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T3 and Weight Loss. {Does T3 Really Make a Difference to Your Weight Loss Efforts?}.

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T3 and weight lossT3 and weight loss are often discussed together.

Why is that?

It’s well established T3 has a powerful effect on your metabolic rate. It’s the hormone that keeps your metabolism humming!

Consequently low T3 can sabotage your best weight loss efforts.

If you’re finding it hard to lose weight I recommend checking to see if your free T3 (FT3) has been tested.

T3 and Weight Loss

Firstly, let’s take a look at T3 which is your most active thyroid hormone. There are 3 things I would like you to know;

# Far greater amounts of T3 are converted from thyroxine (T4) when your body wants to step up metabolism.

# Adequate T3 activity not only helps with weight loss, it can help reduce many other hypothyroid symptoms.

# Low T3 can have far-reaching effects in the body. In fact, some of the symptoms may surprise you. You see, reduced T3 activity is often associated with a slow heart rate, lower than normal body temperature, thyroid hair loss and chronic fatigue.

Your T3 Blood Test Result.

You may be wondering what’s a normal free T3 result. Let me give you some information to help answer this question.

The standard reference range for free T3 (FT3) 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. When your T3 is below this point it’s common to experience low T3 symptoms.

In addition, if your T3 result is lower than normal you may want to consider testing reverse T3 (RT3). This can be done as part of a complete thyroid panel that tests TSH, free T4, free T3, thyroid antibodies and RT3.

You can learn more about reverse T3 here (even how to calculate your FT3/RT3 ratio) here: Learn How to Calculate Your Reverse T3 Ratio

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