Tired of strict diets, tried every fad out there, or spending all your “free time” in the gym to try and lose weight. There are several new and emerging treatments for weight loss, including peptide therapy. Peptides are gaining in popularity due to their safety and effectiveness in shedding unwanted pounds.
As we age, it can become increasingly difficult to not only lose weight but keep it off. Most of us end up trying everything from the newest fad diet to near starvation and extremely restrictive diets, to spending all possible extra time in the gym; often never reaching the desired goal. Obesity is a chronic disease that can require treatment beyond diet and exercise. Even those who have been life-long athletes, never having difficulty staying fit and keeping weight off in the past, can experience undesired weight gain. Weight gain is typically defined as when energy consumed from food exceeds energy expended through activity and maintenance of basal metabolism and body heat. Weight wellness though is more than just calories in and calories burned. That wellness includes achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, appropriate body composition, a healthy diet with proper supplementation to prevent nutritional deficiency, regular exercise, and hormonal optimization for improved outcomes.
The impact of weight loss and healthy weight maintenance extends beyond just improving your appearance and waistline. Chronic medical conditions including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, and hormonal declines or fluctuations can all be impacted by being overweight. Excess weight is associated with an increased incidence of depression, loss of self-esteem, decline in social functioning, and decreased quality of life. And then there are the health benefits from a healthy weight, such as protection against Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, and cancer. You may be asking yourself, “what are my options?”
There are fads and diets everywhere. Most of us could probably name off at least a half dozen from Atkin’s diet, South Beach diet, Vegan, Ketogenic diet, The Zone, Intermittent Fasting, smaller and more frequent meals, HCG diet, and more. The problem is that most of these don’t take into account you-meaning there are no labs prior to starting the chosen diet to determine the best plan for you. Nor is hormone balancing and addition of peptide therapy considered to increase your chance of successfully losing the unwanted weight.
Whatever your goals, there is a treatment plan for you. At Re-new, our weight loss programs are customized and designed for your desired outcome and weight wellness.
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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Weight Loss
It happens insidiously, there’s a pooch here or a roll and a bulge there; you can no longer enjoy your favorite foods without regret, and suddenly the body of the person looking back at you is one you don’t recognize or like. The body and shape that you were familiar with becoming more foreign, one influenced by shifting hormones and slowing metabolism. These hormonal changes and imbalances can challenge weight loss efforts. Hormones are chemical messengers within the body that are produced by the endocrine system. They travel throughout the body to the organs and tissues delivering their intended messages, telling the body what to do and when. These hormonal changes occur naturally and over time; the body may produce less or the same amount but at a slower rate. The outcome is a domino effect throughout the body. Meaning, that as your hormone levels fluctuate, your body loses the ability to regulate the processes that lead to weight loss. For you that equals slower metabolism, increase in abdominal fat, loss of muscle tone and strength, and decline in energy for life in general, let alone exercise. There is growing research that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT may help prevent age and hormone-related changes in body composition, weight gain; as well as, assist in improving associated symptoms such as low energy, sleep disturbances, mood alterations, and decreased muscle mass.
Understanding how the various hormones affect the way your body regulates weight can help knowing why hormone replacement therapy has a role in optimizing weight loss. It is crucial to understand that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy does not replace the need for a healthy, well-balanced diet and regular exercise. Some hormones with a role in maintaining a healthy weight and assisting in weight loss include:
- Testosterone: This sex hormone is produced by both men and women. It inhibits fat storage, particularly in the abdomen. When deficient, sugar cravings increase which can lead to metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance.
- Estrogen: Assists in appetite control and sugar cravings.
- Progesterone: A sex hormone that facilitates the conversion of stored body fat to energy. An imbalance or decline in progesterone, particularly in women, often causes overeating.
- DHEA: This is a hormone that is a precursor to testosterone that promotes weight loss by increasing metabolism, preventing fat storage and decreasing appetite for dietary fats.
- Human Growth Hormone (hGH): A hormone that is naturally produced in the pituitary gland and often declines with age, hGH is responsible for the conversion of body fat into lean muscle, inhibits the production of body fat, and decreases both visceral and subcutaneous fat.
When lifestyle changes have proven insufficient or ineffective for weight loss, it is important to consider hormonal imbalances as a contributing factor. At Re-new Institute, replenish and optimize your hormones to not only help take the weight off, but keep it off.
Peptide Therapy for Weight Loss
Just like the spectacular advancements in technology, there have been numerous advances in the field of weight loss, particularly utilizing peptide therapy. There are many peptides that exist with a multitude of potential benefits, and over 7,000 known peptides in the human body.
Peptide therapy uses small chains of amino acids that are linked together to provide information to initiate specific reactions within the body for healing and therapeutic purposes. Basically, they tell the body to turn on or turn off different cellular processes for the interest of the patient. Those amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are ultimately the building blocks of life. Peptides have benefits not only in cancer treatment, dementia, autoimmune conditions, inflammatory processes, diabetes, and heart disease to name just a few, but peptide therapy is also useful, safe, and effective for weight loss.
Many of the peptides used for weight loss are similar in their fundamental purpose, increase the production of growth hormone. Growth hormone plays a crucial role in optimal body composition, decreased inflammation, lessening abdominal fat, increased lean muscle mass, as well as improved sleep and overall well-being. By about the time we are in our mid-20’s, growth hormone production begins to decline, only further contributing to the difficulties of losing and maintaining weight. Growth hormone works to increase lipolysis, which is the process of burning or breaking down fat, and it has a propensity for abdominal fat. This up-regulation of lipolysis also results in an increase in lean muscle mass, further elevating one’s rate of metabolism, which all translates into improved muscular performance and ultimately, weight loss. Growth hormone additionally sends signals to all the glucose receptors on cells, leading to improved insulin resistance and decreased inflammation at the cellular level. Not only does all of this assist in weight loss, but ultimately increases longevity, reduces the risk of chronic conditions, and improves your overall health and well-being.
Some commonly used peptides for weight loss include:
- CJC 1295
- AOD 9604
- BPC 157
With the exception of BPC-157, these peptides all work by increasing growth hormone production, they signal the body to increase its own natural production of growth hormone. Body Protection Compound, or BPC, is a naturally occurring peptide with benefits of tissue healing and gut repair. BPC-157 is utilized in weight loss to improve leaky gut syndrome, decrease gut inflammation, combat acid reflux, and improve abdominal bloating, all with the end goal to enhance the absorption of healthy nutrients needed by the body.
Benefits of Peptide Therapies
There are numerous benefits one can get from the use of peptide therapies for weight. These benefits include:
Melting Abdominal Fat
Peptide therapies are beneficial in melting the abdominal fat by boosting the process of lipolysis (the breakdown of lipids). This can lead to a 5-10% reduction in body fat percentage, not just weight loss but actual reduction in body fat.
Increasing Muscle Mass
Some peptides can target growth hormone to increase its production, which besides initiating weight loss, increases lean muscle mass and overall performance of the muscles, thus increasing your resting metabolism.
Damaged Cell Removal
Peptides help to increase cellular respiration, which in turn helps to generate energy for carrying out various cell activities. Peptides are also helpful in removing damaged cells to improve cell function.
Peptide therapies stimulate your natural production of growth hormone which is useful in reducing the risk of several fatal risk factors like dementia, type II diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, etc.
Being overweight usually results in lack of confidence and low self-esteem. However, through peptide therapies, one can lose the weight and can ultimately boost their self-esteem and attitude towards life.
Tips for Better Results with Weight Loss
To improve your success of weight loss and weight maintenance there are some tips for one to follow.
- None of the above therapies can replace a well-balanced diet, regular exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.
- Monitor caloric intake on a daily basis.
- Reduce sugar and starches from the diet.
- Get adequate sleep for you.
- Take protein supplements.
- Try to eliminate unnecessary stress from your life.
- Have a good support system in place.
- Focus on what you are gaining not what you are giving up.