Issue # 167 January 6, 2014
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
As the new year begins, many of us have set new goals to improve our health, lose weight and make our life better. However, for those of us who are hypothyroid, just the thought of adding another task to our “to do” list can be overwhelming. Add to that the thought of how completely exhausted you are after doing any type cardio exercise, you feel defeated before you even start.
To help us understand how exercise affects our thyroids, Tom Brimeyer will explain 3 myths about exercise and the harm it can cause our thyroids.
3 Exercise Myths That Damage Your Thyroid
By Tom Brimeyer
Many, many years ago, I had it all figured out.
Exercise that is.
But, instead of taking the advice… “don’t fix what’s not broken”, I had to go and do something stupid.
I started listening to a bunch of so called “experts” that were promoting the latest fad diets and exercise programs and I fell for it, hook, line, and sinker.
I’ll never do that again. That I can promise you.
These fads were nothing but glorified theories based almost entire on myths.
We know this now because we can study the work of independent researchers.
We are talking about researchers who study science for the sake of advancing the field of science and helping humanity.
Not because they are getting paid to push some new drug that only makes people unhealthier.
Unfortunately, true independent researchers are a dying breed.
It’s up to people like you and me to help keep independent research alive.
Because our lives depend on it.
If it dies, then… we’re in big trouble.
With that being said…
Here are some common myths that you need to know about exercise and your thyroid.
Myth #1 – Exercise Improves Thyroid Function
You might have been led to believe that exercise helps increase your metabolism and improve your thyroid.
You might have been led to believe that exercise is the answer to your weight issues.
But research shows that when you exercise to exhaustion, your T3 thyroid hormone level drops.
To make matter worse, it also impairs your liver, preventing it from producing more T3.
So, not only does exhaustive exercise impair your thyroid, but it also impairs your metabolism.
This is just one reason why so many people who do lose some weight re-gain it back so quickly.
Myth #2 – More Exercise Is Better
Anyone who has struggled with their weight has likely been told that they just need to eat a little less and exercise a little more.
But as a hypothyroidism sufferer, your muscles don’t store glycogen very well.
Your muscles rely heavily on glycogen as a source of fuel to keep your muscles working correctly and producing energy.
When glycogen is not available then your body fatigues very quickly and compensates by producing large amounts of stress hormones.
These stress hormones are quite thyroid suppressive.
So, the more you exercise and deplete your body of glycogen, the more stress hormones are produced and the more your thyroid becomes suppressed.
Myth #3 – Running Is the Best Way to Burn Calories and Lose Weight.
Running and other similar forms of exercise that leave you continuously breathing heavily can help you lose weight…
But 10 out of 10 times, you’ll gain it all back.
Or you’ll have to continuously push yourself harder and harder just to keep any weight off until you become so exhausted that you can’t do it anymore.
For starters, running and other forms of breathless exercise quickly deplete your body of glycogen while driving your stress hormones through the roof, as mentioned in Myth #2.
But rapid breathing and the loss of carbon dioxide prevents oxygen in your bloodstream from being released to your cells, thus starving them of oxygen.
This consequently inhibits and further damages your metabolism.
This only makes losing any weight even more difficult in the long run.
I don’t want to give you the impression that all exercise is bad…
The truth is, it’s all about exercising smarter… NOT harder.
Please read the following carefully…
Exercise alone is not the answer and never will be.
Tom has created an exercise program that is tailored for those of us who are hypothyroid.
You can take a look here.