When I talk with women suffering with unexpected weight gain, often one of the first questions I am
asked is “Is it my thyroid?”
Sometimes, my answer is “yes”
— after all, our thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating our metabolism and how we use nutrients.
And research shows that even small changes to the thyroid function can cause weight gain. In fact, many women who
have been told their thyroid test results are “normal” may still have a reduced thyroid function (subclinical
hypothyroidism, rarely ever detected or treated by your conventional doctor)) that’s enough to cause weight gain and
other bothersome symptoms.
At the clinic, I work with women suffering from a wide range of thyroid
issues — from those just starting to suspect they have a thyroid problem to those already taking medication. And I tell
each and every one of them how they can benefit from natural thyroid support and a holistic approach that considers thyroid
function as part of overall hormonal balance.
The thyroid and unexpected weight gain -
an early signal
Unexpected weight gain and difficulty losing weight may be one of the
first noticeable signals that you’re struggling with hypothyroidism (a sluggish thyroid) or subclinical hypothyroidism.
Many women tell me about their frustration with gaining five pounds every year and not being able to figure out why!
Reduced thyroid function may be the result of the thyroid’s impaired ability to produce hormones, or the body
may have difficulty using the thyroid hormones. Either way, problems with your thyroid hormones may cause the rate at which
you use nutrients (your metabolic rate) to slow down.
We are especially prone to thyroid issues
and weight gain as women because the thyroid is linked to other systems that affect weight — including the proper functioning
of our neurotransmitters, reproductive hormones, and adrenal glands.
Thyroid issues affect women
of all ages
While we see women of all ages with thyroid issues, there are times in your life
when your hormones fluctuate more and when the development of thyroid issues may be even more likely:
What can you do about thyroid issues and weight gain?
Making good nutrition and supplementation
a consistent part of your life is the most effective way to support your thyroid. Consistency is so important! As women, many
of us spend much of our lives dieting — sometimes in a yo-yo cycle of feasting or fasting. This is one example of how
we may decrease our metabolic rate and put stress on other hormone systems — which leads to weight gain.
Your opportunity to take action
At Saylor Medical, we know that symptoms are your body’s
way of signaling that it needs help. So if you start seeing unexpected weight gain and believe it may be related to your thyroid,
this is a good time to listen to your body and take action based on how you feel, rather than a test result.
For many women, a bio-hormone, a balance of good nutrition, supplemental nutrients, and phytotherapy is the true
support their thyroid needs to increase metabolic functioning and lose weight. I’ve also seen that an optimal diet is
critical to prevent additional symptoms from progressing, as well as to promote overall thyroid — and body — health.