Why your Neck may be affecting your Weight Loss Goals

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This definitely may not be the first part of the body you think of when it comes to weight loss and metabolism, however it’s a important factor because the neck is where your thyroid is.⁣

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ (hence why I’m holding one up) located at the base of your neck and regulates many bodily functions such as heart rate, breathing patterns, and metabolism such as how many calories your body burns or doesn’t burn, hence weight loss/gain.⁣

Even though it’s the first day of February, January is National Thyroid Awareness Month and this is a topic that is near to me since I have a chronic thyroid condition that I’ve been living with since 2011.⁣

I remember going for a routine physical when my doctor noticed an enlargement on the front right side of my neck (see below) and naturally was concerned. At the time I never noticed it, nor experienced any common symptoms associated with the thyroid. ⁣

So after being sent to a specialist and having some routine tests I was diagnosed as hypothyroid. ⁣

Hypothyroidism causes weight gain, slow heart rate, low energy, and fatigue which my tests confirmed. However, I experience the opposite symptoms of hyperthyroidism which is common.⁣
⁣Anyone with a thyroid condition experiences symptoms differently and they can change. Women are also more likely than men to experience thyroid issues do to our reproductive system.⁣

As a young, active healthy woman here entire life, this diagnosis was a shock to say the least. I remember feeling sad, confused and down right scared. ⁣

But after a few days, I accepted this was a part of me now and this diagnosis was my wake-up call that inspired me to take the leap of faith in pursuing my dreams and starting my entrepreneurial journey to help other women achieve their fitness and health goals among their busy lives.⁣

Do you live with a thyroid or medical condition that has inspired you to live life with a fresh perspective?⁣