Losing weight with a slow thyroid

Most of the women that are coming to me have a weight loss issue.  They either are gaining weight or they can't lose weight. This is obviously super common with a slow thyroid. Pretty much everyone that I have worked with that has a slow thyroid, has a weight loss struggle. 

I know I struggled with it as well and it was a pretty long struggle actually. So I wanted to bring up a few points here that can kind of inhibit or slow that process down and what you can do about it. 

So, first thing that I wanna talk about is that you can not compare yourself to others. And I know you've heard that before, it applies to so many things, but when it comes to weight loss, you have to be super careful with that. Because even for me, what I noticed is you start comparing yourself to others.

I would compare myself to others that were on a weight loss journey, and I would compare it to people who also had a slow thyroid. So I'd say, "well they have a slow thyroid, so they're losing weight, why am I not losing weight?"

 Keep in mind, everybody is so individual and there could be so many other things going on in your body that they are not dealing with. You have to focus on you and that is it!

The other factor to also consider is weight loss should not be a primary goal as far as when you're trying to get healthy. Weight loss actually comes when it's supposed to come. So what I mean by that is if your only focus is weight loss and you're not focused on being healthy, having energy, being there for your kids, being there for your job, and all the things that your life is being affected by.... it's going to be hard to lose weight. And I will vouch for this. I was so focused on weight loss. 

When I was diagnosed at 22 years old, my only focus was weight loss. The weight loss wasn't happening and I constantly asked...."why is my weight going up? And why am I not able to lose it?"  I wasn't thinking about the other things that were affecting my thyroid and weight loss.  

The reason I talk to all of my clients about mindset in the beginning is because I want them to see that weight loss can't be their focus here. It's going to come when your body's ready. So keep that always in mind.  When your body is ready to lose weight it will lose it, if it is not losing it, there's a reason why it's not losing it.  There could be underlying things that you haven't uncovered yet. 

So that's why I do so much investigation and I do so much testing.  It can't just be calories in calories out. It does not work for thyroid people. You have to find out what is making that thyroid slow. 

So some of the issues that I do see when women are really struggling with getting that weight off especially with the slow thyroid is mineral imbalance.  It is common to see calcium elevated, potassium low, and magnesium low. And that's going to create a scenario where your body's in a metabolic state where it's slow. So you're kind of spinning on hamster wheel. 

The other thing is that it's a stressor on the body when you're trying to lose weight. If your body's in a stressed out state already a lot of times when people have hypothyroidism, it's already in a stressed out state. If that's happening, your body's not going to burn calories. Your body's not gonna focus on losing weight.  It needs to be healthy first. Adrenal imbalance and thyroid dysfunction are so closely connected. So if you're constantly stressed out all the time it's going to be really hard to lose weight. 

There could also be other things going on. Is your liver sluggish? How's your sleep doing? How's your gut health doing?  These can all affect the function of your thyroid and thyroid hormones.  

There's a lot of things in the body that are so interconnected with your thyroid, and if those things aren't investigated, trying to lose weight is very difficult. So don't get discouraged.  Make sure that  you keep digging for answers! Your weight loss journey can and will become much simpler! 

 If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.  

You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.


Angela Brown

Angela Brown is a thyroid expert helping women who suffer from hypothyroidism and can't lose weight. She is the creator of The Sexy Thyroid Solution focusing on nutrition, hormones, sleep and stress reduction to help women lose a few pounds and get their sexy back.

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