The truth is, most weight loss diets fail or produce poor results because they don’t take your body’s hormones into account.
Your probably thinking what has hormones got to do with me losing weight? Apparently a lot.
The fact is, eating a poor diet and a lack of exercise are definitely major reasons why you’re putting the weight on and why we’re facing an obesity epidemic. However, they’re not the only culprits.
There is another vital and commonly overlooked factor that has a major influence on why we’re getting fatter and why most approaches to dieting are ineffective and these are your hormones.
What Are Hormones Anyway
Your hormones are chemicals that transmit messages between the cells and organs. They are produced to manage the body’s many functions from breathing, controlling the body’s temperature, emotions, digestive system, your appetite and your sleeping patterns. This list is not them all as there are many more.
In a nutshell, hormones key objective is to create a balance both physically and emotionally within the body so that it functions effectively.
When your hormones are working efficiently you feel healthier, more energized and happier and you lose weight naturally and effortlessly
Unfortunately, our hormones are easily effected by internal and external influences. For example, even the emotions you feel can have an effect on your hormonal balance. They can also effect your outward appearance including the condition of your skin and the feel of your hair.
Furthermore, hormones influence your appetite and metabolism. This means that maintaining a hormonal balance is key to achieving long lasting fat loss.
The truth is, if you want to feel good, sleep better, have less stress, more positive thoughts and become thinner you need to get your hormones in balance.
Why Weight Loss Is Near Impossible When Your Hormones Are Out Of Balance
When your hormones are out of balance the body goes into stress. This can result in a wide ranging reactions that can include dehydration, chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, hypothyroidism, sexual dysfunction, diabetes and weight gain.
For example, when your body is under stress it releases the hormone cortisol into the blood stream. Cortisol can influence the brain receptors to increase our desire for comfort foods.
This is why you have a craving for sweets, chocolates and cookies when your stressed out. But we all know these comfort foods are high in calories and will accumulate fat on your belly, hips and thighs.
As you can see, if your hormones are balanced they can help you lose weight, but if they’re not they can actually work against you.
Hormones also effect your metabolism. When there balanced your metabolism works efficiently in converting nutrients into energy and burning calories. However, if your thyroid hormone levels are low the functions of the body begin to slow down.
When this happens you feel tired all the time, your mind is not as sharp, you feel cold even with the heating is on, emotionally you feel down and your weight increases rapidly.
As pointed out earlier your hormones also effect your appetite. Medical research has discovered that hormones affect the gland called the hypothalamus. It’s this gland that controls your hunger. Its also where the thyroid releasing hormone that controls your metabolism is produced.
The hypothalamus connects to the digestive system and through a complex system of numerological messaging it becomes the on and off switch for when you want to eat and when to put your knife and fork down.
This is why calorie restrictive diets rarely work especially in the long term. When you eat less or miss a meal your body releases hormones that stimulate the appetite.
Feelings of hunger makes you stressed which is caused by the release of cortisol which stimulates your brain to crave comfort food. You resist for a while, but as the stress level builds the food cravings increase and those donuts become too irresistible – and bang! the weight is back on.
Its for these reasons that dieting becomes a constant battle and over the long term this pressure is not sustainable. Like many you will have small weight loss victories, but these are short lived because when your hormones are out of balance dieting is like building a house on quicksand.
Getting Your Hormones Balanced
You will be more successful in losing weight and keeping it off if you eat the right diet, are getting sufficient amounts of sleep and taking regular exercise that incorporates strength and cardiovascular training.
In terms of the food you should be eating take your influences from the Mediterranean diet. Its well known that the diet eaten in Mediterranean countries protects the body from many diseases including heart disease and cancer.
The Mediterranean diets consists of foods that are low in saturated fats but high in mono saturated fats that are good for your health.
The staple foods include wholegrains and unrefined cereals such as pasta, rice and brown bread, vegetables, potatoes, olives, nuts, wild berries, low fat cheese and the occasional glass of red wine. Unlike the western diet, red meat, sweet desserts and dairy products are eaten occasionally.
The Mediterranean diet is naturally designed to keep your blood sugar and insulin levels balanced which is important for controlling your appetite and ensuring your metabolism works efficiently.
What About Weight Loss Hormone Injections
You may have heard about hCG, a weight loss hormone that has received a lot of media attention in recent years.
HCG which stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and is one of many female hormones that are produced during pregnancy. Its often referred to as the pregnancy hormone because its produced once the egg becomes fertilized. In fact, hCG levels are used to detect if a woman is pregnant.
During the 1950’s a doctor promoted the hCG hormone as a weight loss aid and its been popular ever since. Currently, there’s no clear scientific evidence that it actually makes you lose fat. However, this fact has not stopped many people paying well over $1000 for weight-loss hormone hCG treatment.
The treatment requires daily injections of hCG and is combined with an extreme weight loss diet that’s very low in calories. The hCG diet is often promoted as an easy way to lose fat fast. The hCG diet is also promoted to boost your metabolism which can help remove fat where its least wanted such as the belly, thighs, hips and arms.
Because of its popularity, there are several types of growth hormone weight loss products on the market. Many of these are homeopathic products that range from fruits lozenges and mouth sprays. The rise in the number of these products has prompted the FDA to issue a warning that certain HCG products are fraudulent if they’re promoted as a weight loss aid.
In relation to the effectiveness of HCG, the New York Times reported;
“Pieter Cohen an assistant professor at Harvard medical school who researches weight-loss supplements, said that aside from the issue of side effects, the use of hCG as a diet tool was “manipulating people to give them the sense that they’re receiving something that’s powerful and potent and effective, and in fact they’re receiving something that’s nothing better than a placebo.”
“But unlike other popular diet supplements, hCG, which is derived from the urine of pregnant women, has acquired an aura of respectability because the injections are available only by prescription.”
However, many of the doctors that prescribe hCG treatment have seen many of their patients lose fat even though medical research doesn’t support this claim.