Can’t Lose Weight? The weight loss – hormone connection
by Dr. Bahl

Slightly Obese Woman
Obesity in America is a tragic epidemic. An estimated 120 million Americans are now overweight. It financially burdens the healthcare system (estimated at more than 117 billion dollars a year!). It robs people
of their health and happiness (being overweight increases the risk of 35 major diseases, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease). The worst part is that it is getting worse every year! Why? Simply because weight gain is a multi-factorial issue. We’ve all heard the importance of “calories in / calories out”, and that is true. However, did you know that there are other underlying contributing factors that may make weight
loss extremely challenging? Unless those factors are addressed, weight loss success is highly unlikely!

One major contributor to weight loss difficulty is hormonal imbalance. The aging process and/or lifestyle factors (such as poor diet, or chronic stress), can threaten the delicate balance of our hormones. Hormonal imbalances, in turn, can result in low metabolism, fluid retention, and/ or food cravings.

Common hormonal imbalances include: too much cortisol, low thyroid, low progesterone, too much estrogen, too little testosterone... Restoring hormonal balance is a key factor to optimizing metabolic function for weight loss success. Other factors that can contribute to weight gain are food allergies, toxic buildup, inflammation, insomnia and yeast infections.

The good news is that very sensitive lab tests are available that can detect subtle imbalances that
contribute to weight gain, even in “apparently healthy” individuals. A physician specializing in functional
medicine can uncover the underlying imbalances and then design a specific weight loss plan for each individual. The even better news is that many of these tests may be covered by insurance!

If you are struggling to lose weight a hormonal imbalance could be the cause. Call our office for
more information on how to get started. Most major insurances accepted.

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