Ok, we’re going to be frank here: there are hundreds of hormones that affect your weight and we’ve got 600 words to talk about it. We’re not going to get technical, just going to give you to tips to make you healthy.
What Are Hormones?
Your hormones are part of the master control system of your entire body. They coordinate the body. They are produced in every single living cell and can influence and talk to every other single living cell. They can work throughout the whole body in less than a second.
Because hormones control, coordinate and communicate, it is vital we have the proper nutrition and lifestyle to support healthy, happy hormones.
If your hormones aren’t working correctly, these issues could result (and the most common hormone that affect it):
- Obesity (cortisol)
- Diabetes & insulin resistance (insulin)
- Hyper or Hypo thyroid conditions (triiodothyronine [T3], thyroxine [T4], and more)
- Osteoporosis (progesterone, estrogen)
- Cancer (human growth hormones)
- Sleep problems (melatonin)
- Heartburn, indigestion (gastrin)
And there are hundreds more.
Hormones & Your Energy
Of the hormones, a full half are dedicated to your energy production. If your hormones are not working right, under producing, or unbalanced, you won’t have good energy. Your organs won’t work right, you’ll be tired all the time yet you can’t sleep, and nothing seems to help.
Insulin is one of the key hormones. It is responsible for moving sugar into the cells so they can be turned into energy. If you have too much sugar for too long (too much is 100g per day or more), two things happen: 1) the cells that produce insulin get burned out and you have diabetes and/or 2) the cells of the body close the receptor doors so they aren’t poisoned with too much sugar, and this is known as Insulin Resistance.
Plus, the decrease in insulin in the blood causes fatigue. Spikes in insulin replaces serotonin in the brain, which gives us a false happy feeling. When the false happy feeling goes away, we are left depressed. The more sugar you eat, the more depressed you become.
So, the first thing you can do to balance your hormones is to cut your sugar intake.
Hormones & Your Weight
The hormones insulin, cortisol, human growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, ghrelin, and leptin, plus about 30 more, are responsible for your weight. Some of these move sugars into the cells. Some build muscle. Some control energy, and the last two determine if we need food and how much.
When you have poorly made hormones, you can’t build healthy muscles, and you gain weight that’s purely fat.
Let’s go back to the insulin. When the body has too much sugars, it just can’t throw it out. So, it stores these sugars in the liver and fat cells of the body. This is normal and natural. But, since we eat way too much sugar, the body stores way too much of it. This leads to fatty liver disease, liver cancer, and obesity.
Breaking The Cycle – Balance Your Hormones
This is what I do for you: help you fix these problems. My plan is 3 parts:
- Eat a proper, hormone balancing diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables
- Drink water – not juices, not sodas, not chemically flavored crap
- Exercise – we have a great article here to get you started.
It takes time to get your hormones balanced. But, in the first 3 months, you can get more energy and start losing weight.
Remember, bad in = bad out. If you want to build good, strong hormones and have them work correctly, you need to put in good foods. Yes, we can rebalance, even during the worst of menopause.