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On A Diet, but still can’t Lose Weight?

Updated on August 28, 2008

It might not be your diet or your dedication to it, but your thyroid that is preventing you from losing weight. I've been living with hypothyroidism for the past 15 years, and no matter the type of food, I'm not able to lose weight unless I go on a 700-calorie a day diet. Doctors say a person should not go below 1200-calories a day, otherwise your body believes it's starving and will hold on to the fat.

If you don't have a thyroid problem, and your metabolism is working properly, I can understand this. In my case a 700-calorie diet equates to a 1200-calorie diet for a normal person. There are a number of good websites where you can learn about thyroid function, and how it affects your ability to lose weight. If after doing some research you find that you may have a problem, contact your physician to test your thyroid function. Be sure to research the methods by which doctor's test your thyroid, such as the TSH hormone levels in your blood.

As of 2003, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommended that the normal range for TSH levels run from 0.3 to 3.0, versus the old range of 0.5 to 5.5. If your doctor tells you you're in the normal range ask him for the results, then compare those results with the new recommendations. Most doctors either don't know or are reluctant to go by the new standards. Even if the numbers say your in the normal range, it only takes a fraction of a degree to be off. You will have to learn the signs, for your body, of what a normal functioning thyroid feels like.

If your having trouble losing weight you owe it to yourself to read my article on "Good Health Supplements".


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