Factors that hinder weight loss

The number of overweight people is growing steadily worldwide. Many of those affected are desperate because, despite good will, motivation and perseverance, they simply cannot manage to reduce their weight. They have already experimented with countless diets without success and often completely discouraged and abandoned them with a few extra pounds on their ribs.

Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes 

1. Thyroid problems prevent weight loss

The thyroid gland is responsible for producing the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These vital hormones regulate the activity of the metabolism.

With hypothyroidism, the body runs on low energy and therefore has a correspondingly low energy requirement. This means that the person affected often does not lose weight despite a low calorie intake or even continues to gain weight.
These are then those overweight people who repeatedly affirm: I really eat next to nothing and just don’t lose weight.


Symptoms of hypothyroidism

If you suffer from the following symptoms, you could have hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue and lack of drive
  • Low blood pressure and slowing of the heartbeat, but high blood pressure is also possible
  • constipation
  • Poor sleep
  • dry skin, hair, nails
  • painful menstruation
  • high cholesterol levels
  • unexplained weight gain

If this applies to you, you can have your thyroid levels checked by an endocrinologist.

Make sure that all three thyroid levels are checked, i.e. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), free T4 and free T3. Often only the TSH level is looked at.

TSH is the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain when the thyroid hormone level is too high. when the thyroid hormone level in the blood drops. TSH is supposed to stimulate the thyroid gland to produce more hormones. hormone production. High TSH levels therefore indicate an underactive thyroid.

If your TSH level is in the “normal” range (0.3 to 4.2), your thyroid is considered healthy and no further action is taken by your doctor. However, the result can be deceptive because the normal values may be much too high. A TSH value of over 1.0 can indicate hypothyroidism.

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