Tips To Turn Off Your Weight Gain Hormones

The bottom line is sometimes weight loss has little to do with exercise and your calorie intake. For many people, the problem stems from hormonal imbalances. Hormonal issues related to thyroid and insulin are well known. Both can lead to weight gain. People who have underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism) have a low metabolic rate. Their metabolism continues to slow regardless of any caloric deficits created. Other less known hormonal problems related to weight gain include:

1. Leptin

Leptin is the appetite regulating hormone that signals the brain to stop eating, making you feel full. However, consuming too much sugar can cause problems with your leptin levels, inhibiting its signals. Leptin levels can be negatively affected by high levels of fructose in the body from processed foods with added sugars and fruit, which is why you should stick to 5 servings of fruit a day.

Since your liver cannot process fructose fast enough, the body converts the excess to fat and transfers it to the blood as triglycerides. The blood deposits these fats in the liver and other regions in your tummy. As more fat is formed from fructose, your leptin levels rise as well creating leptin resistance in the body. This causes the body to miss your feeling-full signal, making you overeat.

2. Estrogen

Although estrogen is weight loss friendly, an imbalance in this hormone can turn tables. An unsteady rise in estrogen levels stimulates insulin resistance in the body. This accumulates sugar in the bloodstream and pushes the body to convert the sugars to fat. To ensure that estrogen remains your lifelong friend, you need to consume more protein. Look for high quality protein sources such as grassfed beef, organic poultry, organic milk, eggs and legumes.

3. Testosterone

Our bodies are exposed to a multitude of toxins every day. Some of these toxins are present in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the products we use on our hair and skin. These toxins work similar to estrogen when absorbed into the body. When estrogen levels exceed your testosterone levels, you may experience a negative impact on your metabolism and muscle development and thus, weight loss.

4. Cortisol

One of the most hated hormones, the stress hormone, cortisol, can put your body into complete fat-storage mode. Stress is the main culprit so your best bet would be to practice ways to reduce it. Coffee is an excellent cortisol-buster so starting your day with a cup of Joe isn’t as bad as you may think.

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