Metabolism and insulin, the fat storing hormone
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Weight Gain and Your Hormones
"As a rule of thumb, 20% of weight loss is due to exercise and 80% is a result of diet."
Yes, there is a link between low hormone levels and weight loss when your metabolism slows to the point where you are unable to burn sufficient calories despite your rigorous exercise. As a rule of thumb, 20% of weight loss is due to exercise and 80% is a result of diet. No amount of exercise can compensate for poor dietary habits.
Here is a good example: your best friend eats anything she wants and never exercises, yet she never seems to gain a pound. You, on the other hand, exercise daily and nearly starve yourself, yet you still gain weight. In all likelihood you are "insulin resistant."
Insulin resistance means that your body needs more insulin to control your blood sugar; therefore, your insulin levels increase causing your body to store more fat.
We screen all patients for insulin resistance, whereas many diet centers prescribe phentermine to curb your appetite. Phentermine is nothing more than an amphetamine (legalized "speed"). In our opinion, this is a dangerous way to lose weight due to the nervous system damage it can cause. Once patients stop using phentermine, their weight usually returns.