The Connection Between Hormones and Weight Loss
How Your Hormones Impact Losing Weight
Hormones are involved in many major body processes including metabolism. When you have too much or too little of a hormone, you have a hormone imbalance, and that can slow your metabolism and make it challenging to lose weight.
Hormones and Your Metabolism
The main hormones that affect your metabolism are insulin, thyroid, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, and melatonin. When these are not balanced, you may experience weight gain, fatigue, trouble sleeping, or digestive issues. Let’s go into a little more detail on each of these hormones.
Insulin is linked to your blood sugar and fat storage. It allows your cells to use sugar for energy or storage and it tells your cells to store fat. Insulin resistance is very common and causes your blood sugar and insulin levels to rise. The high insulin levels cause your body to store more fat, especially around the belly. A diet high in processed foods and sugar can lead to high insulin levels.
Thyroid hormones regulate your metabolic rate. When your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, your metabolism slows. This slowing can result in weight gain, as well as fatigue, dry skin and hair, and forgetfulness.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone since it’s released when your body senses stress and agitation. While this is a necessary hormone for the “fight or flight” survival mechanism, it becomes a problem when cortisol levels remain high over a long period of time due to modern-day stresses (busy schedules, a pandemic, etc.) These high levels of cortisol can often lead to overeating and unwanted weight gain.
Estrogen is an important hormone for regulating the female reproductive system. But both too much AND too little estrogen can result in weight gain. When a woman is in her reproductive years, estrogen promotes fat storage to maintain fertility. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, her body starts storing fat in the belly area. The extra belly fat can also lead to a rise in insulin and insulin resistance.
Although we often think of testosterone as a male hormone, women need it too – just in smaller amounts. For both men and women, testosterone levels drop with age. Testosterone is necessary for building muscle, so when it drops, muscle mass decreases and fat increases.
Melatonin, also called the sleep hormone, increases at night and helps us sleep. When levels are low, your appetite may increase, and that too can lead to weight gain.
Reset Your Hormones
So now you know which hormones are linked to your metabolism and how they can affect your weight loss goals...but what can you do about it? You can RESET YOUR HORMONES in a natural way through your diet and healthy habits.
For one week, challenge yourself to make the following changes and see how good you feel. Remove grains, dairy, and sugar, both added and natural (like in fruit), from your diet. Instead, eat high-quality protein, lots of vegetables, and healthy fats at every meal. Make sure you get as much as 8 hours of sleep each night and limit your caffeine intake – no more than one cup of coffee per day. Journal every night, writing down three things you’re grateful for, how you felt that day, and documenting any uncertainties or excitement about tomorrow.
After this reset, you may notice you’re getting a better quality of sleep, your stress is lower, you’re less bloated, and you have more energy. You don’t have to let your hormones control your weight. Instead, reset them to feel great.
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To your health,
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