Balancing hormones to lose weight
If you start researching hormone replacement therapy and weight loss or testosterone therapy and weight loss you will find a plethora of conflicting articles: on one hand, various doctors will state that the loss of production of estrogen, testosterone and other hormones has no effect on weight gain. On the other, you will find just as many or more articles referring to research, studies and medical evidence stating that hormone replacement therapy does indeed have a positive impact on weight loss. How do you know what to believe?
It is important to acknowledge that as we age our habits can change. For most of us, our metabolism, regulated by the thyroid, slows as we enter our 30s and 40s; it can also be affected by stress. Metabolism impacts our energy levels and how our body processes and uses fat stores. This is why many people find it more difficult to maintain or loss weight as they age, even with the same eating habits and exercise regimen that worked before. It is also common when experiencing low energy levels to turn to comfort foods (which tend to be higher in calories and fat) as well as reduce our activity levels. With this in mind, consider whether your weight gain may be related to changes in your habits as you age. Work at reducing your daily stress levels. Increase your workout and exercise regimen, and make healthful eating habits the norm.
If you have already made changes and are not seeing results, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and specifically hormone optimization therapy, may be right for you. When hormones are out of balance or not being synthesized by the body at optimal levels, weight gain and sluggishness are common symptoms. Both men and women can benefit from HRT and the positive impact it has on overall health and well-being. Balancing hormones to lose weight by a Doctor will help.
Testosterone is the hormone in both men and women that has the greatest impact on muscle and bone strength, lean muscle mass and overall energy and mood. The most common symptoms of low testosterone are lack of energy, depression, and loss of muscle mass and strength. The so-called “spare tire” of middle age is also a common sign of low testosterone in men. Women begin to produce less testosterone during menopause as well, and estrogen boosters or supplements can also reduce the production of testosterone. That is why it is important to seek a professional trained in how each hormone impacts the others and how to properly “balance” them for the best overall results.
Along with testosterone, most men and women also see a reduction in the function of the thyroid as we age. This creates a sluggish metabolism that no longer processes fat stores effectively. Insulin receptors are not as efficient, which results in more storage around the middle and hip area, rather than the body using those stores for energy. By optimizing the thyroid, these issues can be reversed so that you can begin to see real weight loss again.
Dr. Harry Collins has been practicing medicine for over 40 years. His devotion to healthy living and vitality for all of his patients brought him to pursue his training and certification in Age Management Medicine from the world renown Cenegenics Centers. If you are wondering if hormone replacement therapy can work for you, here are some testimonials from Dr. Collins’ patients to consider:
After I turned 40 I became very depressed, no energy at all and unexplained weight gain. I was always very lean. And even though I worked out regularly and ran I could not lose body fat. I saw Dr Collins and within a month I started feeling happy again. My energy level was much better. I started lifting weights and eating much cleaner. Within a year I was down to 120 lbs and less than 14% body fat. Dr.Collins gives you the tools you need to live your fullest life. Your goals and dedication will determine your results.
I’ve been going to Dr. Harry for about 6 months now and it’s really made a difference. I regained muscle, reduced fat and feel much younger and I’m looking forward to the next 6 months.
I am a 58-year old male. I first saw Dr. Collins in July of 2013. I have never had a physician be so thorough in his physical exam and interest in my overall health and well-being. He genuinely cares about you, not only as his patient, but as if I were a close friend. He is passionate about anti-aging therapy and wanting you to live life at the fullest. The fact that he follows the same testosterone and supplement regiment as he prescribes for you is reassuring. He is a “down to earth, having a cold one after work” kind of guy. The fact that I am traveling from my new location of Little Rock, Arkansas just to have my annual follow up visit with him should speak volumes.
As for the results. I have lost 40 lbs without even trying. My mind is more alert and my muscle tone has improved. If I were a more compliant patient, I know that my results would be even more profound. And, without getting too personal, my stamina, performance and sex-drive has also markedly improved.
Dr. Collins is a most unique physician and human being. His enthusiasm is infectious. Again, he responds to you as if you were his best friend!
I was 43 and for a year had been working out regularly with a trainer and eating a healthy diet, but was unable to shed excess weight. I was tired all the time as well and had zero sex drive. My primary care physician did blood work and told me I was normal for my age and I cried in his office because I was hoping they would find something wrong and fix it. I was introduced to Dr. Collins about two and a half years ago by a mutual friend and patient. I figured at that point I didn’t have anything to lose trying hormone optimization. Dr. Collins went into great detail and took all the time I needed to answer my questions. Within about 6 weeks I no longer needed my afternoon nap to make it through the rest of my day. A few weeks later I noticed a huge increase in my libido and I no longer had an issue with vaginal dryness. I felt great and I was in such a great mood compared to before that it became more important to me that I felt healthy even though my weight didn’t move. About a year into my treatment with supplements and hormone optimization I began losing weight even though I had really drawn back on my working out. By simply picking up my workouts a little, the weight really started to come off again. At this point I have lost 50 lbs and have about 15 more to lose to reach my goal. I am at the lowest weight I’ve been in 22 years. I feel healthier and more vibrant than I did in my 30s. Dr. Collins is a Godsend as far as I’m concerned.
Harry is a friend of mine and has helped me tremendously. After going thru my regular doctor, and hearing the “your levels are normal for a man your age”, I decided to take it a step farther and see what “optimized hormone levels” could do for me. I was gaining the middle age fat around the belly, even though I was working out. I really was not dieting, but not eating bad either. Also, I was not having the energy levels of my friends who were my age and they were not in as good a shape as I was! Dr Collins put me on a supplement regime, as well as optimizing my hormone levels, and taught me what to avoid eating. I have since lost fat, and gained muscle, along with increased energy and libido. He works with me on all facets of life to make sure my food/supplement intake, sleep, exercise, general health, etc., is all in harmony. I feel he is on the cutting edge of medicine, and am glad he has chosen this part of the country to practice.
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