Perhaps you’re starting to think you’re doomed to carry a few extra pounds. Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe the rules just don’t apply to your situation. It’s hopeless!
Hold it! Before you trade in your skinny jeans for stretchy yoga pants, let’s take a look at what’s really going on.
Hormones and Your Weight
You well know that certain times of the month bring cravings, binges, and weight gain. However, you expect this to last just a few days, and normally this is true. You wouldn’t be surprised to have weight gain if you ate like that every day of the month! And yet, for many of us, these hormones continue to wreak havoc for more than just a few days.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the culprits behind your weight gain.
We know this hormone well. It gives women their curves and is responsible for many mood changes. Men also have estrogen, but in smaller quantity. In fact, proper amounts of estrogen help to maintain mood in both men and women.
The problem arises when we have too much estrogen. This can happen more easily than you might think. Many meats are loaded with added hormones, and many processed foods are made with soy or soybean oil, which contain phytoestrogens that increase estrogen in the body.
The solution? Eat plenty of fiber-rich vegetables that will help to eliminate excess estrogens. The plus side is that they will also help to keep you full and reduce cravings.
Your fat cells produce this hormone that plays an important role in controlling your appetite. However, in an odd twist, excess fat causes leptin resistance, effectively shutting off your brain’s signal that you’re full. This may be as a result of increased inflammation triggered by excess fat. Your body starts to think it’s starving, and your metabolism slows down. How can you combat this?
Again, vegetables come to the rescue! The anti-inflammatory nature and high fiber content of vegetables make them the perfect candidate for restoring balance to your leptin levels.
You’re probably familiar with this one. You know that it’s got something to do with diabetes. Yes, insulin is what controls your blood sugar levels. When your glucose regulator is off, you may store more fat. Hence, even if you are quite thin, you may have unhealthy levels of fat. What can you do to balance your insulin levels?
Of course, eating more complex carbohydrates will keep your blood sugar levels more stable. If you want to go the extra mile, try just a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before you eat. Some studies suggest that doing this will help your insulin levels to remain more stable.
Cortisol is your body’s answer to stress. You produce this hormone to combat the effects of high stress situations. However, for many of us, that describes day to day life.
When you experience high stress for prolonged periods, your cortisol makes you gain weight, especially around your belly. It’s as if cortisol is yelling at you to slow down. This may also explain why high cortisol is often associated with depression — another signal that you need to take things down a notch. What is the answer?
You may not be able to take a sabbatical from stress, but you can eliminate certain things that tax your cortisol, such as caffeine and sugar. Wean yourself off by switching to decaf and using natural sweeteners, such as honey and stevia.
Losing Weight is Hard, Until Now.
Let’s be honest, even when you educate yourself about common weight-loss mistakes, it’s still hard to put the principles into practice on an everyday basis. You get busy, you get cravings, and then there are all those questions surrounding carbs and calorie counting.
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