Hormones and Weight Gain


There are many reasons why women gain weight. A lot of people believe that weight gain is caused by excess eating of unhealthy foods, a slowing metabolism, water retention, stress, lack of sleep, and more. While there is truth to that, there is a deeper question. What occurs in your body that leaves it susceptible to weight gain?

Hormonal Weight Gain: Do Hormones Cause Us to Gain Weight?

A common question we get asked at The Metabolism Reboot is, “Do hormones cause weight gain?”. This is the right question to ask. The short answer to this is yes. In fact, 100% of weight gain is hormone related. We have been led to believe that caloric intake is the culprit of our weight gain. What we have to realize is that our hormones’ reaction to caloric intake is what encourages the body to store fat. 

One hormone that is highly involved in hormonal weight gain is insulin. Insulin regulates how the body absorbs the form of sugar known as glucose. An excess of glucose can lead to weight gain. Once we start to realize that hormones are responsible for weight gain, particularly in the midsection, we can begin to look toward a solution. The most common areas for hormonal-induced weight gain are breasts, belly, butt, back of your arms, neck, and thighs. 


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Hormones and Weight Gain: What Causes Hormone Imbalance

The major reason our hormones get thrown out of whack is stress. Most people think about stress in the emotional sense: family, work, finances, and more. However, there are other forms of stress that can have a major impact. This includes chemicals in our environment that are toxic to the body. Additionally, sitting too much, exercising too hard, and intense diets can cause stress on the body. Essentially any form of intensity can create stress in the body, triggering an imbalance of hormones and weight gain. 

To stay alive, your body sends hormonal signals when stressed. It tells your thyroid and cells to slow things down in order to conserve energy, which encourages the body to store fat and keep running. Stress hormones also get activated, leading cortisol, blood sugar, and insulin levels to shift. Inflammation becomes an issue as well by impacting your energy levels, causing digestive issues, and throwing the neurotransmitters in the brain out of whack.   

This is why it’s very common for women in their 40s and 50s to gain weight. Menopause and hormonal changes that occur during natural aging mix with stress, which causes women to gain weight. While it’s quite clear in women, it is also extremely common for men and people of all ages to gain weight due to excess stress and hormonal changes. 

The Metabolism Reboot: Can Hormone Imbalance Cause Weight Gain?

Are you a woman in your 40s or 50s struggling with gaining weight? Have you noticed excess stress emotionally and physically? Have you been wondering, “Can hormone imbalance cause weight gain?”

While it can be difficult to manage your weight as you age, The Metabolism Reboot has been able to help thousands of women build healthy habits that lead to long-term weight loss. On average, our clients lose 20 to 45 pounds in 6 weeks. Our focus is building healthy eating habits, rebooting your metabolism, and ultimately bringing your hormones back into balance. 

Other diet programs encourage their clients to starve themselves in order to get the results they want. At Metabolism Reboot, we work to shed unwanted pounds without having to sacrifice the food you love. Believe it or not, it’s possible to have all your favorite snacks and desserts and still lose weight. 
Are you ready to lose weight sustainably with Metabolism Reboot? Schedule your Metabolism Strategy Call today!