Many of you may have had a question: I am following a diet and leading an active life, so why am I not losing weight? Those extra inches in the abdominal area are the hardest to get rid of. And the reason for that may lie in a hormonal imbalance. There are 6 hormones responsible for weight loss. Each of them requires a special approach to activate this process.
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In this article we will tell you which hormones are responsible for fat burning, and also how to "reset" them.
Leptin is also called the "hunger hormone." It is produced by the fat cells of the body, and its main function is to tell our brain that we’re satiated, or full. When there is too much fructose in the body, it transforms it in fat deposits. This creates leptin excess, and our body becomes more leptin resistant, meaning that it no longer can tell if you’re full or not. So you keep eating and gaining weight.
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How to balance the leptin level:
Getting enough sleep is a corner stone for a balanced leptin level. When you don’t get enough sleep, your leptin level drops and you don’t feel that full after you eat. Add more of foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, like fish, meat, and chia seeds. Also, try to consume less fructose and exercise regularly.
Insulin is a hormone created by your pancreas which helps regulate your glucose (blood sugar). When your insulin level is off balance, you have a harder time losing weight. If you eat sugary foods throughout the day, you work this hormone overtime. Trying to clear your blood from excess sugar insulin transforms it into fat.
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How to balance the insulin level:
Dr. Gottfried recommends drinking a glass of filtered water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. It helps regulate the blood sugar. In addition, try to consume more protein foods and low glycemic index foods, including fruits, beans, and non-starchy vegetables.
Cortisol is a so-called stress hormone which regulates your response to stressful situations. If you are putting yourself through stress all the time due to the lack of sleep, busy schedule, or malnutrition, it can retain cortisol in your body. In addition to that, while stressing out, many people tend to eat more sugary or fatty foods, which, of course, then add up as extra pounds and inches.
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How to lower the cortisol level:
Try to sleep at least 7 hours a day. Add tryptophan and melatonin containing products to your diet. These include cottage cheese, turkey, cherries, and kiwi. Reduce your caffeine intake and refrain from using your mobile phone or other gadgets at least 2 hours before sleep.
Estrogen is a hormone responsible for developing female sex characters (breasts and hips). There is a close correlation between weight gain during menopause and estrogen. At this stage, levels of all hormones drop, and despite a low estrogen level, its prevalence over progesterone can build up fat deposits in the abdominal area.
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How to balance the estrogen level:
To keep estrogen and progesterone in balance, experts recommend eating more vegetables rich in fiber. Also, try to eat less red meat, sugar-containing foods, and exercise regularly.
5. Thyroid hormones
Thyroid hormones T3 and T4 also assist in regulating body weight. These substances determine the metabolic rate. Hypothyroidism, that is, the lack of these hormones, as well as underperforming thyroid gland can slow down metabolism and result in weight gain. This can also be accompanied by constant fatigue and digestive problems.
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How to increase the level of thyroid hormones:
Reduce your intake of soy, iodine, caffeine, and refined carbohydrates. Eat more proteins, but we advise you to avoid gluten. Include broccoli, spinach, and cabbage in your diet. Try to enjoy sunlight more often and prevent stressful situations.
The male sex hormone plays an important role in metabolism in both men and women. Its lack could result in fat deposits and lower muscle mass, which in turn slows down your metabolic rate. Also, a testosterone deficiency can lead to higher cholesterol levels and increased triglycerides, contributing to weight gain.
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How to increase the testosterone level:
Cut down on foods with plant estrogens, like soy. Try to eat less starchy foods, alcohol, and sugary drinks, which lower testosterone. It is also recommended to avoid drinking water from bisphenol A plastic bottles.
As stated before, problems with losing weight can be caused by a hormonal imbalance in your body. Balancing them can help you to lose extra pounds easier, also making you feel better.
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