Are Your Hormones Causing Weight Gain? Tips to Fix Hormonal Imbalance!

Are Hormones Causing You to Gain Weight?

Our hormones play a big role when it comes to our health and weight, but many of our patients are usually unfamiliar with our  hormones actually are and how they influence our bodies on a daily basis. I usually explain to our patients that hormones are important because they transport chemicals in our bodies to various organs that we need in order to function properly. Our bodies produce hormones through our endocrine glands and our sexual reproductive organs (Testes in men, Ovaries in women) and can affect everything from our development to our metabolism, reproduction, and our mood. According to Marc David, Published Author and Founder of the Psychology of Eating Institute, there are many things to consider when it comes to hormonal imbalance and trying to lose or maintain weight. Here are some of the basic tips that I recommend and try to practice regularly:

1. Avoid “Man-Made Fats.” We’ve all heard it before, “fats are good for you, as long as they’re the GOOD type of fats!” But this can get confusing (even our  Nutrition Coach admits that she sometimes gets confused!) As a rule of thumb, anything that has been made by man should be avoided when it contains fat, ESPECIALLY trans fat. Trans Fat (think Margarine, Oreos, Burger King, Snickers, Movie theatre popcorn, etc) has been linked to Obesity, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and many other diseases that are literally causing death in humans. Trans Fats are so bad for you that some states are working to remove “partially hydrogenated oils” (another name for trans fat) from grocery stores and restaurants. You should try to consume “healthy” fats that are not man made, which include coconut oil, fish oil, avocado, and nuts, to name a few.

2. Get Proper Sleep!  Lack of sleep can increase our hunger and appetite through a hormone called Leptin. According to David,  Leptin is a “master hormone” and if it is not balanced in our bodies, none of our other hormones will function properly! This is extremely important! Lack of sleep has also been linked to Cortisol, which is the “stress hormone” that increases our risk for Heart Disease, Hypoglycemia, Strokes, and the storage of belly fat.

3. Avoid Too Much Caffeine. Your cup of Joe (or 3 or 4) can cause major dysfunction. It can cause your hormones to go haywire; especially when you are under stress or are pregnant. Try to limit your consumption of caffeine if you cannot remove it from your diet. Herbal teas are a great substitute, and you can also add 1 tablespoon of blended coconut oil for a “healthy fat coffee!”

4. Exercise Lightly. Exercising too intensely can cause problems if your hormones are  imbalanced. Try to focus on your sleeping habits and routine while performing low- impact exercises such as walking and swimming. You should try to avoid high-impact exercises until your hormones are regulated.

5. Take Advantage Of Supplements- they can work wonders for your waistline and  regulating your hormones if paired with a proper diet and lifestyle. We often give our patients our Magnesium and Vitamin D supplements to help them improve their weight loss/maintenance habits and moods.

These tips can help you regulate your hormones and manage your weight more effectively. Remember, hormones are “messengers” of the chemicals in our bodies, and we need them in order to function appropriately.

– Information from the desk of Lisa Waldrep,CPC, PES