Hormones & Weight Loss

Have you been struggling with weight loss for a long time? Do you exercise, but your weight is still not going down?

It’s all about balance: Excess estrogen and insulin, but inadequate progesterone, testosterone, and growth hormone may lead to excess fat accumulation! Proper balance of all of these hormones is key to a healthier you!

Fat cells have two different receptors, beta receptors and alpha receptors.

Beta receptors release the fat from the cells to be used as energy and Alpha receptors store the fat in the cell and do not release it until it can be used.

Estrogen and insulin stimulate the alpha receptors, helping the alpha receptors keep the fat in the fat cells. So if you are having trouble losing weight or have an obesity problem, you may wish to get your hormones checked. You may have an imbalance of hormones – IE too much estrogen and insulin and too little anabolic hormones (such as growth hormone, DHEA, progesterone, testosterone).

Thyroid imbalances can also cause weight gain. The major roll of the thyroid is to produce thyroid hormone, which controls the rate at which you covert food into energy (metabolic rate). When the production of thyroid hormone decreases below the normal body’s need, it is called hypothyroidism. Without enough thyroid hormone, your body becomes tired and the metabolism slows down causing weight gain.

Hormonal imbalances can also be partially corrected by proper diet and supplements. Exercising is recommended to help relieve stress and to increase endurance. Typically people who need to decrease their estrogen and insulin levels need to eat a higher protein/fat and lower carbohydrate diet, but it is best to get Hauser Diet Typing to determine the appropriate breakdown of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that your body should ideally have. Adding a hormone test may also be recommended to make sure that hormones are not contributing to the problem. Contact Us With your Questions.

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