The effect of hormones on fat storage

By Sam Witter on 26th July, 2016

slim lady holds a tape measure around her waist

Your body is a fantastic mirror. Why? Because it’s shape reveals what is going on inside of you.

According to extensive research, where you deposit your body fat paints a clear picture of how your hormonal system is functioning. Our hormones control just about every metabolic event that goes on in the body and hormones are heavily influenced by lifestyle, diet and exercise.

Therefore by controlling and balancing certain hormones in the body you can lose fat, build muscle and become healthier very quickly.

For example, the thickness of a person’s umbilical skin fold (stomach fat) is a direct reflection of cortisol (the stress hormone). Scientific research has shown that stomach fat indicates stress levels are high and/or the ability to handle stress is low.

The good news is that

1) It’s not your fault and
2) It can be changed

Below is a guide to how hormones can affect fat storage in certain areas:


Your body fat levels and corresponding imbalanced hormones can be improved and effectively managed through a combination of diet, exercise, a targeted supplementation program (ie vitamin supplements) and lifestyle modifications.

Over the years I have used different supplements with my clients to try and control hormone imbalances to reduce body fat, I have developed a tool to help you understand why you are storing fat in certain areas and what you can do to break through these stubborn areas.

Check out the Supplement Advice Map (SAM):


About Sam Witter

Sam Witter

Sam Witter is a personal trainer and nutritionist who has helped celebrities such as Coleen Rooney and Mel C achieve their health and fitness goals.

A love for sport and fitness growing up led him to pursue a career as a personal trainer. As he developed his knowledge of the way the body works, he became more and more interested in hormone and bio-signature analysis and the different hormonal effects of certain foods on the body.

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