Thursday, July 16, 2020 – Episode 006

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - Episode 006
By: Carol "Rosey" Rowsemitt, PhD, RN, FNP

What the famine response is and why it is not detected by the usual thyroid tests

  • The two sides to the famine response are: First, you have increased interest in food. And the second is decreased metabolism.
  • With decreased metabolism, you turn down your body’s thermostat so that you burn fewer calories at rest. 
  • This decreases the active hormone T3, which prevents weight loss, and may cause other symptoms of low thyroid.
  • Most physicians and other providers are only taught to test just the hormone TSH, instead of measuring T3. 
  • Evaluating and treating thyroid with an understanding of the famine response can help level the playing field so that you can lose weight. 
  • If you hit a plateau and you don’t understand why, start listening to your body for symptoms of low thyroid.