3 Hormones That Can Hinder Weight Loss

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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.

1. Insulin

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.

2. Cortisol

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.

2017-12-05T13:36:14+00:00 By |Motivation, Weight Lose|123 Comments

123 Comments

  1. Sharon November 29, 2017 at 5:16 am - Reply

    A good piece.

  2. Brenda Gitonga November 29, 2017 at 5:19 am - Reply

    I love mails, i love informative reads thanks for this. Is also the hormonal family planning add weight?

  3. Doreen Mukiri November 29, 2017 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Very informative

  4. Caroline Omari November 29, 2017 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Thank you Jane Mukami for the knowledge of the 3 hormones and how to manage, I now have power to control my weight gain.

  5. Doreen Mukiri November 29, 2017 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Very informative.keep us Jane

  6. Hannah November 29, 2017 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks a lot for the information.You have been of so much help in regards to health and lifestyle change.May God bless you always .Kudos for the job well done lady!

    Regards

  7. Terry Gitau November 29, 2017 at 5:25 am - Reply

    Thanks you so much this was very helpful and it will be of much help and it’s educative as well especially on stress management and al be checking my diet well to avoid lots of sugar meals I really appreciate.

  8. Caroline November 29, 2017 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Thankyou soon much for the knowledge Jane .Never giving up on the fitness journey.

  9. Mercie November 29, 2017 at 5:26 am - Reply

    This article is quite insightful. It gets very frustrating when one is seemingly doing all the right things (exercise & healthy eating) but the kgs aren’t dropping as expected. I’m now aware of the hormones that need management and will intentionally do so. Thanks Jane. – Mercie

  10. Dan November 29, 2017 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Thankyou Jane. Always very informative & resourceful. Keep up the good work!

  11. POLLY November 29, 2017 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Jane am yet to start this amazing journey it’s all in the mind

  12. Liz karuga November 29, 2017 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Hi Jane, thanks alot for all the tips as i have really learnt alot especially about food and toning and i can see the body transforming.kudos keep up the good work.

    Liz k

  13. josephine November 29, 2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

    Dear Jane,
    Thank you for your educative and helpful-messages.
    Much appreciated.

  14. Gaudencia November 29, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Am glad to learn that i can control these hormones that can be a hindrance to my healthy journey with food..aint it just amazing !!
    *off to take my sweet potato for breakfast.*
    I look forward to Wednesdays coz i learn something new.
    Thank you Jane.

  15. Hafswa November 29, 2017 at 5:56 am - Reply

    very helpful….thanks biig

  16. Edith November 29, 2017 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Thts a gud one
    How much is DIM

  17. Eunice Waithaka November 29, 2017 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for that very important info. I have always wondered what to do in terms of stress eating. God bless you.

  18. patrick Watene November 29, 2017 at 6:02 am - Reply

    thanks for such healthy information keep them coming. God bless

  19. Kheri Hussein November 29, 2017 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this, I have learnt a lot.

  20. Sonnie November 29, 2017 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Thank you for this rich information
    Jane,what are the remedies of recurrent tummy bloating??

  21. Esther wandati November 29, 2017 at 6:04 am - Reply

    That was so helpful..thank you for the enlightenment and encouragement. How much are the DIM ?

  22. julia November 29, 2017 at 6:05 am - Reply

    How much areDIM

  23. Linda O November 29, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Jane you are a Gem(see what I did there?) thank you for your invaluable health bits and keeping guys in check. I look forward to ordering the DIM which I have just learnt about today.

    Keep the tips coming.

  24. Alawiyya November 29, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

    This was very helpful..I actually learn a lot from this mails
    Thanks Jane

  25. Cecilia November 29, 2017 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for the info I now know how to manage stress cos it has been hectac for me to lose weight from now I have faith will get to my ideal weight thanks sana Jane God bless you

  26. Emice Mugambi November 29, 2017 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Your blogs are so educative, and your heart so great and accomoditive. I don’t know if I would be this dedicated to help others. I have really struggled with weight loss but I trust one day I will get there.

    Regards
    Emice

  27. Kanze November 29, 2017 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Very informative… And interesting.. Now to the practical..

  28. Mary Lokor November 29, 2017 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Wow,that’s a very good piece of information and advice as well..Thanks Jane.

  29. Renate Wairoma November 29, 2017 at 6:27 am - Reply

    This is a very insightful post, I only knew about insulin but not the other 2 hormones. Thank you Jane.

  30. jael November 29, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

    nice article always wondered how to really reduce insulin levels naturally….
    thank you

  31. Pauline November 29, 2017 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Great info especially DIM will be on my way in the morning to stock myself with it,in regards to the rest I can say I do almost 95% of what you’ve advised.
    Thanks for being there for us and sharing all this important lessons be blessed

  32. Linda November 29, 2017 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Hey Jane, something’s I have never heard of but now I know. I have noticed that singer I started this journey of clean eating with your guidance, I cannot eat too much of wheat products and let me tell you that’s a great plus for me, I also have noticed that when eating I am making a conscious decision to have smaller potion’s.

    Thanks Jane for your love and guidance.

    Linda

  33. zippy November 29, 2017 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Haloo…..thank you for the article.My problem is estrogen.Am struggling with added weight fats in stomach and stretchmarks due to weight gain after using depo as family planning.I should manage it first.Am also a vegetarian and allergic to most of proteins so controlling carbohydrates is problem.

  34. Lina November 29, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Thanx again for this healthy information which is a important for our journey of managing weight loss.

    Iam sure many of us are struggling with those hormone you mentioned. You opened our eyes to know our

    body better in order to get good results at the end.

    About DIM pills I will try my best to have it. Though its a

    long journey from Nairobi to Dodoma Tanzania where I resided.

  35. Annastacia November 29, 2017 at 6:36 am - Reply

    This is awesome mukami.the issue of sugar is a thorn in the flesh.Almost everything we eat has sugar..u have actually helped me know how to manage insulin..esp the pairing of carb n protein.thanks alot..what are the natural remedies for hormonal imbalances?

  36. Carol November 29, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Great advise

  37. Faith November 29, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Great piece here,when am stressed I eat anything but I will try control that,about DIM does it have any known side effects?

  38. Ellyjane kathomi November 29, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

    How much is the dim.how long shd i take them.daily?tell me more.thanks.

  39. Mary November 29, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Wow good information. Thanks Jane Mukami . You are God sent to help His people . How much does the Dim cost.?

  40. Mercy Makau November 29, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Wow, this is very informative, especially about insulin and Estrogen. i will be ordering the DIM soon. Thanks and keep up the good job Jane.

  41. Jennifer Munene November 29, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Hi Jane.
    I admit that you have been a great help when it comes to my health. You have empowered me with the knowledge in matters regarding to cleaning eating. The artical above have also added more information that i require. May God bless you as you continue to do this great job.

  42. Daisy November 29, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Wow..Thank you so much Jane Mukami. I want to be a diligent follower of your weight loss program and hope in the process I will achieve my set out goals. I currently weigh 58.9kgs, which is not healthy with a height of 5″1 inches.
    Therefore, in the period of the next 2months, I want to be a testimony of a successful weight loss program.
    You are doing an AWESOME job darling, I joined 21 Days of Change with Jane Mukami last year February and the results of people are encouraging.
    Keep it up Love.

  43. Tessie Nandako November 29, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    this article has been so helpful, I just realized I take too much sugars. so insulin is playing a role in my lack of weight loss. thanks so much Jane. I am blessed to be part of your fitness family.

  44. Grace November 29, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Thanks for this article it’s really healpful. One this is that am stuck in starting to exercise and I keep postponing all the time.. Now am very stressed because am jobless and my stress levels are high. If only I can start with something am sure I will able to do it.

  45. mercy November 29, 2017 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Great article and such an eye opener I had no idea about now my weight check will be up to date.Thanks Jane keep inspiring.Good Stuff

  46. Laurah Vuchete November 29, 2017 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Thanks for the information Jane,this has really helped me. How much is the DIM?

    Thanks.

  47. Beatrice karinga November 29, 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Thanks @mukami for the good knowledge u share with us.

  48. Tabie November 29, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Wow…very helpful. Thanks so much be blessed

  49. Joy Naitore November 29, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Thanks Jane for that. I have been diagnosed with hormonal imbalance. is there anything i need to change in the diet.

  50. Florence Kamau November 29, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Dear Mukami,

    Greetings and my trust this note finds you well. Thanks so much for the information about the three hormones.

    Regards.
    Florence

  51. Esther Osiel November 29, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    This is very educative!

  52. Cecily Wamuuru November 29, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Hi Mukami,

    Thanks for your nice and enlightening email. At least I have know. Am in Embu how do I get my DIM and how much?

    Kind regards Cecily

  53. Brenda Odhiambo November 29, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I now know where my weight problem starts

  54. Winnie Kombe November 29, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

    How much does DIM cost? Thanks for sharing.

  55. arshley mutinda November 29, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Thanks Mukami, now I know

  56. Elizabeth Wanjiku kamau November 29, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Thanks jane for enlightening me

  57. jopsy njoki njeru November 29, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I must now confess how inspired i am by your commitment to touching many lives by relentlessly educating them on health issues specifically on weight loss which has to many proven a hard nut to crack.Congratulations and may GOD bless you more.

  58. jopsy njoki njeru November 29, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I cannot agree more,insulin,cortisol and excess estrogen are the main culprits that hinder weight loss.In addition to the management solutions highlighted above discipline and commitment are key.It is should be a long term affair in order achieve good and permanent results

  59. Olive November 29, 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I am so glad to have come across this article. I was diagnosed with PCOS two years ago which makes it challenging to lose weight in spite of efforts to eat healthy and work out. I will be placing my order soonest. Bless you Jane.

  60. heldar kerubo November 29, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    thanks

  61. heldar kerubo November 29, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    thanks for being there for us

  62. Mary Kinyanjui November 29, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Hello Mukami

    Good and informative piece. Very knowledgeable. Looking forward for more.
    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Mary.

  63. Jane Gitahi November 29, 2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

    GREAT INFORMATION

    what about eating the cruciferous themselves if you cant access the pill

  64. Pamela November 29, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Awesome
    Didn’t know about that
    Thank you jane

  65. Margaret kieru November 29, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Very informative . Thanks slot for the information Jane. How much is the DIM.

  66. Susan November 29, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    You encourage me so much Kane,may almighty God keep you long. You have changed my life so much..

  67. Margaret Karingithi November 29, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    very helpful. Thanks for the guidance.

  68. Elizabeth November 29, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Thanks Jane for that information I didn’t know about hormones

  69. Dorcas Wangira November 29, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Insulin.Cortisol &Estrogen.The ICE hormones of weightgain.Thankyou for such an informative and lifechanging article.I have gained 13 kilos in a year and I am at my heaviest ever.In my late 20s ,losing weight is much harder than gaining it.Now I understand what has been weighing me up quite literally.Thankyou Jane.I have the three steps in my December goals.I know it will help not just to lose weight this month but change my lifestyle,to control my hormones and not have my hormones control me.

  70. Mwendwa November 29, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Hello Mukami,

    Thank you for sharing the information. This has been really helpful. I was suffering from work related stress and I added so much weight.

    I will need the DIM, will contact your team soon!

    Be blessed!!

    Regards, Mwendwa ( Kenya)

  71. Maureen November 29, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Hi Mukami, interesting read thank you so much for the info how much is the dim

  72. Dorcas Ndungu November 29, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    DIM will try that for sure

  73. Judith November 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Now I understand why my weight fluctuates so much. I am often on treatment for hormone imbalance and now that I have read this I am better placed to understand my body and how to counter the effects of the above.

    Thank you so much for the weekly updates. I am learning so much.

  74. Lucy November 29, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    This information is so helpful,you are such a darling Jame,i will take care if my insulin levels,cortisol and excess estrogen

  75. Catherine kibanya November 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Very informative.At times we have the wrong information but thanks Jane Mukami.

  76. Wangari Ndung'u November 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Dear Jane,

    Thank you for this article which I really enjoyed reading. I was aware of insulin but not the other two hormones. I especially like steamed cabbage and broccoli, so I guess I should continue eating them and not give in to pressure when I’m told it is rabbit food :).

    This is very good information.

    Wangari Ndung’u

  77. Eva Mbanona November 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the advise. I lost 5 kgs from my first detox in august and now having my second detox. Knowing the 3 hormones will greatly help in maintaining the ideal weight that i desire after the detox. Thank you so much.

  78. Peullet Atieno ONYANGO November 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    This was awesome. I love it

  79. Winnie November 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Out of the three hormones, i was only aware of the effects of insulin..thanks Jane for the information. Now i know better.

  80. ELISHIBA KARANJA November 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Hi
    Thanks so much for the info this will be of much help,but my main problem is acidity,can there be a way one can use to detox where the ingredients are alkaline?

  81. dorcus November 29, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    great information i have issue with hormones thank you for giving me insight

  82. Sheri November 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Informative

  83. Elizabeth November 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jane for sharing this about hormones.now I know why I wasn’t loosing weight no matter how I tried.me and my hubby we just finished the 10day detox and we love what we see.thank you.

  84. Caroline Watiri November 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Very Educative blog. Thanks Jane

  85. Evelyne Njoroge November 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you Jane, this is very informative I have been learning new things with you everyday

  86. Faith Ware November 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    This was great information and very informative. As I am getting older I started trying to understand my hormone balance and this was a very good source of information. I’m also going to look into DIM here in the US.

    Thanks Jane!

  87. Joan November 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Very informative. Thanks.

  88. Joan Chemsto Tendet November 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Jane.I really appreciate the regular reminders you send me on healthy living and healthy diet.
    I am an endomorph and lemme tell you,without discipline with food,I can really grow…

    Thanks to you for the detox program.as much as I may still be looking chubby,I have managed my weight from 84kgs to 68kgs,this is from july this year to November.

  89. Milkah watheka November 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot Jane Mukami…..I have been secretly following the detox n a happy lady…..

  90. jela chem November 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    How much is DIM

  91. Rosaline November 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Woaw…Thank you very much Jane for your email and your online nutritional book…
    Am feel happy to know how I have gotten to know more about eating health and bad food…
    Please keep on enlightening us through your email….There’s soo much to learn about our bodies….food… and soo many stuff…
    Once again thank you…and may God bless you n the work of ur hands

  92. Stephanie November 29, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    This is so helpful am learning quite a lot. What other supplements can be used to balance estrogen levels despite healthy eating?

  93. Faith November 29, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    when it comes to stress levels…i stand guilty of this….delivering to all clients in my mentioned timelines gets me soo worked up I can barely remember to check my meals and end up eating the easist meal around…might not be junk..but most probably not balanced.

  94. Siama Yusuf November 30, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Very informative.. Thanks Jane

  95. Jackson .m. November 30, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Very informative thanks .

  96. patricia wambui November 30, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    wow!! how inspiring, surely people perish for lack of knowledge

  97. Lydia November 30, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Very informative. Thank you Jane.

  98. Purity Njeri November 30, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Thanks Jane quite educative

  99. Liliane November 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you Jane… Such a great read

  100. Phyllis November 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    very informative. i will put it into practice

  101. lydiah Njoki November 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    very educative.Thanks Jane.

  102. Molly November 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    knowledge share is what is needed of us all…………….Thank you

  103. Terry Odhiambo November 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for info No.2 my greatest weakness bt working on it.

  104. Tabbie November 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jane, great read.

  105. esther kimotho November 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much jane for educating us..may God bless you.

  106. Mildred November 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    A very informative read.Thank you so much Jane.

  107. Florence Muthoni Wanjiru November 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great information,God bless you Jane.

  108. Naomi Omolo November 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Do family planning pills also add weight coz they contain estrogen? Your mails are so informative. I love them

  109. Nancy November 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Hi, Jane.
    Thank you for the information, as for me I tend to eat a lot while stressed and also I struggle with excess estrogen.
    Hope I can be able to manage the way you have explained.
    I was 95kg 2015 Followed your program and dropped to 76kg, got lazy now am back to 80’s.
    Planning to start a new journey now.
    Regards.

  110. Regina Wanjiku November 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Waoooh thnx sooo very much

  111. Lucy December 1, 2017 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Thanks Jane.My weight is in control,coz I take plenty of water and eat lots of vegetables.My BMI is 22.More thanks for the information. I knew about insulin and cortisol,but had not thought about oestrogen.Lots of love.

  112. Lucy December 1, 2017 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Thanks Jane.Initially, I used to weigh 82 kgs.now I weigh 62kgs. thanks alot.

  113. jane isooba December 1, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Thank u so much name sake will follow all these guideline for the better mate of my health I appreciate it so much

  114. Ziku Washon December 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this important information!

  115. Jane macharia December 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    very informative. thanks Jane

  116. Myrah majani December 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Wow thats all I need at this time thanks janey.

  117. Judy December 3, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Thanx for the information kudos!!!!

  118. Najma Mugo December 4, 2017 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Truly empowered to make informed decisions

  119. L.Wangari December 4, 2017 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Wow…thank you so much Jane, I’ve identified the area I need to work on as far as the three hormones are concerned. God bless you as always.

  120. ann mwaura December 7, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    great read!

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