The Connection Between Hormones and Weight Loss: An Intricate Balance

Have you tried everything to lose weight? You’ve lost weight before but now you’re back where you started and you just feel stuck? Heaps of exercise and restricting your diet isn’t working for you anymore? 

There are commonly overlooked considerations for achieving weight loss goals. A lot of blanket approaches to weight loss estimate your base nutritional intake based on your weight, height and activity level. At Green Apple Health Care, we can physically measure your base nutritional needs using a Bio Impedance Analysis device, providing truly individualized advice, no guess work required.

Hormonal issues including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone as well as thyroid and metabolism control can impair your ability to shed fat. Inflammation in your digestive tract can impact your ability to absorb vital nutrients and minerals needed for weight loss. Stress and it’s associated hormone, cortisol, can make your body hold on to fat. Sleepless nights lead to fatigue during the day, but they can also impair hormone release that can help with fat loss. Your liver is the master of cleansing your body of toxins and if it’s not functioning properly, your body can hang on to excess fat. Fat loss plateaus can happen, but we can help you bust through them by addressing these commonly overlooked areas of health. 

The Role Hormones Play in Weight Loss

Hormones and weight loss are closely connected. Your reproductive and thyroid hormones contribute to an intricate balance to influence your metabolism and your body fat.

Your thyroid gland is the master of your metabolism. It is very common to have an under-active thyroid gland in Canada potentially due to mineral deficiencies, genetics and environmental toxicity. Symptoms of thyroid gland dysfunction include fatigue, weight gain or inability to lose weight, feeling cold, and hair loss or hair changes. Improving your thyroid function through dietary and supplemental means can boost your metabolism and lead to faster fat loss. Inflammation can also impact the thyroid gland. Food sensitivities and allergies can lead to immune destruction of thyroid hormones or even parts of the thyroid gland.

Hormones and Menopause

Typically, after menopause, many women gain fat and have an impaired ability to shed the extra pounds. Estrogen, a reproductive hormone active in most pre-menopausal women, helps women maintain muscle and bone mass. When this hormone declines after menopause, it can lead to an impaired ability to gain muscle and thus more fat accumulation. Strength training during this time is particularly important, but there are other ways to modulate estrogen levels in peri and post menopausal women to boost fat loss.

Hormones and Andropause

In men, there is a possibility of a similar, yet poorly understood phenomenon called “Andropause” which is the decrease in testosterone, the male reproductive hormone, with aging. This can lead to concerns from male pattern baldness to prostatic hypertrophy and difficult urination.

Excess fat in men can lead to an even bigger decrease in testosterone as this hormone undergoes transformation to estrogen in fat tissue. Men can also modulate their testosterone using supplementation, exercise and dietary changes.

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