Obesity is an enormous problem in the United States and a large amount of the developed world. In fact, it is now being referred to as an increasingly dangerous major health issue. However, just because a person is obese, it doesn’t mean that the individual doesn’t have any self control or isn’t trying very hard to lose the weight.
In the case of people who are middle aged or older, there are some significant health issues popping up that make it difficult for these people to keep their weight down and stable. Experts are now seeing that in many cases, this is the result of a hormonal imbalance. This being said, by re-balancing their hormones, it makes it much more possible for them to begin shedding the extra pounds.
Hormones within individuals earlier in life don’t resemble the balances seen later in life in many ways. Increasingly, though, young people are experiencing these same problems because they are going through hormonal imbalances as well.
It may not seem like much, but hormones can make an incredible difference in whether or not a proper diet and adequate exercise will actually allow weight to come off. Hormones play a significant role in both weight loss and weight gain, just as lifestyle plays its own important role.
Hormones also have an impact on the mood we’re in and the amount of energy that we feel as though we have. Therefore, if hormones are out of balance, the metabolism might run slowly and we can feel tired and depressed. These conditions being the case, it is extremely difficult to lose weight until the hormones reach a proper balance and foods can be properly processed and there is enough energy for a proper activity level.
Hormones are chemicals secreted by the body in order to give various organs or cells messages to function in certain ways. There are organs produced by or received by just about every organ system in the body. Hormone secretions happen directly into the bloodstream, using the blood to travel from their point of secretion to their destination. They signal the time to begin different kinds of bodily functions. For example, hormones are able to:
- Activate (or hamper) the immune system
- Stimulate (or hinder) growth
- Prepare the body for a new phase – for example, puberty, pregnancy or menopause
- Regulates reproductive cycles
- Controls the metabolism
Weight loss using hormone balancing therapy is still being researched, but results so far suggest that it may not be an effective method for people to lose weight. Although hormones can affect metabolism, energy and mood, the overall amount that they contribute to body weight is still not fully understood, but is suspected be rather minor when compared to poor diet and a lack of exercise. Some people, particularly women in their menopause years, may experience weight loss with hormone balancing therapy. If you suspect your hormones may be affecting or limiting your ability to lose weight, you may want to explore hormone balancing therapy with you doctor.