It’s often a struggle to lose weight when you have hypothyroidism. So this then becomes a common question….‘ how to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?’
Firstly, let’s do a quick recap of how your thyroid works…
You may already know your thyroid is one of the most important glands to regulate your metabolism.
The thyroid produces crucial hormones that are released into circulation to generate activity in every organ and body system. These vital thyroid hormones help your body use energy, stay well, keep warm, and ensure your digestion, brain, heart, muscles, and other organs keep working properly.
As these hormones spark energy production they influence your metabolism. In effect, they run how efficiently your body burns calories for energy.
Your Thyroid Could Be Slowing Your Metabolism
Your thyroid is your metabolic control center. When your thyroid is working below par your metabolism slows down. It then becomes extremely difficult to lose weight. You may even feel too tired to even try. And as your energy dips you could also start to crave sugary foods for energy.
A sluggish thyroid may also lead to a long list of symptoms such as fluid retention, mood swings and an overwhelming feeling of being exceptionally run down.
Triiodothyronine (T3) + Weight Loss
When it comes to weight gain T3 deserves a special mention. T3 is your most potent thyroid hormone.
T3 is the thyroid hormone that really revs up your metabolism. In fact, far greater amounts of T3 are converted from thyroxine (T4) when your body wants to step up metabolism.
Low T3? You will continue to find it hard to lose weight…
For many people with a low thyroid the body is not properly converting T4 to T3. Only a check of both free T4 and free T3 will reveal if this is occurring.
The standard reference range for free T3 is 4.0-8.0 pmol/L. This provides a very good clue that you ideally want to see your free T3 test result above 4.0 pmol/L. If your free T3 is below 4.0 pmol/L you are more likely to find it hard to lose weight.
How to Lose Weight With An Underactive Thyroid
First and foremost it’s very important to get your thyroid checked properly to gain a better understanding of how your thyroid is functioning.
I recommend getting the top 5 thyroid blood tests done. Here is a quick checklist of the most important thyroid tests; thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free T4, free T3, reverse T3, and your thyroid antibodies. If your doctor won’t do comprehensive testing, consider finding one who will.
Secondly, once you have these results it’s very important to investigate WHY your thyroid is not functioning properly.
Once you discover why you have a thyroid problem you can start to solve it. This could save you years of suffering and heartache.
A holistic perspective seeks to find the underlying root causes and then treats all aspects of your health. Rather than simply treating your thyroid symptoms, an individualized treatment plan will help you get your health back on track.
As your thyroid recovers your metabolism will pick up. This will help you lose weight, and you will finally begin to live with vibrant health and vitality.
Watch these 2 video clips – How to lose weight with an underactive thyroid & 5 weight loss tips for people with an underactive thyroid
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Louise O’ Connor, the author of The Natural Thyroid Diet –The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly, who is a specialist in Thyroid Health. She is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnesswork.
The Natural Thyroid Diet goes beyond diet advice and offers practical and effective ways to achieve healthy thyroid levels within just a short period of time. For more details, Click on The-Natural-Thyroid-Diet.com