Do you feel like you’re doing all the right things, but not seeing the results you want? Many women follow a rigorous workout plan and follow a healthy diet but still are not seeing the weight the loss they desire. There may be a reason behind all this! Read further too learn more about why it is harder for women to lose weight and some of the reasoning behind your frustrations.
Many women suffer from thyroid problems, which can contribute to your weight frustrations. According to the American Thyroid Association there is relationship between thyroid disease, body weight, and metabolism. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulates metabolism. Metabolism is determined by measuring the amount of oxygen used by the body over a specific period of time and when the measurement is done at rest it is known as the basal metabolic rate (BMR). Studies have shown that people who low thyroid hormone levels have a lower BMR, while people with high thyroid hormone levels have a higher BMR.
In general, BMR is related to weight. BMR is associated with changes in energy balance, meaning the difference between the amount of calories you eat versus the amount of calories the body uses. If someone has a high BMR, this means that the body burns more calories than taken in and often leads to weight loss. On the other hand, if someone has a low BMR, the body burns fewer calories than taken in and often leads to weight gain. Studies have shown that changes in thyroid levels, which lead to changes in BMR, should also cause changes in weight. However, it should be noted that BMR is not the only contributor relating to weight and thyroid, as the relationship between metabolic rates, energy balance, and weight change is very complex. There are many other hormones that play a role along with proteins, food intake, and body weight.
Although BMR and thyroid may not be the sole contributors to weight gain, it has been shown that patients with hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid is generally associated with some weight gain. The weight gain often increases as the more severe the hypothyroidism gets. Even though the reasoning the behind the weight gain is complex, it is not always related to excess fat accumulation and more related to excess salt and water built up in the body. There is good news! Massive weight gains are rarely associated to the thyroid and in general, the weight gain is only 5-10 pounds. If weight gain is your only symptom, the weight gain is less likely due solely to the thyroid! Don’t get discouraged! Keep working hard in the gym and making healthy choices in the kitchen!
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