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How To Lose Weight With An Underactive ThyroidIt’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.

Hypothyroidism Slows 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.

Tips To Losing Weight With An Underactive Thyroid

Tip #1: First and Foremost Get Tested.

It’s very important to get your thyroid health properly checked. Here is a quick list of the most important thyroid tests; thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free T4, free T3, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies.

You can learn more about thyroid testing here: The Top 5 Thyroid Blood Tests. WHY These Tests Are Essential

Tip #2: Investigate The Root Causes

If you want to lose weight with an underactive thyroid it’s important to understand WHY your thyroid function is low. It may even save years of suffering and heartache.

Once you discover the underlying root causes you can plan an effective treatment strategy.

As your thyroid recovers you will notice your metabolism picks up. This makes a tremendous difference to your ability to lose weight. And as a special bonus you will finally begin to live with vibrant health and vitality.

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  1. This has answered my questions on why I cannot lose weight. Knowledge is step one. Relate to comment – “Too tired to try”. But now have a lamp in a dark place thanks

    • Louise O'Connor says:

      Good to hear your comments Marion. I agree, understanding your specific thyroid health issues makes a big difference. Best wishes, Louise O’Connor

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