Hypothyroidism, the chronic condition of an under-active thyroid, can result in a variety of symptoms, including: weight gain (caused by a reduction in metabolism), water retention, depression, muscle pain, increased cholesterol, fatigue, mental "fog" and more. Not only does hypothyroidism typically result in weight gain, but its symptoms and complexities make losing weight even more difficult.
Individuals with autoimmune thyroiditis have a harder time losing weight after their hormone levels are normalized. Experts aren't sure why this is the case, but there are several theories including a change in the metabolic “set point”, insulin resistance, and changes in brain chemistry.
Managing symptoms will help you feel your best when living with hypothyroidism. In conjunction with the treatment plan outlined by your doctor, a healthy diet and regular exercise can also help.
THESE ARE CERTAIN TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND :
>Make lifestyle changes. Hypothyroidism will be with you for the rest of your life, so healthy eating, exercising and taking care of yourself must be priorities. Your SparkPeople plan will start you in the right direction, but you have to be committed to a new way of life.
>Make time for healthy eating and regular exercise. Commit to prepare food, exercise and take care of yourself. Put yourself on your to-do list each day.
>Be optimistic and acknowledge the positive changes you have made—no matter how small. Journal about the highs and lows of the journey as an outlet for frustration and as a way to look back at your progress when the going gets tough.
>Change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes small steps to get from where you are to where you want to be. The Aesop fable of the tortoise and the hare is a good illustration and reference. You can win the race if you stay focused and take slow, steady steps to get there. Do the best you can. Take a step further each day, pick yourself up when you stumble, and keep your eyes on the goal.
Differences in BMRs affect energy balance. Energy balance is a reflection of the difference between the amount of calories you eat and the amount of calories you spend or use. If taking drugs, such as amphetamines, causes an increase in the BMR, animals get a negative energy balance (spend more energy than they consume) which leads to weight loss. Based on such studies, it has been concluded that changes in thyroid hormone levels, which lead to changes in BMR, should also cause changes in energy balance and similar changes in body weight. However, BMRs are not the sole key players in the thyroid-weight relationship. For example, when metabolic rates are reduced in animals by various means (for example by decreasing the body temperature), these animals often do not add weight. Thus, there are many other hormones (besides thyroid hormone), proteins, and other chemicals that are vital for controlling energy expenditure, food intake, and body weight. And knowing that all these substances interact on both the brain centers that regulate energy expenditure, and tissues throughout the body that control energy expenditure and energy intake, we cannot if altering only one of these factors (such as thyroid hormone) will actually affect body weight as a whole. So for the time being, we are unable to predict the effect of changing thyroid state on any individual’s body weight.