How many times have you heard the following, “before beginning a weight loss program, consult your physician”? There are several reasons for this statement, one of which is to check on your thyroid. Most people don’t know, or don’t understand, that their thyroid’s health is crucial to their weight. Why does such a tiny organ have such control over the body’s weight?
A Look At The Thyroid Gland: Where It’s At and What Is Its Function
Now, the thyroid is part of the endocrine glands and located in the neck near the trachea under the thyroid cartilage, which makes up the Adam’s apple. It works by releasing the iodine-containing compound thyroxin hormone right into the bloodstream. Now, the thyroid gland is what controls the body in how it uses energy, generates proteins and control how hormone-sensitive the body is. Thus, it’s in charge of the following:
- Body temperature regulation
- Metabolism regulation
- Carbohydrate, fat and protein regulation
- Maintenance of skeletal maturation
In the majority of Americans, the thyroid gland is nearly sluggish to merely inactive – this is very true of American women. The leading cause of the American obesity epidemic is an inactive or underactive thyroid gland. The reason? An inactive or underactive thyroid will spoil the metabolism.
What Does That Mean For Weight Loss
It means that regardless of what you try and do, you won’t be able to lose the weight… not until you have your thyroid levels under control. When you can’t lose the weight, it means you’re suffering with hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism will slow the metabolism down, which allows the pounds to add on. And, when this happens, losing the five to 10 pounds you have gained is extremely difficult to lose. Hypothyroidism will also cause you to feel sluggish, giving you no energy to exercise. This all adds up to additional weight.
How You Can Control Your Thyroid Condition and Control Your Weight
If you want to lose weight, you must get control over your hypothyroidism. If you speed up your metabolism, the weight won’t keep adding on. You will also have additional energy to want to exercise. What’s the best way to gain control over your thyroid? You’ll need to use a thyroid hormone supplement such as Levothyroxine (Synthroid or Levoxyl), which is a synthetic form of the thyroid hormone.
Bear in mind that even if you get the hypothyroidism under control, it can still be difficult to drop the weight. So, it’s important to work in conjunction with your doctor to ensure that your thyroid hormone levels are under control and that you have an exercise plan that will help you to drop the weight.