Let’s Talk Thyroid Symptoms:

weight gain + hashimotos

This is the bane of most of our existence! Seriously.

This is such a MASSIVE topic and something that impacts most of us with underactive thyroids. 

There are 2 things here really.

  1. Unexplained weight gain.
  2. Inability to lose weight.

I spent most of my life from aged 13 to my late 30s on a diet.

As a teenager I just thought I was greedy and lazy and that’s why I was fat. Little did I know my thyroid health was declining and would have been the biggest cause. Lots of body image and negative thought patterns flowed from that for many many years. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

The impact of the thyroid on the metabolism is huge. As your thyroid health declines (often happens slowly over time) your metabolism slows and you gain weight. Even when your thyroid levels are ‘normal’, many will have difficulty losing weight.

I will come back to this topic a lot over time as it’s so common.

Here are a few tips from my experience in dealing with both weight gain and the inability to lose weight:

💊 Don’t ever take Duromine (weight loss pill) – it’s a story for another day, but it took me 5 years to recover my health after taking this. 

🔎 Do some research into gut health and if you haven’t eliminated gluten, grains, dairy and sugar, seriously consider that. After I had given up gluten/grains for a while my addiction to food went away.

🧠 Try to make a mental shift from being on a diet/trying to lose weight to being healthy.

🍓🥩 🥬 Focus on nutrient rich food. Cook from scratch. Check out whatannabelcooks.com for lots of recipes.

🍭 Sugar. Don’t. I know, really hard. My Achilles Heel. 

🧘‍♀️ Gentle exercise, not strenuous. Keep stress on the body low.

💤 Sleep is really important for the metabolism. Prioritise sleep.

💦 I like to add a drop of grapefruit or the metabolic blend to my water. Cinnamon is another one to look into – I add a drop to my coffee.

⚖️ Scales – throw them away. 

✅ Join the discussion in the group, Let’s Talk Thyroid.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Read about other common thyroid symptoms here.

Suspect you have a thyroid issue? PLEASE trust your instincts and get it thoroughly checked out with your health practitioner. This thyroid basics page has an overview of what tests to ask for and a link to use a private lab if you’re doctor won’t order them.

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You might also like to listen to my interview with my doctor here.




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