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Can Thyroid Problems Hinder Weight Loss?

By    |   Friday, 06 June 2014 09:37 AM

Question: I have an underactive thyroid and and am trying to lose weight. But no matter what I do, nothing works. Is my thyroid the problem? And, if so, and what can I do to lose weight?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Weight loss is a simple balance of dietary intake vs. output of energy expenditure through exercise. Building and maintaining muscle will burn up excess calories very quickly, because fat is used to store excess energy. Conversion of fat into muscle is the secret to maintaining a trim and healthy body.
A slow metabolism, as seen in hypothyroidism, can add to weight gain and obesity, but this is usually a very slow process.  Most obesity is not caused by hormone deficiencies.

While underactive thyroid disease enhances fluid retention and obesity, these changes will usually normalize after four to six months of correct thyroid hormone supplementation.
You should consult with your doctor regarding a weight-management program and the suitability of an exercise trainer to help you burn off excess calories. Remember, failure to limit your dietary intake will doom your weight-management plans in a hurry.

Likewise, a lack of exercise dooms a diet-only weight-management program, as muscle formation is not enhanced over fat deposition. Keep in mind: Weight loss by starvation alone is never the right answer to healthy return to normal weight.

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Weight loss is a simple balance of dietary intake vs. output of energy, but thyroid conditions can be a factor, too.
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