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Weight Loss Tips: Hormones

The Secret Battle of the Bulge

From conquering cravings to revving metabolism, hormones are the key to zapping flab. Here's how to use them to your advantage

Get Chemically Balanced

The Secret Battle of the Bulge // hormones and weight © Dan Hallman/Getty Images

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Hormones are responsible for more than just the occasional binge. Their ebb and flow in your body control nearly every aspect of your weight, from when you get hungry to where you're most likely to store flab. Even fat cells themselves secrete multiple hormones. (Search: How do hormones affect weight?)

Something else you may not know: You can make these powerful chemicals work for you. "People have a lot more sway over their hormones than they think they do," says Lena Edwards, M.D., director of the Balance Health and Wellness Center in Lexington, Kentucky. These strategies will help you take charge over five of the most influential.

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