Weight Loss and Hypothyroidism - Quite the Odd Couple!

  • By Dr. Anand Thakkar
  • 16 Mar, 2016
One of the main concerns for people with a hypoactive tyroid is losing weight –inspite of severe dieting and regular exercise.Are you one of the patients who follow a strict diet protocol combined with regular exercise, but the weighing scale does not seem to budge?

If yes, then it’s time to get your thyroid gland checked for any disorders.

Here are few reasons how your thyroid disorders can contribute to your weight loss problems-
Thyroid and metabolism-

The thyroid gland controls body metabolism-In simple words, it regulates the amount of energy used by your body for various functions. So, an underactive thyroid can reduce your metabolism( basal metabolic rate) and your body uses less energy for it’s daily functions.

Leptin- your body’s fat programmer
Leptin is a hormone made by the fat cells and is involved in body weight. It also influences your thyroid. An underactive thyroid can lead to leptin resistance that basically leads to a vicious cycle resulting in weight gain and hypothyroidism.

Serotonin - What about me?

Thyroid hormone and serotonin have an intimate relationship and many studies have shown that thyroid hormones impact virtually all neurotransmitters in the brain. So, with hypothyroidism you also may have less serotonin production and all the accompanying emotional and physiological problems related to that, like depression and minimized signaling that tells you to stop eating.


Help..So what do we do?

It’s important for your thyroid to be in sync with the rest of your body. Diet, exercise and other efforts will be successful when your whole body is functioning at it’s optimum level.


Dr Thakkar is a licensed fellow of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine and has extensive hands on training and research in advanced metabolic endocrinology. He has successfully treated countless of patients with Thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s disease, and other thyroid disorders.
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