You’ve tried diet pills, packaged meals, points, calorie counting, gym workouts – and still you’re weight is creeping up. As a result your weight is negatively affecting your health, your self confidence and your social life. And you are left feeling helpless to do anything about it.
Could anything be more frustrating? After all, you feel like you’re doing everything right, but you can’t do anything right. You may as well just give up and resign yourself to a life of fatness, right?
Hormone Hell ( & Heaven)
Well, there’s something you need to know before you throw in the towel. Don’t blame it on yourself – blame it on your hormones.
Yes, your hormones.
And it is your hormones that are stopping you from reaching your weight loss goals. Here are 4 reasons why:
Your body is not producing enough Adiponectin: Adiponectin is the hormone that tells your body to start using fat for fuel. The more of this hormone we have circulating in our body, the more fat we burn. The more fat you have, the lower your levels of Adiponectin. To boost your levels you need a kick-start. Here’s how to boost your levels:
Increase your magnesium intake either by supplementation or by eating pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables like kale
Undergo intermittent fasting (fast one day, eat the next)
Your body has too much Ghrelin: Ghrelin is known as the hunger hormone – the more of it you have in your system the hungrier you are. It elevates the brain’s response to highly addictive, sugary foods. This causes you to eat more – mostly at night. To lower your Ghrelin levels:
Make sure that you are getting 6-8 hours of quality sleep each night
Your body has an insulin imbalance. This results in excess glucose in your system. As a result your body’s insulin regulator becomes less effective at lowering your blood sugars. The end result is that, rather than suing the excess sugars for energy, most of the carbohydrates you eat get stored as fat. To balance out your insulin levels:
Consume 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high carb meal
You body has a Cortisol overload. Cortisol is produced by the body in response to stress. Our stress-inducing environment makes it a piece of cake to overload on cortisol. The bad news is that excess cortisol increases your cravings for sweets and carbs. It also causes your body to break down muscle tissue for energy. In addition, elevated cortisol levels make you store more fat in the abdominal region. High cortisol levels are also linked to depression – and when we’re feeling down it’s a lot easier to reach for some comfort food.
To reduce cortisol levels you need to reduce stress. Here’s a quick way to do just that:
Sit comfortably. Breathe in through your nose and count to four. Hold it for 2 seconds. Make sure to breathe into your belly. Then breathe out through your mouth. Now pause for 1 second. Repeat this 8 times.
The four key hormones outlined above are major barriers to losing weight. We’ve given you some key tips to controlling them. Apply them immediately and you’ll finally be able to overcome your fat frustration and transform your body into a fat melting machine.