Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
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Metabolic Hormone #2: Thyroid
Hypothyroidism has become a bit of a hot health topic these days.
The truth is, thyroid problems are very common.
About 27 million people have a thyroid imbalance, but less than half of them know it, because the symptoms (changes in energy, mood, weight) are similar to many other conditions.
Where Thyroid Hormone Comes From: Your thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck just below your Adam’s apple and just above your collarbone.
Normally, it’s pretty small – only about 2 inches, with a lobe on each side of your windpipe.
But if your thyroid gets inflamed, you could develop a goiter, where you can actually see a bulge appear on your throat.
How Thyroid Impacts Your Metabolism: Thyroid hormones perform a ton of functions in your body.
They help control the amount of oxygen each cell uses, the rate your body burns calories, your heart rate, overall growth, body temperature, fertility, digestion, and your memory and mood.
Your pituitary gland creates thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) to kick-start your thyroid.
Your thyroid then grabs iodine from your blood and turns it into thyroid hormones.
The largest amount is T4, thyroxine, which is actually kind of a metabolic dud.
The thyroid magic happens when T4 is converted to T3, the zippy metabolism-boosting thyroid hormone.
This conversion is fickle and completely dependent upon what’s going on in your body.
Whether you’re sick, stressed, eating well or poorly, pregnant, on medication, getting older, absorbing environmental toxins – all of this will impact how efficiently this conversion happens and how much active T3 your body has at any given moment.
For example, when you’re not taking in enough calories, your pituitary gland stops producing enough TSH, and your thyroid doesn’t produce enough T4.
Less T4, less T3.
Less T3, slower metabolism.
This is part of what creates the vicious cycle known as yo-yo dieting.
How Thyroid Hormones Get Out of Whack: When thyroid hormones get unbalanced, either too high or too low, chemical reactions all over your body get thrown off.
An underactive thyroid can lower your energy and make you gain weight.
Called hypothyroidism, you can feel sluggish and start to pile on extra pounds that you can’t blame on a poor diet or lack of exercise.
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a hereditary condition 7 times more common in women than in men where your immune system attacks your thyroid.
So you can see women are royally screwed in the thyroid department.
All the more reason to get your thyroid tested if you suspect you have one or more of the symptoms.
The good news is this diet will help support your thyroid so it can get to work burning some fat for you.
Given that hypothyroidism can make everything slow down, you might think that being hyperthyroid would be a good thing, right?
Not so much.
In Graves’ disease, the most common form of hyperthyroidism, your heart can race, you can become intolerant to warmer temperatures, and you can lose weight and/or get very tired.
People with overactive thyroid glands are sometimes given radioactive iodine, which then makes them hypothyroid.
So you can see that thyroid balance is really tricky, with unpleasant effects at both ends of the spectrum.
That’s why it’s important to work with a good endocrinologist to keep your levels well balanced.
We’ll talk about estrogen and progesterone in the next post.
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