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Hormones and Fat Loss – Beat the Plateau and Change Your Body

Orange Icon  Hormones and Fat Loss – Beat the Plateau and Change Your Body

Orange Icon  Hormones and Fat Loss – Beat the Plateau and Change Your Body

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We have all been there – we are eating right, exercising, and actually seeing some pretty impressive results when, BAM! You hit your plateau and can't seem to lose one ounce more. Why does this happen? You're following all of the usual diet rules – cutting calories and exercising more. So you should start cutting even more calories, right?

NO!

At this point in your healthy lifestyle change, I hope calories rarely cross your mind. Instead, you should be thinking mostly about controlling your portions and balancing hormones.

Hormones?! When was dieting ever about hormones?

Weight loss and hormones are so interconnected that each depends on each other to maintain the proper balance of health in the body. If your metabolism has slowed, feels "broken," or if you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with "problem areas," then hormonal imbalance could be what's keeping you from beating that weight loss plateau. 

Estrogen

Unfortunately, women who have high levels of estrogen also tend to have a difficult time losing weight from their buttocks and thighs. Studies show that women who are overweight actually have much higher levels of estrogen than those women who are of average weight.

It is important to make sure your estrogen levels are acceptable or you could experience "estrogen overload" (and yes, this is possible in men, too). 

On the flip side, women who are entering menopause or who are extremely active with low body fat percentages tend to have very low estrogen levels. According to Web MD, "Reduced estrogen may also lower metabolic rate, the rate at which the body converts stored energy into working energy. It's possible the same thing happens with women when estrogen levels drop after menopause. Lack of estrogen may also cause the body to use starches and blood sugar less effectively, which would increase fat storage and make it harder to lose weight."

Cortisol

Ever see those individuals who have a huge potbelly? Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, is instrumental at regulating blood sugar levels, maintaining energy levels, and helping the body heal. However, when this hormone is being overproduced because the body is physically or emotionally stressed, a potbelly generally ensues. High cortisol levels also increase risk for depression, sugar cravings, and overeating.

While this hormone is generally referred to as the "stress" hormone, it should be more aptly named the "sneaky" hormone. As I said, when our bodies are stressed, either physically or emotionally, cortisol production gets kicked in to overdrive. This means that if we exercise too much and overstress ourselves in that manner, we will overproduce cortisol. Sneaky, huh?!

Of course, I'm not here to condemn exercising. In fact, moving your body for 30 minutes each day can be very beneficial to your metabolism and blood flow. But those 60 minute sessions on the exercise bike or elliptical should be eliminated in favor of interval training peppered with resistance training. This will work the body efficiently and effectively without stressing it out.

Insulin 

The problem area termed the "muffin top" is directly related to the hormone insulin. Insulin is vital for our bodies as it converts glucose to glycogen, which is then stored in the muscles and liver. When we produce too much glucose, the extra glycogen is converted into new fat stores right in your love handles.

The main culprit behind elevated insulin levels is the high carbohydrate diets that most Americans eat. Prepackaged and processed foods are lousy with carbohydrates and our bodies just can't convert it all into usable energy. Instead, these excess carbs lead to:

  • •Fat from the blood being stored in our fat cells
  • •Our bodies burning carbohydrates for energy instead of fat
  • •Inhibited use of fat for energy

Combat hormonal imbalance naturally 

Okay, you get it – hormones help us function but can also lead to weight gain or inability to lose weight if they are misfiring. But that doesn't mean you're stuck with a slow metabolism and "problem areas" for the rest of your life. 

The best way to combat hormonal imbalance – naturally – is with a proper diet (surprise, surprise)!

Start by:

  • •Cutting out all (or as much) processed foods as possible
  • •Choosing natural and anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and raw nuts
  • •Eating more fiber
  • •Eliminating dairy, grains, and other inflammatory foods for 30 days
  • •Moving your body! Appropriate exercises and you can kiss those love handles goodbye and speed up your metabolism 

Now, instead of that list giving you negative thoughts like "How can I possibly make all of those changes?" or "Where would I even start?!" or even "I give up. Just hand me a donut."

Let's start with 30 days. 30 Days of eating the right foods in the right combinations meant to completely reset your metabolism and balance your hormone levels.

»Click here for 30 days of fat-burning, anti-inflammatory meal plans and recipes that will help restore balance in your hormone levels

Like I said, we've all been there (even me!) Yes, that's actually me, 30 pounds heavier, before I ditched processed food and transformed my body. 

»Click on the image below and transform your body in 30 days