Did you know that unexplained weight gain can indicate an underlying health issue?
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Sometimes, despite maintaining a healthy caloric intake and getting regular exercise, an individual can experience weight gain due to any of these health-related reasons…
The butterfly shaped gland in our neck is called our thyroid and it’s responsible for monitoring several of the body’s important functions like controlling how quickly we burn calories. SELF explains that it produces hormones like triiodothyronine and thyroxine which control the rate of our metabolism.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid becomes under-active or fatigues entirely (meaning it stops producing adequate thyroid hormone). As a result, your metabolism will slow down leading to an increased chance of weight gain. Problems with the thyroid are common and can be super frustrating because it causes symptoms that can be misconstrued for other problems. In addition to weight gain, hypothyroidism can cause “fatigue, difficulty tolerating being cold, joint and muscle pain, constipation, dry skin, thinning hair, decreased sweating, heavy or irregular periods, depression, and a slowed heart rate,” writes SELF.