Hormones are ‘chemical messengers’ traversing the body and coordinating many complex processes such as growth, fertility, metabolism, behavior, feelings/moods, hungry, satiety, etc. The Body secretes and circulates 50+ hormones and our nutrition choices and lifestyle can moderate the levels at which these hormones are secreted.
As you go about your healthy lifestyle, it’s important to remember that hormones will play a key role in how your weight loss progresses along. Manage these 3 common hormones and you’ll see excellent results. Mismanage them on the other hand and you won’t be saying the same.
Which hormones do you need to know and worry about?Although there are many hormones at play, let’s look at the three main hormones that can sabotage your weight loss results.
The first detrimental hormone that can keep fat on your body is insulin. When insulin levels are high, this means your body is in ‘storage mode’, quickly moving sugar from the blood into body fat cells.
By keeping insulin levels stabilized, you’ll avoid this process from taking place and instead, more readily utilize stored fat as a fuel source.
How To Manage:
To best manage your insulin levels, you’ll want to consume a diet that’s low in simple sugars and rich in dietary fiber. Also be sure that you pair any carbohydrates you eat with a protein or a healthy fat. Choosing small portions of slow digesting natural sources of carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes over wheat or other processed kinds will help control your insulin levels. Maintaining constant blood sugar is one of the tricks to weight loss.
Next up on the list of hormones that you’ll want to be managing if you hope to get control over your body weight is cortisol. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone is a hormone, is released during times of stress, and this stress can be psychological or physical.
When cortisol is present in the body, it will be breaking down lean body tissues, and releasing sugar into the blood stream.
While if you are in a seriously stressful situation where you need to run from danger (such as if someone is chasing after you), cortisol would be a good thing, in today’s times when most of our stress comes while we’re sitting at our desk at work, it is not so good. All this sugar is great if used, but if not used, will quickly be deposited into our body fat stores.
Furthermore, cortisol promotes the accumulation of fat mainly around the midsection, so for that reason, it is especially harmful.
How To Manage:
The best way to manage your cortisol levels is to keep your stress level in check. Practice stress reduction tactics such as writing in a journal, exercising, meditating or taking a hot bath. Do whatever it takes to relax.
3. Excess Estrogen
Finally, the last hormone that you want to be aware of is too much estrogen. As a woman, some estrogen is normal and a must for a healthy body but when you get too much, it can promote the accumulation of body fat.
And in males, when too much estrogen is present, they can actually start seeing female-like characteristics forming such as excess breast tissue and a raised voice.
What causes this? Usually it’s the result of a diet that’s loaded with sugar, trans fats, and other toxins from unnatural foods.
How To Manage
The best way to manage your estrogen levels is to eat a clean and healthy diet full of naturally occurring foods and to manage your body weight as best as possible. Fat cells produce estrogen on their own so the more fat cells you have, the higher your risk for excess estrogen will be.
Keep these three hormones in mind and do all that you can to control them. They really could make or break the fat loss results you see.