Hormones and Weight Loss
Unfortunately for some of us (women) our weight loss is road blocked by hormone imbalance. If any of these key hormones that we will be discussing is out of balance, you will probably find it almost impossible to lose those stubborn pounds. Hormones and weight loss have a very definite correlation with each other. Diets of the restriction of calories kind, are not going to do you any good. Restriction type diets are the kind that restrict foods or your caloric intake. These types of diets not only leave you hungry all the time, but also rob your body of much-needed nutrients for optima health, they are usually boring as well. We need to learn that a “diet” that deprives us of good, organic, nourishing food, may help us to lose in some cases. Temporarily, but is not a healthy way to eat. This causes weight rebound, and even nutritional deficiencies. And, it is no way to live! If it is not sustainable, it won’t work.
If you spend any time on this website, you will find out the best alternative to starvation type diets. A whole food, organic, cleansing type diet is the best hope for losing stubborn weight. Along with your hormones getting in the way of weight loss, you also have a lot of toxic buildup in your system. If you eat the common “western diet” you will also need to do a major body cleanse, using your healthy, whole foods diet first, and then specifically targeting the organs you need to cleanse more to get them working normally again. Usually the liver needs some extra help, as well as the stomach lining and colon. More on Leaky Gut Syndrome here.
The Three Key Hormones
Cortisol: This is a steroid-type hormone made in the adreanal cortex of the adreanals. Other common names for this hormone is “the stress hormone”, and “fight or flight ” hormone. There is good reason cortisol affects us so much, as most of the cells in our body have cortisol receptors, allowing it to affect many areas of our body. If you live a stressful life, this is the hormone you need to get under control in order to lose weight. Some recent studies show that having high levels of cortisol in your body can even “force you” to gain weight. So if you cannot find any reason for how hard it is for you to lose weight, your lifestyle may be the answer (or your job, kids, husband, driving the interstate, etc.). High cortisol can also affect your sleep patterns, your fertility, and cause other hormone imbalances.
Adiponectin: This hormone is responsible for commanding your body to burn fat for fuel. Adiponectin is a collegen-like protein synthesized in white adipose tissue (fat) cells. Under normal conditions, it should be circulating in fairly high concentrations in the blood serum. Decreased levels of this hormone have been found in obese persons, and has been implicated in the development of insulin resistance. It has also been shown to be an important marker in metabolic syndrome.
Leptin: You know how you feel “full” after a meal? Leptin is the hormone responsible for that feeling. It signals your brain when you have had enough to eat. Meal timing and your sleep cycle can greatly affect your leptin levels. One nickname for this hormone is “the starvation hormone”, but it is also called the thin hormone. It’s name is from the Latin word “leptos” which means thin. Leptin is also produced in the fat cells and the signal is picked up in the hypothalamus portion of the brain. It is also to a lesser degree produced in the placenta, ovaries, skeletal muscle, breast tissue skin cells, gastric cells, and bone marrow. Leptin tells your brain to stop storing fat.
Problems begin when the signals to the brain are not getting through for some reason. This is called leptin resistance. If you have a never ending battle with feeling hungry all the time, then leptin resistance is the problem. Ironically, being obese or overweight is a cause of leptin resistance! So when you need your leptin the most, you develop a resistance to it, no wonder we have such problems losing weight.
The way we live today, our fast, modern lifestyles, most of our time spent indoors under artificial light is the major cause of leptin resistance. The ways to cure your leptin problems tend to be difficult to accomplish for most people. It includes eating a high protein breakfast (think smoothie), but you’ll need to eat it at sunrise to get the right affect!. That’s the difficult part, right? I did warn you. You want to get the light of the sunrise into your eyes as well. Eat three meals a day, no snacking in between. You must give your digestive systems a rest, so natural detoxification can occur. Reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your meals, and get the ones you do eat from green leafy vegetables, not from potatoes and pasta! The last thing you can do to reset your leptin back to it is normal function is to stop all eating three to four hours before sleeping.
More on what you can do to regulate these key hormones in another article that I have in the works…….. Stay tuned and please comment below and tell me your concerns about weight loss or whatever! I would love to hear your opinions and get to know who reads my articles.
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