Losing weight can be a frustrating process for many people with an underactive thyroid. Whether you have hypothyroidism, or no thyroid after surgery or radioactive iodine (RAI), there’s no question that for many of us, the thyroid affects metabolism, and makes weight loss an uphill battle. Here are 10 surprising tips that can help you finally tackle your weight loss frustrations, and get on track.
Make Sure Your Thyroid Treatment is Optimized: In terms of weight loss, relief of symptoms, and overall good health, for many thyroid patients, it’s not enough for your doctor to diagnose hypothyroidism, and hand you a prescription.More than standard treatment, you may need optimal treatment, to ensure that your cells are getting the oxygen and energy they need to allow your metabolism to do its job.
What is optimal treatment? A number of physicians have shared their thoughts on optimal hypothyroidism treatment, but here’s a quick summary:
- Typically, TSH is less than 2.0
- The Free T3 is in the top half of the reference range, or even the top 25th percentile of the reference range
- The Free T4 is in the top half of the reference range (unless you’re on a T4/T3 medication, in which case it can sometimes be lower)
Thyroid Patients Lose Weight If your numbers aren’t matching up, it’s time to have a conversation with your practitioner about optimal hypothyroidism treatment. And if your doctor is only interested in getting you to the “normal” range, then it’s time for a new doctor.