Hypothyroidism: Why can't some athletes lose weight?Written by Lee Cleveland
Boxers, like most non-athletes, are notorious for weight loss struggles.
If you can't lose weight, you're not alone.
Elite-level professional fighters who sometimes stand to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for a bout occasionally fail to make weight for that match and are subsequently fined thousands as a result.
When experienced, highly-active, professionals who have trained hard for three months sometimes fail to reach an expected weight, it's no surprise why so many non-athletes are disappointed with their long, personal 'battles of the bulge.'
Boxers ask, "Why can't I make weight?"
.... While non-athlete dieters utter, “Why can't I lose weight?"
There are many factors in weight loss, including one's natural metabolic rate as well as their caloric intake and level of exercise. However, scientists are learning additional factors play a role in determining weight loss/gain.
Have you had your thyroid checked lately?
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Given the thyroid hormone determines metabolism functioning, it is understandable why people with this condition, even after dieting and working out, can't burn sufficient enough calories to lose weight, according to Endocrine Web.
As many as 10 million Americans might suffer this fairly common condition, and many more may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency.
Work smarter, not harder
Those who have increased their level of exercise and improved their diet but still can't lose weight, reach a healthy, suitable weight for their frame, or continue to gain weight while adopting aggressive weight loss measures may have this common ailment.
In fact, you may have hypothyroidism and not even know it.
“Obesity is the result of a variety of factors such as our thyroid status, genetics, diet, and hormonal imbalance. Any one of these factors, combined with America’s insatiable appetite for processed foods and sedentary lifestyle, create a sort of Bermuda Triangle of disease,” noted Dr. Steven Hotze, founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, via Culture Map Houston.
Since the thyroid regulates the body’s metabolism, or the rate at which one burns calories, dieters should consider addressing the possibility of hypothyroidism before accepting their weight gain as an inevitable consequence of aging, parenthood and/or added career demands.
Keep in mind
No matter how little you’re consuming and how much you're exercising in the gym, a low thyroid may be trumping your efforts.
“How do I know if I have hypothyroidism?”
The condition be diagnosed via blood testing by an endocrinologist or, sometimes, your primary doctor. And, although there's no cure, treatment options are available.
However, even with progressive hypothyroid treatment, one must still exercise and eat responsibly to give themselves their best chance of attaining their weight loss goals.
It's sad but true
Despite consuming low-calorie salads and spending two hours on the treadmill everyday, toxins and chemicals can impact hormones that ultimately lead to weight gain in the most weight-conscious individuals.
Is your thyroid keeping you from making weight?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.