Can you lose weight if you have hypothyroidism?
Suhana Siddika
Suhana SiddikaOctober 25, 2021

Have you heard about Einstein’s quote of insanity-that goes like doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? I bet you have heard about that.

But how is that related to hypothyroidism weight gain? Well, it's similar- the feeling of trying (repeatedly) to lose weight with hypothyroidism and failing at it. If you are someone who is struggling to lose weight- we hear you. Thyroid weight loss is challenging but not impossible. Hypothyroidism weight loss

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition where our body secretes too little hormone. The low secretion affects the body’s metabolism, which leads to thyroid weight gain.

And you are not alone. According to a recent study conducted by Jeevam health, 90% of hypothyroidism patients suffer from thyroid and weight loss issues. So let’s explore the reason behind the struggle, the barriers you need to overcome, and the functional approach to hypothyroidism and weight loss.

Let’s delve in!

Why do people with hypothyroidism gain weight?

To understand why people with hypothyroidism gain so much weight and struggle to shed it, you need to understand how your body works. But it might come as a wonder to you that the butter-shaped organ and your body are interconnected.

The thyroid glands secrete hormones like triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) that regulate your body’s growth, temperature, and, most importantly, METABOLISM.

So when your body produces a low amount of thyroid hormones, your metabolism slows down. Slow metabolism leads to undesired weight gain that is common amongst hypothyroidism patients.

Research also states that there is an interlink between energy expenditure and thyroid hormones. So it's essential to address the cause of hypothyroidism to understand and treat your weight gain.

Barriers to weight loss: Why is it hard to lose weight?

With numerous weight loss tips and tricks out there, thyroid weight loss might seem all rosy and fun. But let’s be honest- it gets frustrating to lose weight. So acknowledge the fact that it gets challenging to shed weight. And several barriers can hinder your weight loss results.

Let’s explore some of the barriers of weight loss so that you don’t lose hope in your journey. Join Thyroid Community/

Barriers that can hinder your weight loss if you are a hypothyroidism patient are:-

Suboptimal thyroid treatment

The conventional thyroid treatment focuses on offering thyroid replacements as thyroid medications to restore your thyroid hormones.

However, you are considered clinically normal if your thyroid levels fall under the reference range. But the symptoms persist.

According to Jeevam health, 78% of hypothyroid patients suffer from symptoms even on medications. Research has found that TSH levels in the higher reference levels are associated with increased weight.

It also states that a slight increase is related to weight gain. So it's not your fault if you continue gaining weight or fail to lose weight under medications.

Your metabolism can screw things up!

Do you have a friend who does not gain weight even after eating a lot? And do you feel that you gain weight with a glass of juice? Well, it all comes down to your metabolism set point.

But what is metabolism? Metabolism converts the food that you eat into energy. It acts as a thermostat that balances your body fat percentage. It slows or increases your set point to ensure that your body gets enough energy.

Similarly, hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism. It reduces the metabolism set point very low- as a result, you find it hard to lose weight.

Insulin resistance

Research shows that people with hypothyroidism are more likely to be insulin-resistant. Insulin, secreted by the pancreas, is elevated when we consume carbs or sugar. But when the levels elevate for a longer time, the cells become less responsive. As a result, more insulin is required to maintain blood sugar levels. Elevated insulin levels cause weight gain and increase the risk of Type II diabetes and high blood pressure.

Functional medicine to the rescue!

Shedding pounds with hypothyroidism can be tricky if the root cause of the disease is unknown. But the traditional approach focuses on replacing the thyroid hormones that make it harder to lose weight.

But the best way to lose weight with hypothyroidism is through a functional medicine approach.

According to a study conducted by the Jeevam doctors, 90% of the hypothyroidism patient shows symptoms because the root cause of the disease is not addressed. There are several reasons for hypothyroidism, such as inflammation, leaky gut, etc. But if the root cause is not addressed, the symptoms persist.

And that is where the role of functional medicine comes into play- It focuses on your overall health and addresses the problems that make you feel better and live a healthy life.

When it comes to hypothyroidism treatment and weight loss, functional medicine approaches aim to find out the reason behind your undesired weight (is it because of insulin resistance or your medicines or your hormones?) and treat them to reverse it. It not only focuses on losing weight but also thrives on making your life healthier and better.

Not only this, functional medicine doctors recognize your history, your food habits to curate a holistic weight loss plan for you. Let’s say you have an inflammation in the gut, which is the cause of your weight gain, as inflammations can lead to altered metabolism resulting in weight gain. Your thyroid expert will work to reduce your inflammation and make a personalized thyroid weight loss plan (diet, exercise, and medications) that will help you cut down some weight.

A proper thyroid diet for weight loss and functional medicine and exercise can help you achieve the desired weight and reduce extra calories.

If you find it difficult to lose weight and want to get into a better shape, functional medicine can help you get there. We, at Jeevam health, work to help you find your root cause and treat it to help you get better. Reach out to us and lead a happy life.


Functional medicines recognize that hypothyroidism and weight gain have deep-rooted causes that only cutting calories cannot address. It is a holistic approach that understands your body better (your food sensitivities, history, etc.) and moves forward to address them and reverse the damage done.

While traditional medicine focuses on the symptoms, functional medicine treats your underlying causes and helps you cut down undesired weight. Said that functional medicine is not a magic potion that will show immediate results- you won’t see results the next day. But it emphasizes treating you better and getting you in shape.

We’re here to help. Please get in touch with us and we can help address your concerns and assist you in your journey to better health. Book a call with Jeevam Health Team NOW!

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