Weight Gain: Is It Hormonal?

weight gain may not be your fault

Are you struggling to lose weight in the Chicago area? One of great blessings we have from living in a first world nation is that few of us have to worry about being able to eat regular meals. In fact, we have the opposite problem. Food is so abundant that many of us eat more than we need to, and that consequently turns into gaining weight. Sometimes, that weight gain is enough to interfere with our sense of self-esteem about our looks; it may even be serious enough to impact our health.


WEIGHT GAIN AND WEIGHT LOSS IN THE CHICAGO AREA

One of great blessings we have from living in a first world nation is that few of us have to worry about being able to eat regular meals. In fact, we have the opposite problem. Food is so abundant that many of us eat more than we need to, and that consequently turns into gaining weight. Sometimes, that weight gain is enough to interfere with our sense of self-esteem about our looks; it may even be serious enough to impact our health.


A Wealth of Influences

Your hormones are best thought of as “chemical messengers” that are created in your endocrine glands amongst other organs, and perform a variety of different functions in your body. In many ways, hormones can influence your day-to-day life by telling your body what to do. Hormones can make you more active and ready to fight or run, as in the case of the hormone adrenaline, which prepares your body for extreme action. Hormones can influence whether or not you sleep quickly and restfully, which is what melatonin can do.

Hormones can also regulate your feelings of hunger as well as well as how many calories your body uses up over the course of a day, versus how many it chooses to store as fat. In other words, the hormones in your body can also affect the efficiency of your body at creating fat or burning calories. Since everyone has different hormonal levels, some people may burn up fat more aggressively, despite eating a lot, whereas others may watch their diet carefully and still find that their body tries to convert as much as it can over to fat.


Outside Influences

As if that wasn’t enough, many substances we use on a daily basis can alter our endocrine balance and change our hormonal levels. Medical substances such as birth control pills, for example, can alter hormonal balance. But even everyday substances like toothpaste, hair products, shampoos and even electronics or household cleaners may all disrupt and alter hormone production if people are exposed to a sufficient amount for a long enough period of time.

Because of this, it’s not always fair to say that a person struggling with weight control just needs to eat less. Even factors like age can have an effect, where a person who continues to eat the same amount of food finds that now more and more of it is being converted to fat, rather than being burned off over the course of the day.


Find a Personal Solution

This is why one of the best ways to lose weight is not to simply follow the latest diet fad. Instead, get a consultation and find out which factors—such as hormonal—may be playing a key role in weight gain and/or weight loss. Then take the steps to ensure that these factors are taken into consideration as you formulate a safe, healthy and permanent solution to losing weight and keeping it off.

Call our experienced team at Vitality Health Systems in the Chicago area today for help.

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