There are many misconceptions regarding, hormones, hormone therapy, weight gain, and weight loss. In this article we set the record straight!
I am sure you have noticed that the older you get, the easier it is to put on weight, and the harder it is to take it off! This is true of both men and women. If you are over 40, and have “tried everything” and still just can’t seem to lose weight, it may be because you are fighting a losing battle against your hormones!
Hormones and Metabolism
The relationship between proper hormone balance and weight management is a complex one. There are critical hormones in both men and women that decline as you age. When the levels of these hormones drop, particularly testosterone and growth hormone, then fat metabolism and your ability to build and maintain lean muscle severely diminish.
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Furthermore, as your level of testosterone goes down, you became tired, sluggish and experience a lack of vitality and loss of motivation that can lead to additional weight gain.
There are things you can try, to help get your hormones back in balance. One of the key factors to hormone related weight gain is stress. Stress reduces your ability to produce testosterone. Stress also increases your levels of other hormones that lead to obesity such as cortisol. Stress also can lead to insulin resistance. This is a triple threat that can make it nearly impossible to lose weight if you are chronically stressed.
So chill out, as your first step. Try some proven stress reduction techniques, such as yoga, Tai-Chi, or meditation.
Of course it is impossible to lose weight without exercise. But if you are trying to boost your testosterone and growth hormone levels, the kinds of exercise you do matter. The best exercise for boosting growth hormone and testosterone is high-intensity interval training, or circuit training.
If you try these suggestions and are still having trouble losing weight, hormone therapy may help!
Hormone Therapy and Weight Loss
If your weight gain is related to low hormone levels, hormone therapy can break the downward spiral of weight gain. Bringing your levels of growth hormone and testosterone back into proper balance will raise your metabolism and increase your ability to burn fat. Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, can also lower your levels of “stress hormones” such as cortisol, and reverse insulin resistance. Most importantly, hormone therapy will increase your energy levels and your enthusiasm, so you will feel more motivated to exercise, and get more out of your workouts!
Other Positive Benefits of Hormone Therapy
Loss of testosterone and other critical hormones negatively impacts your health in other ways than just weight gain.
Your moods, your ability to get a good night’s sleep, memory and cognition, and of course, sexual performance, are all impacted by the decrease in testosterone that occurs the older you get.
Hormone therapy can help to alleviate all of these “age-related” problems, and not just the extra belly fat that low levels of hormones can cause.
In addition to helping you lose weight, reduce fat, and build lean muscle, testosterone therapy, and growth hormone therapy can also:
- Make you look and feel younger
- Give you more energy and help you to feel more vital overall
- Improve cognition
- Improve sleep
- Improve your sex life
- Make you feel more stable emotionally, less anxious, irritable, or depressed
If you have tried various weight loss methods, and have been dissatisfied with your results, you may very well benefit from hormone therapy.
However, the only way to know for sure is to see a doctor and have your hormone levels tested.
If you are found to have a hormone imbalance, a comprehensive program of hormone therapy, along with diet, fitness and nutritional counselling, may put you back on the road to good health!