hormones stress and weight gain
Stress to our hormones and weight gain often go hand-in-hand, but they don’t have to.

Are you tired of being tired? If you’re like a lot of people, you think it’s normal to gain weight and lose energy as you age. You may be tired and not sleeping well. You might complain of bloating, hair loss, and trouble concentrating. If any of this sounds familiar, hormones could be the culprit. Specifically, a decrease in the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone for men. 

Your body naturally produces these chemicals throughout your life. A healthy hormone balance means your mood is stable, and you have a healthy metabolism and sex drive. But when they’re out of balance, you can experience weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, and fatigue.

Such hormonal decreases affect both men and women. 

Hormonal Imbalances Occur in Men and Women 

Middle-aged men and women often experience weight gain even without a change in eating habits. Some people don’t sleep well, lose hair, and are moody. For women, their bones grow brittle increasing the risk of osteoporosis. 

These may all be symptoms of a hormonal decrease. 

Yet, it turns out that your body doesn’t have to be thrown into such a shift. In fact, some hormonal decreases are signals that your body is stressed. 

The Progesterone “Steal” 

Medical professionals call it the progesterone “steal.” This is when the stress hormones “steal” from your healthy hormones. When the progesterone is balanced then you feel good. You sleep well, stay even-tempered, and it even contributes to bone strength. 

However, when you’re under stress, your body “steals” from your progesterone and overproduces the cortisol.

Cortisol is your stress hormone and it’s responsible for keeping you safe in dangerous situations. Also known as your “fight or flight” response, it produces a surge of adrenaline and puts your body on high alert. If you’ve ever jumped out of the path of an oncoming car, that’s cortisol in action. 

The problem comes in the form of chronic stress. Modern life comes with a lot of demands. You may be sandwiched between caring for aging parents and young children while juggling your career. You might worry about finances and the future of retirement. 

So, what do you do? 

What’s the Solution to a Hormone Decrease? 

If you have a hormone decrease, then it makes sense that you want to balance it out. 

As part of the wellness community, you’re likely more interested in the root cause diagnosis that gets at the source of the problem. That way, you’re not simply masking the symptoms but are doing your body good by treating at the source. The comprehensive care process at Livewell gets at the triggers which cause progesterone to steal and how to combat them.

While you can’t completely stop the hormonal decreases, you can manage it with lifestyle changes. 

For example, stress reduction is key to feeling better and balancing your hormones. Yoga, meditation, getting enough sleep, exercising, healthy eating. These are all some ways you can be proactive with your health. 

Self-Care is Health Care 

 No matter how full your life is, it’s important to find ways to take care of yourself. Good nutrition, healthy meals, and regular exercise contribute to stress relief and help you sleep. 

 Whether you walk, run, attend exercise classes or rely on YouTube exercise channels for ideas and motivation, there’s no shortage of ways you can work exercise into your life. Even 5-10 minutes is beneficial. 

When you reduce your stress, you improve your hormonal imbalance which improves how you feel and your overall health. 

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