Hormones Could Be a Metabolic Block to Weight Loss

by Dr. Wally Taylor, Forum Health Austin

For years after I became a physician I used to believe that weight gain was simply due to eating too much and not exercising enough. You know- calories in minus calories out, etc. Goodness was I wrong!   

I now understand that our tendency to seemingly gain weight just by “looking at  food” regardless of how much time we spend in the gym is, in fact, caused by a complex process of metabolic changes that are a consequence of deficiency and imbalance of the critical hormones made by our pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and ovarian/testicular glands. Some of these hormone changes are simply a result of getting older, but often these changes are worsened or accelerated by improper diet, environmentally toxic chemicals and our stressful modern day “multi-tasking” lifestyle.

I know because I have learned how to help folks restore their bodies to a state where weight loss is able to be achieved and maintained.  I wish I could say there is a “magic pill”. Unfortunately there is not. In fact all too often pills are part of the problem! Today I help people return to proper metabolic function through the use of nutritional supplementation, clearing toxins, restoring normal digestion, appropriate management of stress, sleep restoration and often with the use of appropriate ideal doses of bioidentical hormone replacement. I have found that hormones may only need to be prescribed initially and can be tapered once normal gland function can be restored.

Our levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone decline substantially starting as early as age 30. Autoimmune diseases frequently target our hormone-producing organs substantially, disrupting hormone output and balance. We now know that the substantial increase in frequency of these autoimmune conditions is related to our environmental exposures through air, food, water and skin (cosmetics). The human body was never designed to deal with the quantity of toxins that we encounter in our world today!

By dealing with and correcting the factors that cause hormone deficiency and imbalance we can not only remove the metabolic blocks leading to weight loss, but also improve our moods, sleep, energy levels, sex drive, focus, and memory and regain a more youthful, vital outward appearance.  I really get a lot of satisfaction out of teaching clients how to meet this challenge of imbalanced hormones, and guiding them through the process. Anyone can accomplish optimal health with commitment and I assure you it is worth the effort!

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