I can tell you right now that the only people who know the struggle of losing weight when they have hypothyroidism are the people that are actually suffering from the condition. The condition is getting more and more common in the modern world and it’s resulting in people’s health getting worse and worse over time.
There are over 28 million Americans across the United States who have been officially diagnosed with the condition but even more alarming is the fact that there are even more people who have yet to be officially diagnosed as suffering with the disease!
While there is a massive surge in the number of people that suffer from hypothyroidism, there is also a growing number of the population that are suffering from a condition that is known as subclinical hypothyroidism. This is where the individual in question experiences many of the symptoms that are associated with hypothyroidism but when checked out their thyroid is working perfectly. This condition usually occurs because the individual is on a bad diet and if they implement a simple hypothyroidism treatment as shown below they can completely reverse their situation.
Having hypothyroidism means your metabolism will be extremely slow which will result in you burning a lot less calories which will obviously result in you packing on the pounds. Having an underactive thyroid simply means that you don’t have enough thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) in your body and these are the very hormones which regulate your metabolism. In fact these are the hormones which are responsible for providing the cells in your body with the energy they need to thrive!
These hormones are extremely important for your body to be able to burn all the excess calories, and not having enough will mean that you are going to be burning far fewer calories over the course of a day.
This is exactly why it can be so incredibly hard for an individual to shed excess weight if they are suffering from hypothyroidism.
The various symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, dry skin and thinning hair and brittle nails and they are all largely the result of an individual having a slow metabolism! But worry not, because if you implement the steps I share with you below you will be well on your way to losing all the weight you want to lose.
Four Simple Steps To Help You Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism
1. Visit Your Doctor To Get Properly Diagnosed and Treated
The most essential step of all is to make sure that you visit your doctor to get an official diagnosis and then follow the treatment exactly as your doctor prescribes it! It’s the only way to get the best results in the shortest possible time frame.
How you’re diagnosed is all dependent on the results of the blood test that you are actually given. This blood test will basically measure how much T3, T4 and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) are in your body.
If the results reveal that levels of T3 and T4 are low but levels of TSH are high then it is a sure fire sign that you have hypothyroidism. In fact the Amercan Thyroid Association actually states that the official number for the level of TSH in the body should be 2.5 mIU/L or more for you to be officially diagnosed with the condition.
If you have an underactive thyroid then the doctor will usually prescribe one of two things and the first of those is a medication that goes by the name of levothyroxine. This is basically synthetic T4 and by taking it you will help to get your levels of thyroid hormone back to the normal range.
The other medication that your doctor may give you is something that is called ArmourÒ thyroid. This is a naturally sourced medication and contains both the thyroid hormones, T4 and T3. Again it helps to get your level of thyroid hormone back to the normal range. Once your thyroid hormones are back to the normal level your metabolism will increase and you will burn more calories.
2. You Need To Start Eating Healthy and Balanced Meals
The most powerful step you will take when it comes to losing weight with hypothyroidism is actually taking the time to consume healthy and nutritious meals. Every meal you eat should include a ton of natural ingredients and at least 20 grams of super high quality protein.
The reason you are going to want to increase the amount of protein you eat is because it is the most satisfying of all the macronutrients out there. This means that you’re going to end up eating less which will of course result in you losing weight!
However it is going to be in your interest to make sure that you are consuming the best quality protein that you can get your hands on! From all the research that is out there, it can be said that whey protein is one of the best proteins available on the market today. The reason for this is it contains a great deal of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) which are extremely important for your muscles and another benefit is that this form of protein is extremely satisfying.
3. Scrap The Junk Foods and Load Up on The Foods That Contain Fiber
Junk foods are basically empty calories that are not going to do you any good and will actually prevent you from losing the weight that you want to lose. Eating healthy and nutritious foods is only one part of the equation, and it is equally important that you get rid of the junk foods if you want to lose the excess weight with ease!
You will also want to make sure that you are getting enough fiber in your diet. This is the key to helping you avoid getting chronic forms of constipation which I can tell you right now is not pleasant at all. Another bonus of consuming foods that are rich in fiber is that they are extremely satisfying and will help you eat less and therefore you will lose that much more weight!
4. Implement a Regular Fitness Routine
The truth is that even if the only exercise you do every single day is to go for a run for 10 minutes, it is enough to get your metabolism running and therefore you will burn a few more calories! Believe me, there is no excuse for you not to do exercise if you are absolutely serious about losing the excess fat from your body!
Not only will you be burning more calories when you exercise but by doing intense forms of exercise such as weight training you will be building up more and more muscle mass which will of course help you to boost your metabolic rate, which inevitably will help you to lose the excess fat off your body.
So not only will you lose an incredible amount of weight but you will actually start to look great because muscle looks way better than fat!
Don’t Ever Let Hypothyroidism Prevent You From Losing The Weight You Want To Lose!
It really doesn’t matter that you have hypothyroidism because once you follow the steps that I’ve outlined in this article there is absolutely nothing that can stop you from losing the weight you want to lose. Just make sure that you’re taking massive action every single day and pretty soon you will be in the best shape of your life!
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