3 Hormones That Interfere With Your Weight Loss

Can you relate to any of the following?

  • I follow all the rules, but I still can't lose the weight.
  • I'm just getting old and my metabolism is slow.
  • It's genetic. There's nothing I can do.
  • Maybe I need to accept that I'm fat, and give up my skinny clothes.
  • Nutrition strategies that work for others don't seem to apply to me.
  • I lose 5 pounds, and then I gain 7!

I hear these comments frequently from my patients and online community, and most of them don't know an important secret: the reason for weight loss resistance is that our hormones are out of whack. When it comes to women and weight, hormones can make losing weight very challenging (if not impossible!) when they are out of balance.

Here are the top 3 hormones that are the most likely culprits when it comes to your difficulty with weight loss, and how you can begin to reset them.

1. Estrogen

Estrogen is the female hormone that gives women breasts and hips, and it keeps joints lubricated. Men have it too, but at far lower levels. But both men and women can be at risk of estrogen overload, which is having too much estrogen in the body.

Here's one action you can take today to lower your estrogen levels and help you lose weight: Eat a pound of vegetables per day. The fiber from the vegetables will help excrete estrogen so it doesn't keep circulating in your body like bad karma.

Aim for 35 to 45 grams of fiber per day for women, and 40 to 50 grams per day for men, but slowly increase your fiber intake in 5-gram increments each day to get to the goal without gas or bloating.

2. Insulin

One in two Americans have some degree of diabesity, which is diabetes plus obesity. When you're overweight or skinny fat (normal weight but you have too much fat mass), insulin becomes imbalanced and your cells become numb to the hormone. As a result, you experience blood sugar highs and lows, and you store fat because your glucose regulator is broken.

There are many ways to reset your insulin, but a personal favorite is to drink filtered water with apple cider vinegar. A recent study found that consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high carb meal significantly reduces blood glucose levels in people with insulin resistance1. In fact, apple cider vinegar might work as well as prescription drugs at fixing your blood sugar regulation2.

3. Cortisol

You make cortisol in response to stress, but most of us run around stressed all the time. All those stress hormones wreak havoc over time, and make you store fat — especially in your belly. High cortisol is also linked to depression, food addiction, and sugar cravings. What's the net result? You get fat.

To reset your cortisol, you need to hit the pause button on your caffeine intake. Slowly wean off caffeine over three days, and notice how your sleep and stress levels improve! There are many more targeted suggestions in my new book, but kick the caffeine first.

My mission is to help people who struggle with weight issues from hormone imbalance. Understanding that permanent weight loss occurs as a result of hormone balance has helped so many of my patients and online community finally get their weight under control and break through weight loss resistance.

When you follow the right program, guided by a trusted mentor and armed with the best knowledge, it's possible to lose the weight that's burdened you for so long — and keep it off forever. Learn more about my new book, The Hormone Reset Diet.











5/12/2020 7:00:00 AM
Dr. Sara Gottfried, M.D.
SARA GOTTFRIED, M.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure. After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches nat...
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Posted by Lisa Dunn
I need help from someone who has more answers than calories in equals calories out. My dr won’t help. I have been gaining weight progressively over their past few years after losing weight then being medicated and having surgeries that caused a quick upswing in my weight coupled with stress and I have reached my highest weight ever at 220 pounds- I am 5’3”. I hate my body, none of my clothes fit, but I refuse to buy new ones, so I live in stretchy leggings and sweat pants paired with baggy tops or big t shirts. I am so frustrated and depressed about my weight- and all of the things your blog says you’ve heard I have said. Yet no help is available unless you spend money! I have spent approximately $25,000 on treatment plans, diets, gyms, books, supplements, none of them work! I am getting desperate! Pretty soon I will just drink water and that’s it because nothing works! I cut calories and exercise and gain instead of lose! I do not want to be fat! Is there any doctors out there who I can see who will actually help me?! I live near Toronto Ontario.
Posted by Karen
Thank you so much for your very informative and useful article! For decades I've been very aware of all three hormones and that their pesky imbalance creates such a difficult road to weight loss. What I didn't know and have now learned from your article is how I may possibly (really easily) fix the imbalance. I'm going to take your suggestions and get on it immediately. I'm 67 with a strong clinical laboratory background and I'm thrilled to hear a modern physician offer such practical, easy to accomplish remedies for a complex endocrine imbalance. Thank you Dr. Gottfried!
Posted by Janet Valenty
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