November 2015 Issue

Control those Hormones that Impact Weight

Understanding how the hormones in your body work can make weight management easier.

Sometimes it may seem like your body fights you every step of the way when you try to lose weight. This may be partially due to the hormones present in body fat, which acts as an endocrine organ. Research shows that body fat secretes hormones and receives hormonal signals from other areas of the body, such as the brain, adrenals, pancreas, and gut. This “cross talk” is mostly about your nutritional status—how much fuel you have on hand, whether you are gaining or losing weight. This mechanism is what kept us alive for eons when food was scarce.

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