How your HORMONES could be stopping you shedding belly fat.
Are you one of those people who have tried every diet going but can’t seem to shift the lbs, almost as if there is something working against your weight loss efforts?
Well, there just might be. Many people embark upon diet and weight loss regimes without realizing that a hormonal imbalance is going to make it incredibly hard for them to shed the lbs.
The body should be in a delicate state of balance when it comes to your hormones, but a variety of diet and lifestyle factors can offset this, meaning the body is more likely to cling on to fat, particularly around the belly.
Top 5 hormones that can stop weight loss
Insulin is the important hormone which a lack of can cause the serious disease – diabetes, but even if you are not diagnosed as diabetic, insulin can cause a real problem with your weight. A diet high in processed foods especially foods high in sugar and fizzy drinks can cause the natural insulin in your body to be depleted as the body struggles to process the overload. Cut down on ALL sugar in your diet to prevent this from happening.
The ‘female’ hormone, this can cause havoc with the female body especially when it is that time of the month. If you have higher than normal levels of estrogen, which can happen for a number of reasons, this can cause your body to store fat, particularly around the belly. To offset this, eat a diet high in nuts, seeds, berries, oats and lentils.
The male counterpart to estrogen, a depleted level of this hormone can also lead to an accumulation of fat around the middle. As men age, testosterone levels get gradually lower, and this can lead to a lowering of the metabolism, hence, weight gain. If you are 40 or older and feel like the lbs just don’t drop like they used to, you may have to change your diet to help lose that extra weight.
Cortisol is the stress hormone, and we all produce it to a certain degree, but when the body starts to produce too much it can cause havoc with your system. Leading a life full of stresses, like a high pressured job for example can cause you to produce too much cortisol all the time, this overloads your bodies hormone system and can lead to weight gain.
Produced by the adrenal glands, dehydroepiandrosterone is responsible for monitoring many changes in the body, including motivation, energy, sleep, mood and – weight loss. DHEA levels naturally start to fall as you get older, and the over 30’s will notice these changes. To combat this you should eat food with plenty of omega-3.
Hormone imbalance in the body can be helped just by changing your diet. The following foods are all great for regulating hormones and should be included in your diet-
- goji berries
- coconut oil
- fava beans
- raw cacao
- greek yogurt
Via Fit Life