How does thyroid hormone affect metabolism?

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Chris Powell
Fitness

Think of your thyroid as the thermostat for your metabolism, says fitness and weight loss expert Chris Powell. To find out what you should be eating to keep that thermostat working properly, watch this video.


Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can think of how thyroid hormones affect your metabolism a little bit like your utility bill. From neighbor to neighbor, no two utility bills are alike. Some people keep their air conditioning (AC) at 76; some keep it at 68. Some take 20-minute showers; some hop in and out in 20 seconds. We all use and consume energy a little bit differently in our homes, and we all use and consume it a little differently in our bodies. And that plays a key role in weight management; some of metabolism is genetic, in that you're pre-disposed to have a quick-working metabolism or a slow-churning one. That regulation comes in part from your thyroid hormone.

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