You never miss a workout, lifting weights or running. You also eat healthy, but no matter what you do, you still gain weight around your midsection. Belly fat is one of the most dangerous problems for adults, especially older men. In most cases, living a sedentary lifestyle and eating a diet high in carbs, fats and sugars cause belly fat. But if you have a poorly functioning thyroid, you can also gain too much weight in your middle. Here's how the thyroid works and affects your weight, as well as tips you can use to get both problems under control.
What's the Thyroid and Why Is It Important?
The thyroid is a large gland found around your Adam's apple. The gland regulates many functions in your body, including your metabolism, which is your body's ability to turn fat and sugar into energy. If the thyroid doesn't work correctly, your metabolism goes haywire and you gain weight.
Most thyroid problems occur in women who experience menopause or some other change in health that affects how the body filters fats and sugars. However, you can also develop problems with your thyroid if you experience male menopause.
Male menopause is a reduction in the hormones that regulate your sexual health. Your hormones need the thyroid to send throughout the body. If you don't have enough hormones to stimulate the thyroid, it slows down or stops working. This reduction in your thyroid's natural functions creates other problems with your health, including the metabolism of the fats and sugars found in chicken, potatoes, strawberries, and other healthy food choices.
One of the things you should understand is that all food contains some form of fat and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates turn into sugars once they enter your digestive system. A poorly functioning thyroid can't tell the body to use up the healthy fats and sugars you eat, which travel to your liver and then to your abdomen where they're stored as visceral fat.
What Can You Do to Get Your Thyroid and Belly Fat Under Control?
Getting rid of your belly fat won't be easy until you repair the damage to your thyroid. An ENT specialist can help you do so by treating your thyroid with medications and hormone therapy. The medications and therapy replenish the hormones lost by your thyroid during male menopause, illness or some other health complication.
In a number of cases, thyroid treatment helps control the loss of your male hormones. But if you still experience complications from male menopause, see your primary physician for care. Your primary doctor may work with an ENT specialist during your treatment.
In addition, drink plenty of water to flush out the sugar in your body. Water helps the liver break down sugar, which reduces your belly fat over time. If you haven't done so already, purchase cooking equipment that drains the fat from your chicken, beef and other meat products. You want to reduce the fat content in your diet during your thyroid treatment.
For more information about belly fat and your thyroid, contact a company like Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat, PC.