Hypothyroidism:The Thyroid and Weight Gain
Because individuals with an underactive thyroid tend to have a very low basal metabolic rate, one of the most noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain and difficulty losing extra weight.
A minority of women with hypothyroidism don’t gain weight. The difference arises from their individual biochemistry, the quality of the calories they consume, and how they use those calories.
Often the “metabolic burn” continues to fall as calories are reduced when dieting. That’s why some women with low thyroid can have weight gain even when they severely restrict calories.
In order to adjust your metabolism, you have to understand your entire health picture, not just your thyroid.
More women than men suffer from hypothyroidism, and many more women than men with thyroid issues have problems with weight gain.