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Hormones and overweight

Many people that struggle with excess weight, often have issues when it comes to achieving an efficient weight loss. This can be due to illness, or to a lack of thyroid hormones from the thyroid. If you experience a larger increase in your weight, without any changes to your physical activity or calorie intake, it might be due to an underactive thyroid. Around 6% of women are treated for an underactive thyroid, and needs lifelong treatment through medication

The symptoms could be tiredness, changes in the hair’s structure or look dry skin, soreness in muscles and joints, poor ability to tolerate cold and slow reflexes.

If you have an underactive thyroid that affects your weight loss, you must understand that it is not impossible to lose weight, but it might take a bit longer and usual – as always, it is important to remain motivated, and never give up! If you consider Nupo’s VLCD diet, it might be beneficial to see a doctor beforehand. In addition, if you want to lose weight with a regular, healthy diet, I recommend seeing a dietitian first, as you need to make sure that you get all the essential nutrients while maintaining a calorie deficit.

An overweight person, with hypothyroidism, has the same conditions as an overweight person without any health challenges – you need a calorie deficit to lose weight, without it you will be having trouble losing weight efficiently. Moreover, most important is to change your eating habits after a completed diet, to avoid going back to the old habits that resulted in the overweight in the first place.

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