Tired of fighting the battle of the bulge? Following a strict diet and exercising, yet still unable to lose weight. You may be suffering from hormone imbalance.
There are several hormones that contribute to weight control.
Most of us know about how increased stress hormone, cortisol, can increase belly fat. But several other hormones contribute to weight gain and inability to lose weight.
In women, lack of progesterone, that is natural bioidentical progesterone, not progestin, can cause you to gain weight. Estrogen is responsible for 400 functions in the female body, but without progesterone to modulate the building up effect of estrogen, you will gain weight. Both estrogen and progesterone fall with age, but progesterone goes first leaving most women with a relative estrogen excess in comparison to progesterone. Estrogen without enough progesterone can cause a weight gain of about 10 pounds. Progesterone is a natural diuretic and modulates this effect of estrogen, making it easier to lose weight.
Another hormone deficiency that increases weight gain in men and women is lack of thyroid hormone. The active thyroid hormone to lose weight is T3, but most doctors measure the inactive hormones T4 and TSH, giving an inaccurate view of thyroid function. In addition, parameters for normal are too broad. You may also be thyroid hormone resistant due to yo-yo starvation diets, stress, and nutrient deficiencies. To make matters worse, thyroid hormone naturally decreases with aging. A thorough thyroid blood work evaluation can detect if your weight problems are due to lack of thyroid hormone.
Lack of testosterone in women, but especially in men, can cause weight gain. Testosterone helps to build up muscle which burns fat. In men testosterone improves energy to exercise, burn fat, and build muscle.
DHEA is another hormone that helps to lose weight. Studies have shown people who take DHEA have more success losing weight than those who do not. DHEA helps burn fat, raise metabolism, decrease appetite, and decrease fat storage in and of itself.
Last but not least is adult growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone helps to increase lean body mass, and decrease fat mass. It improves energy and outlook including desire and ability to exercise. It increases muscle mass which increases fat burning.
Hormones and nutrients go hand in hand and there are many nutrients that help lose weight including chromium, CLA, GLA, zinc, selenium, green tea, ginseng, and Co Q 10, among many others.
Of course, diet and exercise and very important to weight loss as well. If you feel you’re doing everything right but can’t lose weight, check you’re hormones.
Candice Lane, M.D., Diplomat and Fellow American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, 1250 La Venta Dr., Ste. 206, Westlake Village, CA 91361.805-496-7869.