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How Hormones Make It Hard to Lose Stubborn Fat

Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to lose stubborn fat. Aging causes your hormone levels to change, and hormone fluctuations make it tough to burn fat and keep it off.

So, despite eating healthy and following an exercise program, you may still have unwanted fat because of your hormones. If that’s the case, Dr. Jay Trussler may have the answer for you. Read on to learn how hormones affect fat loss and how to address the issue.

Losing stubborn fat goes beyond diet and exercise

Although a healthy diet and regular exercise are important for losing weight, hormone imbalances can change how your body stores and uses fat. Having that unwanted fat doesn’t mean you aren’t healthy.

Aging is a natural, unavoidable part of life, and it can cause your hormone levels to drastically change. When your hormone levels start to fluctuate, it can change how your body stores excess fat and can even affect your appetite. 

That’s why countless hours in the gym and a strict diet may not help you lose that fat if your hormones aren’t in balance.

Hormones that affect fat storage and weight loss

Our bodies produce a number of hormones, each with unique functions that keep us healthy. If certain hormones have higher than normal levels, losing weight can be much harder.

Some of the most important hormones for losing stubborn fat are estrogen and leptin.


Estrogen has many forms, and some of these forms assist your body in weight management. During menopause, women experience a drop in estradiol, a hormone that helps your body maintain a healthy weight and regulate your metabolism.

Low estrogen levels also change where fat is stored. It’s normally stored in the thighs and hips, but when estrogen production takes a hit, fat storage shifts to visceral fat in your belly. Not only is visceral fat deeper, but it’s tough to remove and increases your risk for disease.


Leptin is a hormone that helps regulate your appetite by signaling to your brain when you’re hungry and full. It’s also responsible for how many calories you eat and burn and for determining how much fat you have stored.

Leptin resistance occurs when your brain doesn’t properly receive leptin signals. This often leads to your brain constantly thinking your hungry, leading to overeating and weight gain. 

Although leptin resistance is common for patients who are obese, it’s also a big reason why some diets don’t help with long-term weight loss. When you lose weight and burn fat, leptin levels decrease. However, this drop also makes your brain think you need food, so your appetite grows again.

How you can lose stubborn fat

Eating right, getting plenty of exercise, and balancing your hormones is a surefire way to burn fat. One problem with this, however, is balancing hormones may not be a simple task, especially for women going through menopause.

It takes a lot of discipline and self-control to exercise and stay on a healthy diet. For this reason, it’s also common to lose motivation when stubborn fat doesn’t go away. Fortunately, once you reach a healthy weight, despite what fat may remain, there are options to remove that stubborn fat.

WarmSculpting with SculpSure® is a safe, nonsurgical body contouring service that melts away stubborn fat. Dr. Trussler uses this procedure, at his Machester office, to heat up and destroy fat cells, without the need for incisions or surgery.

If you live an active, healthy lifestyle, but still have unwanted fat, it’s time to see Dr. Trussler. He can help you reach your aesthetic goals with safe, effective procedures designed to remove stubborn fat.

To schedule your WarmSculpting with SculpSure treatments, please call our Manchester office at 931-451-8284 or request your appointment. We can also conduct an initial consultation in our Monteagle clinic if desired.

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