Overcoming Resistant Weight: Understanding Hormonal Imbalances

Overcoming Resistant Weight: Understanding Hormonal Imbalances

Chiropractic Calgary AB Fixing Hormonal Imbalances For Weight Loss

Weight loss can be a frustrating journey, especially when we hit a plateau or struggle
with resistant weight. Despite our best efforts, the scale refuses to budge, and we feel
stuck. What we often don’t realize is that our hormones play a significant role in our
body’s ability to burn fat, build muscle, and maintain a healthy weight. In this blog post,
we’ll dive into the hormonal imbalances that contribute to resistant weight, and what we
can do to overcome them.

Elevated Cortisol:

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Cortisol is our primary stress hormone, and when we’re under chronic stress, our body remains in a constant state of “fight or flight.” In this state, insulin levels rise to move sugar into our muscles, preparing us for action. If we don’t use that sugar for physical activity, it’s stored as fat, leading to weight gain. Elevated cortisol also reduces blood sugar levels, leading to cravings for sugary foods, which can create a vicious cycle. To manage resistant weight, stress management techniques like meditation and yoga can help.

Insulin Resistance:

Similar to cortisol, elevated insulin causes weight gain as it prompts our body to convert
sugar into fat. Our muscles use this sugar as energy, and if they don’t, our body will
store it instead. The more sugar we consume, the more insulin our body produces,
leading to insulin resistance. A good way to overcome this is to eat a low-sugar diet,
including complex carbohydrates like whole grains or sweet potatoes.

Elevated Leptin:

Leptin is a hormone that plays a role in hunger and food intake. When we overproduce
leptin, our body becomes resistant to its activity, much like insulin resistance. We may
experience constant cravings and feel hungry even when we’ve eaten enough. To
manage this, we need to focus on whole foods and reduce processed and high-fat
foods. We should also aim to exercise regularly, as exercise increases leptin sensitivity.

‘Estrogen Dominance’:

Estrogen dominance is a common hormonal imbalance in women, where progesterone
levels decrease, and estrogen levels increase relative to each other. This hormonal shift
influences fat deposits, thyroid hormone function, insulin levels, and leptin function, all
contributing to weight gain/resistant weight loss. To overcome this, we need to focus on
foods that support the liver, as the liver is responsible for metabolizing estrogen.
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale can help, as well as herbs like milk thistle.


The thyroid hormone influences our metabolism, and low levels of thyroid hormones T3
and T4 slow everything down, causing weight gain. It also causes salt and fluid
retention. To manage this, we must ensure we’re getting enough iodine, as iodine is
essential for thyroid hormone production. Sea vegetables like kelp and seaweed are
excellent sources of iodine, as well as organic eggs, dairy, and meat.

How can Action Health help?

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Weight loss isn’t just about calorie restriction and exercise; hormonal imbalances can significantly affect our body’s ability to burn fat and maintain a healthy weight. By addressing the underlying hormonal imbalances contributing to resistant weight, we can create a personalized plan that supports your unique needs and challenges. With the help of our naturopathic doctors and implementing lifestyle changes like stress management, whole foods, and exercise, you can overcome resistant weight and feel your best.

At Action Health, we believe in taking a functional medicine approach to treating
women's health issues. We work with you to address any concerns you may have and
develop a custom plan of treatment. Whether you are experiencing issues related to
stress and burnout, adrenal dysfunction, PMS, fertility support, or general health
optimization, we have the expertise to support and provide relief. Contact us today to
schedule an appointment and take the first step towards improved health and


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