What you need to know about hormones and weight loss...

Updated: Apr 2


To lose weight naturally and safely, is quite a complex process, but what you can do about it is much easier. If you don’t have much time you can read the summary below. Can hormones affect you losing weight? The simple answer is absolutely YES, the not so simple answer is HOW. It’s also important to understand WHY things happen. Why you are not able to lose weight (perhaps having tried numerous diets and exercise), why the weight has crept on, or why you’ve just had a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or an autoimmune condition, and it’s a complete shock. In understanding why it is happening, you can learn what you can do to lose weight naturally and safely.


Summary of how hormones can stop you from losing weight

  • Hormones and neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that work together as a ‘super system’ crucial to health and managing weight and losing weight naturally.

  • Your body works very hard to keep your internal workings within set limits. This is known as homeostasis and these chemical messengers play an essential role.

  • To remain well, your body goes through a vast complicated series of chemical reactions, with the release of a variety of chemical messengers ‘at the right time’, and ‘at the right amount’ so the body remains in ‘homeostasis’.

  • The specific receptors that your hormones bind to and their target cells also need to be ready and listening for the message.

  • Hormones affect and govern how you use energy, your rate of metabolism, blood glucose levels, how you store excess energy, how you then breakdown that stored energy.

  • Hormones need to be in balance for your body to work as it should. Hormones, neurotransmitters and their receptors require numerous and specific nutrients if they are to be produced, released, and maintained. Your body will also eventually need to break down, recycle, and excrete as waste, hormones that have done their job.

  • If your hormones become out of balance, the target cells don’t get the messages or stop listening, things can go quite wrong and you can become unwell and put on excess weight.

  • You can ‘balance hormones’ via diet and lifestyle, and specific targeted food and herb supplementation. All of these things work together to balance your hormones and create the environment for regaining your health and lose weight naturally and safely.

Your nervous system and your endocrine system work together as a ‘super system’ to coordinate all the functions of your body. This includes managing weight and losing weight naturally. They do this by releasing messenger molecules which are either neurotransmitters (from the nervous system) triggered by nerve impulses and hormones (from your endocrine system) chemical messengers released into the blood from glands which produce them. Both neurotransmitters and hormones communicate by binding onto specific receptors on or in their ‘target cells’. They play a very large role in the natural management of weight and therefore how you can lose weight naturally and safely. They affect and govern how you use energy, your rate of metabolism, blood glucose levels, how you store excess energy, how you then breakdown that stored energy. However if your hormones become out of balance, or the target cells don’t get the messages or stop listening, things can go quite wrong.


The natural function of hormones and neurotransmitters is very important to your health and how you are feeling. Your body works hard to keep your internal workings within set limits. This is known as homeostasis. Body temperature for example, if it’s too high or too low can become life threatening, so it’s important that your body sends out messages which keep this under control. Sweat to cool you down, and goose bumps and shivering to warm you up. This sounds simple but your body goes through a vast complicated series of chemical reactions, with the release of a variety of chemical messengers; neurotransmitters and hormones ‘at the right time’, and ‘at the right amount’, in order to bring this process back to normal so the body remains in ‘homeostasis’ and you remain well. The specific receptors, and target cells also need to be ready and listening for the message. But your body is designed to do this amazingly well, if only you let it have the right tools and fuel to do the job. This is where good nutrition comes in and is essential to lose weight naturally and safely.


Hormones, neurotransmitters and their receptors require numerous and specific nutrients if they are to be produced, released, and maintained to work as they should. If your body is working hard to maintain the balance, then it means you have a higher requirement for these essential nutrients. If you become low, then there is even more chance of gaining weight, or becoming really unwell. This is why, at least in part, nutrient weaknesses or even deficiencies can be very problematic and need to be considered when trying to lose weight naturally and safely. Your body will also eventually need to break down, recycle, and excrete as waste, the hormones that have done their job. This requires essential nutrients and energy for all your detoxification processes. Poor digestion and detoxification can affect this process which can sabotage your ability to lose weight.


Various things that life throws at you, such as stress, a death in the family, an injury, or just doing too much, (training for that 10k run, whilst having 2 small children and a full time job!), pregnancy and birth, lack of sleep, toxic chemicals and pollution, can really disrupt and interfere with the production and function of these chemical messengers negatively affecting your efforts to lose weight naturally and safely. These things in life can also run you down further by stealing valuable nutrients and upset your balance even more. If your diet is already poor, therefore poor in nutrients, it can really lead to things going wrong, resulting in creeping excess weight, digestive problems, fatigue, skin problems, mood problems, problems coping with menopause, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, fertility problems, prostrate problems, sleep issues, high cholesterol and eventually a diagnosis of diabetes, heart and vascular problems, autoimmune conditions and cancer. Your body is not working as it should, you may now be becoming unwell and all too often you may just blame it on the ‘hormones’ or just getting ‘older’. But really you may suspect it is more than that, perhaps it is time to address how you are feeling. Perhaps it is time to stop, reassess and restart with what your body actually needs.


When you hear the description of ‘balancing hormones’ this is essentially what is meant. We can ‘balance hormones’ via diet and lifestyle, and specific targeted food and herb supplementation. All of these things work together to balance your hormones and create the environment for regaining your health and allowing you to lose weight naturally and safely.


This is where nutritional therapy for weight loss can really help you lose weight naturally and safely. Slender Health Nutrition can help you identify these imbalances and the aspects of your diet and life which are contributing to your hormones not functioning as they should and causing your body to slip from being able to maintain weight and health to not, and then sabotaging your efforts to lose weight naturally and safely.


Teresa is a nutritionist in the Costa del Sol who graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM, UK and International) having gained her Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition. Teresa creates personalised nutritional based plans designed to restore health and vitality by offering the very best possible nutritional advice and support. Teresa's extensive nutrition knowledge enables her to offer health talks and workshops along with seeing individual clients in various locations along the Costa del Sol. www.slenderhealthnutrition.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @slenderhealthNT or on Facebook.

This is no substitution for individual medical or nutritional advice and if you have any concerns please see your GP. Please contact info@slenderhealthnutrition.com for more information.

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