How Do Hormones Affect My Weight?

Understanding the complex role of hormones in our body is a major step towards successful weight loss and weight management. If you’ve been trying absolutely everything to lose weight, but you just can’t seem to get the results you’re looking for, your body’s hormones could be standing in your way. Since they affect everything from metabolism and appetite to fat storage, they can play a major role. So, how exactly do hormones affect our weight? Our medical weight loss team at WildBerryMD is here to break down how hormones affect your weight and how we can help you balance your levels.  

Estrogen & Testosterone

Testosterone is commonly associated with men, but it is a standard hormone that women have as well (generally, however, women’s levels are lower). This hormone can help with preventing fat gain in the belly area and help with building muscle. However, when testosterone levels dip, you may suffer from more sugar cravings and even insulin resistance. On the other hand, estrogen is similar in that both men and women have it. It controls how our body responds to insulin and dictates where fat is deposited. As estrogen levels go down, this can also affect fat gain and the ability to lose weight.  

Insulin & Progesterone

Insulin, a hormone we might associate primarily with blood sugar regulation, also has a say in our body composition. Elevated insulin levels can hinder our body’s ability to torch fat, preferring instead to store it. This often happens as a result of insulin resistance, a condition that can sneak up due to hormonal imbalances like low estrogen. Meanwhile, while the hormone progesterone does not directly cause weight gain, an imbalance can lead to water retention. This gives the feeling of weight gain and that all-too-familiar bloated feeling.  

How Hormone Therapy Can Help

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at WildBerryMD can help both men and women feel like themselves again. From assisting with weight management to soothing mood swings, there are countless benefits for people that have low or imbalanced hormone levels. But how can you tell if you’re actually dealing with hormone issues? At WildBerryMD, we offer professional hormone level testing that gives you the power to understand exactly what’s going on with your body.  

Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

The benefits of hormone replacement therapy can include:  
  • Less severe menopause symptoms
  • Better sex drive
  • Less vaginal dryness and discomfort
  • Lose weight and reduce body fat
  • Fewer mood swings
  • Better sleep
  • Less chronic pain
  • Lower risk of heart disease and dementia
  • Softer, more youthful skin
  • Improved bone health
  • Lower risk of colon cancer

Signs of Hormone Imbalance

Some of the signs you may be dealing with a hormone imbalance include:  
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Sleep issues
  • Acne
  • Dry skin
  • Memory issues
  • Bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and other digestive problems
  • Stomach cramps or back pain during periods
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Chronic headaches
  • Low sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Changes in the shape & density of breast tissue
  • Joint pain and/or fractures

What Else Could Be Preventing Me From Losing Weight?

If your hormones aren’t to blame, there are a few other reasons that you may not be losing weight. They can include:  
  • An unbalanced diet
  • Eating too many calories
  • Sugary drinks/empty calories
  • Not enough quality sleep
  • High stress levels
  • Not enough physical activity
  • Medical conditions like depression & hypothyroidism

Contact WildBerryMD Today

If you’re ready to get started, don’t wait. Contact our team at WildBerryMD today to schedule your consultation.