Weight Loss Specialist

Endocrinology Institute of South FL -  - Endocrinologist

Endocrinology Institute of South FL

Endocrinologists located in Bonita Springs, FL & Fort Myers, FL

Weight loss is intimately related to hormone imbalances that can sabotage your best efforts at diet and exercise. When you struggle to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight, Dr. Orlando Fernandez at the Endocrinology Institute of South Florida specializes in identifying underlying hormone imbalances and creating an individualized treatment plan that restores balance and helps you overcome weight loss challenges. Whether you’re concerned about weight loss or weight gain, call one of their practices in Bonita Springs or Fort Myers, Florida, or use online booking to schedule a consultation.

Weight Loss Q & A

How does being overweight affect your health?

Being overweight has a broad impact on overall health because fat cells produce and release hormones and other biochemicals that regulate your metabolism and influence organs throughout your body.

Carrying extra weight strains your joints, too, especially your knees. In fact, if you’re overweight or obese, your risk of developing knee osteoarthritis is four to five times higher than if you were of a healthy weight.

Overweight increases your risk of developing severe health problems such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers

Why is losing weight and maintaining weight loss such a challenge?

Following a calorie-restricted diet and getting regular exercise are essential for losing and maintaining weight. However, you can do everything right and still struggle with your weight because of hormones that regulate hunger and appetite.

Leptin resistance is one example of a hormonal issue that causes weight loss problems. Leptin regulates long-term food intake and fat burning. When you gain weight, fat cells produce more leptin, which should lower your appetite.

Problems develop, however, because extra leptin in your bloodstream causes leptin resistance. As a result, leptin can’t do its job, and your hunger and food cravings increase.

Ghrelin is another hormone that can cause trouble because it boosts your appetite. After you lose weight, its levels significantly spike, making it hard to keep the weight off.

What hormone imbalances affect weight?

When you keep gaining weight and struggle to lose the pounds, Dr. Fernandez uses functional blood chemistry analysis to evaluate hormone levels, then develops a customized treatment plan to restore balance.

Three common hormone imbalances associated with weight include:

Thyroid hormones

Thyroid hormones regulate your body’s metabolism. When your thyroid hormones are too low, you gain weight. Conversely, if you have problems with unexpected weight loss, it could be due to hyperthyroidism, or abnormally high levels of thyroid hormones.


Cortisol helps regulate your metabolism and controls blood sugar levels. High cortisol levels promote fat storage, causing weight gain, while low cortisol leads to fatigue and weight loss.


Estrogen has a vital role in your metabolism. When its levels drop, your metabolic rate goes down, you tend to gain weight in your abdomen, and you’re at a higher risk of metabolic syndrome.

If you have any concerns about weight loss or weight gain, call the Endocrinology Institute of South Florida, or book an appointment online.