For some people, weight loss can be time consuming exercise and it even seems impossible. Really, it happens that some hormonal imbalances can inhibit this process. Here are some tips to follow if you want to lose the excess weight.
Hormones are chemical compounds produced by the endocrine glands of the body. They favor a balanced functioning of the body and have a regulatory function. In case of unbalance, the hormones may affect emotions, weight and operation of certain organs. It is therefore important to ensure a healthy diet to avoid these disorders.
Several factors can promote hormonal disorders, including:
- Poor nutrition
- Medical treatment
Here are three hormones that can affect the weight loss:
Leptin plays a very important role in the body, it is also called the satiety hormone. Indeed, this hormone sends a satiety signal, regulates the level of fat in the body and accelerates combustion. If imbalanced, it can play an important role in food intake and affect the functioning of some organs of the body including the female reproductive system.
To maintain the proper functioning of this hormone, it is advised to limit consumption of fructose. In fact, it inhibits the operation of the leptin receptors. Therefore, leptin may increase in the blood, but it will not be used as much because it is not recognized. So avoid processed foods and favor a balanced diet.
Cortisol is a hormone produced after a stressful situation. When produced in large quantities, it increases appetite and stimulates food intake. The person goes for predominantly sweet or salty foods. Cortisol also acts on fat cells by encouraging them to store more fat, especially around the abdominal area.
In this situation, it is advisable to moderate caffeine intake (coffee or tea) because it increases the cortisol levels. Also prefer relaxing activities that will help you feel good and de-stressed such as meditation, dance, painting…
Estrogen is a female hormone that performs many essential functions in the body and the female reproductive system. Its imbalance can promote excessive accumulation of fat cells. Indeed, when it is secreted in large quantities, it can induce a weight gain by acting on the fat cells and promoting the retention of water.
To restore the balance of this hormone, it is advisable to promote consumption of organic food. The liver gets rid of excess estrogen through the bile acids and the bile through the intestines during digestion. Consuming more fibers will help eliminate estrogen present in the bile. Do not hesitate to consume whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Finally, to maintain good hormonal balance, it is advisable to practice balanced eating and regular exercise. Promote consumption of foods rich in omega-3 such as oily fish, avocado and green vegetables rich in antioxidants. Contrary, the following foods should be avoided: sugar, caffeine, alcohol, soy or food with high glycemic index.