You no longer need to dread the annual holiday parties and the selfie sticks. If you’re struggling to lose weight or maintain your ideal body weight, it could mean you have a hormonal imbalance.
No matter how healthy your diet or how active you are, if your hormones are out of whack, you won’t be able to shed those pesky pounds.
At Balance Hormone Center in Norman, Oklahoma, you’ll find customized weight loss plans designed to target the root cause of your problem. Our primary provider, Gordon Hart, PA-C, and our skilled team of weight loss specialists help you begin your weight loss journey right away, targeting any underlying issues like a hormonal imbalance.
Our specialized team learns all about your life to create the most effective and healthy treatment for you through personalized care and natural treatment methods.
How do hormones affect weight?
There are many different hormones in your body. As messenger substances, hormones regulate body processes such as metabolism, blood pressure, and sexual functions.
Progesterone’s job is to regulate menstruation and support pregnancy. It’s one of a woman’s two sex hormones. It’s also produced in men as well and is associated with sperm development.
Each month, a hormonal gland releases progesterone into the female body to prepare the uterus for a pregnancy or to begin menstruation.
Both women and men are affected by low progesterone levels. When your body isn’t producing enough progesterone, you may notice weight gain because it affects insulin levels and thyroid function. Low progesterone can also cause an increase in bloating or swelling.
Estrogen is the other female sex hormone produced in the ovaries, although men also have estrogen. It affects every tissue and organ system, including your blood vessels and heart.
If your body lacks estrogen, it has a harder time using starches and blood sugar effectively. Therefore, low levels of estrogen increase fat and make weight loss more difficult.
Studies suggest that estrogen also protects women against heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women over 65, so knowing your estrogen levels is vital.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone that fuels libido, and it also plays an important role in women’s bodies. Created in the testes and ovaries, this hormone is responsible for supporting muscle-building, maintaining bone strength, and regulating your mood.
Adequate testosterone levels increase the number of calories your body burns and help you maintain muscle mass, leading to weight loss and decreased chance of obesity.
How do I know if I have a hormonal imbalance?
Having proper hormone levels plays a significant role in your well-being. Proper hormonal balances control metabolism, sexual function, mood, and weight. Although all symptoms depend on your age, they can include the following:
- Low sex drive
- Decreased sense of well-being
- Erectile dysfunction
- Moodiness and irritability
- Trouble concentrating and remembering
- Loss of muscle strength
- Weight gain
Other reasons you might have trouble losing weight
Along with hormonal imbalances, there are a few other reasons you might be having difficulty losing those extra pounds.
One underlying cause is thyroid dysfunction. Another reason is simply your genetic makeup. This means that you won’t see the number on the scale get smaller, no matter how hard you struggle.
Lose weight with a personalized weight loss plan
As a weight loss expert, Mr. Hart creates individualized plans for every patient who needs a personal cheerleader. Depending on the underlying cause he’s treating, the weight loss plan may include one or more of the following:
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)
- Intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- Exercise and activity planning
Whether you need to lose 10 pounds, or 100, Balance Hormone Center can help you take it off and keep it off for good.
The holidays are just around the corner. If you’re ready to start losing weight before the festivities, call us today at 405-247-0289 to schedule a consultation. You can also use our convenient online scheduling tool to request an appointment.