Many people believe that the reason for overweight is: eating to much and lack of physical activity. They blame their selves for not having self-control! But this is not true!
Only those who have perfect hormonal balance can lose weight by burning more calories than consuming. These people usually don’t have a problem with weight at all, because their hormones: insulin, estrogen, testosterone, thyroid and cortisol are balanced. But all others who have some hormone imbalance, are suffering from weight issues. Once the hormones are back in normal values, weight loss is easier than expected. Next find out more about hormonal issues you may have and how to resolve that problem.
People with this problem have very slow metabolism and beside stress other reasons for this are Vitamin D deficiency, gluten sensitivity and some hormone disruptors (chemicals) found in the environment. Symptoms of low thyroid are overweight, depression, fatigue, dry skin and sensitivity to cold. Try to balance this hormone, of course if the levels of TSH are not completely off, in which case you must consult your doctor!
First thing you have to do is to reduce the stress in your life. Use some of relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation, tai chi, breath focus technique etc.), exercises, eat healthy, find your self a hobby.
Then eliminate hormonal disruptors from your food and home ( very often are found in canned foods, furniture, pesticides, plastics). Some research conducted on animals showed that by taking oral probiotics, can be limited the absorption of bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastics.
Get Vitamin D, whether you choose to spend more time on sun or take supplements .
Take gluten free foods for a few weeks and see how your body will react to these changes. If your energy is back and if you lose some weight, you’re on a good path!
If your appetite is really big, probably you suffer from low estrogen. Other symptoms may be: irregular or absent periods, depression, lack of vaginal lubrication and hot flashes. So, if you have experienced some of these symptoms and you’re not in menopause, when the levels of this hormone are normally lower, probably your estrogen is low.
Eat food reach with estrogens ( flaxseed, sesame seed, lentils, peas, soy products , fruits and vegetables).
Increase magnesium intakes.
Regular exercise and regular sex.
Another issue with similar symptoms as previously; sex problems, fatigue, low metabolism, reduced muscle mass, bad sleep and depression.
Stop drinking alcohol immediately! Many studies shows that even small amounts of alcohol, decreases testosterone levels, and reduces metabolism especially in women.
Exercise and take a good sleep.
Minimize stress and take enough vitamins and minerals.
The most common hormonal imbalance and the most dangerous for your health. Why? The function of cortisol have direct impact on functions of other hormones – thyroid, insulin, estrogen in women and testosterone in man. Main reason for high cortisol is the chronic stress, unfortunately our daily “activity”. Results of this are: belly fat, bad sleep and sugar cravings.
Again, try to manage your stress and lower cortisol by using the relaxation techniques, exercises and being positive.
Take fish oil and phosphatidylserine supplements to lower cortisol levels.
It’s clinically proven that plants like Magnolia and Phellodendron have anti-stress effects and improves the weight loss in people who suffer from stress-related eating as well as improving the night sleep.
When your body becomes resistant of insulin, and unable to use it properly, it stores fat, so can be readily used as fuel, like your belly.
Symptoms of the imbalance of this hormone except weight gain are: feeling thirsty all the time, frequent urination, feeling more tired than usual, dark patches of the neck and arms.
Today there are many diets that can help you detox your body and reset your hormones, including insulin, naturally. You can try with Paleo diet and Zone diet to reverse insulin resistance.
Regular exercising and reduce stress.
Eat small portions of food and avoid all types of Carbs.
Balancing your hormones in a natural way, means changing your life style, but very soon you will feel the benefits of this choice!