Trying to loose weight but regardless of your diet and how good you eat….Its still not coming off ?

11 12 2008


You have tried exercise, dieting, Pills and Potions and your still not loosing weight…..

The first thing to do if you are experiencing stubborn weight gain is to talk to your practitioner. She or he may ask for a thyroid test or measure TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). I have found in my practice that many women who test within the “normal” range of traditional medical standards still need thyroid support. Their TSH may be only slightly elevated, but enough so that it influences their metabolism and causes weight gain.

For these women, supplemental nutrients such as selenium and a regular meal plan that balances a proper ratio of protein to carbohydrates increases their metabolic functioning and they begin to lose weight. In some cases, a low-dose thyroid replacement hormone is also needed.

There is a lot of controversy in the endocrinology world regarding hypothyroidism treatment. There are those that believe that patients who test within the normal range but have very low basal metabolic rates and very low basal temperatures need thyroid supplementation. There are others that argue that only patients with significant abnormalities should be supported with thyroid hormones.

At Essential Chiropractic Center and Health From Within located in Illinois we look at the individual needs of each patient and treat her. Weight gain is not sufficient evidence to conclude that someone has a thyroid abnormality, but it is one part of the picture we try to bring into focus. Efforts to lose weight without addressing related thyroid issues are doomed to fail. The greatest success is found through a holistic, natural approach that considers thyroid function as an integral part of your overall hormonal balance. It is so important that If you have been on thyroid medications to have an adrenal performance test performed via saliva. If your adrenal testing indicates an insufficiency you must balance these out. Failure to restore balance to the adrenals while taking thyroid medication will only drive your adrenal glands into further exhaustion.

Why do women experience low thyroid and weight gain with such frequency? The reasons are complex, but primarily:

  • Women spend much of their lives dieting, usually in a yo-yo cycle of feasting and then fasting. This undermines your metabolism and decreases your metabolic rate, a compounding factor for the thyroid, especially during perimenopause.
  • Women tend to internalize stress, which affects their adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid function, resulting in increased cravings for sweets and simple carbohydrates to provide instant energy and feel-good hormones.
  • Women experience monthly hormonal fluctuations that affect their biochemistry.

For more information or to set up a consultation with Dr Hagmeyer call 630-679-0554 or visit our website at




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