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Hormone Imbalance & Weight Loss

Weight gain isn't always associated with the food you eat or how much exercise you are getting. Research shows that hormonal imbalance can have a significant impact on your metabolism leading to noticeable weight gain.

According to studies, hormonal changes can influence your appetite, including how much you eat and what you’re craving. They can also even cause you to store more or less fat in your body, depending on their balance.

Blame these hormones for pesky weight gain!

  • Insulin

  • Leptin

  • Cortisol

  • Estrogen

If you've been experiencing sudden weight gain these hormones may be the cause.

How insulin impacts weight

This is one of the most important hormones when it comes to weight gain and weight loss. Insulin is responsible for storing blood sugar, or utilizing it, depending upon your body’s needs of the moment. Fat storage is another key function of this hormone. Preventing insulin imbalance is crucial for keeping off inches.

Leptin & your appetite

Think of leptin as an appetite suppressant hormone. This hormone which is made within your fat cells is what talks to your brain telling you if you're hungry or full. When leptin becomes imbalanced your brain doesn't understand it's full leading to overeating.


Cortisol is a natural stress hormone that is responsible for regulating your metabolism. Elevated cortisol levels can cause cravings for sweet, fatty, and salty foods. While keeping your stress levels at bay may seem impossible to maintain through deep breathing, meditation or mindfulness will help keep your cortisol levels balanced.


Estrogen is responsible for maintaining optimal function for all your female reproductive organs. Estrogen promotes healthy fat storage the storage of fat for healthy reproductive years. When estrogen levels are balanced, the right amount of fat helps carry out female reproductive functions. Conversely, when there’s too much or too little, weight gain often results.

Hormonal imbalances you can’t control

Even if you're doing everything you can to naturally balance your hormones to assist in weight loss you may still require some help from your doctor. It's important that you are regularly checking your hormone levels to find out which ones are higher or lower than normal.

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