A few of the recent answers regarding the Calorie in vs. Calorie out debate have touched on the role of properly functioning hormones being a crucial piece to the weight-gain/loss/maintenance puzzle.
Based on the responses mentioned above, it seems to me that a good sign your hormones are functioning properly would be effortless weight maintenance, independent of calories. My question has a few pieces to it.
Does effortless weight maintenance regarldless of calories signal that one's hormones are functioning properly?
Are there other signals that prove your hormones are functioning properly?
Are there specific labs one can request to get hard data on how one's hormones are functioning?
Bonus Section: I'm fully aware that I could be missing some crucial info here, and would welcome any information that would help me "put it all together"
Thanks a bunch :)
When my hormones are out of whack, I break out, feel bloated, have terrible periods and feel bitchy. When my hormones are in balance, I feel amazing. This is the only way for me to gauge where I'm at. 20 different doctors and specialists couldn't tell me what to do or what was wrong, even after running every test they had. Going Paleo was the only way for me to balance my hormones.
I think this idea of effortless weight maintenance no matter how many calories you eat is a myth. The primary metabolic deranging force for nearly all people is fructose intake, so if you remove that from the equation, it's possible that obesity is highly unlikely. However, if you sneak a stick or two of butter into all of your meals, you will be fatter than if you don't. I've tested this, it works. It's not that you'll become obese from eating tons of calories in the form of fat, but you may very well become fatter than you'd choose to be. If you think about it, humans likely wouldn't have gotten this far had we no ability to store fat as fat; it's a highly efficient method of energy storage.
personally i think hormone control is the cutting edge. it's difficult because its so complex and specific, not just a matter of "taking a multivitamin". its all about finding exactly what you need and when you need it to get where you want to be. timing & dosage. ex: a person can have lots of free test, but something wrong with the reception of it, as there are multiple mechanisms that can be dysfunctional. to start i would do full labs, both blood serum and 24 hour saliva on all the facets of thyroid, cortisol, and sex hormones and do the tests at the same time. i also think bio-identical hormones are a last resort for some people, and we can tweak hormones with nutriceuticals and herbs first, but for some they may need bio-ident due to severity/duration of their issue.
this is a question of great interest to me. when my boyfriend and i went paleo January 2010, he lost 25 lbs effortlessly (6'4" down from 245 to 220 lbs), and i lost 3 (5'5" 160-ish) :-( i had hormonal testing a few months later (saliva, then blood a few months after that). saliva tests (which MDs scoff at) indicated high testosterone, which i realized later did not correspond AT ALL to body fat distribution ('pear' type distribution more indicative of high estrogen - body fat concentrated on hips, thighs and butt), nor do i have masculine body hair patterns, etc, and when my naturopath put me on some supplements for this it made me feel pretty effed - anxious, depressed etc.
Blood hormone tests all came back within the "normal" range which i don't find particularly meaningful as i'm interested in what is optimal, not statistically average.
anyways, it seems i can't really loose weight w/o going keto, and i realize that after a week or two doing keto i'm just completely exhausted. I don't think it's the optimal diet for me. i'd done atkins 10+ years ago for a couple months and maybe it totally screwed up my system. or maybe it was the summer of doughnuts and iced capuccinos from tim hortons (hello, HFCS!). not sure. anyways, my diet is generally pretty great, tho i could definitely exercise more. but i would love to learn more about how to rebalance my hormones because i think they are a bit out of whack (PMS, moodiness, fat distribution).
i'd love to hear more from people who have successfully and naturally balanced their hormones.
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