Are you ready to have your mind blown? Being overweight often has nothing to do with calories or exercise!
Now, I know what you must be thinking, “oh here we go again – another opinion on weight”, well hear me out because the solutions to your struggles are inside you…just a little out of whack at times.
Let’s talk about hormones.
When your hormones are off balance, you can gain weight even when you eat less, because hormones control practically all phases of fat loss.
There are seven key hormones that dictate key roles in the body, including:
• Where fat is stored and how much you store
• How fast fat is burned
• Addictive food patterns
• Ravenous cravings
• Chronic stress or calm and relaxation
• Daily fatigue or nonstop energy
Diets don’t work because they don’t address the hormonal root cause. If you’re overweight, it’s a clear indication that your hormones are unbalanced. No diet can work if it’s working against your hormones and so many of us get caught up in the never ending roller-coaster of diet fads that it can literally have you feel like your head is spinning.
An intricate mixture of some 200 hormones circulate the bloodstream at any given time, each can signal different things to different parts of the body. The most influential for weight loss are the thyroid hormone, which helps regulate metabolism, and insulin, which allocates sugar in the bloodstream.
Nutrition specialist, Bobby Slay of YesWellness, suggests that by balancing key hormones you will be on your way to a healthy weight. Some suggestions below:
ESTROGEN – the hormone responsible for the development of female sexual characteristics (breasts and hips).
- Reduce your red meat intake
• Eliminate excess sugar or processed foods
• Exercise daily to promote detoxification
• Fiber is important in getting rid of bad estrogens and it also aids in weight loss.
CORTISOL – regulates your body’s response to stressful situations.
• Switch from coffee to tea -(coffee elevates cortisol dramatically)
• Slow down, breathe, and pay attention to what you’re doing
• Taking a magnesium supplement or B vitamin
• Consistently get better, longer sleep
LEPTIN – produced by the body’s fat cells and its primary function is to tell a part of our brain (the hypothalamus) that we’re full
- Taking an Omega 3 supplement or eat more Omega 3 rich foods such as fish, grass-fed meats, and chia seeds
• Decreasing your fructose intake by eating little to no added sugar
• Exercising regularly
INSULIN – created by your pancreas and it helps regulate glucose (blood sugar) in your body
• Getting enough protein with every meal
• Eating smaller (healthy) meals more often
• Eating low-glycemic carbs (fruits, beans, non-starchy veggies)
• Eliminating added sugars from your diet
Diet can significantly affect hormones and health – aim to eat:
- Balanced proteins from pasture raised animals, including lamb which has a lot of omega 3 fats
• Good carb from vegetables and fruits
• Balance carbs with proteins — never eat starches alone
Hormones are the catalyst of healthy or unhealthy weight and the more you understand about the key hormones the better you will be able to create a balance. Wellness coaches like to tell women to follow the 80/20 rule, strive for perfection and optimum nutrition 80% of the time and enjoy the not so perfect 20% of the time. It is all about balance, by not restricting yourself completely, you will find it easier to continue on the path to wellness. Find foods you love and learn how to balance eating accordingly.