Weight Loss and BHRT
The more that researchers delve into the intricacies of the human body, the clearer it becomes that the key to maintaining a healthy weight is way more complex than just eating less and exercising more. While this solution may do the trick for some, for others, it can be an endless chore—complete with hunger pains and hours spent in the gym—that doesn’t actually yield much in terms of weight loss.
According to Dr. Roger Garcia, DO, Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Columbus, OH, and author of Aged to Perfection: Anti-Aging, Wellness, & Weight Loss With Natural Hormones, one of the primary factors that may be at play when the best efforts at weight loss don’t yield real results is hormonal imbalance. In his book, Dr. Garcia explains that the link between weight loss and hormones goes back to basic bodily functioning. As people age, all systems of the body become less efficient. Specifically for the brain, this includes the reduced production and regulation of hormones like testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. As a result, this decrease in efficiency can lead to trouble with weight control.
In both sexes, sex hormone production diminishes at age 30. For women, by the age of 40, loss of estrogen is very common. For men, it’s testosterone loss. Other hormones in the body also begin to taper off from once-optimum levels with age, including DHEA, progesterone, thyroid hormone, and cortisol. Over time, this loss of hormones compromises the health and functioning of many vital organs in the body.
In addition to the health complications from diminished hormone levels, it is clear that this lack of hormones is a strong causative factor in the inability to lose weight in both men and women. For women between the ages of 35-55 going through perimenopause and menopause, for instance, a reported 90% experience weight gain.
Counter the Effects of Aging
If you want to know how to lose weight fast, there is no magic pill. However, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can safely and effectively replenish the hormones your body needs to function properly again. While not intended to be used for extreme weight loss, hormone therapy can greatly compliment a healthy diet and exercise plan—and help achieve health and wellness results unattainable from food and activity alone.
As Dr. Garcia notes, bioidentical hormone therapy helps to “steadily rebalance the body, healing its intricate systems and turning back our biological clock for more vibrant, youthful vitality.” Progesterone helps the body effectively utilize stored fat as energy. Increased DHEA hormones can boost a sluggish metabolism, reduce appetite, and inhibit fat storage—helping dieters get off a weight loss plateau. And testosterone can help both men and women by inhibiting body fat storage and helping build lean muscle mass.
It is important to note when considering hormones for weight loss that only bioidentical hormones should be considered. Unlike non-bioidentical hormones (such as birth control pills or synthetic estrogens like Prempro or Premarin), bioidenticals have the same effect on the body as the ones produced naturally and are much safer than synthetics.
To determine your hormonal needs, trust to the experts at BodyLogicMD. BodyLogicMD-affiliated physicians thoroughly evaluate each patient utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic tests to determine your unique bioidentical hormone needs. They will also work with you to create realistic weight loss goals, and devise a plan to achieve them. After starting a natural hormone replacement program, your physician will continually monitor and reevaluate your hormone levels to ensure that they are maintained at their optimum balance for long-lasting health and vitality.