How does Hormonal Imbalance Cause Weight Gain?

How Does Hormonal Imbalance Cause Weight Gain?


We often tend to relate our weight with diet and exercise. Isn’t it always that someone or the other suggests a new diet plan or a health drink to lose weight? However, no matter how much we try, we don’t seem to lose even 1 pound. Ever wondered why this happens?

            Why do other people, no matter how much they eat, not gain any weight? While you, on the other hand, seem to gain a lot even while controlling your diet? The answer to your question may be Hormonal Imbalance. Hormones play a major role in our body. Whether it’s gaining or losing weight, mood swings, or pimples.

Body Weight and Hormones:Hormones that contribute to weight gain include (but are not limited to) testosterone, estrogens and cortisol. Each hormone is interconnected and influences the production and release of the other.

Testosterone  plays a role in the development of muscle mass, and reduced levels of the hormone can result in a significant loss of muscle mass. Because muscle tissue burns more calories- even when you're at rest- a loss of muscle tissue can equate to a slower metabolism and weight gain. It is widely accepted by researchers that reduced muscle mass is the primary reason testosterone deficiency leads to weight gain in men.

            Low testosterone and associated symptoms and the stigma associated with it can cause anxiety or even depression in men suffering from it. Depression and anxiety both have correlations with weight gain, increased appetites, decreased physical activity and high cortisol levels.  

Cortisolis the stress hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands.During stressful situations, the production of cortisol gets elevated. Constant elevation of these hormones affects our sugar levels and constantly alerts our body to consume more calories and store more fat in the body.  Cortisol and insulin contribute to visceral fat that surrounds your vital organs, these fats are much more hard to lose than any other, and cause mid region weight gain in the body.         Enzymes in belly fat reduce the production and release of other hormones related to the production of testosterone.Additionally, Belly fat contains high levels of the same enzymes which converts testosterone into estrogen. The same enzymes reduce the production and release of other hormones related to the production of testosterone.

Estrogen and ProgesteroneAnother factor in hormonal reasons for gaining weight is the hormonal imbalance of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Too much of estrogen or too little progesterone secretion in the body may cause an imbalance, which may ultimately lead to the accumulation of fat and they also block the fat burning capacity of the body.

            Too much estrogens in men can cause gynecomastia, also known as man boobs and is a contributing factor in some men experiencing difficulty in getting or maintaining and erection.  While there is no evidence that foods can lower your estrogen there are a handful of studies that support the conclusion that specific foods, like soy, have the ability to raise estrogen levels.

            In both men and women estrogen is vital for health and it supports the functioning of almost every organ system. However, when levels are too high, this can be problematic and is associated with  number of health issues like obesity, depression, cancer, heart attack, stroke and more.


Finding a balance: Every hormone in your body serves a purpose and in the correct amounts are necessary to maintain health as you age. Most unpleasant aging symptoms are nearly entirely caused by missing or insufficient testosterone/estrogens. Our office takes a logical approach to the hormonal imbalances that occur over ones lifetime: If a hormone is missing, replace it If a hormone is insufficient, optimize it




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