Menopause, ageing, behavioural issues, sleep disorders. Hormones can save you or kill you and when if comes to our weight, it's the same story.
Now there's a diet designed to suit your hormone levels and they claim - no exercise is needed.
The amount of obese adults has doubled in the past 17 years with one in four children now suffering from the condition. Nearly 10,000 people die every year as a result. the question is, do our obesity problems simply come down to hormones?
Two women, same problem... same remedy.
Teri Robinson weighed 158 kilos, stripping 90 kilos in 12 months.
The food binging stopped, thanks to a simple blood test. Its called the Cohens diet, operating on the belief that obesity is not about lack of discipline rather a hormone imbalance. By analysing your blood they can determine how your body processes and stores fat.
"What certain hormones do is they're boosted by foods. So for example if you want to increase your growth hormone levels or your testosterone levels then you would eat more protein" says Dr Elstein.
Anti-ageing and wellness expert, Dr Michael Elstein has been studying the effects of hormones in men and women and their role with obesity.
"When you actually start putting on weight it becomes harder for insulin to work and when that's the case you don't burn energy, so easily, you don't burn fat so easily and then it becomes really tough for you to lose weight."
"I've lost 36 kilos and I've been able to do that in five months and it's absolutely amazing. It's the best feeling" says Monica.
33 year-old Monica Mato now weighs 62 kilograms.
"I feel amazing, um it's an awesome feeling to have lost this weight, I can vacuum the whole house now without sitting down for a break, I can bring the shopping in from the car without huffing and puffing, anything I want to do I can do it" says Monica.
The hardest part of losing weight according Dr Elstein is saying goodbye to the comfort foods and retraining old mindsets. "What I tell people to do is when you want to go and eat that cake or that chocolate, visualise it as poison. It's going to poison your system you have to visualise this poison going into you."
The amount of obese adults has doubled in the past 17 years with one in four children now suffering from the condition. Nearly 10,000 people die every year as a result �. the question is, do our obesity problems simply come down to hormones?
"It's more a secondary thing. It's probably more our eating habits and lack of exercise that then causes insulin problem that then causes a hormone problem." Dr Elstein isn't convinced of the Cohen's diets claims that it's only about hormones but concedes any diet or weight loss scheme that motivates people to lose weight cannot be bad.
"There is no magic out there. It's committing yourself to changing your eating habits to eating different foods for a long, long time" adds Dr Elstein.
Cohen's Lifestyle Clinic
Tel: 1300 264 367
Dr Michael Elstein
Tel: (02) 9337 3589