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

We've 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 the 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.

Pay close attention to these 3 hormones...

1. Estrogen.

Though estrogen is a necessary hormone for all women, it can cause problems if it falls out of balance.

Typically, women with high estrogen levels tend to have a difficult time losing weight from their buttocks and thighs.

Unfortunately, that extra weight makes losing additional pounds even harder! Studies show that women who are overweight have much higher levels of estrogen than women who are of average weight.

Not only should you monitor your estrogen levels, but it’s also important to make sure your estrogen to progesterone levels are acceptable. Otherwise, you could experience "estrogen overload" also known as "estrogen dominance" (and yes, this is possible in men, too).

Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

  • •Thyroid imbalance
  • •Weight gain
  • •Bloating
  • •Headaches
  • •Mood swings

Menopause

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."

2. Cortisol.

Ever see those individuals who have a bit of a 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?!

Exercise Bike

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.

3. 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.

And I'm not talking about healthy, gluten-free carbs such as spaghetti squash, quinoa, rice, and fresh fruit.

In fact, here are gluten-containing foods to avoid while balancing your hormones, and gluten-free foods you can easily incorporate (plus healthy protein!).

Gluten Chart

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

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 naturally combat hormonal imbalance — naturally — is with a proper diet (surprise, surprise)!

Start by:

  • •Cutting out all processed foods (or as much as possible),
  • •Choosing natural and anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and unrefined coconut oil,
  • •Eating more fiber,
  • •Eliminating dairy, grains, and other inflammatory foods (for at least 7 days), and
  • •Moving your body (without over-doing it)! Choose appropriate exercises so you can kiss those love handles goodbye and speed up your metabolism.

There's no reason to work yourself into the ground at the gym — or restrict your calorie intake — in order to see the scale budge.

Just start with 7 days. 7 days of eating the right type of food, while eliminating anything your body can't process, to completely reset your metabolism and balance your hormone levels.

»Click here for 7 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 start transforming your body in 7 days

 

 

Comments

Connie Gray
So is Isabella still on here? I see her advertising for another diet?
Veronica White
I need to lose 50 pounds.
Ora
I one to lost 70 pound
Ora
I one 70 pound
Tina Davidson-Collet
I have had a total Hystorectomy and I am now in the menopause state. I want to lose at least 30 pounds. I have tried working out and eating low carb high protein but nothing seems to help like it used to. I seem to gain instead of loose. What helps those that are completely into menopause?
Melanie Lyman
I've always been very active, but since i am premenopausal I have no energy. I easily become fatigued. I don't eat alot, but my belly is getting bigger. I do have a stressful relationship and my emotions are all over the place. My anger is especially noticable.
Cheryl Neubeck
I am such an emotional eater and eat junk food,sweets, chocolate, you name it, i recently had foot surgery twice on the same foot and have eaten so much and havent doneany exercise, i dont know what to do and how to stop eating?
Jouj
Does Isabel have a weight loss program such as 30-day challenge program for vegetarians?
Coach Chrissy

Melody - First of all, congrats on quitting smoking! That is HUGE accomplishment.
I highly suggest looking into one of our programs. That will get you going in the right direction AND we have everything planned out for you. Check out our SHOP SECTION and I think you'll find something that interests you!

Melody Romano
I quit smoking 16 months ago, I started gaining weight. 8 months ago I had a complete hysterectomy, and still gaining weight. I walk a mile a day, and I see no improvement. I never had a problem with my weight, When will this stop?
Coach Chrissy

Renee - I know we've been trained to pay attention to the scale, but it doesn't tell us everything. You're losing inches!!!! That's amazing! Losing inches means you're losing fat...yay! Sounds like you're doing great. Keep at it!

Renee Gries
I am on day 16 of the BD. I have increased my water like crazy and followed the meal plan. I am only down a few pounds. I can feel like I have lost inches but the scale has not moved very much. Am I doing something wrong? Please help!! I am getting a bit discourage!!! Thanks in advance!!
Coach Chrissy

Paula - You may really benefit from our Gut Renewal Program. I honestly think that would be a great first step!

Paula Parsons
I have asked many times and many people these questions or concerns. I am 51 years old. I had to have a complete hysterectomy in2016 and also have a low thyroid. I recently have found that I have been having issues with my stomach and have to be very careful what I eat. I need to lose weight. I know that it took time to put it on and so I know that there is no quick fix to losing the weight either. I want something that is going to help with the cravings and also helps with this Horman change that I have been fighting for over a year now. I know that it will take work but I just feel defeated all the time now no matter what I do. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time.
Coach Chrissy
Hi Tammy! You could always join us in the 30 Day Transformation Challenge which will be starting on January 2nd! Just click on the link in the article and you'll get more information on it!
Tammy Sharpe
Would like to lose weight