• MARIA PIERI

Hormones: Can they affect weight loss?

Updated: Oct 18, 2020



Hormones control every system in the body and have a strong influence on weight problems. There are people who diet and exercise and still fail to lose weight. It can be well-assured that they are dealing with a hormone issue. Also there are people who are successful in losing weight and then experience a return of everything they lost plus even more, might also dealing with a hormonal cause.

So which hormones are a concern? The initial hormones are as follows: leptin, insulin, cortisol, thyroid and estrogen.

Leptin: This is the primary hormone associated with feelings of hunger and satiety. Essentially, it’s the hormone that prevents the body from starving and indirectly controls the rate of fat loss. During a fat loss program, it is not uncommon for clients to under-eat, which makes the body produce less leptin and slow down fat loss. Leptin is a major reason why it’s far better to eat more calories on a consistent basis and train, rather than go into a huge deficit along with burning more through training.

Insulin: The body produces insulin in response to a rise in blood sugar, which can come from eating mainly carbohydrates.

Cortisol: Cortisol is a stress hormone. It is vital for life and often mismanaged. When the body produces high amounts of stress, it slows the metabolism down and creates a fat loss difficulties.

Thyroid: It controls metabolism in every cell of the body. A low-functioning or high functioning thyroid can have a major influence on weight, especially around mid-section.

Estrogen: Estrogen is a lipogenic (fat-creating hormone). It can drop body’s progesterone levels and might cause weight gain and fat stores around weist. It causes PCOS (Polycistic Ovary Syndrome), endometriosis, fibroids.

Make sure you have your hormones tested in order to fully understand the role of hormones in your weight journey!