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There’s a key hormone that is at the center of all that is fat loss.
No, I’m not talking about insulin.
Nope, it ain’t testosterone either.
It’s your thyroid. A little 2” long organ located right around the base of your neck. It looks kinda like a butterfly, and when it flaps it’s wings it sends out the ever-precious thyroid hormone.
what's the thyroid and why do i need it?
Thyroid is a really important fat-burning hormone, because it is such a big player when it comes to your body’s use of energy. You should know by now that it takes energy to burn energy, and when your fat-burning engine slows down, your energy production slows down.
And of course, so does fat-burning.
Bummer. Big time.
This needs to be fixed, ASAP. Women are especially in need of attention, as they are more prone to thyroid issues because of estrogen’s effect on thyroid - it basically shuts it down.
When thyroid levels are too low, your body will conserve its own energy and keep things humming at a bare minimum.
For you, this could translate to weight gain, being tired and cranky all the time, and not quite being able to get warm.
And all of those result in little energy for you to get motivated to move, exercise, and lose weight.
how to know if your thyroid sucks.
First off, before you go around diagnosing yourself, you should get checked out by a doctor, who can order the right blood test for you.
In the meantime, if you experience some of the symptoms below, it may be a sign of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).
There’s actually 5 pretty noticeable symptoms.
Here they are:
sensitivity to cold temps
When you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), your metabolic rate slows and your body temperature drops.
That fat-burning engine that is the thyroid is put-puttin’ along on fumes, and the car can’t quite get the engine temperature up. You may feel cold even in warm rooms or while wearing warmer clothing.
lower-than-normal body temp
Humans typically walk around with body temps right around 98° Fahrenheit or about 37° Celsius.
If you check your body temperature and it comes in lower than 35°C or 95°F, you’ll want to see a doc.
Just to note, having a body temperature this low doesn’t diagnose you as having an under-active thyroid, but you will want to find the cause.
blood work showing high tsh
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. This little guy stimulates the production of other hormones in the thyroid gland, and can be a good marker of overall health.
TSH levels higher than 4.2 mIU/L (I have no real idea on how much that is!) can indicate an underactive thyroid.
So get bloodwork done!
chronic fatigue & trouble losing weight
This one is probably the obvious symptom, as so many people are under heavy diet stress, always tired, and can’t quite seem to lose the pounds.
Before you suspect your chronic fatigue and trouble with weight loss is a thyroid issue, first make sure that it's not because of your late-night Game Of Thrones binges while crushing Haagen Daas until 1 AM.
There’s definitely other reasons why you may not be losing weight, but if you have the other symptoms listed above, it doesn’t hurt to talk with your doc and get some numbers.
so what can be done?
To confirm what you may suspect, your first step is to get medical help.
Once you’ve received some advice from a doctor, here are some other steps you can take to keep the thyroid (and the rest of your metabolism) happy and humming along:
avoid constant under-eating
Keep your calories in check. Not by counting, but by making sure to eat enough food that can keep you satisfied and not feel like you're starving. You can make sure you’re eating enough by not watching the clock for meal times, but instead listen to your own internal signals from your body telling you when you should eat, and when you don’t need to.
In my free weight loss mini-course, I offer up a tip to help decide when it’s time to eat:
When you’re thinking about eating, but wondering if you’re really hungry or just bored, ask yourself this question,
“On a scale from 1-10, how hungry am I, RIGHT NOW?”
1 being you’re totally stuffed like after a Thanksgiving meal, and 10 being you’re so hungry your stomach is eating itself.
If you check-in and your number is a 6 or lower, wait an hour and re-assess. If you are 7 or higher, it’s time to eat.
Then, make sure you are eating slowly, mindfully, and stop eating when you are just about full.
Not totally full, but satisfied.
Chronic low calorie eating can really crash your thyroid and metabolism, so keeping your hunger levels in check, and eating enough to provide energy, is crucial.
avoid certain foods
Avoid thyroid suppressing foods. Certain foods that are high in estrogen can wreak havoc on your thyroid levels. Foods such as soy products, raw cruciferous veggies (broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, etc.), gluten-containing foods, and Brazil nuts.
avoid certain chemicals
Avoid certain chemicals like pesticides, chemical detergents, parabens, and chlorine. Check the labels of your bath products to find out whether they contain any of the above, and go for X-free versions of those products.
keep your fat-burning engines revving
In no way is this article meant to give medical advice, or take the place of official consultation with a doctor, but I hope it sheds some light and offers you some eye-opening moments in case you feel like your metabolism isn’t working as well as it should.
Unfortunately, without an optimized metabolism, weight loss and healthy body composition won’t happen, and will just lead you down a long road of frustration and helplessness.
Let’s not allow that to happen anymore.
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