The Hypothyroid Diet Weight Loss Struggle
If your hypothyroid weight loss results are dismal, this will be one of the most important messages you’ll ever read.
As you know, one of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain, and, if your thyroid is running at half speed, how can you lose weight?
Well, aside from the obvious recommendations of diet and exercise, which will be covered in another article, you need to get the right treatment. This is not an easy task.
However, before you can get the right thyroid treatment you need the right physician. So, how do you find THE best doctor?
By asking the right questions. Here are some good questions to start with:
Q. How often will you test my thyroid if I need medication?
A. You should be tested monthly when starting a new treatment.
Q. What are my treatment options if I have hypothyroidism?
A. You should have more than one option when it comes to drugs.
Q. How many types of thyroid problems are there?
A. There are two types of hypothyroidism: 1) Hashimoto’s 2) Primary Hypothyroidism.
Q. Will you run an antibody test on my thyroid?
A. This will determine if you have Hashimoto’s.
Q. How do you treat the immune system?
A. If you have Hashimoto’s you NEED immune support.
Q. Will eating a certain way make my condition better or worse?
A. Diet plays a very big part in hypothyroid weight loss.
Once you think you have the best doctor, the experiment begins. It’s an experiment because your biochemistry is different from others. Therefore, your body can react differently to the same medication and dosage compared to someone else.
Years ago before testing was available, doctors determined if treatment was working by what their patients told them. Today, doctors are armed with sophisticated testing, yet the best evidence to determine if your treatment is working is your testimonial. This is why it’s so important that you are aware of how you’re feeling.
Hypothyroid weight loss changes will occur subtly along with your other symptoms, assuming you have the right treatment. So, you need to pay close attention to how you feel day in and day out. Do not get obsessed with watching the scale!
List all symptoms that were bothering you before treatment and make note of them and grade them. Then, during treatment, grade your symptoms and determine if you’re getting better.
This won’t happen overnight, but you should start to feel better within a couple of weeks. If you feel no improvement, let your doctor know and demand changes. If your doctor refuses to make changes, then you need to find another doctor that will LISTEN.
Your weight and hypothyroidism go hand in hand and if you focus on your weight, it will drive you nuts. You will only get more frustrated if dieting and exercise hasn’t moved the number on the scale.
Your hypothyroid weight loss struggles and other symptoms will improve with the right treatment. However, your other symptoms will improve first, so focus on them to determine if you have the right treatment.