Thyroid Disorders And Weight Loss

Thyroid Disorders And Weight Loss

Weight loss can be as easy as eating better and exercising more, but sometimes other problems get in the way. If you are trying to lose weight and it just seems impossible, don’t be angry at yourself or give up – find out if you have a condition that is interfering with your regimen.

Thyroid disorders are near the top of the pile when it comes to common conditions that can get in the way of your weight loss plan. 27 million Americans suffer from some sort of thyroid problem. Hypothyroidism accounts for about 80 percent of all thyroid disorders and occurs most frequently in women. Hypothyroidism can make you feel sluggish, achy, and lead to difficulties in dropping weight. It can also cause weight gain.

The biggest issue in dealing with hypothyroidism is that so many people do not realize they have the problem. After all, the symptoms read like sort of a bad day. But over time if these symptoms cannot be shaken off, it is wise to get tested for hypothyroidism and determine if your thyroid is producing enough of the necessary hormones.

Luckily, getting your thyroid checked is easy – you can even do it at home. From a small sample of blood your TSH levels can be determined. TSH is not actually produced by the thyroid – the pituitary gland releases it. However, the thyroid gland relies upon the level of TSH to “know” how much hormone it should be producing – so if your TSH levels are out of whack, your thyroid will be out of whack as well.

Treating your thyroid disorder is generally easy as well. Medication is available and not overly burdensome. When treated, it is likely that not only will weight loss be easier for you, but everything else will too, as common symptoms like fatigue and depression will also be addressed by better thyroid management.

If you’re finding it difficult to lose weight, be sure to be proactive and make sure you are not being held back by an undiagnosed thyroid problem. There’s no reason to be held back from the life you want by something as treatable as hypothyroidism!

Robyn Schelenz is a writer for the online home health business Home Health Testing. You can learn more about testing for a thyroid condition by visiting their home thyroid test page.

How To Dine Out And Still Remain Fit

A lot of your weight loss program will evolve around eating out at your local restaurants.  Sometimes you’ll just be too tired to cook and other times it may be a business meal or simply a social gathering with friends.  Although pleasurable, dining out can make it harder to get rid of that chubby belly and eat healthfully.

At home you are in complete control over what goes into your food and how it’s prepared.  The power is often shifted to restaurant cook when you dine out.  However, there are a few things you can do while still enjoying your dining experience without undermining your commitment to get rid of body fat.

Below are three tips that will assist when dining out:

Tip #1

Don’t hesitate to order off the menu. Many times the restaurant has exactly what you want to eat but not in the right combination.  For example, if a restaurant sells eggs, you can order egg whites only.  What if you’re at a restaurant where spaghetti is on the menu?  You would know that they also have some olive oil, which is a healthy fat, on hand.  Ask the server to have the chef grill you a boneless chicken breast in olive oil instead of butter.  Most restaurants are glad to accommodate you if you’re willing to ask.

Tip #2

Split your dish with a dining partner.  Most restaurant portions of food are ridiculously large and it seems that they are even getting bigger.  Split a meal with someone at your table.  Many restaurants may frown upon this and you can understand why but just offer to pay a split charge to keep everyone happy.  Another alternative is to ask the waiter to reduce the portion to an appetizer size.  Don’t be pressured into ordering those supersized portions and be sure to compensate your waiter or waitress by leaving a larger gratuity.

Tip #3

Have a healthy dessert.  Opt for a bowl or cup of fresh in seasoned fruit, a little sorbet or frozen yogurt.  If these items are not available then suggest going somewhere else for dessert.  You may discover that your sweet tooth has left you by the time you drive or walk to the next place.