Hormones & Metabolism: How BHRT Can Help With Weight Loss

Reviewed by Dr. Kenton Bruice, MD

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In this second blog of our series, we will turn our attention to a promising treatment for weight management — peptide therapy.

Peptide therapy has been gaining ground as an effective method for enhancing weight loss efforts, improving energy levels, and supporting the development of lean muscle mass.

Dr. Bruice of the Denver Hormone Institute of Colorado specializes in personalized peptide therapy, including the use of HGH peptide, semaglutide, and tirzepatide to help patients reach their weight loss goals.

Understanding Hormonal Imbalances and Their Impact on Weight

Hormonal imbalances arise when there’s too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can create side effects throughout the body. 

Key hormones that affect body weight include:

  • Thyroid hormones:  T3 and T4 hormones are responsible for regulating metabolism, and imbalances can lead to weight gain or difficulty losing weight.
  • Estrogen and progesterone:  Sex hormones produced in women. They are essential for regulating the menstrual cycle and play a role in metabolism and fat storage. During menopause, estrogen levels decrease, leading to weight gain in some women.
  • Testosterone:  A hormone produced primarily in men but also present in women. It plays a role in muscle growth and fat burning. Low testosterone levels can lead to increased body fat and decreased muscle mass.
  • Insulin:   A hormone produced by the pancreas that controls blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, can lead to weight gain.
  • IGF-1:  A hormone produced by the liver that regulates cell growth and development. Low levels of IGF-1 have been linked to obesity and metabolic syndrome.

To learn more, read Do I have a Hormone Imbalance? Hormone Imbalance Quiz and 8 Warning Signs You May Have a Hormone Imbalance.  

The Role of BHRT in Weight Loss

BHRT uses hormones that are identical in structure and function to the ones naturally produced by the body. This allows for a more targeted approach to hormone therapy, with minimal side effects.

For women going through menopause, estrogen and progesterone replacement can help alleviate symptoms such as weight gain, hot flashes, and brain fog. For men experiencing low testosterone levels, BHRT can help restore hormone balance and improve body composition.

BHRT may also be beneficial for individuals with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, as hormones like growth hormone and IGF-1 can aid in regulating blood sugar levels and promoting fat loss.

Benefits of BHRT for Women

For women experiencing weight gain due to hormonal imbalances, BHRT can help address the root cause and provide numerous other benefits, including:

  • Improved energy levels
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Relief from menopausal symptoms like hot flashes
  • Improved libido and vaginal health
  • Improved mood and emotional wellbeing

Benefits of BHRT for Men

Men also experience hormonal imbalances that can lead to weight gain and other health issues. BHRT can help restore balance and provide benefits such as:

  • Increased muscle mass and fat burning capabilities
  • Improved libido and sexual function
  • Better mental clarity and focus
  • Improved mood and emotional balance

To learn more about BHRT treatments including BHRT pellet therapy, read What is BHRT Pellet Therapy? 10 FAQs Answered! 

Combining BHRT with Lifestyle Changes for Optimal Weight Management

For the most effective weight loss results, combining BHRT with a healthy diet and regular exercise is essential. Here’s how these elements work together:

  • Healthy Diet:  A balanced and nutritious diet can support hormone production, regulate appetite, and promote overall wellness.
  • Regular Exercise: Physical activity helps to maintain a healthy weight by promoting muscle growth and burning excess body fat. Additionally, exercise can improve insulin sensitivity, leading to better blood sugar control.

By addressing hormonal imbalances with BHRT and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, individuals may see significant improvements in weight management and overall well-being.

Experience the Benefits of BHRT for Weight Loss with Dr. Kenton Bruice

If you’re struggling to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight despite your best efforts, it may be time to consider hormone testing

Dr. Kenton Bruice, a board-certified physician specializing in BHRT, can help you determine if this therapy is right for you.

With personalized treatment plans and ongoing support, Dr. Bruice is dedicated to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and peptide therapy. 

If you’re interested in learning more about our medical weight loss program in Denver or Aspen, contact us today for a consultation. If you are searching for ‘the best hormone doctor near me’ or ‘Denver medical weight loss,’ call (303) 957-6686 to book an appointment or complete the online inquiry form.

FAQs About BHRT and Weight Loss

Why am I gaining weight on bioidentical hormones?

While adjustments to hormone levels can cause temporary fluctuations in body weight, proper management and a balanced approach should aid in weight loss and improved metabolic health.

Can BHRT improve my energy levels?

Yes, balancing hormones can significantly impact energy levels, enhancing overall vitality and making it easier to engage in regular exercise and daily activities.

Are there any side effects of BHRT for weight loss?

As with any medical treatment, there may be some side effects. However, BHRT uses hormones that are bioidentical to those naturally produced by the body, making side effects minimal compared to traditional hormone therapy.

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