If you’ve been suffering from hypothyroidism for a while now then you’ll know how much of a struggle it can be to lose even a little bit of weight. And the reality is that this is a disease that is affecting more and more people all over the world every single year! There are said to be an estimated 28 million people all over the United States right now who are officially known to be actually suffering from the condition. But the surprising truth is that there is an even larger amount of the population who has yet to be diagnosed and given the treatment they need to get healthy again! Not only is hypothyroidism becoming more prevalent but there is another disease known as subclinical hypothyroidism which is becoming a lot more common too. This is essentially where the individual in question hasn’t got anything wrong with their thyroid but they are suffering from many of the symptoms that are common with the disease! Most of the time this occurs simply because of the person being on a bad diet.
If you’ve got a low thyroid it basically means that you have a slower metabolism and so you’re not going to be burning as many calories as an individual that is perfectly healthy. An individual who doesn’t have a thyroid that is working to the normal level will definitely find that losing weight will be a massive issue. The reason for this is extremely simple and it’s because your thyroid hormones (T4 and T3) which are produced by the thyroid glands are largely the hormones which are responsible for regulating your bodies metabolism. They are also the hormones which are responsible for ensuring the every single cell in your body gets the energy that it needs to function as it needs to. So as you can imagine not having enough of these hormones will result in you not burning as many calories as you need to in order to shed those excess pounds. This is pretty much the sole reason why people who have a low thyroid find it so hard to shed excess pounds. But worry not my friends, because as with every issue there is a solution and if you just follow the steps I outline below, you will be well on your way to losing all the weight you want to lose.
Step 1: Get a Full Diagnosis By Your Local Doctor and Then Get The Proper Treatment One of the most important things that you will ever do is head down to your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. It will be instrumental to getting your health to where it needs to be. How you are diagnosed will totally depend on the results of the blood test that you’re given by your doctor. This blood test will be very simple and measure two essential things and those are the amount of T4 and T3 plus the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) you have inside of your system. If the results come back and show you have a rather large amount of TSH and a low amount of T3 and T4 then it is a rather good sign that you are indeed suffering from hypothyroidism. The exact amount of TSH you should have in your body for you to be considered hypothyroid as stated by the American Thyroid Association is 2.5 mIU/L or more. Yes, it is as simple as that my friend. If the results do come back as you having an underactive thyroid then the doctor will more than likely prescribe you some medication that is known as levothyroxine. This is essentially a synthetic form of T4 and it will help to slowly but surely build up the amount of thyroid hormone that you actually have in your body. Getting a healthy amount of T4 and T3 in your body will result in your metabolism rising which will mean that losing weight will become infinitely easier :)
Step 2: Begin Consuming Healthy and Nutritious Meals Rich in Protein and Fresh Vegetables Nothing is more effective in terms of helping you to lose weight than eating meals that are full of healthy and nutritious ingredients. You have to make it your number one priority from now on because I can tell you from experience that the moment you change up your diet for the better you will literally start seeing the weight melt off your body! The best place to start would be to begin including fresh vegetables and healthy portions of protein every time you sit down to eat a meal. It is now a scientifically proven fact that in comparison to carbohydrates and fats, protein is the most satisfying of all macronutrients. So you will be keeping hunger away for far longer my friend. The other benefit of consuming a regular amount of protein is that it will definitely boost your metabolism which in turn will help you lose that much more weight… exactly what we want here!
Step 3: Start Eating More Foods That Contain A Lot of Fiber and Less Foods That Contain Sugar Seriously my friend, the best thing that you’re ever going to do is get rid of the sugary junk foods because they are the exact reason you’re overweight in the first place. Instead of consuming processed foods you need to work to eat more foods that contain a good amount of fiber in them. Fiber rich foods are really essential when you have hypothyroidism and you want to lose weight simply because they will help to prevent you getting a chronic case of constipation and they also help a lot in terms of keeping you fuller for a lot longer, which is always welcome when you’re trying to shed those excess pounds. Step 4: Exercise As Much As You Possibly Can You need to do your best to get involved with consistent exercise if you want to really and truly lose those excess pounds for good! Even if you’re only able to dedicate a few minutes a day it will be enough to help boost that basic metabolic rate which will do you wonders in terms of burning a few more calories! But keep in mind that doing regular exercise has two benefits. The first being that exercise itself will actively help you to burn a few calories while you’re engaged in the activity itself but more important than that is the fact that your metabolism will slowly but surely rise up and up and this will result in you burning far more calories over the long term… all of which will help you get closer and closer to your goal of getting into the best shape of your life. Always remember that if you’re consistent with the steps that I’ve shared with you in this post then nothing can prevent you from losing the weight that you want to lose… not even hypothyroidism! Just remember that and make sure that you’re taking massive action every single day of your life.