You could make your thyroid gland the fall guy for those pounds you've put on. It's easy to blame. So easy, in fact, that even your BFF is likely to roll her eyes skyward when you say, "I cannot lose weight! It must be my thyroid." Yeah, right. But actually, maybe you are right.
How can you tell whether your tiny thyroid -- it weighs no more than an ounce -- really could be to blame? The short answer: It depends on whether there are multiple symptoms indicating your thyroid's turned into an underachiever and is no longer producing enough thyroid hormone to keep your calorie-burning metabolism clicking along normally. (An overactive thyroid typically has the opposite effect -- you lose weight without trying. If only, right!)
Suspicious? Here's a list of symptoms that suggest your thyroid gland has gone wrong. Check off only those that are a change from what's normal for you.
Signs That Your Thyroid's Not Up to the Job
- I'm always tired.
- My skin has become dry and