Hormonal Imbalance in Women and Weight Gain


The numero uno cause for changes related to estrogen and progesterone levels within the body is the imbalance of hormones. There are various reasons that cause this imbalance. But, it’s interesting to read and know more about the different ways this hormonal imbalance may be prevented! Several hormonal changes start to occur in a girl’s body when she reaches puberty. Some changes are noticeable and some are not. As a girl grows older eventually reaching womanhood, these hormonal changes increase. Initially though, hormonal changes tend to be completely overlooked in the first couple of years. But, for individuals such as you and me, it’s interesting to know what exactly causes a hormonal imbalance and how exactly the rest of the body may get affected.

Hormonal Imbalance and weight gain:

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Hormonal Imbalance Women Weight Gain

Researchers have established a relationship between weight gain and different hormones. For example, if an individual is on a diet and exercising regularly, but is still gaining weight, it is due to nothing more than his/her hormones. Hormones are the ‘messengers’ in our body. They assist in the functioning of the liver, brain and kidneys as well as the nervous and respiratory system by traveling in the blood stream. Hormones are known to keep a track of the amount of fat present in the body too.

Here is a list of certain hormones which directly impact weight gain.

Estrogen in women is produced by the ovaries. This hormone is responsible for a woman’s monthly ovulation cycle. If there is even a marginal decline in the presence of this hormone within the body it causes weight gain. The reasoning behind this occurrence is very simple to follow. If the Estrogen levels in the body decrease, the body immediately starts working to replenish the necessary levels of this hormone from different sources. Now, fat cells in the body produce the Estrogen hormone. A lack of the Estrogen hormone causes calories to be converted into fat to help increase the levels of this hormone. Hence, a person gradually starts to put on weight.

The ovaries also produce the Progesterone hormone. During menopause, the Progesterone hormone levels gradually start to decline. Though this particular hormone is not directly related to weight gain, it is indirectly! When Progesterone levels decline in the body, the body makes an effort to retain water in the cells. Retention of water is called edema or bloating. Due to water retention in the body, an individual tends to look heavier and even fat on the outside. Therefore, weight gain and the Progesterone hormone are quite closely interlinked!

The Testosterone hormone assists in maintaining the body as well as aiding muscle building. In the case of women, the Testosterone hormone is produced by the ovaries and the adrenal glands. For men, the testes produce this particular hormone. The rate of metabolism is kept high when the muscles burn enough calories in the body. But, muscle mass decreases if there is a decrease in the levels of Testosterone hormone. Loss in muscle mass eventually leads to a decreased rate of metabolism in the body. The final outcome of this interlinked process is gaining weight!

The adrenal glands secrete the Cortisol hormone. This secretion occurs in a diurnal pattern, i.e., there are daily variations in secretion. The Cortisol hormone serves many purposes. Some of them are – speedy metabolism rates of carbohydrates and fat, causing the release of insulin to help maintain blood sugar levels and even maintaining blood pressure levels. If you are stressed out, the levels of this Cortisol hormone increases. This eventually causes weight gain.

These key hormones and weight gain are very closely interlinked.

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I am Susan, a medical content writer and a single mom currently handling marketing and content generation activities for Shop East West. A free soul, in my free time, I love to ski and go out shopping.
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One Response to Hormonal Imbalance in Women and Weight Gain

  1. Hemilton Sober says:

    The article was quite interesting and informative. I have saved it for future reference. It is good to be aware of hormonal changes and there effects on the body.

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