#1. Why can’t I lose weight when I diet and exercise?
One of the most frustrating symptoms of hypothyroidism is the inability to lose weight, even when calories are low and hours logged on the treadmill are high.
Hypothyroidism slows the body’s metabolism and its ability to burn fat. It also prevents our cells from responding to lipase, an enzyme that metabolizes fat.
The inability to burn fat then contributes to fatigue and cravings for sweets and starchy foods—the very foods that make one fat. Also, since hypothyroidism hinders human growth hormone, building muscle through exercise is difficult if not impossible when hypothyroid.
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Dr. Joni Labbe is a board-certified clinical nutritionist specializing in science-based nutrition, with a focus on hypothyroid, Hashimoto's and women's hormone health. She has earned a Diplomate and Fellow in Nutrition from the American Association of Integrative Medicine, and is pursuing a degree in Functional Neurology from the prestigious Carrick Institute. Dr. Labbe is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease.