Weight Control

Hormones and Metabolism: Beyond Your Control?

There are important weight-control factors that are beyond the control of the will and fall into the realm of birth and genetics. Oftentimes, our own bodies conspire against best efforts to master weight control. If you believe that you may have a hormonal imbalance or an endocrine disorder, you must consult an endocrinologist before moving forward fruitfully. Endocrinologists understand the complex nature of hormones and can help you get the balance right, so you can achieve success with your fitness program. This is the approach we favor at Access Endocrine Center.

Endocrine disorders are not always at the root of weight problems. Metabolism is affected by lifestyle, activities, age, muscle tissue and genetics, in addition to the endocrine system. For patients who have trouble shedding excess fat and keeping within ideal weight parameters, they along with a physician should take a good look at all of the factors.

For instance, are you really eating and exercising right? Stress levels and sleep quality must also be considered. Counting and measuring results is also helpful as you make positive changes to the areas that are within your control.

Some endocrine imbalances can be corrected, or at least greatly ameliorated, with a balanced diet. Iodine deficiency, for example, can have a serious impact on a person’s weight. For some, the solution is as simple as including more iodized salt in their diet and taking a multivitamin that includes iodine (check the label—only about half do).

Exercise is obviously another great way to influence your metabolism. To metabolize food efficiently, you need to have an exercise regimen however modest and also try to stay active throughout the day. Physical training (and for some, weight training) can help you to be able to preserve muscle. When muscle is increased relatively, the resting metabolism rate also increases, making it so even when at rest you will find that you are burning calories.

Living a healthy lifestyle, like regular physical activity and a healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and other illnesses. It is vital for overall health to take all these factors into account.