Functional Medicine approaches hormonal dysfunction by taking into account the multiple hormones working together in varying levels in a shifting environment. This holistic approach analyzes the interconnection of several factors impacting the hormonal balance.
There is complexity involved since the web of hormonal interactions tend to vary from patient to patient. An emerging weight loss program called Metabolic Renewal applies the same view as the program creates a customized weight loss intervention plan based on the assessment of a participant’s hormone type/s.
However scientific studies have yet to lend support to the efficiency of this functional approach if clinically applied as a weight loss intervention program. Metabolic renewal reviews vary. While the program garnered positive feedback about the efficiency of metabolism renewal to achieve weight loss, the general consensus is that the results are short term.
This denotes that after a while, a relapse of the hormonal imbalance could trigger another web of hormone interactions.
About the Metabolic Renewal Program and What It Offers as a Weight Loss Intervention Approach
The hormone-centric Metabolic Renewal program was designed and being clinically supervised by Dr. Jade Teta, who practices integrative medicine, whilst specializing in natural health and fitness. The program is designed specifically for women as the holistic approach addresses hormone imbalances occurring in women. It includes a 12-week, 3-times-a-day meal plan and 15-minute workouts, all tailored according to the hormone type of individual participants.
Although engagement is only for a 12-week period, the program includes access to guidebooks on how to balance hormone levels, especially if looking to eliminate belly fat. Apparently, the guidelines will help program participants apply the same approach in carrying out the metabolic renewal method on their own.
Still, in order to understand the potential impact of nutrition on hormone levels, it is also important to understand the concept of hormone sensitivity to nutrition.
Understanding Hormone Sensitivity and Why It May Lead to Hormone Imbalance
Actually, the hormone sensitivity concept is about the sensitivity of tissue or cells in responding to hormone signals. When hormones released by the gland send messages throughout the body, certain cells may either be directly or indirectly sensitive or resistant to the signals.
According to Dr. Joel Evans, MD, IFMCP, an educator at the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), “Nutrition can affect the sensitivity of cells to hormone signals in varying ways.”
The level of sensitivity to hormonal messages highlights the connection between hormones and nutrients delivered by way of dietary patterns or meal plans. Specific nutrients and diet patterns play an important role as they could result in beneficial or detrimental impact on hormonal imbalance.
Apparently, there’s a good chance Metabolic Renewal as a weight loss method may work even after completing the 12-week program. After all, participants are encouraged to make modifications on the recommended meals as long as the changes involve low carb and high protein nutrition, Fruits, grains, and oils can be enjoyed as long as consumed in moderation, while inclusion of processed foods must be limited if not totally eliminated.