Despite what we’ve been told, weight loss is more than calculating the number of calories consumed versus the number of calories we burn.
There are many factors that contribute to the body storing extra pounds. It could be something as simple as a change in diet, or a decrease in activity level.
It could also be something less obvious, like hormonal imbalance or stress.
A 2018 study concludes that there is a relationship between hard to lose belly fat (visceral fat) and a fluctuation in hormone levels.
Oftentimes the key to losing unwanted belly fat lies within your hormones. Almost anyone who diets and exercises but is unable to lose weight, may be struggling with a hormone imbalance.
Hormone therapy may be the key to your unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight. It can be used to safely replace and stabilize your hormone levels, which in turn allow you to have more energy, vitality, and manage your weight more effectively.
How Hormones Affect Weight Loss
Hormones are messengers in your body that carry information from organ to organ to help your body function properly.
All of your organs, muscles, and fat are continually communicating with each other using these messengers, aka hormones.
Even your mood, emotions, and hunger are controlled by hormones produce by your endocrine system.
Hormones are critical when it comes to weight loss and feeling your best.
Because hormones control metabolism, insulin, and blood sugar, they also have some control over the amount of fat you gain or lose.
Why Hormone Treatment for Weight Loss
If you are suffering from a hormone imbalance, you should know that you are not alone, it is not uncommon.
While a higher percentage of people who suffer from symptoms associated with hormone imbalance are women, men also experience hormone imbalances.
When hormones are out of balance, you may experience a wide range of symptoms that are often misdiagnosed by primary physicians, including:
- Unexplained weight gain
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety and stress
Spending hours at the gym with no results? It may be your hormones.
Hormone levels that are either too low or too high can impact your ability to lose weight and keep it off.
Let’s consider testosterone. Both men and women produce testosterone, but men just produce more of it.
As we age, both men and women can begin to see their testosterone levels drop. The testosterone hormone promotes muscle growth and may suppress fat gain.
The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even when resting. As a result, testosterone-deficient people may gain fat more quickly due to reduced muscle mass.
Now let’s look at estrogen. Like testosterone, both men and women have estrogen.
Estrogen helps your body build bone strength, control cholesterol, and plays a role in your metabolic rate, or metabolism.
An estrogen imbalance may cause your body to metabolize starches and blood sugars less effectively, which in turn can increase fat storage and make it harder to lose weight.
Anytime hormone levels are out of balance, you may begin to feel less energetic and sluggish, which makes sticking to a consistent workout routine nearly impossible. Thus slowly increasing fat storage even further, due to inactivity.
Rebalancing your hormone levels can restore your energy and ensure that you are not wasting your time at the gym.
What Can I Do?
Since even a small hormone imbalance can make you feel tired, anxious, and impact your overall mental and physical health, it is vital to take action rather than just trying to “deal with it.”
Hormone therapy is proven to be one of the most effective ways to get your hormones back in balance. With hormone therapy, you don’t have to sacrifice your quality of life.
Hormone Therapy Helps Weight Loss
Hormone therapy is a simple treatment that can help women and men to feel their best at any age. It works by utilizing biologically identical hormones to the ones your body naturally makes to restore balance.
In fact, hormone therapy is proven to be one of the safest and most effective ways to treat and stabilize symptoms from hormone imbalances, including weight gain. Hormone therapy benefits include:
- Safe and effective
- Helps you feel more like yourself
- Supports weight management
- Improved energy and restores vitality
- Helps protect against osteoporosis and heart disease
It’s Safe and Convenient
Hormone therapy is a quick, convenient in-office treatment.
A trained medical professional, like Dr. Bent, will implant a small pellet, the size of a grain of rice, beneath the surface of your skin. The pellet will be customized to address your unique hormone imbalance to help treat symptoms like unexplained weight gain.
This will release a low dose of hormones consistently to stabilize hormone levels, helping you feel more like yourself.
Change your habits, change your life.
Lifestyle changes such as meditating, exercising and eating healthy can help impact the efficiency of hormone thearapy. Making these changes to your habits at home works in harmony with hormone therapy for better, long-lasting results.
Start with Your Diet
It would be best if you ate in a way that optimizes your hormones. You can do this by removing or minimizing processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugars from your diet. Instead, fill up on clean foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean meat.
Reduce or eliminate alcohol for at least a period of time, like three to four weeks. Even a single serving of alcohol can impact your metabolism. It’s a temporary impact, but that can add up over time if you drink multiple nights a week.
Exercise three to five times per week. Choose the activities you love – to stay consistent. As little as a brisk 20-minute walk can have a significant impact on your health and hormones.
Also, be sure to lift weights one to two times per week to strengthen bones and build muscles. This will also help prevent osteoporosis.
Is Hormone Therapy Right for Me?
Hormone therapy is a safe and effective way to help you reclaim confidence and manage your unexplained weight gain.
If you are looking to get hormone therapy in Margate, we would love to talk to you about your specific concerns. Give us a call today!