Did you realize your thyroid gland dictates much of how efficient your metabolism is. Any malfunction, or disease, affecting this thyroid area, may cause you to have problems with your metabolism, leading to a drastic problem with your weight. This means you may either gain weight, lose weight, or may find that losing weight is harder than usual.

Those people who plan diets, very seldom take into consideration, how thyroids and metabolism may affect their weight loss program. Most experts and even the media pitch in and recommend that the best way to lose weight, is to cut calories.

Those with a condition called hyperthyroidism, suffer from an overactive thyroid, leading to one having his, or her metabolism skyrocket. If this is the case, then you will probably lose weight fast. This is a nice proposition for some, who wish to lose weight. However, this is actually very hazardous your the health.

Besides medical difficulties, such a disease brings, one will also notice weight problems, as a result. These people have trouble keeping on weight and may notice weakness and bulging of the eyes. This disease may need special treatment, from doctors.

Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, works in the other direction – slowing metabolism, until the body gains weight, at an incredible rate. Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism causes a general weakness in the body. It too, may need special treatment and may cause serious health problems, if left unattended.

While cutting calories, in itself, can be very hard for most people – imagine, the people involved in life and death struggles at the supermarket, regarding whether to buy that extra box of sweets, while some have exactly the opposite problem.

Instead of eating too many calories – which is a problem in itself, they eat too few calories instead.

Problem? What Problem
The problem with some people, is that they believe that since the experts say that they have to cut calories, cutting calories to an inordinate amount, will reap greater results. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Cutting calories does help dieters, but consuming too few calories, pushes the body into a hibernation mode, where the body’s metabolism slows down, to adapt to the lesser amount of available energy.

If your body enters this mode, your body will work at such a slow metabolism, that losing weight becomes impossible.  The technique here, should be to reduce calories, without the body slowing it’s metabolism down. Only then, can losing weight become easier.

Another problem that can arise, is that when your metabolism slows, due to a drastic reduction in calories and then you suddenly eat a good, hearty, calorie-filled meal, you are bound to gain more weight, owing to the increased surplus of energy.

This is why an imbalanced meal is highly discouraged, among those who seek to lose weight. The sudden loss and increase of calories will cause an imbalance in one’s energy consumption, directly affecting fat deposit.

Here is a simple computation, to help you get to the right amount of calories you will need per day, so that you get your nutrients in the right balance.

First of all, multiply your weight, in kilograms, by 30. If you only know your weight in pounds, divide it by 2.2, to get to the metric equivalent. Divide this number by 30, because that is the number of calories you need, to maintain your weight, per pound of weight.

For example if your weight, in pounds, is 150, divide it by 2.2. That will give you a figure of 68.18. This is your weight in kilograms. Multiply this figure by 30 and you will arrive at the amount of calories you will need per day, to maintain 150 lbs. No more, no less. To increase weight, raise the calories and to lose weight, decrease the amount.

You may consult a nutritionist, to help you come lose weight. In the end it all comes down to maths. If you consume more that your body needs, it stores it as fat. Now is probably a good time to start studying the figures at the back of those grocery boxes and tins.

Try to keep your diet at a 40% protein, 25% fat, and 35% carbohydrate meals, at 300 calories, per meal. Spread out these meals, in a day, for optimum results.

While it may be a simple computation, to get at numbers, do not forget the earlier mentioned fact, that the body adapts to it’s condition. Expose it to extremes and you may find yourself getting results you never wanted. Consult a nutritionist, for more advice.

As always, all diets and weight loss methods are deemed to be accompanied by regular exercise. Nothing will work, if you don’t exercise.

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Clinton Robson is a South African fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He has completed a recent contract to run the gyms on a couple of luxury cruise ships. He has done a special higher level fitness training course and has qualified as an Exercise Specialist, or Conditioning Coach. He manages a local gym, assisting staff and clients with training plans and one on ones. He has been working out regularly, since 1996. He writes articles on many fitness topics, such as training, bodybuilding, working out, losing fat, toning the muscles, nutrition, supplements and more. Visit his blog at Fitness And Fatness, by clicking here, or by copying this link: http://www.fitnessandfatless.yolasite.com