In my last email, we talked about the role of cortisol levels in weight-loss and how to measure them.
Today I’ll talk about another serious topic, which affects millions of overweight Americans without them even knowing about it.
It’s far from my intention to joke with these conditions, because at one time, both my daughter and I were diagnosed with conditions related to it.
So, let me present you your body’s “Master Gland”…
And its possible role in blocking you from your dream body.
Plateau Buster #5
Check Your Thyroid
Check this out. Today it is estimated that over 24 million Americans unknowingly suffer from some type of thyroid disease. And another study has found links between weight gain, body metabolism and thyroid disease. “But what is the Thyroid?”, one might ask.
The Thyroid is called the body’s “Master Gland” because the substances it produces (called hormones) regulate the speed at which the body processes work. The pace our bodies set is called our metabolism, and each one of us operates at a specific metabolic rate. When things aren’t working right, and in the case of the thyroid gland this means that our bodies are working too slow or too fast, it isn’t long before we begin to feel the effects.
And how does all this affects your weight? Let me explain it to you.
It’s known that hypothyroidism, or treatment of hyperthyroidism that may eventually leads to hypothyroidism, can cause weight gain in patients. This fact has been established in September 2001, when researchers at the University of Birmingham in England stated that hypothyroidism causes weight gain.
Weight gain in hypothyroid patients is multifactorial and still is poorly understood. Slow metabolism, insulin resistance, excessive calorie intake, lack of exercise, unhealthy lifestyle, and medicines given to treat thyroid patients along with many other are potential factors for this phenomenon.
According to thyroid.org, your best chance to diagnose thyroid diseases is by a blood sample test. These tests are widely available and are used to measure the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. Clinics specializing in Thyroid treatment can also measure the T4, T3 and Free T4 in blood samples.
Here’s a link to an article of mine, which reveals a test that you can easily do at home, and it takes only about 30 seconds of your time per day. Check it out.
PLUS, here’s a list of foods that help with thyroid function:
- Fish (trout, tuna, sardines, etc.) – because of their high omega-3 fatty acids content
- Nuts (hazelnuts, brazil nuts) – because of their high selenium content (which is most concentrated in the thyroid glands)
- Fresh Fruits and Greens – these were always top-notch components of weight-loss programs
- Seaweed – it contains high concentrations of iodine, which is essential for the production of thyroid hormone
- Beans – a great source of sustained energy if hypothyroidism makes you feel tired
- Dairy – because of its high vitamin D and iodine content
I’ll see you next time, when I’ll share my next piece of advice on breaking down your weight-loss plateau.
Your friend in fitness,
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