If you’ve been trying hard to lose weight without success AND you’re extremely tired all the time, then something MUST be wrong. If it was a simple as eating better and exercising then everyone would be able to control it. Don’t ignore it and expect it to improve.

Sometimes the symptoms you feel don’t seem like anything specific, so you tell yourself “I just need more sleep” or “I’m just lazy”. But you suspect there’s more to it.

There are many reasons behind our ability to keep our weight in check and have enough energy to get everything done. Sometimes it IS just a matter of eat better and exercise…BUT NOT ALWAYS.

I speak to many women with this exact problem… and it’s NOT THEIR FAULT. It’s often a poor functioning thyroid gland that is the reason. A standard blood test doesn’t always diagnose a problem. Your test result could put you in the “normal” range but it only checks one part of a complex process and doesn’t give a full picture of what’s happening.

The thyroid gland produces hormones that play a huge role in your metabolism and how energetic you feel. Your ability to produce these hormones and activate them depends on certain nutrients. For instance, thyroid hormone is made of IODINE. If your diet is deficient in iodine then your body simply can’t produce enough of it.

If you do have enough iodine to produce the hormone then the next part of the equation is having enough minerals, such as IRON and SELENIUM, to activate it. It’s the active hormone that does the work of firing up your metabolism and burning fat.

There are other potential problems that can occur with the thyroid but this is the more common scenario that women face. And are quite often easily fixed.

Here is a list of symptoms that may indicate you have a thyroid problem:

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual problems
  • Feel like your body is in slow motion

If you suffer with many of these symptoms and have been struggling to lose weight, despite eating well and exercising, then it would be worth investigating if your thyroid is to blame. Thyroid function is very complex and can affect other organs in your body.

Firstly, have your doctor test your thyroid and iron levels. If these are in the “normal” range then have a close look at what you’re eating to ensure you are getting enough of these minerals. It could be as simple as eating more seafood, red meat and eggs. Vegans should see a dietician to ensure they are eating correctly for their health.

Obviously this is not the only reason behind weight gain and fatigue. Every process that happens in our body has an effect on the rest. I help women uncover what is blocking their efforts and teach them how to help themselves.

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