Hormone Imbalance and How it Affects Your Weight

Overweight CoupleDo you suffer from weight gain even when you cut your calories and exercise regularly? If so, you may have a hormone imbalance. Science has proven that your hormones control how your body responds to foods, where your fat is stored, your cravings and your appetite. The following five hormones can keep you from losing the weight you need to lose.


Cholecystokinin is a hormone that is distributed throughout the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. It stimulates the gallbladder and pancreas. Cholecystokinin is known as the satiety hormone. It lets you know when you are full. When this hormone does not respond properly, you end up eating more than you should.


Insulin is used to process sugar into fuel. Insulin resistance is often due to a lack of exercise, excess stress, overindulgence of alcoholic beverages and obesity. When insulin resistance occurs, the body begins storing excess fat especially around the belly.


Ghrelin is called the hunger hormone. This hormone signals to the brain when the body requires more food to produce the energy it needs. The stomach releases ghrelin and sends a hunger signal to the brain. When ghrelin is sent at the wrong time, you may feel hungry when in fact you are not.


Leptin is an appetite suppressor. Fat cells release leptin to let the body know it has ample energy stores. However, researchers have shown obese people’s bodies do not respond to those signals. This results in eating when you are not hungry. Additionally, leptin controls cravings. When the body responds improperly to leptin signals, cravings can occur.


Irisin is known as the exercise hormone. This hormone helps turn fat into brown adipose tissue that can easily be burnt by the body. This hormone is released from the muscles during aerobic exercise. It helps increase metabolism, resulting in a thinner, healthier you.Healthy Couple

There are many things you can do to help reset your hormone levels. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals is one of the best ways to help you lose the weight. Additionally, taking vitamin and mineral supplements can help ensure that your body is receiving adequate nutrition.

Most health proponents are also realizing the importance of lean protein diets filled with complex carbohydrates. Protein helps the body use insulin correctly, resulting in more fat loss. Eating three meals a day and a couple of snacks can also help you burn excess fat. Your snacks should be a protein snack, such as a handful of almonds.

Detoxification will also help reset the body’s hormones. A detoxification program involves eating raw foods and drinking pure distilled water. Once the detoxification process is complete, it is time to begin a hormone therapy routine to help you get your hormones back in line.

Finally, make sure that you are getting adequate rest. One of the biggest causes of hormonal imbalances is lack of restorative sleep. Shut off all electronic items at least 30 minutes prior to bedtime to help the body get ready for sleep. When you go to bed, make sure the room is pitch black and cool. The body produces melatonin during darkness. If you do not sleep in darkness, melatonin stores will be low, which can result in hormonal imbalances.

Hormone imbalances can negatively impact weight. Just one hormonal imbalance can cause your metabolism to drop significantly. By learning about the hormones that can help you lose weight, you will no longer be frustrated when the scales keep rising as you keep eating less and exercising more.

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