burn.
Not having enough thyroid hormones basically means that you will not burn as many calories as a normal individual. This is the very reason why people with an underactive thyroid find it so difficult to lose excess weight.
Easy To Follow Tips To Help You Shed Weight With Hypothyroidism
1. Ensure Your Local Doctor Officially Tests, Diagnoses and Treats You
The most important step of all is to make sure that you get yourself down to the local doctor to get officially tested and given a proper diagnosis. This is the first and most essential step of all to get your health back on track.
The most important step of all is to make sure that you get yourself down to the local doctor to get officially tested and given a proper diagnosis.
Your doctor will basically give you a blood test, which will measure the amount of T3 and T4 in your system. On top of this, the blood test will measure the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that is running about in your body. If the final results that come out show that you have high levels of TSH and low levels of T3 and T4 then it’s a good sign that you may be suffering from hypothyroidism.
If it is known that you’re actually suffering from hypothyroidism then your doctor will more than likely prescribe you with something that is known as levothyroxine. In essence this is a synthetic form of T4, which will help to slowly but surely build up your thyroid hormones back to the level they should be.