Best Thyroid Supplements

Best Thyroid Supplements

Weight loss can be frustrating and discouraging, when you are doing all the “right” things and the scale isn’t budging. If this is your story, you may have considered trying things like finding the best thyroid supplements and using other unconventional weight loss tips and tricks.

In this article, I look at thyroid supplements and the evidence for when you should and shouldn’t be considering using them. And then we’ll look at some other unconventional weight loss wisdom and sort through some of the good, the bad, and the ugly truths.

Thyroid Supplements

The thyroid gland is known as the master gland of your metabolism, producing hormones that regulate metabolism. An underactive thyroid gland can cause metabolism to slow down, leading to depression, dry skin, fatigue, and a weight gain of 3 to 10 pounds.

Since low thyroid also causes loss of appetite, the overall weight gain is likely to be relatively small. An overactive thyroid can cause weight loss, in addition to anxiety, diarrhea, exhaustion, heat intolerance and shaky hands.

Since increasing thyroid hormone production can cause weight loss, a variety of weight loss supplements include substances intended to stimulate the thyroid gland. Famously, Muhammad Ali took thyroid supplements in 1980 after being misdiagnosed with a thyroid condition. He lost significant weight while training, but also felt weak and disoriented, and wound up losing the next-to-last fight in his career to Larry Holmes.

If you suspect that an underactive thyroid might be part of the reason for weight gain, or for difficulty losing weight, it is important to see a physician or other healthcare professional for a diagnosis.

A thyroid panel is a blood test that measures several markers to determine whether your thyroid is functioning well, and prescription supplementation is carefully adjusted based on the blood test results.

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Probably the biggest reason for caution about nonprescription thyroid supplements is the sheer unpredictability of what you might be getting. Because even a small amount of thyroid hormone can have a large impact, only prescription thyroid supplements are considered safe.

A Consumer Reports™ investigation report states that some thyroid supplements may contain animal hormones that aren’t listed on the label, and some have dosages of hormone and/or iodine that is much higher than safe prescription levels.

This may lead to uncontrolled weight loss, irregular heart beats and bone thinning, or may cause weight gain, lethargy, and fatigue—the opposite of what you hope to get from the supplement.

Be wary of claims of fast weight loss that is based on revving up your thyroid. The price you’ll pay is far bigger than the sticker on the bottle and may include weight gain and other long-term health issues.

But if your doctor diagnoses an underactive thyroid, you may find that a weight loss is a side benefit of treatment, along with more energy and better mood.

Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Best Thyroid SupplementsImagine the unwanted weight melting away. Imagine a day of eating only foods that are good for you. Imagine that hypnosis for weight loss is working for you.

It would be nice, but there isn’t much evidence to show that it works that way in real life. Hypnosis is a trance-like state that is usually achieved with the help of a hypnotherapist using repetitive words and mental pictures.

The intent is to bypass the conscious mind and implant suggestions into the subconscious that will then influence your behavior after emerging from the trance.

Limited evidence shows that hypnosis may have a small effect (around 8 pounds weight loss over a year and a half), but only if combined with diet, exercise, and counselling.

That doesn’t sound like a very effective therapeutic approach. Skip hypnosis and spend your money on a counsellor, therapist, or support group. These are equally effective, and don’t deliberately tamper with your subconscious mind.

Unconventional Wisdom that Works

Now that we’ve debunked two unconventional weight loss strategies, let’s look at a few that actually work, don’t have dangerous side effects, and won’t break the bank.

Drink water. This can’t be stressed enough, which is why I mention water in almost every blog post I write. Every cell in your body needs water to function well. When you drink a tall glass of water before meals, you will eat less, feel better, and be healthier.

Best Thyroid SupplementsEat eggs for breakfast. Eggs are rich in protein and healthy fats, and the combination helps you feel full longer, eat less for the next 36 hours, and lose weight and body fat.

If eggs aren’t your thing, any good protein source will have much the same effect.

 

Drink black coffee. The antioxidants in quality coffee have multiple health benefits, and caffeine stimulates metabolism, improves energy, and promotes weight loss. Just don’t dump in a bunch of sugar and other high calorie additives—this will cancel out the benefits.

Use Green tea. Either as a drink or as green tea extract, has many of the same weight loss benefits as coffee, and has higher levels of antioxidants.

Teach at vacation Bible school or a kids’ summer camp. No, seriously. You’ll get plenty of exercise, which is great for weight loss. You’ll also have fun and you’re guaranteed to laugh a lot, which boosts mood and increases production of several key neurotransmitters that affect emotional eating and appetite. Just be sure to drink plenty of water and take rest breaks as needed, especially if you are outside in the sun.

Use smaller plates. This will automatically help you eat fewer calories and feel more satisfied.

Take pictures of your food. This is a twist on mindful eating, and helps you pay attention to what you are eating. Sharing these food pictures, either on social media or in an accountability group, can also help you be aware of what and how much you are eating.

Eat spicy foods. Chili peppers get their heat from capsaicin, a compound that can decrease your appetite and boost your metabolism slightly.

Chew more slowly. When you eat quickly and without paying attention to what you are eating, your brain may not get the signals that say your stomach is full. This causes you to eat more, which causes bloating and discomfort, and may lead to less exercise and other activity.

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When you chew slowly, the signals have time to get from your stomach to your brain, so that you eat less, and you have the added benefit of feeling more energetic so that exercise is more likely to happen too. That’s a win in anybody’s book!

Don’t diet. Eat healthy instead. Dieting rarely leads to sustainable long-term weight loss. In fact, most people who lose significant weight through dieting will gain it all back (and more) within a year or two. Instead, choose healthy lifestyle changes that you can keep up long term.

Eat real food. If the majority of your diet is whole food, single ingredient food, it will be very hard to gain excess weight. Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up a significant portion of your meals.

When that isn’t an option, look for foods with five or fewer ingredients on the label and no preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Go Lose Weight Unconventionally

Best Thyroid SupplementsThere you have it, a baker’s dozen of unconventional weight loss tips and tricks, some of which are NOT a good idea, but most of which are safe and effective.

Go for it. Choose a few—or many—and go lose weight unconventionally. If diet culture isn’t working for you, know that you are not alone, and go ahead and pitch diet culture.

Focus on being healthy, take charge of your own journey, and don’t be afraid to go on an unconventional route.

And a final, final, bonus tip. Live joyfully. Enjoy your food. Laugh often and much. Hug and kiss your family members and let them know you appreciate them. Pray prayers of thanksgiving. Keep a gratitude journal.

Write thank you notes. Look for ways to bring fun into ordinary moments. Because at its hidden root, most overeating and weight gain is a search for joy, looking in the wrong places.

Find joy in healthy places, and some day you’ll look back and discover that food has lost a lot of its addictive potential and life is fun again, because you are looking for joy in all the right places.

What are some of your ideas of the best thyroid substances and unconventional weight loss tips. Share them below. Be well.

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10 Comments

  1. I am currently 41 years and perimenopausal so it makes it very difficult for me to lose the weight. I have tried everything and the minute I stop doing any of it, I end up gaining twice what I lost. It has been an up and down battle for me for the last 6 years. The worst part is, that I didn’t have this problem when I was younger. Your article was so informative and gave me some great ideas that I was not aware of, like the eating spicy food, and I am definitely going to have to give those a try.

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Kristena,

      You have been going through a struggle and I applaud you for not giving up. I urge you to keep striving forward and I hope something here on my blog will be of use to you. I am positive you can get your weight to a level that is acceptable to you.

      I am a firm believer of that. Thanks for visiting and please come back again soon as I continue to give advice on this topic. I appreciate the value you added to the conversation today.

  2. Thank you for the well informative article. I never knew that Thyroids is one of the reasons for people to struggle to lose weight and gain weight.

    I always thought that there was only one type of Thyroids but as I was reading your article, I realize that there are other kinds.

    My question to you is, can thyroid also affect man?

    • Hi Wilmer,

      Thank you for visiting. I am glad you found this information useful and interesting. To answer your question YES. But women are about 8 times more likely to develop a thyroid disorder than a man.

      Some of the symptoms for a man would be hair loss, lower sex drive, gynecomastia, and also decreased testosterone levels. Thanks for your question today.

  3. Hi Nate, great list of weight loss tips. I have tried and tested many in my time, but have found that a good old fashioned healthy diet and exercise to be the best for long term results. Also, I drink green tea every day as suggested in your post.

    I had a thyroid test at my doctors 2 years ago as I just knew something wasn’t right and my results came back ok. However, when I showed the actual result figures to a medical herbalist she told me that I was right on the border of slow thyroid and would soon be tipped over if I didn’t do something. I knew I was as I just could not lose a pound no matter what I did. That’s the thing with doctors figures, they put you into a box and wait for you to become sick before they treat you, which is all they have the funds to do I guess.

    Anyway, with the help of my herbalist I have reversed what was about to happen before it went too far, and I still struggle with keeping my weight under control, but I do manage it with lifestyle choices.

    • Hi Stefanie,

      Thank you for your kind words. That is great you know what works best for you body. You are correct in that comes over time with testing things. Glad to know you are taking advantage of green tea as well.

      It was a great idea for you to show your results to a medical herbalist. It is so awesome you got the help you needed. Keep making those great lifestyle choices and we will do awesome.

      Thanks for providing so much value today. I hope to see you hear again soon.

  4. This was a great find, I am going to send this over to my mother-in-law! she was just telling me about her friend who is having problems with her thyroid, and she can’t seem to stop gaining weight no matter what she does.

    This post is so helpful because it dives deep into the thyroid and how it all works. These supplements sound awesome! Thanks for the great post!

    • Hi Madysen,

      I am glad you enjoyed the information here. I appreciate your kind words. Hope to see you visit again soon. Be Well!

  5. This article has given me knowledge about the thyroid gland. It makes sense how it can or cannot be related to weight gain and weight loss. I will certainly take this into consideration on my weight loss journey. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Greg,

      Thanks for visiting. I am glad I was able to give you some insight about the thyroid gland. I totally agree that you should consider these details as it relates to losing weight. I appreciate the value you added to day. Have a great week. Be Well!

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