How are Hormones Related to weight gain?

Attempting to lose weight without addressing the hormonal component is like going to the gym and then eating a big piece of chocolate cake. You will always be hitting a wall. Focusing on whole foods, reducing refined sugars, exercising, and treating hormone imbalanceswill help you successfully lose weight and keep it off.  

When you have exhausted everything you know how to do but the weight won't budge, it may be time for hormone testing.  We think of hormone testing for women who are going through hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and low sex drive only.  However, these days many women are in pre-menopause earlier and younger.  Many times going to the doctor because something is wrong and not getting answers can get frustrating.

Many of you have done all the blood testing you can think of.  Yet everything comes back normal. You are not losing your mind.  I have been there.   There is another way to test.

Some symptoms to be looking for if you are thinking about hormone testing:  

*  Night Sweats  *  Fatigue  *  Hot Flashes  *  Irregular Periods  *  Insomnia  *  Breast Tenderness  

*  Memory Loss  *  Brain Fog  *  Increased Skin Wrinkling  *  Mood Swing  *  Low Sex Drive  

*  Weight Gain  *  Anxiety  *  Water Retention  *  Low Thyroid Symptoms  *  Fibrocystic Breasts

*  Migraines  *  Heavy/Irregular Periods  *  Bone/Mineral Loss  *  Belly Weight Gain  *  Ovarian Cysts

*Tearfullness  *  Depression  *  Bloating  *  Decreased Stamina  *  Morning Fatigue  *  Craving salty or fatty foods

*  Craving sweets or Carbohydrates  *  Difficulty falling or staying asleep  *  Muscle Aches  *  Increased Irritibility


Hormone testing and follow up monitoring is a critical step in a successful weight loss program.  Testing will involve salivary hormones (aka:  spit testing).  Due to the complexity of the endocrine system issues rarely stem from a single hormone.  To evaluate your hormone function call today and ask about the Comprehensive Hormone Panel test kit today.  

The Comprehensive Hormone Panel will test the following hormones for you:  

  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • Testosterone
  • Cortisol-four times a day

​Your hormones all work together to create an environment of balance and harmony.  An imbalance of one can affect them all which in turn can stall out weight loss.  You can do all the right things but be stuck on the scale. Salivary hormone testing has been established as the best method for accurate analysis of your active hormone levels.  Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and Cortisol can be measured in saliva.  The advantages of saliva testing are:

  • Measures active hormone levels
  • Easy and convenient collection 
  • Exceptional specimen stability
  • Less expensive than blood testing
  • Four samples collected throughout the day give a more accurate picture of hormone levels
  • No needles

Call today for an appointment to meet with me and discuss further how I can help you figure out what the next step is to gain control of your life through testing and supplementation!  Proper hormone balance can help you feel more energetic, sleep better, curb cravings, and lose weight.  

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