Many of us know that maintaining an ideal weight is difficult despite all the best efforts with diet and exercise. What most don’t know is that an undetected hormone imbalance can be the hidden culprit sabotaging your hard work to stay slim.
What’s the Connection? Hormones are key players in regulating weight, metabolism, blood sugar, insulin, and when and where the body stores fat. As we age, shifting hormones complicated by stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, etc., trigger numerous symptoms of imbalance – including unexplained weight gain.
The good news is that there is a simple, at-home test that can identify whether you’re one of the thousands affected. Hormone Triggers to Weight Gain WOMEN with a hidden hormone imbalance often discover that they can’t lose weight as easily as they have in the past. Or they now have immovable belly fat they never had before. Surprisingly, weight gain caused by hormone imbalances can occur at any age.
Premenopausal women aged 20-30 with irregular cycles, or who don’t ovulate, often expereince imbalances and premenstrual weight gain, fluid retention, and sugar cravings made worse by stress, yo-yo diets and birth control.
In midlife, perimenopausal women aged 40-50 experience a “roller coaster” of symptoms including weight gain and belly fat caused by fluctuating hormone levels in the years leading up to menopause.
Women, generally over 50, who are entering into menopause and no longer ovulating see their progesterone production plummet. This creates a surplus of estrogen – a condition of estrogen dominance – that promotes weight gain in the hips and thighs, water retention and a sluggish metabolism. Postmenopausal women often mark the end of periods with the beginning of their real struggles with weight.
HORMONE IMBALANCES ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY: Estrogen/Progesterone: - estrogen dominance - weight gain in hips & thighs - water retention - low thyroid - sluggish metabolism
Testosterone/DHEA: - androgen imbalance
- decreased lean muscle/increased body fat
- decreased metabolic rate
- abdominal obesity
High Cortisol: - belly fat - increased appetite - sugar cravings - impaired metabolism
Vitamin D3 deficiency: - hyperinsulinemia - belly fat
Elevated TSH: - hypothyroidism - low metabolic rate - obesity
High Fasting Insulin: - insulin resistance/ metabolic syndrome - abdominal obesity
HIgh HbA1c: - predictive of type 2 diabetes
MEN with a hormone imbalance often notice that body fat is taking the place of lean muscle as testosterone and DHEA levels decline around age 40. The more pounds gained, the more testosterone turns into estrogen in fat cells, with further drops in metabolism. Related imbalances of cortisol and insulin in both sexes can impair thyroid function and raise risks for metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Did You Know? An undetected hormone imbalance can defeat weight loss or your best efforts to maintain a healthy weight.
If you have:
– Difficulty losing weight despite dieting and exercising
– Weight gain with belly fat
– Weight gain in hips and thighs
– High Body Mass Index (BMI)
– Loss of lean muscle
– Increased appetite/cravings simple testing can reveal whether hormones are silently sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
“As we age, shifting hormones complicated by stress, poor diet & lack of exercise trigger numerous symptoms of imbalance – including unexplained weight gain.”
Can’t Lose Weight? It could be your hormones. Do the following symptoms sound familiar? WOMEN: weight gain in hips & thighs belly fat water retention increased appetite/sugar cravings decreased lean muscle low thyroid symptoms – slow weight loss, regularly feeling cold premenstrual weight gain mood swings/PMS heavy/painful or irregular cycles fibrocystic breasts uterine fibroids polycystic ovaries hot flashes/night sweats difficulty sleeping foggy thinking stress fatigue irritability anxiety depression low libido MEN: weight gain in hips, thighs & breast tissue abdominal fat decreased lean muscle mass decreased strength and stamina sore muscles prostate problems increased urinary urge/ decreased flow low sex drive burnout lack of mental clarity fatigue difficulty sleeping irritability depression
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