If we asked you “would you like to be healthier, thinner, and more energetic?,” what would your answer be? Hopefully, the answer would be a resounding “YES!” Unfortunately, simply wanting to be more physically fit does not make you so automatically.
Every year, thousands of Americans go out and sign up for the latest fad diets, exercise programs, and even undergo invasive surgery to trim their belly fat. While diet and exercise regimens do work for some, others find that no matter how hard they work out, or how much they cut their calories, that stubborn stomach fat refuses to go away.
Some desperate people even resort to extreme starvation diets in an effort to drop their weight. While completely cutting off your food intake will cause you to lose weight, extreme starvation also completely cuts off your body’s supply of vital, life-giving nutrients. Over time, this can lead to organ failure and death (health advisory sites such as Livestrong.com note that the kidneys are often the first to fail), which is much too high of a price to pay to lose weight.
For those who undergo liposuction or similar procedures, intense pain, swelling, seepage, looseness of the skin, and infection are common after the operation, and it does nothing to prevent the weight from coming back. In fact, as stated in an article by WebMD, liposuction is not recommended as a weight loss strategy on its own, but as a way for “healthy people who are at or close to a healthy weight” to eliminate stubborn fat deposits that are not responding to regular exercise.
Why do Some People Have More Trouble Than Others?
The question is one of “Why?” why do some people have an easy time losing weight and keeping it off while others struggle day in and out with little or no results to show for it? How is it that their metabolism seems to be so much more efficient than yours? What is their secret?
Have you considered that your hormones (or lack thereof) might be to blame?
We all know that hormones are a vital part of the operation of our bodies, but few of us remember to consider just how large an impact our hormones have on our ability to perform certain tasks. For example, in men, testosterone helps rebuild muscles that are damaged during exercise, making them bigger and stronger faster, maximizing the effects of their workouts and allowing them to workout longer and harder. This makes it easier for men with a healthy testosterone count to benefit from their exercise regimens, so they can naturally lose fat faster and bulk up easier.
How can Your Hormones Affect Your Weight?
One study performed in Germany that was reported by the UPI actually showed that in men with an average age of 61, who “weighed 236 pounds before beginning treatment weighed 200 pounds after treatment” after five years of treatment without any significant lifestyle change. These patients were all men with a low testosterone, and replenishing their missing hormone led to significant weight loss.
For men who are overweight, the extra aromatase contained within fat cells consumes the testosterone hormones in their system and converts it into estrogen, causing further health complications from an abnormal estrogen dominance.
For women, a lack of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), normally secreted by the adrenal gland, can lower their body’s ability to resist the formation of fat deposits. Research done by the Mayo Clinic has established that there is “good scientific evidence” for the use of DHEA to help with lowering weight, and the University of Maryland Medical Center has stated that “total body fat and LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol did improve” during their clinical trials regarding the use of DHEA.
Other hormones that have been identified as influencing body fat include:
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH)- This hormone is a key component of regulating the growth of bone and muscle mass during puberty, while decreasing fat stores. However, experts such as Nicholas Tritos, MD, note that the most “notable changes are seen when an individual is deficient in growth hormone from true pituitary disease.” The hormone itself does not appear to change overall weight, but it does improve the muscle to fat ratio of the body, similar to the effect of DHEA.
- Insulin- For those who suffer from diabetes, the insulin injections that they take to boost their blood glucose can actually cause them to rapidly gain weight. When there is too much glucose in the blood for cells to absorb right away, the excess is stored as fat cells in the body. Because of this, high insulin content can be a major contributing factor for obesity.
- Progesterone- This hormone regulates the amount of insulin in the blood stream while increasing metabolism and reducing food cravings. As such, it can prove to be a vital part of lowering weight gain over a long period of time by reducing calorie intake and excess glucose.
Balancing your hormone levels can significantly improve the effects of your diet and exercise on your ability to lose weight. If you find that no matter how much you work out, or cut back on the calorie intake, you are still not losing any weight, it may be worthwhile to test your hormone levels to see if a deficiency is holding you back from being the healthiest, happiest you that you can be.
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