Endocrine weight loss is a term that refers to losing weight by managing hormone levels and metabolism. Hormones are chemicals that regulate various processes in the body, such as growth, reproduction, and energy use. Some hormone conditions can cause or contribute to weight gain, such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, menopause, Cushing disease, and PCOS.
An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in studying and treating hormone-related conditions. They can help with endocrine weight loss by diagnosing the underlying cause of weight gain, prescribing medications that regulate hormone levels or speed up metabolism, and recommending lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
Some examples of medications that can help with endocrine weight loss are phentermine, Contrave, metformin, and thyroid hormone replacement drugs. However, these medications are not effective alone and may have side effects. They should be used in combination with behavioral modifications and under the guidance of a doctor.
Some lifestyle changes that can help with endocrine weight loss are:
Following a healthy reduced calorie meal plan that includes whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats, and avoids highly processed foods, added sugars, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
Increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, or as recommended by your doctor.
Self-monitoring your weight, food intake, and physical activity using tools such as scales, apps, journals, or trackers.
Getting adequate sleep of at least seven hours per night and maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
Reducing stress by practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, or hobbies.