I have struggled pretty much my whole life with out of whack hormones. Irregular menstrual cycle, excessive hair on my face, chin, arms, you get the point. I've struggled with acne, hair loss and hair thinning, mood swings, cysts on my ovaries, and the difficulty of losing weight ... just to name a few.
Today I want to share with you what I have learned about hormones and how they affect weight loss. They could just be the reason why you have hit a plateau and the scale won’t budge no matter what you do. You see, I had found myself nearing the fabulous '40's', 30 pounds over weight and no matter what I ate or how much I exercised, the scale would only budge about 5 pounds.
So, what do hormones have to do with weight loss... A whole lot, actually!
A sudden decrease in weight loss may not have anything to do with your effort. It may have everything to do with your body’s hormones.
Hormones control a lot of functions in our bodies, from immunity to behaviors. How we think, act, stay motivated, and even how our internal processes work all boil down to good old hormones.
If you’re having problems losing weight, you may want to check with your doctor to rule out a possible hormone issue. Don’t worry, though – it is possible to reset your body and get those stubborn hormones back on track.
What Do Hormones Do to Our Bodies?
Hormones are small control units that send important communication messages to every area of our bodies.
They control our emotions, tell us when to grow, ramp up the immune system when necessary, and help develop our body systems. They even coordinate information between systems to make sure everything functions properly.
What happens when our hormones get out of balance and why does this happen?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can affect the natural cycle of hormones. They can pretend to be a receptor for a hormone or block the hormone’s pathway altogether.
The results are out-of-whack body systems and hormone imbalances.
A hormone imbalance can also occur from an unhealthy lifestyle, like a poor diet or lack of activity. Of course, natural body changes that occur with aging, like menopause, can also be a factor.
Here are just a few signs that you may be struggling with hormone imbalance :
* Persistant Weight Gain
* Belly fat and loss of muscle mass
* Low libido
* Anxiety, irribility and depression
* Insomnia and poor sleep patterns
* Digestion Problems
How Hormones Affect Weight Loss
Hormones obviously have a lot of control over our bodies. Unfortunately, they also have the power to inhibit our weight loss once they get thrown off course.
Hormones control everything that leads to weight loss: the amount of muscle you gain, how energetic you feel, and your metabolism, for example.
If you’re not losing weight, you could have a hormonal imbalance that’s affecting one or more of these body processes.
You may notice that when you become stressed, you have a more difficult time losing weight. Why?
Stress can inhibit effective weight loss hormones and signal not-so-healthy hormones to start working.
Your hormones could even trigger unhealthy snacking habits and a lack of energy that keeps you from working out.
Weight Gain Hormones to Watch
Some hormones are nicknamed “weight gain hormones” because of their ability to contribute to weight gain when they’re overactive. Here are a few important weight gain hormones to know about:
1. Reverse T3
Mark Hyman explains that Reverse T3 is often the hormone that keeps the thyroid hormone from working properly, leading to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is one of the leading causes of weight gain, especially in women.
Reverse T3 can become active when the “normal” hormone, T4, gets affected by chronic stress, unhealthy dieting, chronic alcohol or drug abuse, or other significant changes in your body.
Make no mistake — cortisol is a lifesaving hormone. When you are under stress it comes to your rescue, mobilizing carbohydrates and fat for instant energy. It also keeps our blood sugar steady while we’re sleeping and helps us wake up in the morning.
But when this “helpful” hormone is over-produced, our bodies suffer.
Cortisol runs unnaturally high as a result of our stress-filled lives, and that causes all kinds of symptoms and long-term health problems down the road. High cortisol levels can be deceiving — they allow you to be ultra productive, but at the same time they rob you of much needed sleep and keep you feeling wired too much of the time.
Cortisol is responsible for increased appetite, little energy, and even a loss of muscle mass. Your weight loss can suffer dramatically from increased cortisol levels.
When there is not a healthy balance between estrogen and testosterone in our bodies, this may cause excess estrogen to be produced, signaling more fat to sit around your mid-section making it harder to lose the weight. You may also lose muscle mass and gain weight around the hip area.
How to Balance Your Hormones to Promote Weight Loss?
So, what can you do to combat wacky hormones and get your weight loss back on track?
You can reset your body to regain healthy hormone levels, and it doesn’t always require a visit to the doctor.
Resetting your body is all about reaching healthy levels of weight gain hormones by counteracting them with weight loss hormones.
Here’s how you can take back control of your hormones in a safe, non-toxic, holistic way:
1. Reduce Stress .
Stress is the number one cause of hormonal imbalances, and you may not realize the impact it has on your weight loss until you find yourself 30 pounds heavier. You need to learn to slow down , relax and be more present in your everyday life.
You are an important factor in your weight loss success so it is definitely time to start a self-care routine. Take up a yoga class, meditate, go for a walk, soak in a nice hot bubble bath with candles while listening to relaxing music, anything and everything that helps you feel less stressed and brings you more joy.
2. Improve The Quality of Your Sleep.
Your body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. During sleep, your body heals itself and restores its chemical balance. Your brain forges new connections and helps memory retention. Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems won’t function normally. It can also dramatically lower your quality of life.
A lack of sleep can also contribute to weight gain by making you feel too tired to exercise. Sleep deprivation also prompts your body to release higher levels of insulin after you eat. Insulin controls your blood sugar level. Higher insulin levels promote fat storage and increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Watch your caffeine intake through the day and especially near bedtime. At least two or three hours before shut-eye time, cut off coffee, soda, tea, and chocolate, all of which have caffeine.
Your diet can be a major culprit in your ability to lose weight, even if you’re eating healthy foods.
Fruit, for example, increases leptin production. Leptin is supposed to signal to your brain when you’re full, but increased amounts of the hormone decrease its effectiveness, which can cause you to overeat.
Too many carbohydrates, especially refined and processed (think packaged foods, bread, sugar, etc.), on the system over an extended period of time can cause you to become insulin resistant.
To make a long story short, when you are insulin resistant rather than insulin sensitive, your body can no longer process nutrients effectively. Good food and bad food… your body can’t really tell the difference anymore.
In order to fix this, it is imperative to detox from carbohydrates for a period of time until your hormones get a chance to reset, you become insulin sensitive again, and you can properly process foods and lose weight again.
By improving your diet and digestive health, reducing stress, improving on sleep quality and adding in some healthy, regular physical activity, optimum health absolutely is attainable.
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I am a Women’s Empowerment & Lifestyle Coach guiding women to have more confidence, live an authentic and purposeful life & really connect to their inner power, get healthy inside & out and live a limitless life of complete joy, freedom and happiness.
I am happily married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years and a mother to 4 beautiful children. I believe that life is to be enjoyed & laughter is always the best medicine. I look at the body as an integrated being, taking a holistic approach to healing the physical as well as energetic body. Friends & family are most important to me, I love the outdoors and feel most at peace when I am in nature. I am a Certified Health Coach, Blogger & NWM Professional. I am also what I like to call a learn-o-holic who also enjoys running, hiking and going for walks down by the river. My mission: To help people 'Live Their Best Life Now'!