Struggling to lose weight? Does it feel as though everything you try just moves you one step backwards rather than forward?
If you feel as though the war of weight loss is just not a battle that you can win, there may be something else at play causing you to struggle like you are. That something is hormones.
While it’s definitely a must that you consume a proper diet plan and perform regular workouts as you move about your approach, at times, this isn’t enough. There are some situations where the hormones that are circulating around in your body are making results hard to come by.
By learning what these hormones are that may be impacting you and what you can do to point them in the right direction, you can ensure that you get back on track again.
Let’s go over the main ones that you need to know.
The first hormone that you must be paying attention to because it could have a large influence on your success is the thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are the ones responsible for stimulating your thyroid gland, which then determines how many calories you burn up on a daily basis.
If you aren’t secreting the right amount of these hormones, you may suffer from hypothyroidism, which is a condition where your body is burning fewer calories than normal each day. Check with your doctor for the best treatment options.
The second hormone to be aware of is insulin. This hormone is released any time you consume carbohydrates in the diet. If you have poor insulin sensitivity however, there is a greater chance that your body will store those carbs as body fat rather than in the lean muscle mass, or may not be able to get them into storage at all.
Insulin sensitivity is influenced by factors such as excess body weight, a diet full of highly processed foods and low in essential fats, along with lack of sleep.
Fixing these issues will help boost your insulin sensitivity so that this hormone doesn’t have a negative impact on you.
You've probably heard of this one before, cortisol is a hormone responsible to reducing inflammation in the body. Its need especially during those "fight or flight" episodes...although too much cortisol (just like too much of anything in life) can be detrimental to your health. It can quickly go from helpful hormone to catabolic hormone. Cortisol basically pulls sugar from the liver, fat and muscle cells in time of stress so its readily available in the blood.....to fight off your stress (which usually can be avoided with proper lifestyle choices). Too much of that slows down protein synthesis (which builds lean muscle) and fat breakdown. Be sure to get your regular sleep, exercise regularly so the body is better able to handle stressful situations and simply don't sweat the small stuff, life is too short.
Finally, the last hormone to note that plays a key role in the fat loss process is leptin. Leptin is a hormone that is going to regulate your incoming calories as well as your calorie expenditure. When it notices large mix-matches in these or sees your body fat levels dropping, it starts to shift in concentration levels and will cause hunger to set in along with high levels of fatigue, irritability, and a general sense of being unwell.
The mission of this is to get you to eat, rest, and stop the fat loss progress altogether. This hormone is a protective hormone that prevents starvation from occurring, so when you’re on an extreme diet or doing high volumes of exercise, it tries to put a stop to this.
If you’ve been doing a low calorie diet and have find yourself in a plateau—then its time to reset your leptin hormones. To help restore leptin levels, take a few days off of your diet, eat a very high carb diet for those days, and rest from all exercise....this is probably the only time I recommend this kind of wacky advice, but believe it or not it will reset your leptin hormones back to normal. Once that’s finished, you should find yourself feeling much better again.
So there you have it four hormones to keep in mind as you go about your fat loss program. If you can take steps to get them under control, you should see far better results. Check with your doctor if you are interested in finding out if your levels of these hormones are normal.
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