Have you been losing and losing weight and all of sudden hit a plateau? Do you feel like you have been fairly good on your diet and exercise and still not getting that scale to move? Even worse, are you now gaining weight?
These are some of the major reasons why it is beneficial to seek out a medical weight loss program. The most common mistake that people make is that they don’t realize that they may have medical issues that can slow their metabolism and keep them from losing weight. So before you begin any type of diet and exercise program, see your doctor first or better yet, see a weight loss specialist.
Your thyroid, specifically, is part of the endocrine system and it plays a major role in your metabolism. So if it is under-functioning, you can be way off, and these are the symptoms you need to look out for:
Fatigue – Because we all live in a fast-paced lifestyle, it is easy to “blame” stress, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise as the reasons for your low energy. Although these are usually valid reasons, a low functioning thyroid can exacerbate, and when corrected, it might just be what you need to pick up your energy.
Depression – There are definitely certain times where you may feel more irritable and moodier, and sure you can feel like you are not a pleasant person to be around with. Self-blame usually sets in and all of a sudden you find yourself at the doctor’s office considering anti-depressant medication. But most people don’t realize that it could be your thyroid that is the cause of your mood swings. Instead of putting yourself on an anti-depressant, treat the root cause and you feel better almost instantly.
Unexplained weight gain – If you are diligent about your diet and exercise, but are not seeing results, then certainly checking your thyroid should be the absolute first thing to do on your list. I cannot tell you how many times I have discovered that the thyroid has been the reason why my patients have been struggling with their weight, and when corrected, it gets them back on track in no time.
Here are some other symptoms to watch out for:
- Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough pale skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
- Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
So stop right now, go to your doctor and check a thyroid blood test, and let’s schedule a consultation if you are still struggling. Don’t worry, in the end all will be just FINE!