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How Chemical and Hormonal Imbalances Impact Weight

If you are overweight or obese, you are likely suffering from a chemical and hormonal imbalance. The good news is that we can now pinpoint reasons that cause so many people to remain overweight – and actually do something about it. Reducing calories is important to lose weight, but where those calories come from and the resulting hormonal and physiological responses in our bodies also must be addressed. Here are a few of the key players that must be in balance to successfully achieve lasting weight loss:

• Adiponectin: Your body is too low in this very important fat burning hormone.

• Ghrelin: This hunger hormone is way too high and you find yourself fighting cravings.

• Insulin: This hormone becomes less effective at lowering your blood sugar, and most of the carbohydrates you consume are stored directly as fat.

• Cortisol: This stress hormone not only breaks down muscle for energy, but also deposits fat directly in your belly.

• Leptin: Your brain no longer responds to this satiating hormone, and you continue to eat way past what your body requires.

• Dopamine: You no longer respond to this pleasurable chemical, and a relentless biochemical drive in your brain tells you to continue eating.

Dr. Lisa E. Heuer provides a medically supervised weight loss program and has clinical expertise in the neurobiology of weight management, nutrition, and exercise physiology. Her office is located at 99 Main St. in Nyack. For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Heuer at 914-714-8957 or or visit



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