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.
"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.
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.