The number of weight-loss remedies being peddled in the market is legion. Diet and weight loss is, after all, big business. It remains a multi-billion dollar industry, year after year, despite studies showing the majority don’t work. Of course, this isn’t to say that you’re better off without them. Indeed, some fat-burning compounds like Clen and Anavar are proven to work when used responsibly and in the right doses.
Needless to say, weight loss remedies aren’t all made equal. Some products fare better than others, and what’s certain is there isn’t one item that’s a panacea — and no one should expect there to be.
Studies show that fat burners like Clen and Anavar work really well for weight loss. Of course, there are downsides to using them. While we can definitely recommend anabolic steroids to anyone looking to maximize muscle mass and improve performance, the fact is that it’s not for everyone.
We’ve discussed the benefits and effects of fat-burning compounds like Clen and ECA in another post, but today, we’ll take a look into thyroid hormones, and thyroxine in particular. There are a multitude of studies that have come out in recent years demonstrating the effectiveness of thyroid hormone treatment for weight loss. So if you’re looking to lose weight and are considering taking the HRT route, we suggest you read through everything below — we’re sure it will help!
Thyroid Hormones, And What They Do to The Body
The thyroid gland, located below the neck — toward the front of the windpipe — is responsible for a myriad of bodily functions. This gland secretes hormones that influence metabolism, digestive function, sexual function, the body’s internal temperature, and a whole lot more. In a nutshell, this inconspicuous, 2-inch long gland that’s part of the endocrine system has one of the most important jobs in the body, and for the purposes of this article, we’ll mainly focus on its relation to weight loss.
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Thyroid hormones are important for one’s overall well-being, not just weight loss. In fact, thyroid hormones interact regularly with the body’s central nervous system and helps with the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline, to regulate mood. If you’re wondering what the importance of these neurotransmitters is, well, we use them to stabilize our mood. Low levels of these neurotransmitters can lead to all kinds of behavioral and emotional disorders, including depression, suicide ideation, and anxiety. In other words, a glitching thyroid gland can induce all kinds of emotional problems, too.
Indeed, some symptoms of anxiety and depression are associated with a malfunctioning thyroid gland. Interestingly enough, some studies have shown that, for some people, thyroid replacement medication works better than antidepressants. Of course, the obvious reason for this is that a lot of people who are experiencing symptoms of depression actually have thyroid-related problems.
Thyroxine, one of the hormones secreted by the thyroid gland, has been found to stimulate protein synthesis and breakdown. What does this mean? Well, in simpler terms, one of the things thyroxine does to the body is accelerate metabolism. This is important because metabolism is the process by which food is turned into fuel for the body, and faster metabolism generally means faster weight loss.
When the thyroid gland, for one reason or another, fails to secrete enough thyroxine to the bloodstream, this leads to a condition called hypothyroidism (more below) — which, consequently, leads to a decrease in metabolic rate, among other things.
A hypoactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is what happens when one’s thyroid gland fails to create enough hormones to sustain the needs of one’s body.
The causes of hypothyroidism are varied, but they include lack of iodine, certain autoimmune diseases, and recreational drug use. Sometimes, genetics also plays a role, and hypothyroidism can occur in someone who, for one reason or another, is genetically predisposed to the condition.
Most early-stage hypothyroidism is difficult to detect because the symptoms are subtle and can be confused for a lot of other things. Indeed, hypothyroidism can remain undetected in individuals for decades. A good percentage of people with the disease don’t realize they have the condition until later in life, when symptoms are clearer and more noticeable.
Someone with early-stage hypothyroidism might feel stressed, sleepy, and generally in a low mood.
The more noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, scaly skin, brittle hair, and irregular periods. Unfortunately, these symptoms can be worse for people much older or much younger. For people aged 50 or above, an underactive thyroid can cause things such as memory loss and severe mood swings. In children, hypothyroidism can result in stunted physical and mental growth.
Thankfully, hypothyroidism is very treatable with synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine, which, when taken orally, can start reversing symptoms in a month, depending on the underlying cause and severity. Depending on how bad one’s condition is, treatment length can range from only a few months to being lifelong.
While hypothyroidism is caused by an underactive thyroid gland, hyperthyroidism is caused by an overactive one. In other words, hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormones than the body needs. Indeed, the symptoms of these two medical conditions are oftentimes reversed. They include rapid weight loss, menstruation disorders, and difficulty sleeping, among others.
The causes of hyperthyroidism can be varied but are often related to certain autoimmune disorders, overconsumption of iodine, and inflammation of the thyroid. People with a history of thyroid disease are also at an increased risk for hyperthyroidism.
Long-term sufferers can develop serious complications from hyperthyroidism, including heart problems, weak bones, or a condition called thyrotoxic crisis (also called thyroid storm) where an individual’s heart rate and body temperature soars to near-fatal levels.
There are many treatments available for hyperthyroidism and the best one will depend on the condition’s underlying cause and severity. These treatments include (but aren’t limited to) anti-thyroid medication, beta-blockers, and surgery.
Treatment can be lifelong (like in the case of surgery, where medication will be prescribed after) or last a few months depending on severity. Generally, however, improvement of symptoms can be noticed within a few months after treatment.
Do Thyroid Replacement Hormones Work for Weight Loss?
Yes, thyroid replacement hormones have, in the past, been used for weight loss. In fact, some trials have demonstrated that thyroid hormones themselves can be used to predict whose body will respond to certain weight-loss strategies. What this reveals is that people with the right amount of thyroid hormones in their body have the ability to respond more positively to certain weight loss strategies than those without.
L-thyroxine, also referred to as levothyroxine, is a thyroid replacement hormone used to treat hypothyroidism. As we’ve said above, low levels of thyroxine in the body can result in hypothyroidism and weight gain, among others. The good news is that thyroid replacement hormones such as L-thyroxine work great for weight loss. As with any other drug, however, precautions need to be taken to avoid side effects.
Side effects from levothyroxine typically occur in those who take more of the drug than is recommended. For most people, side effects disappear shortly after lowering the dosage or stopping treatment. Among the common side effects of levothyroxine are nausea, headaches, sleeping problems, and others.
Take note, despite that levothyroxine is generally considered safe and effective, adverse effects can still result from overdosing or using the drug in tandem with other medication. In some cases, heart problems or osteoporosis can result from long-term use, so we can’t stress enough that it’s always a good idea to check with a doctor before using.
Precautions aside, we’ll say it again: Levothyroxine (L-thyroxine) is generally considered safe, so long as you don’t exceed the recommended doses.
So granted you’ve checked with a doctor and aren’t on any other medication that might interact with the drug, you should be fine and should be seeing significant weight loss within a few weeks.
It gets even better because apart from an accelerated metabolism, you’ll also be seeing yourself becoming stronger and more energetic, as well as requiring less sleep. Indeed, this is the reason why many looking to lose weight find L-thyroxine to be better and more effective than other pharmacological (and proven) weight loss products.
The thyroid gland is important for producing thyroid hormones in the body. These thyroid hormones, in turn, regulate a multitude of bodily functions, including metabolism.
L-thyroxine, an HRT that is typically prescribed to men for the alleviation of conditions related to a lack of thyroid hormone in the body (such as hypothyroidism), has been demonstrated, time and time again, to increase metabolism, and thus induce weight loss.
Despite that l-thyroxine is generally considered safe in low to moderate doses, like any other drug, it still carries risk of side effects. Most of these side effects can be avoided by taking the HRT in low doses, and not keeping cycle length longer than is necessary.