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Hormones imbalance and weight gain in woman and men

Why is weight loss or keeping the weight off so difficult today?
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If you're finding it hard to lose weight and or keep it off, you're not alone. It's not easy for the majority of us to achieve our weight loss goals and keep the weight with off. For over 20 years we have been  told by all the “weight loss experts” that losing weight is simple- just burn more calories than you eat and exercise several days a week. It sounds so simple and it is but… why is it not working?

So why am I gaining weight?
Why can’t I keep it off? 
Why is this happening to me?

The answer lies in the remarkable links between
weight gain and hormonal imbalances.

Hormone Therapy - hCG Diet Maintaining proper weight is a challenge for people of all ages. However, the older you get, the more difficult it can be. It has been found that 90% of women and 60% of men experience weight gain betweenthe ages of 35 and 55. While nutrition, exercise and lifestyle are critical elements to weight loss, balancing your hormones is vital to your success in maintaining a healthier weight. Hormones and weight gain are closely related, if your hormones are not balanced, you can gain weight, especially with too much cortisol or too little progesterone, testosterone or estrogen. Bioidentical hormone therapy may tip the scales in your favor.
95 Percent of Dieters Regain Weight Within 1 to 5 Years....Why?

It is a depressing article of faith among the overweight and those who treat them, that 95 percent of people who lose weight regain it and sometimes more - within a few months or years.

Actress Kirstie Alley, who shed 75 pounds a few years ago just to gain it all back in over a year.

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Hormones imbalance and weight gain in woman and men

The battle of the bulge is a shared story among women and men in beginning in their late 30's and early 40's. And it’s not just the extra pounds; it’s how and where our bodies gain weight. The fat seems to accumulate around the stomach, buttocks and thighs.

The Usual Suspects: estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid, insulin and cortisol.


Weight Gain and Estrogen


Estrogen: When in excess, estrogen promotes the growth of estrogen sensitive tissues, leading to an increased size of adipose (fat) tissues in the waist, belly and other estrogen sensitive fat tissues. For men, typically in the belly (often referred to as a “pot belly”) and chest; for women, in the belly, lower butt, upper thighs and sometimes in the back of the arms.
Estrogen sensitive fat tissues in men and woman are also called "stubborn fat" due to their high resistance to fat burning. Generally, not even diet or exercise can help remove this estrogen sensitive tenacious fat. Excess estrogen works in a vicious cycle. Estrogen promotes fat gain, and the enlarged fat tissue produces more estrogen within its cells, which then promotes more fat gain, and so on.

For woman it is common for estrogen levels to diminish during menopause causing cessation of ovulation. The decreased production of estrogen by the ovaries causes a woman’s body to search for other sources of estrogen. Another source of estrogen is fat cells, so your body learns to convert more calories into fat, in order to increase estrogen production. This means weight gain.

Excess estrogen can lead into overgrowth of other estrogen sensitive tissues such as the lining of the endometrium (endometriosis), or ovarian fibroids in women, and the enlargement of the prostate gland in men. The only solution is to attack the core of the problem, which is excess estrogen.

Weight Gain and Testosterone

Testosterone in woman: Testosterone in a women works to build and maintain muscle mass among other things. These muscle cells work to burn calories in your body and cause a higher metabolism. Levels of this hormone decrease during menopause causing the loss of muscle mass and hence result in lower metabolism. This also results in weight gain.


Testosterone in men: Low testosterone in men can create problems for many as they age. These include, weight gain in the wrong places, loss of muscle tone. An additional list of symptoms of low testosterone includes:

  • Erectile dysfunction (problems with erections)
  • loss of libido (low sex drive)
  • Mood disturbances depression, irritability
  • Loss of muscle size and strength
  • Osteoporosis (bone thinning)
  • Increased body fat
  • Difficulty with concentration and memory loss
  • Sleep difficulties

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Our current understanding of the causes and symptoms of low testosterone in aging men, often referred to as andropause or male menopause, is that through treatment to increase testosterone levels, we can relieve many symptoms previously believed to be part of the aging process.


Weight Gain and Progesterone

Progesterone:  When a woman’s body no longer produces enough progesterone , either in perimenopause or menopause, she has entered a state of “estrogen dominance”. Estrogen dominance causes an increase in what is called “thyroid binding globulin”. When this globulin, the thyroid gland becomes dysfunctional, meaning we can diet and exercise with a vengeance and still not lose the weight.
Progesterone, is the hormone needed to equalize estrogen so that, with a healthy diet and exercise, the body’s metabolism will respond and weight loss can occur. Progesterone has calming effect in women and also can help regulate fluid retention.

The hormonal dysfunction and they are directly proportionate to the degree of estrogen dominance. By supplementing progesterone, we can effectively address some of the biochemical reasons for this weight gain. The goal is to address the excess estrogen and eliminate the hypothyroid condition so that, with a healthy diet and exercise, the body’s metabolism will respond and weight loss can occur.
Also, by putting the estrogen-progesterone in balance, we can reduce weight that is essentially good, old-fashioned water weight caused by bloating. Too much estrogen causes tissues around the abdominal area to retain water.

In younger women, this bloating is most noticeable around their menstrual cycle when their progesterone levels naturally drop to bring on menstruation. As women age and their progesterone levels do not cycle back up during the month resulting in estrogen dominance and non-stop bloating. Progesterone then acts as a natural diuretic, reducing the bloating and promoting weight loss.

Weight Gain Cortisil/Insulin

Cortisol/Insulin: While estrogen and progesterone are central, there are other facilitating hormones that may be acting up also – most often, insulin and cortisol.
Insulin: Insulin is the hormone made in the pancreas. This long thin organ is neatly tucked away under the left side of our rib cage and controls blood sugar levels. When insulin is released into our blood stream, the blood sugar level drops instantly. If too much insulin is released, the blood sugar level overshoots and drops too low. This sudden drop in blood sugar may leave us feeling weak, queasy, shaky, sweaty and craving sweets.

“Low blood sugar”, but here is where things start to compound. As the body’s production of progesterone decreases and circulating estrogen becomes dominant, insulin is released more rapidly and more often. So we are both unable to properly metabolize calories and, at the same time, taking more in.
Insulin resistance occurs when a person’s body incorrectly converts every calorie into fat; this is an extreme case of estrogen correction. Overtime, your body resists the insulin produced in your blood stream and you therefore experience weight gain.

There is a very significant connection between estrogen and progesterone levels and insulin.

Cortisol: Cortisol, is the “stress hormone”, produced in the adrenal glands that sit right above the kidneys. Stress hormones and weight gain are a common problem among men and women. When you are under stress and have high levels of cortisol, your body is physiologically unable to go into a weight loss mode. Elevated cortisol levels make the body believe that there is danger ahead. Your body is programmed to conserve all your fat reserves for impending crisis. Cortisol can also affect the proper production of other hormones.

Weight Gain and Thyroid

Thyroid and weight gain:  Thyroid decline affects every cell in our body, which can result in weight gain and in a wide range of age-related problems.

The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located just under the Adam's apple in the throat. It secretes a hormone into the bloodstream called thyroxine, which controls the body's metabolism, the rate at which the body burns calories for energy. It also controls the body's utilization of fat.

If thyroid hormone levels decrease, cells throughout the rest of the body decrease in activity. As a result the cells need less energy and thus more energy is available to be stored and the weight increases even though the appetite decreases.

A decline in the secretion of hormones from the thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can result in poor concentration, confusion, memory problems, cold hands and feet, weight gain, menstrual problems, sleep disorders, dry skin, thinning hair and low energy levels. An underactive thyroid can also be a major cause of a common painful musculoskeletal condition known as fibromyalgia.


Balancing Hormones can surely help with your
weight loss plan and a healthy lifestyle!

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weigth loss program for men and woman

At different stages of life, men and women experience hormonal fluctuations, but key periods of womanhood, markedly the perimenopause stage, is where the hormone challenge starts. This is when the fight of progesterone versus estrogen begins. Others join in the fight– testosterone, thyroxine, epinephrine, glucagon – along with insulin and cortisol. It the battle of the bluge!!

However, women who experience early menopause as a result of surgical menopause (hysterectomy) tend to gain the weight at an even more accelerated pace. Menopause weight, thanks to the androgen hormone, tends to be located on your abdomen as opposed to your hips, thighs, or rear. It’s not surprising that most women gain weight in their 30's and continue to gain into their 40's, 50's and beyond!

If you are among the 70% of the population that's
overweight, your ability to reverse your symptoms
and lose weight may not have been within
your control - until now.

Bioidentical Hormones and Weight Loss

Bioidentical hormones and weight loss are closely related. Diet and nutrition is 70% of your health, exercise and lifestyle account for about 25%, and the hormones only for about 5%. However, when that 5% gets out of balance, the other 95% does not work well.

So to help those who have a difficult time losing weight and or keeping it off Slimxpress weight loss centers helps you regain hormonal balance by replacing lost hormones with natural, bioidentical ones.

We then initiate customized programs to help patients eat right, exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unbalanced hormones and weight gain do not have to be a part of your life. By combining nutrition and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy you can experience success in weight management.

For an appointment call 1-866-275-4424

Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

The safety of bioidentical hormones is assured by several factors:

1.) The raw materials come from FDA approved facilities
2.) Bioidentical hormones are compounded according to FDA standards of quality.

Furthermore, bioidentical hormones are prescribed by and administered under the care and guidelines of qualified physicians. Bioidentical hormones have a lower side effects rate then synthetic hormones or horse hormones. Based on the positive clinical results from thousands of patients treated with bioidentical hormones world wide, bioidentical hormones should be the preferred and standard method for hormone replacement therapy.

Bioidentical hormones vs Horse hormones (ie. Synthetic hormones)

The major difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic or horse hormones is their chemical structure. Due to this fact there is a difference of how bioidentical hormones and their synthetic counterparts work in the body. There are also many different metabolic pathways for each specific type of hormones.

Bioidentical hormones due to their biological action and metabolic pathways identical to human hormones offer the best way to hormone replacement therapy. Synthetic hormones merely help with menopausal symptoms without restoring hormonal balance. However, while reducing menopausal symptoms of hot flushes, night sweats, irritability etc., synthetic hormones and horse hormones generate many unpleasant side effects. Because of those side effects, many women stop their hormone replacement therapy on their own. The side effects of synthetic and horse hormones are: water retention, breast engorgement and discomfort, weight gain, gallbladder stones as well as blood clots.

According to Women’s Health Initiative, horse hormones especially when combined with synthetic progestins, can significantly increase many health risks including breast cancer, heart attack, strokes, blood clots and death from pulmonary cancer. Synthetic progestin stiffens arteries and reduces arterial blood flow, while natural; bioidentical progesterone relaxes blood vessels, improves blood flow and circulation.

The FDA sent The Oprah Show this official statement: "The FDA does not recognize the terms 'BHRT' and 'bioidentical.' Many compounding pharmacies use 'bioidentical' as a marketing term to imply that drugs are natural or have effects identical to those from hormones made by the body. FDA is not aware of credible scientific evidence to support these claims. There are potentially serious adverse effects associated with long term use of these products—even when consumers use FDA-approved hormone therapy drugs that have been proven safe and effective. FDA recommends that women use these products at as low a dosage and for the shortest amount of time necessary."

For an appointment call our Tacoma Hormone Therapy Clinic at:
253-564-9223 or 1-866-275-4424

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