Hormone Changes In Men

If all the men in your life suddenly seem unhappy or sluggish, it may be because football season is still a few months away! Another possibility for that negative mood swing is his hormones.  While most everyone is well aware of the Menopausal changes women experience later in life, we rarely hear much about the changes in men.  In fact, men, like women, go through a very similar hormonal change called Andropause.

Every man experiences a gradual decline in hormone production as he gets older. Beginning at age 30, his body starts to manufacture less and less testosterone, losing roughly 1 to 3 percent per year.

Sometime between age 40 and 55, testosterone levels drop dramatically and signal the onset of Andropause, the medical term for the male equivalent of menopause. Throughout this process, men find themselves putting on weight, losing muscle mass, feeling sluggish and depressed, and becoming increasingly irritable.

They remember a time when they had energy for work and family, but those days are now few and far between. They find it harder to concentrate at work, and their workouts are cut short by pain or fatigue that didn’t previously exist.

The realization is even more troubling for those men who begin to experience lack of sexual drive and impotence. If the root problem — hormonal imbalance — is not treated properly, men can experience a number of physical and mental challenges, including health issues associated with weight gain and abdominal fat.

At Victory Weight Loss and Wellness, we can help you and the men in your life take control of their hormones!  Our Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs are customized for your individual goals and needs.  If you or someone you know is suffering from hormonal imbalance, contact our office today for more information.


Starting a Fall Weight Loss Program

With the unofficial end of summer closely approaching, it’s time to put away the “It’s just too hot” or “I’m only eating this because it’s summertime” excuses.  Many people find the end of summer a perfect time to start or restart a weight loss program to get a head start on the holidays!

Our friends at Women’s Health Magazine have 7 reasons autumn is the perfect time to get back in the groove – or start a groove of your own!

Cooler Weather is Great for Running
Seriously, could there be a more perfect time to go for a run outside? You don’t have to bundle up in your Polar Vortex gear just yet, and you also don’t have to carry a life preserver in case you drown in a pool of sweat (kidding…kind of). In other words, fall weather is the Goldilocks of outdoor exercise temperatures.

There’s Tons Of Delicious Fall Produce
Take a minute to really think about all of the roasted veggie recipes you can whip up. There are so many, and they’re all so good. Fall fruits and vegetables are at their peak flavor right now, so it’s a great time to rekindle your love for them!

…And It’s Also Slow Cooker Season
Allow us to praise one of the most underrated cooking appliances around: These things are amazing.  Take advantage of the influx of slow cooker recipes on social media sites like Pinterest. Making one or two slow cooker dishes a week will guarantee that you have some healthy dinners and lunch leftovers. It’ll also guarantee that your place smells phenomenal when you get home.

It’s Easier to Get Back Into A Routine
Summer isn’t exactly a structured time. What with beach vacations, long weekends, loads of backyard cookouts, and weddings galore, you’re probably bopping all over the place—so it’s hard to stick to a specific workout or exercise plan. But fall is a whole different story. Now that summer vacation is over, your weekly routine has more structure, and routines are key when it comes to forming long-lasting healthy habits, like making time for meal planning and physical activity.

Race Season Is Officially Here
Look out the window, and what do you see? Oh, you know, only tons of runners training for all sorts of races—marathons, half marathons, 10-Ks, turkey trots, you name it. Signing up for a fall race with a couple of friends can be a great motivator to get moving more regularly.

Your Gym’s Not As Packed
Not an outdoor runner? No worries—the gym is your friend here, too. That’s because so many people are exercising outside that the gym is way less crowded. That means you can get in and out in no time and not have to fight for space in group exercise classes.

You Can Prepare for Those Extra Holiday Pounds
Call it a pre-emptive strike: Unless you are inhuman, you will likely end up eating your fair share of sugary seasonal treats (oh hey, gingerbread men). And knowing this, you can get extra-fit in the fall so that by the time winter rolls around, you’ll be in such good shape that you will be better able to handle the temptation of all those pies and cookies. Having a couple months of eating well and exercising under your belt will make it easier to stick with these healthier habits through the holidays, plus, that way, you won’t start the New Year with new pounds. Score!


At Victory Weight Loss and Wellness, we help you take control of your weight loss success and “fall” into a healthy routine.  Our physician-supervised weight loss programs are customized for your individual goals and needs.  If you’re ready to start the journey to a new, healthy you, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.




September is Healthy Aging Month

September is upon us and it’s officially “Healthy Aging Month” across the country.  Along with late night campfires, Friday night football and changing leaves, we’re celebrating healthy aging!

To help you get on a healthy aging track, our friends at Health Aging Magazine are sharing their top ten tips for reinventing yourself this month!

  1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Pic­ture your­self at that age and be it. Some peo­ple may say this is denial, but we say it’s pos­i­tive think­ing and goes a long way toward feel­ing bet­ter about your­self. (Tip:  Don’t keep looking in the mir­ror, just FEEL IT!)
  1. Be positive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive. (Tip: Stop watch­ing the police reports on the local news).
  1. Have neg­a­tive friends who com­plain all of the time and con­stantly talk about how awful every­thing is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, dis­tance your­self from peo­ple who do not have a pos­i­tive out­look on life. They will only depress you and stop you from mov­ing for­ward. Sur­round your­self with ener­getic, happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple of all ages and you will be hap­pier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s con­ta­gious and wards off naysayers.)
  1. Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Come on. You can prob­a­bly do it. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)
  1. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appear­ance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept try­ing to tell you. Look at your­self in the mir­ror. Are you hold­ing your stom­ach in, have your shoul­ders back, chin up? Check out how much bet­ter your neck looks! Fix your stance and prac­tice it every day, all day until it is nat­ural. You will look great and feel bet­ter. (Tip: Your waist­line will look trim­mer if you fol­low this advice.)
  1. How’s your smile? Research shows peo­ple who smile more often are hap­pier. Your teeth are just as impor­tant to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing peo­ple notice, but good oral health is a gate­way to your over­all well-being. (Tip: Go to the den­tist reg­u­larly and look into teeth whiten­ing. Noth­ing says old more than yellowing teeth!)
  1. Lonely? Stop brood­ing and com­plain­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily. Do some­thing about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, land­line, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the fol­low­ing: Vol­un­teer your time, Take a class,  Invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee. (Tip: Vol­un­teer at the local pub­lic school to stay in touch with younger peo­ple and to keep cur­rent on trends, take a com­puter class or a tuto­r­ial ses­sion at your cell phone store to keep up with tech­nol­ogy, choose a new per­son every week for your dining out.)
  1. Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a con­ver­sa­tion starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local ani­mal shel­ter and vol­un­teer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)
  1. Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while.
  1. Find your inner artist. Who says tak­ing music lessons is for young school chil­dren? You may have an artist lurk­ing inside you just wait­ing to be tapped.  Have you always wanted to play the piano, vio­lin, or tuba? Have you ever won­dered if you could paint a por­trait or scenic in oil? What about work­ing in wood? (Tip: Sign up now for fall art or music classes and dis­cover your inner artist!)


At Victory Weight Loss and Wellness, we help you take control of the healthy aging process!  Our physician-supervised weight loss programs and hormone treatments are customized for your individual goals and needs.  If you’re ready to start the journey to a new, healthy you, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.