Can Hormone Imbalances Cause Weight Gain?

The answer is yes. Your hormones and metabolism are more closely connected than you may realize.

Does this scenario sound familiar?

You’ve been keeping your diet and exercise the same all year, but recently you’ve been having issues with weight gain. You dread going to the scale and seeing the numbers get higher.

Your weight gain had nothing to do when you were eating. It’s actually being caused by your hormones. Your metabolism is directly affected by the hormones that your body produces.

When you have perfectly balanced hormones, your metabolic rate is appropriate to maintain a healthy body weight. Imbalanced hormones will decrease the speed of your metabolism, which causes your calories to burn at a slower rate, and store them as body fat. This can happen even when you don’t change your eating or exercising habits.

How Do You Fix It?

If you’re having trouble with weight gain despite your efforts to lose weight, you should first consult your doctor to see if you have any major health problems.  Another way to check is to have your hormones tested. These tests can show if you have any imbalances or deficiencies.

Imbalances can cause weight gain in any region of the body. Stomach, arms, thighs, and chest are some of the most common areas for hormonal weight gain.

Natural hormone therapy is a gentle and simple method that can help balance your hormones and reduce hormonal symptoms such as gaining excessive weight. You can fill out this assessment and we will help you find the solution for your problems!

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So You Think You Have a Hormone Imbalance? Common Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalance is a topic that many do not imagine they would ever have to deal with in their lifetime. The truth is that many will have to deal with this health issue and knowing how to identify it will greatly prevent years of the stress and frustration that it can bring.

Identifying the symptoms of hormone imbalance can help place you on the correct path to improving your health and overall quality of life. Symptoms will vary from individual to individual.

Hormones act as chemical messengers that influence the way that the cells and organs in our bodies function. Hormone levels will not stay constant all your life. Levels fluctuate as you get older and change, but they can severely affect your body when you have a health issue going on or are taking medications, which can affect hormone levels in the body.

A very common symptom of hormone imbalance is irregularity of your period, if you’re a woman. A lack of period each month or an inconsistent cycle is deemed as irregular.

Another common symptom of hormone imbalance is weight gain. Those with a hormone imbalance have a hard time maintaining a healthy weight. A hormone imbalance affects cortisol production, a stress hormone that is responsible for the storing of belly fat.

Low sex drive or libido is another common symptom.

According to the Surrey Park Clinic:

“The pelvic floor tissues are very sensitive to oestrogen and testosterone, and low libido can be very closely related to times of low hormone production such as after childbirth and in the pre and postmenopause.”

Contact us to receive a consultation if you may suspect hormone imbalance.

Topics: Hormones, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, estrogen, Health, women

Weight Gain and Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are our best friends when they are working in our favor. However, when they decrease or go haywire, we need a tool to get them back on track. Or we need to adjust how we live as in a balancing act.

Too much and too little play a role in the delicate balancing act of body fat.

Our bodies send us signals when something isn’t right. We can experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance every day, however, whether we recognize the signs of hormonal imbalance is important. Unfortunately so many of us have been out of balance for so long,  that we recognize what “balance” is anymore.

Hormonal imbalance leads to great difficulty losing weight and actually cause weight gain. It is also a leading cause of  obesity. It’s important to understand that the hormone imbalances cannot be solved by dieting alone. Imbalance can interfere with fat loss, even when great diet and exercise program.

If you have been unable to lose weight, even with diet and exercise, in the past, one or more of the following hormonal imbalances could be the cause as noted in Body Logic, MD

Hypothyroidism

Without enough thyroid hormone, every system in the body slows down.

Insulin Excess

Insulin is an essential to process sugar in the bloodstream and carry it into cells to be used as fuel or stored as fat.

Serotonin Imbalance

Serotonin exerts powerful influence over our moods, memory, emotions, cravings (especially for carbohydrates), body temperature, pain, self-esteem, appetite, tolerance, sleep habits, and digestion.

Too Much Cortisol

Chronic stress causes our bodies release high amounts of the hormone cortisol. Whether it is a mood disorder or anxiety, cortisol will run rampant and cause weight gain.

Imbalances From Inflammation

Digestive disorders, arthritis, asthma, acne, abdominal fat, headaches, eczema and more is now become as causing severe weight gain.

Extra Estrogen

Excess estrogen is a major risk factor for obesity—in both sexes—as poor eating habits and lack of exercise.

Imbalances From Menopause

Menopause is not just about the decline of estrogen. Low levels of  progesterone, testosterone also tend to dry up, and cause weight gain.

Low Testosterone

Testosterone levels drop off with aging, obesity, and stress, but today men are experiencing lose of testosterone earlier in life.

If you have questions about your hormone levels and would like to be tested, call or contact us today.