You’ve got 99 Problems but your Thyroid Isn’t One!

Are people serious about losing weight? I mean, really serious? Because I hear so many excuses as to why people can’t eat right and exercise that I can’t decide if folks actually believe the things coming out of their mouths or not.

One of the most common excuses you’ll hear for why people can’t lose weight and change their bodies: Thyroid Problems!

They can’t help it because their thyroid problems, not their food choices and addictions and lack of exercise, makes them fat.

Well, if you’re one of those people with the ubiquitous thyroid problem, the American Thyroid Association and I have news for you, but you’re probably not going to like it because then what will be your excuse?

According to The American Thyroid Association, in an article entitled “Thyroid and Weight”, posted on June 4, 2012 – hypothyroidism only accounts for a 5 to 10 lb increase in weight.

“What is the relationship betwen hypothyroidism and weight gain?

Since the BMR in the patient with hypothyroidism (see Hypothyroidism brochure) is decreased, an underactive thyroid is generally associated with some weight gain. The weight gain is often greater in those individuals with more severe hypothyroidism. However, the decrease in BMR due to hypothyroidism is usually much less dramatic than the marked increase seen in hyperthyroidism, leading to more modest alterations in weight due to the underactive thyroid. The cause of the weight gain in hypothyroid individuals is also complex, and not always related to excess fat accumulation. Most of the extra weight gained in hypothyroid individuals is due to excess accumulation of salt and water. Massive weight gain is rarely associated with hypothyroidism.”

Now here’s the kicker:

“In general, 5-10 pounds of body weight may be attributable to the thyroid, depending on the severity of the hypothyroidism. Finally, if weight gain is the only symptom of hypothyroidism that is present, it is less likely that the weight gain is solely due to the thyroid.”


In conclusion, most of the extra weight gained in hypothyroid individuals is due to excess accumulation of salt and water and that can be combated by drinking more water and cutting back on carbs. On top of that, as with most every ailment in our modern society, there is medication that can be taken. So, you see, you can be lose weight and be slim in spite of your thyroid problem!

Although this article may seem a bit harsh, my point is there is no single condition that gives anyone a license to give up on trying to improve their health.

If you know someone who always has an excuse as to why they can’t lose weight/fat and misplaces the blame squarely on their thyroid issue be sure to hit the share button below. Perhaps the cold hard truth (which you don’t have to deliver via post to their wall all gangsta-like) will be just the thing they need to face the music. On the other hand, don’t be surprised if they start avoiding you like the plague.

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