Hormones are fascinating things…they fluctuate, then go up and down, but when in balance, they make our bodies function like magic! But were you aware that hormones play a crucial role in weight management?
If you gain weight easily and find it difficult to lose, you should know that hormonal imbalances can impact your weight and could be part of the problem (or the actual problem itself!) In fact, hormonal imbalances can make weight loss rather difficult since certain hormones must be present for significant weight loss to occur.
The Happy Hormone Cottage team specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This enables people with hormone imbalances or deficiencies to obtain more natural and stable hormone levels. When hormones are properly regulated, many of the body’s essential systems operate considerably more efficiently.
Read on to learn which hormones can assist you with managing your weight loss.
What role do hormones play in weight loss?
Hormones are essential chemical messengers because they regulate several key physiological functions. Hormones control the sensation of hunger, how the body breaks down food, sleep and wake cycles, and energy levels. Furthermore, hormones can impact your capacity to lose body fat, maintain muscle, and deal with stress.
A hormonal imbalance in the intestine can influence how the body metabolizes food. Gut hormones regulate insulin secretion and are necessary for blood glucose and body weight regulation.
Which hormones can assist weight loss?
Since several key hormones influence your weight, you may see a significant weight loss if you can correct hormonal abnormalities.
While it’s always necessary to seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner, changes to one’s lifestyle, including exercise, a healthy diet, adequate rest, and stress management, can improve some hormonal issues.
Here are a few notable hormones that impact your weight and, if properly regulated, can help you lose weight:
Besides several other important functions, the thyroid hormones determine your body’s metabolic rate, which is the pace at which calories are burned.
In hyperthyroidism, a condition characterized by an overactive thyroid gland, the thyroid generates excessive thyroid hormones. The excess hormones stimulate your metabolism, which can result in weight loss.
Conversely, hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland produces insufficient quantities of thyroid hormones. This may result in a slower metabolism and weight gain. Blood tests are required to determine the levels of thyroid hormones and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
As one of the predominant female sex hormones, estrogen can affect a woman’s physique by distributing more fat cells to her thighs and hips. The location and development of adipocytes (fat cells) are greatly influenced by estrogen.
When estrogen levels are balanced, a healthy amount of body fat helps in several reproductive activities. Women will, however, gain weight if their estrogen levels are too high or too low.
According to research, overweight women have estrogen levels similar to those of women in the first half of pregnancy. On the other hand, women going through perimenopause and menopause experience a significant decline in estrogen and similar weight gain. To smooth the transition towards menopause, many women begin looking into Hormone Replacement Therapy during this time of their lives.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. It decreases body fat and promotes muscular growth. A decrease in testosterone may increase body fat, particularly abdominal fat.
You will require DUTCH testing to determine your testosterone level, and your doctor will determine if your testosterone levels are excessive, low, or within the usual range. If your testosterone level is normal, hormonal treatment may not be beneficial. If your testosterone level is below the normal range, your physician may discuss the possible advantages of testosterone treatment with you.
The Happy Hormone Cottage’s New Weight Management Program
Since many of our patients consider weight gain a major issue, we have introduced a new Weight Management Program at the Happy Hormone Cottage.
Dr Kim Sunshein will drive our weight management program, focusing on a holistic approach to weight loss by decreasing appetite, managing insulin levels, and enhancing metabolism.
Included in the weight management program :
- Metabolic Assessment
- Supplements and drugs are recommended based on patient objectives, medical history, and lab results
- Weight reduction counseling and support
- Learn skills and resources to achieve long-term, sustainable results.
- Zoom Remote meetings
The Happy Hormone Weight Management Program focuses on activating your hormones, so you feel full and content with less food, which can influence your ability to make better mealtime decisions.
If you have questions about our weight management program or hormone replacement therapy, don’t hesitate to contact the team at the Happy Hormone Cottage today! We are happy to answer any questions and provide you with all the information you need to start your journey to optimal health.
Call our office to speak with a member of our team or schedule a consultation online today!