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Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

I’ve got a funny … and sad story to tell you today. 

We were flying home from a trip and had a layover in Las Vegas.

Fortunately we were coming back from working at Red Mountain Spa (tough gig, I know)…so we had a bunch of fantastic food packed for the trip.

We’re enjoying what we prepared in the airport and happened to notice the woman next to us.

She was reading a book: "Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat."  (shown here) ===>>>>

That’s not the problem.

The problem … and I wish I had a camera at the time … was that she was reading this book while eating what looked like a chili dog, had a large side of fries, and an extra large cup of something that looked like coke or pepsi.

I WISH I could make this stuff up.

Did this woman have a thyroid problem?  Or did she have an overeating problem?

And the more we talk with people, the more we realize how common this is…or, better said, how common this excuse is.

Do people TRULY have thyroid issues?  For sure.  And does the thyroid absolutely play a role in metabolism?  Absolutely.

But, looking at the big picture — it is suggested that just 2-3% of the population have hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone.  One of the possible symptoms of hypothyroidism?  Weight gain.

BUT, and this is a HUGE BUT…

This is cut and copied directly from the American Thyroid Association’s Website:

"Hypothyroidism can cause a mild weight gain of 5 to 20 pounds, but does not cause obesity. People who have gained a lot of weight should find the real cause." (bold is my addition).

So to the woman eating the chili dog, large fries and extra large soda.  NO, your thyroid is NOT making you fat.  Please throw that book away…along with your meal.

Eating 2000+ calories full of junk in one sitting is the culprit. 

The problem is too often people are looking for the easy way out. 

"It’s my thyroid." 

"I have ZERO metabolism."

"My family hates vegetables, so I can’t eat them."

"Why should my kids suffer if I have no food in the house — it’s not fair."

"I have no time for exercise."

"I NEED 3 pieces of cake … 1 certainly isn’t enough because it is homemade and I NEVER have this."

Trust me, we’ve heard them all … and more. 

It’s time to look in the mirror. 

Figure out the TRUE cause of being overweight, or obese, if that’s the concern.  Maybe it’s neither, but you’re simply "too busy" to exercise.  Remember, thin and inactive is less healthy than overweight and active.

Stop it.

The only person you’re fooling is yourself.  It’s time to get serious.

Remember change isn’t overnight, but every baby step made towards the big picture goal is one step closer.  And even if you DO truly have a diagnosed thyroid "issue" — the same nutrition rules apple.  Eat clean 90% of the time.  Train hard and regularly.  It’s not a reason to throw your arms up and give up.  It simply means it’s time to "fight" harder.

Let us know how we can help you achieve ALL of your goals.  Maybe this will help you start — 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart.

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6 Responses to Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

  1. Deb June 15, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    My doctor determined that I do have hypothyroidism. I take a prescription for it, but haven’t noticed any difference. Do you have any suggestions for those of us that DO LEGITIMATELY have hypothyroidism as far as suggested foods, etc.?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr June 15, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Hey Deb — the foods aren’t different, you may just have to tweak portions a bit more and/or change up the exercise since weight gain is common

  2. Jacqueline June 15, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Absolutely so true :), I actually know of two people who use the same excuse, but when I look at the chips and cookies and stuff they eat for snacks, I know where the problem lies…

  3. sonja wells June 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    First and foremost I would like to say THANK YOU to you and your wife for the endless sound FITNESS and NUTRITION information! I find you guys to be very creditabile and knowledgeable………….

    As for as this THYROID situation I agree with you 100%. There are very few people that have a TYYROID problem. Although I know it is a REAL illness and does exsist……………

    Anything EASY is usually NOT worth while! If you want to FEEL and LOOK GREAT you must WORK at it more often then not. You must eat CLEAN! drink plenty of water, include CARDIO (HIIT) and some form of weight training. There is NO SUBSTITUTE for HARD WORK and DETERMINATION! The more you do so the easier it will become! CONSISTENCY! There is room for a little cheat meal every now and then. However it must be earned! Before you know it you will be havin’ the time of your life!

    Thanks you guys!

  4. Karen June 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Would love to try the 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart……. I have been diagnosed with hypothroid and am on Synthroid and Cytomel with no results so far as feeling like it has helped my metabolism and my weight remains 10 lbs over. I lift weights and do cardio every other day……….. I am allergic to Wheat/Gluten……..will this still apply to this book?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr June 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Karen,

      Eating clean and exercising will work with any condition — there may be some substitutions you have to make for your food allergies, but often there are gluten free options for many “traditional” foods!

      Good luck


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