Hormones and Weight Loss

 

People believed for quite some time that losing weight was a straightforward equation with exercise and dieting being the only essential component. Research and studies, however, are showing that hormones can and do play an important role in making or breaking your efforts to lose excess weight.

A lot of individuals use the approach of consuming less and exercising more frequently. This makes a lot of sense, right? However, what doesn’t add up is cutting your intake way down, exercising your butt off, and not losing a pound or an inch. The blend of exercise and diet makes sense; nevertheless the inability to lose excess weight doesn’t make any sense by any means.

Hormones have the effect of dictating numerous things in the region of our physical and emotional world. For instance, hormones can play a role in that which we may or may not hunger. For certain individuals that could be chocolate or sweets and for others something salty or crunchy. Hormones may also play a primary role regarding the condition of our sexual drive and our immune protection system.

This means hormones have a lot of pull when you look at the chain of command concerning our physical body. With all of the hormonal chemicals inside our bodies managing our mood and our cravings, It’s no surprise that hormonal imbalance can wreak mayhem on our weight reduction hard work.

Insulin can play an essential role in your weight loss process. Regardless of how many calories you eliminate from your diet and no matter how much exercises you include into your day to day routine, if insulin isn’t stable, you may still have the desire to eat noticeably more.

Serotonin also performs a vital role in whether or not your dieting efforts will become successful. Serotonin also affects mood, in addition to appetite and food cravings. Without having the proper estrogen levels or a too low testosterone level, the fat reduction becomes quite difficult at best and stubborn belly fat may loaf around a bit longer than you want.

Cortisol is the hormone accountable for the flight or fight syndrome. Cortisol is elevated in situations where there’s the threat of danger. With excessive amounts of cortisol, appetites may increase because additional energy sources are now required to either fight or flight. This could thoroughly interfere with how much weight a person does or does not lose. High amounts of stress can spike cortisol, which can increase appetite for fuel and energy.

As you can see, it will always be essential to watch calories and include exercise in your daily routine. However, it’s equally important to be aware of your hormonal balances, as well.

 

In Love and Grace,
 

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