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Can’t Lose Weight Because of Thyroid?

  • February 9, 2019

Trust Me…You’re not alone!

I can say with confidence, after healing my own thyroid (2016 I went through a thyroidectomy due to a cancerous mass) and healing numerous other women with Hypothyroidism & hormone imbalances I can help guide you to heal & lose excess weight you may have gained.

HERE IS THE TRUTH:

Doctors don’t always put weight loss as a priority, or their hands are tied with knowing how to help. They may suggest to “eat less & exercise more” – but when has that ever worked when you suffer from a thyroid issue? Extreme calorie restricted diets have a 99% long term failure rate (for even those that don’t have a thyroid issue), so why on earth would anyone keep doing the same thing? Why?

Because you’ve tried them before! We all have. If you’re overweight there’s a VERY high chance that you’ve done this a few times in your life. If it was really that easy then would we have the obesity problem or untreated thyroid epidemic that we have today?

Let’s Get Down To Business… 

I’ve been able to successfully help Team Bunny clients lose weight not because of a secret diet. It’s because I take a different approach. (One that is focused on Functional Medicine, working with YOUR doctor & CBT). Weight gain is about an imbalance in hormones, NOT an imbalance in how many calories you consume; especially when it comes to thyroid issues.

You will struggle to lose weight if these hormone systems are out of balance:

Thyroid – If you aren’t properly diagnosed or on the right medication & dose, your metabolism will be slowed & it may difficult for you to lose weight. Yes, even if you are on a low calorie diet. Low thyroid will ultimately reduce your metabolism & you will slowly gain weight over time. Check your thyroid by going to your doctor and getting a blood panel screening.

Insulin – Most of us have an issue with insulin (meaning it’s too high) but, most Doctors don’t check it. Insulin is a FAT STORING hormone which takes energy you consume & puts it into your fat cells. Insulin resistance is a huge problem for women with PCOS & those with blood sugar issues. Have your doctor check your fasting insulin and Hgb A1c. Your Hgb A1c should be less than 5.5 and your insulin should be less than 5 (12 hour fast).

Cortisol – High levels of stress, lack of sleep & chronic illness causes high levels of cortisol equals weight gain in the belly. Cortisol is your stress hormone & it’s helpful in small doses, but in high doses & if sustained it can be part of the problem. Problems with cortisol cause adrenal fatigue or low energy.  Serum cortisol should be between 14-16 with an early morning sample. Both low & high levels (outside of this range) can lead to weight gain. 

Estrogen – High levels (estrogen dominance) causes weight gain in the butt, thighs & hips, but in addition to that low levels will also do the same! (aka menopause). Estrogen dominance is worse with excess weight gain. In addition, exposure to xenoestrogens can trigger estrogen receptors & cause the symptoms of estrogen excess even with normal serum levels. Have your Doctor check your estrogen & progesterone levels in the serum. 

Leptin – DO you have a crazy appetite despite eating ALL the time? Is your metabolism abnormally low? Has your weight been increasing despite eating the same? Leptin resistance may be causing your problem. Leptin resistance is under treated & under diagnosed. In terms of importance I put this as a top priority as it relates to your ability to lose weight. Have your doctor check your fasting leptin level (12 hour). It should be less than 10. If you are overweight & it is higher than 10 then you have leptin resistance. 

Testosterone – Yes, even us women need testosterone! Low levels cause depression, weight gain, decreased libido & an inability to lose weight. Testosterone (free & total) should be in the upper 50% of the reference range. 

Assessing these hormones will help give you an idea of WHERE you need to put your effort & make changes. Most hypothyroid (low thyroid) clients that see me suffer from the triad of leptin resistance, insulin resistance & thyroid resistance (low T3 or high reverse T3. 

If that’s you, & there’s a good chance it is, then what are you supposed to do about it? 

You have to get serious about weight loss by taking the RIGHT approach. 

This is what TEAM BUNNY THYROID HEALING weight loss program looks like:

  • Proper hormone management (this may include thyroid hormone, T3, Testosterone replacement therapy, etc.) which we will work WITH your doctor on.
  • Change your diet to MATCH your hormone imbalances (proper macromolecule ratios of protein/fat/carbohydrates).
  • Create an exercise routine that focuses on muscle strength & muscle building to increase metabolism. 
  • Target supplements in therapeutic dosages that ACTUALLY work. (Not taking every pill under the sun hoping it does the trick).
  • Evaluate intestinal health.
  • Detox to help remove endocrine disrupting chemicals and xenoestrogens (weight loss can liberate these toxins & halt weight loss). 

This is the kind of plan that might help you not only lose weight but actually keep it off. If you are interested in learning more about how to tackle your weight loss efforts in a new way, contact me today & we can start your healing weight loss journey!