Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Connection Between Your Thyroid and Your Weight

Your thyroid dictates much of how well your metabolism works, any illness or disease afflicting the thyroid may cause you to have problems with your metabolism which can lead to issues with your weight. This can show up as weight loss, weight gain or having difficulty doing either. If you are trying to lose weight and having difficulty the weight loss program your on may not be right for your metabolism.

If you are dealing with Hyperthyroidism, you will notice sudden weight loss as this causes your metabolism to speed up. Other symptoms of Hyperthyroidism may include anxiety, irritability, goiter, fatigue and sweating. Where as, Hypothyroidism will slow the metabolism leading to difficulty losing weight . You may even begin to gain weight. You may also experience fatigue, muscle weakness, increased sensitivity to heat and cold, depression and an elevated blood cholesterol level.
Simply cutting calories may not help because as you take in less in calories your metabolism may begin to slow even more. This is kind a kind of survival mode your body goes into when you are not getting enough calories to conserve the calories it does receive, which will lead to weight gain rather than weight loss.
Because both conditions can be very dangerous, besides weight loss and weight gain, other medical issues can arise so the first step to help in either of these conditions is to visit your doctor who will be able to help you decide whether you should attack the problem with a prescription or with your diet or both. They may even suggest surgery to remove the thyroid. Often the problem in your thyroid originates from another cause that your doctor will be able to identify and treat at the same time.
In the end it all comes down to math. If you consume more that your body needs, it stores it as fat. Now is probably a good time to start studying the back of those grocery labels.
Good nutrition can never hurt and only help. If you just cut calories, as mentioned above, your body may continue to hoard the calories you take in and turn them to fat which will only make you gain weight. You need to make sure your are taking in less calories than you are using but at the same time make sure you are getting good nutrition. Herbalife offers many options in supplements that you can add to your diet as well as meal replacement shakes that come in 7 delicious flavors. Herbalife products make it easier to lose weight, gain energy and feel fantastic!


  1. I suffered from hormone deficiencies too, but I took natural thyroid for my own good. Now, my hormone level is back to normal!