Effects of Hypothyroidism on Weight Loss Diet Options

by Babs ‘O’ Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)

If you’ve been trying one weight loss diet to another for some time now and you’re not noticing any improvements whatsoever, it’s time to sit down with your doctor and consider the possibility that there may be an underlying problem such as hypothyroidism.

Though most doctors would dismiss this idea thinking that you’re either cutting down on your exercise routines or this just your lame excuse for being overweight; studies actually show that over 60 million people now have an underactive thyroid.

While most remain undiagnosed, more than half continue to struggle with weight gain or the inability to lose weight. Luckily for men, this condition is more susceptible to women.

Hypothyroidism pertains to the condition that is characterized by an abnormally low production of thyroid hormones. These hormones are known to affect growth and development as well as other cellular processes.

It is a very common condition and the risk of developing it increases with age. The causes of hypothyroidism vary from hereditary factors to severe iodine deficiency.

The metabolism of a person with hypothyroidism does not work the same way or at the same speed as that of a person with a normal thyroid.

This makes it easier for hypothyroids to gain weight and harder for them to lose weight. So before you can start on any weight loss diet you fancy, you need to initially focus on getting an RAI or antithyroid treatment.

As much as you can, you need to avoid gaining weight. To do this, you need to make a deliberate diet change and you should add more exercise to your daily routine.

There are people who gain weight amidst weight loss diet programs only to discover that they suffer from hypothyroidism. There are also cases when hypothyroids continue to gain weight even if diagnosis and treatment have been given.

When this happens, doctors will optimize your thyroid treatment and they will prescribe you with a diet approach that is suitable for your underactive thyroid.

By knowing the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism, you will have an idea if it’s time to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here are some of them:

• Moodiness, sadness, depression;

• Fatigue and extreme exhaustion;

• Cold feet/hands, sensitivity to the cold;

• Dry, coarse/tangled hair;

• Brittle, dry nails;

• Hair loss;

• Tendonitis in the legs/arms, carpal tunnel syndrome;

• Inappropriate weight gain and difficulty in losing weight;

• Abnormally low sex drive;

• Elevated/unusually low blood pressure; and more.

Weight loss diet options vary for people with normal thyroids and those with underactive thyroids.

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms or the risk factors mentioned above, it is essential you go through thyroid testing & clinical evaluation so that your health practitioner can advise you with the appropriate weight lost diet.

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Updated: December 22, 2013 — 3:49 pm

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