A Guide On How To Harness Your Hormones For Maximum Weight Loss

A Guide On How To Harness Your Hormones For Maximum Weight Loss

Weight gain isn’t just an issue associated with the food you eat or how much you exercise. It can also be affected by your hormones — and vice versa. If you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing hormonal changes and/or weight fluctuations, it might help you to discuss these issues with your doctor.

Drs. Daniel McDonald and Marc Wilson, as well as the rest of our team at OB/GYN Specialists, want you to feel comfortable and confident in your body. One of the best ways to get there is to understand how your body works, especially how many of its functions, which may seem independent of one another, are actually linked.

The link between your weight and your hormones


Many times, a person’s weight loss or gain is immediately chalked up to a change in diet or exercise habits. If you notice you might have gained a few pounds, you might become frustrated with yourself and start exercising more.

Conversely, if the scale says you’re lighter than normal, you might congratulate yourself for eating better. Often, however, larger weight fluctuations are due to a hormonal change or imbalance, which is something many people don’t even think about.

According to studies, hormonal changes can influence your appetite, including how much you eat and what you’re craving. They can also even cause you to store more or less fat in your body, depending on their balance.

As such, simply saying one must “exercise and eat right” isn’t always enough to create a real difference in your life, especially if your hormones are involved in your weight loss or gain.

Hormones that affect your weight


A large number of hormones important to your body can significantly affect your weight. It can help to talk to your doctor about your weight concerns and to find out if, perhaps, your hormone levels may be imbalanced enough to lead to the problem. Below, you’ll find some of the most common hormones that can cause weight fluctuations.
 

Insulin


Insulin is the hormone that tells your body to store fat. Sometimes, your insulin stores can spike, even if you’re not battling diabetes. Avoiding sugary foods and not overeating are great ways to help keep your insulin in check. You can also eat more protein and drink green tea to achieve similar effects.

Leptin


Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full. Unfortunately, those who are already obese sometimes experience problems with leptin not working the way it should. This can make it hard to lose weight, even if you’re doing what your doctor tells you, such as eating right and exercising.

Ways you can improve your body’s leptin sensitivity are to avoid inflammatory foods, eat more fatty fish, and sleep at least seven hours a night.

Cortisol


Cortisol is often known as your stress hormone because it’s released when your body is under stress. If your cortisol levels are chronically high, it can be hard to minimize overeating habits. Even those who are able to avoid this issue may still have trouble losing weight.

To bring cortisol levels down, it’s important to practice mindfulness, avoid stress, eat a balanced diet that does not involve cutting calories in an extreme way, and sleep at least seven hours a night.

Estrogen


Estrogen, the female sex hormone, can cause weight gain whether it’s extremely high or extremely low. Some ways to manage your estrogen are to get plenty of fiber in your diet, eat more cruciferous vegetables, exercise more frequently, and add flaxseeds to your diet.

Hormonal imbalances you can’t control


Again, even if you’re doing everything right and utilizing these tips to try to keep your hormones in balance, you may still require some help from your doctor.

Checking your hormone levels in order to find out which of these are higher or lower and which may require more balance can help. This way, you will know what is creating your weight gain or loss and how you can better manage the issue at home and with your doctor’s help.

A Guide On How To Harness Your Hormones For Maximum Weight Loss


Hormones are chemical messengers. The rising & falling levels of Hormones control your appetite, craving, where your body stores fat & critical players in diet success & failure.
The adrenal glands, located on top of your Kidneys. Can go feral in the presence of stress. Once the danger has passed, this baddle jacks up your appetite so you can replenish the energy you just expended... The result is weight gain, especially around your middle. First, cut off her main energy supply: Caffeine. This stimulant can increase Cortisol secretion. Laughter or even giggle can decrease cortisol levels by 39 %.
The Ovaries & Adrenal Glands. It is best known for its tendency to help pump up your muscles, your energy & sex drive. So when It's AWOl; your muscles, along with your Libido may atrophy, leading to a sluggish metabolism & weight gain. Start Resistance Training & Weight-Bearing Exercises (Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes, three times a week) which revs up your testosterone production. Cutting back on sugar may also help it thrive. Eating too much of the sweet stuff can turn off the gene that regulates the amount of active testosterone in your body.
Adipose Tissues (Fat Cells). It normally regulates appetite by signaling when you are full & should stop eating. But the fat cell where it hangs out start disappearing - that is, if you successfully lose some weight - it makes itself scarce as well... And When Leptin dwindles, you don't get them, okay you're done now... message. So you keep eating. Moving around extra pounds for too long can also wear it out & cause it to quit working, known as Leptin Resistance. Avoid fad diet that encourages quick weight loss & the inevitable regain that leads to Leptin resistance & instead take a steady approach to cut calories. Also, make sure you are getting plenty of Zinc: low levels have been linked with decreases Leptin output in healthy people. Include Beans, Pulses, Kaju, Dry coconut, Peanut, Almonds, Bajra, Methi seeds, Garlic, Onion leaves, Ragi.
The Gut. It regulates appetite. When your stomach nears empty, it bellows to your brain that it is time to chew something. After you have munch your lunch it chills for about 2-3 hrs. But when you lose weight, your body thinks it's starving & tries to reinstate its "set point ", so it ramps up GHRELIN production, increasing hunger to make you plump back up. A full stomach will send ghrelin packing, so load up on bulky but low-calorie foods. Even low levels of sleep deprivation can increase your ghrelin levels & lead to more body fat storage.
The Ovaries. It is responsible for the roller coaster of cravings that accompanies your menstrual cycle. When it's the least active, just before your period starts, you're most susceptible to binge eating. And when it rises, right before ovulation appetite suppressed. But paradoxically if it gets too strong it can overpower PROGESTERONE, called ESTROGEN DOMINANCE, which can make weight loss extremely challenging, if not possible. To keep it in proper balance, make sure you are getting proper fiber, which binds to estrogen & moves it out through your bowels so it doesn't go back into circulation. Aim for 400-500 gms of vegetables per day.

As scientists make cutting-edge discoveries, we're learning more every day about how these gremlins operate. And once you understand their natural behaviors, you can make them your allies.

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