Hormones are one of many chemical messengers the body uses to regulate its various processes.
- your mood
- to your hairline
- to your waistline
Hormones are playing a bigger role than you think. For hormones to be most effective, they need to be kept in a healthy balance. The body needs a specific amount of adrenaline, cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, etc. to perform at optimal levels. The problem is keeping that healthy balance is becoming increasingly complicated in the modern world.
To help you better understand how hormones can both make you fat and keep you from being fat, the team at Allure Medical Spa has put together a short, easy to understand article that will walk you through how hormones work in relation to your weight, and highlight a simple, no-stress solution to making sure your hormone’s stay in perfect balance.
How hormones can make you fat
Here is the thing—the hormones themselves don’t make you fat. It’s what they tell your body to do that leads to unwanted weight gain. For example, when the body is low on testosterone, your brain is more susceptible to stress. Stress leads to the production of cortisol, and cortisol encourages the body to slow its metabolism of glucose which means more of the calories you eat daily will be converted to stored fat. But worst of all, increased cortisol levels trigger the “hungry hormone” ghrelin which will suppress fullness and encourage you to eat more calories than you need.
How hormone’s keep you skinny
Much like the previous section, hormone’s themselves don’t make you skinny either—it’s what the hormones tell (or don’t tell) the body to do that helps your stomach stay nice and flat.
For example, Leptin is an essential hormone that tells your brain that you’ve “had enough” to eat. If your Leptin levels are off, your brain will tell you to keep eating…and eating…and eating…until you’re consuming far more calories than you could ever hope to burn.
Another example? Testosterone.
Testosterone doesn’t make you slim, but it does give you more energy (which encourages movement, activity, and the expenditure of calories) and more muscle mass (which increases your body’s metabolism and capacity for burning calories).
When your testosterone levels are too low, your body becomes lethargic and more inclined to store energy in the form of fat cells rather than expend it. Trying to lose weight while suffering from Low T is like fighting an uphill battle with an arm tied behind your back.
Can you do it? Maybe. But it sure as heck won’t be easy.
The best way to keep your hormones in check? Diet, Lifestyle change, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), and Sleep!
At Allure Medical, helping patients restore their hormone-levels to normal is something we do every day. If you ever have any interest in exploring the miracle of Hormone Replacement Therapy, talk to the team at Allure. Our staff and HRT treatments typically have patients like you restored in as little as two to four weeks.
View Dr. Mok’s FREE video series on the impact of testosterone on your overall health, here!