Hormone Health and Weight Loss

How Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men & Women can Jump Start Your Weight Loss

Many people have struggled with being overweight most of their lives, but other’s begin the struggle as their hormone levels change and become unbalanced, typically in their late 30’s and early 40’s. This is where hormone imbalance can change your metabolism, leading to fat storage and weight gain, particularly around the midsection. In this state, it is no longer just about eating less and exercising more. Leading physicians in this field say that getting your hormones back in balance can be essential in helping to shed excess weight and relieve other hormonal imbalance symptoms both men and women experience: low energy, irritability, mood swings, foggy thinking, hot flashes, and low libido. But unfortunately, gaining belly fat is among the most common of hormone imbalance symptoms.

Aside from the symptoms above, it is very common to experience a loss of muscle mass which decreases overall metabolism and the ability burn calories efficiently.   And for men, fat redistribution can cause them to have a large belly and those unwanted and potentially embarrassing male breasts (also known as gynecomastia). However, unlike women (who’s treatment can be significantly more complex) men often need only be treated with testosterone to get the benefits of hormone replacement therapy.

Fortunately, according to a study published by Current Diabetes Reviews, the good news is that the underlying hormonal imbalances that trigger weight gain (and the many other symptoms) can be corrected with the right testing and therapy.

Unfortunately, many men and women have fought mid-life weight gain with diet and exercise without real success for so long that they have just given up. Far too many people struggle needlessly because they just do not know that certain hormone imbalances are working against their weight loss efforts. It is about getting back to a sense of well-being and control over your health.

Why hormonal imbalance causes weight gain and prevents you from losing fat

It’s not just about estrogen and progesterone for women or testosterone for men. Virtually any hormone (including DHEA and cortisol) that is out-of-balance can cause weight gain.

Perhaps the worst hormone offender in the battle of the bulge is high cortisol levels, since the abdomen is more likely to respond to elevated cortisol. And unfortunately, stress is well known to cause elevated cortisol levels and weight gain. Also, cortisol producing stress can come from a variety of physical and emotional sources – including the other symptoms of menopause!

If that weren’t bad enough, elevated cortisol levels can actually cause food cravings. In fact, elevated cortisol levels cause cravings for simple carbohydrates, which are the archenemy of people that are trying to shed pounds. Those simple carb foods are too often highly processed grains and sugars, which are calorie dense, low in micronutrients, cause energy spikes & troughs (lethargy), and physically as well as emotionally addictive.

Natural (Bio-Identical) Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Not all hormone replacement therapies are created equal. Many physicians have come to the conclusion that Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (also known as Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy) rather than synthetic hormone replacement therapy is a much healthier course of treatment. This belief was bolstered by the Women’s Health Initiative which looked at the risks and benefits of traditional hormone replacement therapy. This landmark study involved more than 16,000 women for over five years. The results indicated many potential negative health effects associated with traditional pharmaceutical therapy. On the other hand, there are many studies showing the safety and effectiveness of Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy.

The bottom line is that hormone health and weight loss are metabolically linked.   And hormonal imbalance may be one of the most overlooked factors in effective weight loss for both men and women over the age of forty. So if you have been struggling to maintain your weight, to shed pounds, or struggling with the many other symptoms of menopause or andropause, then hormone imbalance may be holding you back – especially if you are doing everything else right. If this is your struggle, get yourself a natural hormone makeover, stop suffering, be rejuvenated, and start living again!

I want to get control of my hormonal imbalance. What should I do?

Hormone replacement therapy can help you get over the myriad of health problems associated with age-related hormonal imbalance. In fact, if you are having problems with your weight because of your age, it is important to know that an effective hormone replacement therapy and weight loss plan often go hand in hand.

InShapeApex,provides scientifically proven safe and effective hormone replacement therapy that’s effective for getting rid of your obesity and other hormonal imbalance symptoms. To address your weight loss challenges and other age-related health concerns, just reach out to the knowledgeable medical professionals at InShapeApex. They can expertly assess your current hormonal state, get the appropriate testing, and formulate the best hormone replacement therapy plan for you.

For a first step, you can takes either the Men’s Testosterone Imbalance Quiz or the Women’s Hormone Imbalance Quiz.  If you think you can benefit from Men’s Hormone Replacement Therapy or Women’s Hormone Replacement Therapy, just call InShape Apex at 919-468-3900, schedule a free initial consultation, and take your life back!

InShape Apex is a wellness, anti-aging, aesthetics and weight loss clinic located in the Apex-Cary area of the Triangle, serving the greater Raleigh, NC area. The health professionals at InShape Apex take a mind-body, positive health approach to helping their patients gain better health and well-being using the most effective protocols and practices. Health and wellness coaching is central to their approach and the reason that their clients have such a positive experience and high success rates.

References:

Primary Care; The menopause and obesity; Loveloy, J.C.; June 2003

BC Medical Journal; Relieving the symptoms of menopause: From herbs to hormones; Montemuro, S.; November 2001

NHS Choices; The Male Menopause

Current Diabetes Reviews; Testosterone as Potential Effective Therapy in Treatment of Obesity in Men with Testosterone Deficiency: A Review; Saad, F., et al; March 2012

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Dennis Patrick Owens MS CNT CHC CHt
Dennis writes on topics that can have positive health benefits for his readers. He has coached hundreds of individuals in health and wellbeing. He has also consulted with hundreds of large and small companies and organizations to help increase the health and wellbeing of their employees. Through his work, he has positively impacted the health and well-being of thousands of individuals. Dennis has a passion for helping people to live happier, healthier, more prosperous and rewarding lives. His articles can be read at: https://inshapeapex.com/blog/ and http://flourishforlifehypnosis.com/blog/

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