Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers and without them we would be dead as they control every body function. However considering that Our hormones control our metabolism, appetite, cravings and fat storage areas any hormonal imbalance will sabotage your efforts to loose weight regardless of your exercise and diet programs. There are also other hormone controlled body
process that affect weight and this include: menopause, pregnancy, menstruation and adolescence.
Hormones and weight gain cortisol – also known as the stress hormone, elevated levels of cortisol contribute to cravings and an increase in appetite increase in cortisol comes as a result of the individual being under a lot of stress or lack of sleep or one in depression cortisol also acts indirectly as it prevents production of other hormones decreased production of estrogen equals weight gain one can control cortisol by sleeping well, changing lifestyle hence reducing stress.
O estrogen – it is produced in the ovaries hence has a greater effect on women than in men it helps lower insulin levels hence reducing effect of insulin in fat storage, estrogen also stimulates lipoprotein lipase an enzyme that breaks down fat. However a deficiency of estrogen can trigger high carbohydrate intake which is resulting in more fat storage. Hence weight gain o estrogen can be controlled by checking with your physician to see if the levels are at normal range.
Insulin – also known as the fat storage hormone. Insulin is related with hormone and weight gain in that it transports glucose from blood and stores in tissues as fats. Hence an increase in glucose or carbohydrate intake causes production of more insulin and storage of more fat resulting in weight gain. Insulin can be controlled by reduced carbohydrate intake and an increased protein intake since protein keeps blood glucose balanced and low level of insulin.
Progesterone – inadequate progesterone leads to imbalance of o estrogen blocks ac to balance your estrogen, called O estrogen. Domination of thyroid hormone showing symptoms of low thyroid like weight gain normal levels of progesterone also helps regulate insulin. Androgen like testosterone help the body to utilize insulin hence controlling fat storage this makes androgen role players in weight control.
SO WHAT ABOUT HORMONES AND WEIGHT GAIN? Most of us believe that weight management is all about working out and calorie control but now we also know that if weight loss becomes so impossible despite calorie control there is an underlying
cause that interferes with our weight loss and weight gain, Hormones!