You diet regularly. You go to the gym consistently. You even eat fruits and vegetables, no matter how much you despise them. Yet despite rigorously following this healthy living lifestyle, you still find it difficult to keep weight off, and this has made you frustrated.

As a result, you begin to question whether you were born with a weight problem – an issue you’d struggle to manage even when you diet and exercise. The answer is: You very well could have been, and therefore you could be taking the wrong approach to lose weight.

“For many, being overweight actually has more to do with a hormone imbalance.”

For many, being overweight actually has more to do with a hormone imbalance than high calorie intake or low exercise. That means you could be taking part in a weight watching or exercise program, but still lose little weight.

A few examples of problematic hormones, noted Sara Gottfried, M.D., in Prevention, include leptin and cortisol, both of which can cause you to pack on extra pounds.

Many people who have hormone imbalances eat more fruit than they should. If you eat more than five servings a day, which is the recommended amount, and consume processed foods with a high sugar count, your body could become overloaded with fructose. Because your liver can’t process this fructose as quickly as it should, it then converts it into fat.This increases your leptin levels. Finally, Gottfried noted that increased hormones cause your body to defy warning signs, which causes you to eat more than you should.

If you’re getting stressed just reading about how fruits can actually hurt you, trust us, you’re not alone. After all, who knew there was so much to weight gain?

How to balance your hormone levels and improve your health

To better balance your hormone levels you should work with a professional, such as those at Longevity & Stem Cell Centre, who will help you develop a diet and workout regimen that takes into consideration your hormonal imbalance. Our facility combines medically supervised dieting and exercise with proven alternative treatment methods to help you manage hormone and other health issues. This balanced approach will help you attack your weight problems from multiple angles, giving you a better chance to reduce your weight and live a more healthy lifestyle.

If you’re not sure whether you’re a great candidate for this type of treatment, don’t worry. You absolutely are. Patients of various ages will benefit from hormone imbalance therapy, and we believe you’ll be thrilled with your new, adjusted diet and workout plan.

Balance Your Hormone levels to trick your brain into thinking you're not hungryA hormone imbalance can trick your brain into thinking you’re actually hungry.

Here are some steps to take to help you steady your hormone levels and live a healthier life:

1. Talk to a professional

First and foremost, don’t try to battle weight loss alone. It can be a daunting challenge, and like we said, increased stress can inhibit weight loss.

When you visit Longevity we will analyze your health and develop a plan to improve it that specifically fits you. We may even suggest signing on with other professionals, such as nutritionists or physical trainers, if we believe it’s necessary and your budget allows.

2. Keep track of your HEC

What is HEC? Jill Coleman, MS, CPT, in a separate piece for Prevention, calls it your hunger, energy and cravings. She suggests grading your HEC on a scale of 1-10 each day.

By tracking your daily activities, you can better understand how you operate. This is also critical information to pass along to a specialist who can incorporate the data into your health plan. For example, if you eat more at night, the professional may suggest being more active during this period, such as going on walks, bike rides or to the gym. This could distract you from eating.

“Having a strong support system will help you overcome any obstacles you may experience.”

3. Consult friends and family

Meeting with a specialist is a vital part of your journey to stabilize your hormone levels and lose weight. However, it’s just as important to talk regularly with friends and family about your routine and plans, as long as you feel comfortable. Having a strong support system will help you overcome any obstacles you may experience.

4. Stay consistent

When you meet with a functional medicine practitioner, he or she will develop a strategy just for you. However, in order for you to benefit, you have to consistently follow it. Taking a day off isn’t an option. That means you should eat three well-balanced meals a day – as established by your health provider – and include the right amount of organic fruits, vegetables and proteins. But like we mentioned earlier, too much of any one material could throw your hormone levels off. This is exactly why it’s important to run any dietary changes by your doctor to balance your hormone levels.

5. Get a lot of rest in between exercising

Pushing your body to the limit isn’t necessarily a healthy approach to weight loss. You need to find a workout routine that you feel comfortable with and then ensure you obtain enough sleep in between working out and your other activities. Not only does sleep restore your metabolism, it also allows your body to normalize its hunger mechanism, repair your body and restore energy.

Losing weight is challenging, but you can give yourself the best opportunity to succeed by talking with a specialist a Longevity and creating a plan that will address your hormone imbalance, poor dietary and workout habits and other general conditions you may be facing.