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Three Things to Consider if You Have Trouble Losing Weight

Posted Apr 07 2009 11:01pm

Thyroid: The thyroid is the thermostat of the body. It regulates how fast you burn calories. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
Low body temperature; the patient feels cold even when others do not
•    Inability to lose weight
•    Fatigue
•    Lack of motivation
•    Poor memory
•    Loss of interest in sex
•    Dry, itchy or scaly skin
•    High cholesterol
•    Muscle cramps at rest
•    Constipation
•    Cysts and fibroids
•    Sadness or crying for no reason (This can include women who have this symptom or experience mood swings at certain times during their menstrual cycle)
•    Puffiness under the eyes
•    Ankle swelling
•    Depression
•    Frequent colds

The test commonly used for hypothyroidism is TSH, which is not a thyroid hormone, but a pituitary hormone. The British Medical Journal [BMJ 2000;320:1332-1334 (13 May)] published research examining the flaws in diagnosing hypothyroidism. The authors concluded that there are indeed flaws with the way that we diagnose hypothyroidism. You cannot do a good job by simply relying on lab tests. You can read more about testing the thyroid at

Hidden food sensitivities: Sometimes a good food can be bad for you. One sign of this is when you go on any kind of diet and lose a lot of weight in the first few days. Very often a person having trouble with weight loss may be doing everything right, but is not enjoying a good result because they are sensitive to a regularly eaten food. One type of allergic reaction is known as the addictive allergy. This is an allergic reaction where you crave the food to which you are allergic. You crave the substance like an alcoholic craves alcohol. In fact, Dr. Theron Randolph, a noted allergist and pioneer in the field of environmental medicine, calls alcoholism the ultimate food allergy.
People with addictive allergies eat the food that they are addicted to every day. They usually don’t even know that they are allergic to that food. In fact, when told that they may be allergic to a favorite food, they are incredulous. “I can’t be allergic to that, I eat it every day.” The real tip-off to an addictive allergy is that the patient is very distressed at the idea of giving up that particular food, much the same way that an alcoholic is distressed at the idea of giving up alcohol.
People with addictive allergies suffer from a wide variety of symptoms, including fatigue, obesity, overeating, chronic sinus problems, repeated infections, hives, rashes, acne or other skin problems, digestive problems, headaches, anxiety depression, joint pain or hypoglycemia. Even gallstones may be caused by allergies. Instead of having sudden and severe symptoms, people with addictive allergies have chronic problems that they seldom associate with their allergy.
Digestion: Poor digestion can cause you to hold on to excess weight and may contribute to the desire to overeat. Often patients do not produce enough hydrochloric acid in the stomach. One sign of this is gas and bloating immediately following a meal. Also these people are prone to allergies. Commonly their fingernails break easily. Whole Health Web has a variety of articles about weight loss and digestion. Many times taking digestive aids or avoiding certain foods will go a long way in making weight loss more effective.

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