Unbalanced Hormones May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts

Nothing is more frustrating than doing everything right and still not seeing the number on the bathroom scale move. Despite what you see scrolling through your social media feed, losing weight may require more than just eating less and moving more.

In fact, there are many factors that influence your weight and ability to drop those unwanted pounds, including your hormones. Unbalanced hormones may in fact be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

At Howard Health & Wellness in Naples, Florida, our board-certified internal medicine and primary care physician, Dr. Corey Howard, specializes in medical weight loss and hormone replacement therapy

Here Dr. Howard shares how hormones influence your weight, and how they may hinder your weight loss efforts.  

About your hormones

Hormones serve as your body’s chemical messaging system. Produced by your endocrine glands, hormones travel through your bloodstream and direct the function of many tissues, organs, and body systems, including:

Though your body only needs a small amount of hormones to run these various functions, an imbalance in hormone levels can cause a wide-range of symptoms, including unexpected weight gain.

Hormones and your weight

Your hormones, specifically your thyroid hormones, control your metabolism, which dictates the baseline number of calories — or energy — your body needs to run many of the functions noted above. A decrease in thyroid hormones lowers your metabolism and makes it harder for you to lose weight.

Though thyroid hormones play a significant role in managing your body’s calorie needs, they’re not the only hormones that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. As you get older, your body’s production of sex hormones decreases, including testosterone and estrogen.

A decline in these sex hormones may play a significant role in your inability to drop those unwanted pounds. Low testosterone may decrease your lean muscle mass. Muscle burns calories and muscle loss may lower your metabolism.

Further, low estrogen levels tend to increase appetite and lower your desire to engage in physical activity. A decrease in estrogen production may also decrease your metabolism, making it harder for you to lose weight even if you’re doing everything right. 

Restoring hormone balance

If we suspect your hormones are derailing your weight loss efforts, we run lab work to check your levels. To restore hormone balance, we create customized hormone replacement therapy regimens that match your unique hormonal needs.

We offer many hormone replacement options, including creams, capsules, patches, and injections. In addition to helping you drop those unwanted pounds, you may also experience a boost in energy, mood, and libido once your hormone levels are back in balance.

When diet and exercise fail to help you reach your weight goals, it may be time to check your hormone levels. Let us help you lose the weight and keep it off. Call our office or book an appointment online today.

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