This Article is About
hormones
human chorionic gonadotropin
estrogen levels
fat cells
metabolic process
amazing system
andropause
adult life
stimuli
Weight And Hormones
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

The human body is an amazing system made up of many sub-systems that, under normal circumstances, work together in harmony to keep a person healthy and fit. Our responsibility is to protect it from harm, supply nutrients for growth and repair, and perform exercise, both mental and physical, to help keep it strong. Simply put, serve the body well and it will do the same for you.

Within the body’s sub-systems are hormones that trigger responses to various stimuli both internal and external. Most people think of hormones related to two normal hormonal activities, puberty in adolescents and menopause and the male sequel, andropause, in adults. Some have referred to these as times of “ragging hormones” because of the dramatic changes in outward physical and emotional evidence.

These life altering changes are triggered by just of few hormones. In researching the subject of hormones I discovered there are 53 hormones that originate in about 18 unique parts of the body. Familiar ones might be adrenaline, insulin, estrogens, testosterone, and recently in the news, HCG, human chorionic gonadotropin.

Under normal circumstances hormones are balanced and life is good. Hormones are chemical triggers that control various body functions. One of those functions associated with weight is metabolism, the processing of nutrients to supply energy and burn calories. In adult life the ideal metabolic process is to burn all the calories you take in, thus supplying the necessary energy without weight gain. Many are able to do this with diet and exercise.

However, as we age, there are decreases in some hormones that make it particularly difficult to lose weight. For instance, studies have shown that a drop in estrogen levels from the ovaries will increase weight in women. An interesting point I found was when this happens the body goes to other parts of the body for estrogen, namely fat cells. To maintain the estrogen level, fat cells are increased and weight is gained. It is reasoned that the body protects this hormone supply making it very difficult to lose fat, especially in the tummy, hips and thighs.

Testosterone, present in both sexes, is a hormone that helps build lean muscle. Building lean muscles burns calories. When the level of testosterone drops there is a tendency for muscle activity to decrease, thus burning less calories. Lowering the metabolic rate this way causes increased sugar conversion to fat and more fat storage.

The insulin hormone helps process sugar absorption in the blood for energy. When the production of insulin is lowered the sugar is converted to fat and stored in the body. In the other direction an increase in insulin production caused by high carbohydrates and sugar in the diet can lead to a vicious cycle of sugar cravings, more insulin and more weight gain. This process left unchecked can lead to diabetes.

Stress can cause excess insulin along with increases in the androgen and cortisol hormones which can lead to more fat deposits around the midsection. Most believe that by removing stress and adopting a good diet and exercise plan this excess fat can be removed. However, it will take passion and a dedication to lose weight in order to succeed.

For more information about weight and hormones visit Your Body and Stress.


Street Talk

Great article William!

Reply
  about 1 decade ago
You May Also Like
Perimenopause – What Hormones Are Involved?
When a woman enters perimenopause, the transition period leading to menopause, she will face a series of symptoms that can be mild or extreme depending on the woman. In this article, I will disucc the 2 hormones that are usually responsible for most of the symptoms that we face at…
By: Maya Uriodain in  Health and Fitness  >  Womens Issues   Aug 16, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Hormones Are Stopping You Burn Fat
It’s your hormones stopping you from burning fat! When you start exercising you may find that losing weight isn't as simple as you thought it would be. It seems simple; eat less, workout more, simple right! No, sometimes it can take weeks, months or even years. Here is why! At…
By: jamie4 in  Health and Fitness  >  Obesity   Jan 06, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Cancer, Hormones, Smoking – Are they Related
Cancer, rBGH, Smoking – Are they Related... Are these three words or symbols synonymous, can they be used together, is there a relationship between them? Cancer and smoking linked together for years, can cancer and rBGH be the same? Is there a correlation between the three? A cure for cancer…
By: Rob Ainslie in  Health and Fitness  >  Diseases   Jun 10, 2012  
28
  Likes: 5

Low Carb Diet Options
There are many options for someone looking for a low carb diet to choose from. Here are just a few of them: Dukan Diet – This high protein, low fat and low carb diet, developed by Dr. Pierre Dukan (French physician) consists of four stages that will help you redesign…
By: Gina Ward in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Aug 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Caffeine May Alter Estrogen Levels In Young Women
A new study looks at the affects of drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages and how they may affect estrogen in women of child bearing ages. The study found that in the changes were not universal but rather varied by the ethnicity of the woman. Additional questions were raised by…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness  >  Womens Issues   Jan 30, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Want To Live Longer? #29 This Is How To Keep Your Estrogen Levels Balanced
You have probably seen this flower growing if you do not live in a big city. #29 Red clover is better at keeping estrogen levels correct than most medications. You did not know that did you? Red Clover is not only good for balancing the estrogen levels, it has been…
By: Sister Kaite in  Health and Fitness  >  Diseases   Oct 19, 2012  
2
  Likes: 3

Can Avoiding These Things End Your Trouble Getting Pregnant?
Some couples try month after month and year after year to conceive a baby but have trouble getting pregnant and are unsure why. I’m assuming that you have been struggling to get pregnant and I’m sorry that you haven’t been successful yet. However, I’m delighted for you in that you…
By: D P Haynes in  Home and Family  >  Pregnancy   May 02, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Ways to Lose Weight
Hormones and Weight Loss Recently, the effects of hormones on weight gain has been a popular topic of discussion. Obesity in general has been a growing problem of increasing concern, because of the various health problems connected with being overweight. Coronary disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer have all…
By: joe witt in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Mar 13, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Proven Ways To Reduce Fat From Face
How can you reduce fat from face, neck and jaws? Here are 5 quick steps to reduce fat from face, neck and jaws that have been proven to work.
By: Paul Tooley in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Mar 10, 2011  
0
  Likes: 76

The Dirty Truth About Canola Oil
In this blog post, I will be explaining about canola oil. short, Yes, it's true that canola oil is high in monounsaturates, but let me explain why canola oil is anything but "healthy". I will also be teaching you about canola oil I will also teach you important note on…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Must - know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements
Must-Know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements One of the top things that you need to make sure that you’re doing as you go about your weight-loss program is setting your calorie intake up properly. Those who don’t use the proper calorie intake are never going to see results, or…
By: Colin3 in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Simple Steps to Remove Visceral Belly Fat (the Deadliest Type)
If you are looking for a natural and easy way to lose weight and melt the visceral belly fat, you have come to the right place! More scientific studies and research have now shown that coconut oil not only burns visceral belly fat , but it also improves metabolic markers…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Buy Xenical Uk, A Weight Loss Pill, To Reduce Your Risk Of Disorders
When you are overweight or obese, your risk of developing a health disorder dramatically increases. In order to remove yourself from the danger zone, you need to change your lifestyle. At first, the battle with your weight will be a tough one. You may find yourself incapable of losing weight…
By: Joe Gardiner in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Buy Weight Loss Pills And Diet Pills
In this article, I will be explaining how to buy weight Loss Pills Safely . In short, It’s a good idea before buying any weight loss pills to check them out on the internet or talk to your pharmacist, try and stick with reputable or the more well known brands…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Fast, Efficient Muscle Fitness: High Intensity Strength Training for Bulk Or Toning
Perhaps fitness is something you truly desire but have yet to truly achieve. It may be that you want to dedicate yourself to regular, vigorous exercise, but simply cannot find sufficient time in your schedule to spend doing lengthy workout routines. The result might be that you have been left…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 1813    Report this Article