Did you know that being overweight often has nothing to do with calories or exercise? For a huge number of us, the problem is related to misfiring hormones. You have heard about some weight-affecting hormone issues, like thyroid and insulin imbalances. But other, more subtle ones could also be keeping you from the body you want. Below are 3 common hormone imbalances that could be causing you a lot of grief instead of excitement.
I can personally say that ALL 3 were big deals for me and #2 still is. Once I corrected those, I saw a dramatic difference. After bringing my hormones back into balance, I use exercise, proper eating and Total Life Changes products to help me reach new goals.
1. Leptin -Too Much Leptin Swells Your Appetite
Think of leptin as the hormone that says, "Your full, put down the fork." Under normal circumstances, it's released from your fat cells and travels to your brain, where it signals that you're full. But can be impeded by our consumption of a type of sugar called fructose, found in fruit and processed foods alike. When you eat small amounts of fructose, you're OK. But if you eat more than the recommended 5 daily servings of fruit along with processed foods with added sugar, your liver can't process the fructose fast enough to use it as fuel. Instead, it is converted into fat. As more fructose is converted to fat, your levels of leptin increase - because fat produces leptin. And when you have too much of any hormone circulating in your system, your body becomes resistant to its message. With leptin, that means your brain starts to miss the signal that you're full. You continue to eat, and you keep gaining weight.
Bottom Line: Reducing your consumption of sugar and processed foods will bring you normal appetite back into order and will help you to stop eating when you are full. Our IASO Resolution Drops will help you with this.
2. Cortisol - Too Much Cortisol Packs On Pounds
The so-called stress hormone cortisol can create all kinds of trouble for women who want to shed weight. When cortisol rises, it encourages the conversion of blood sugar into fat for long-term storage. Hoarding body fat in this way was a useful for our ancestors to survive when they faced stressful famines. Obviously, reducing stress in your life will help rein in this fat-storing hormone, but there's another very common source of the problem: daily coffee, which elevates cortisol dramatically, causing your body to hoard fat when you least need to.
Bottom Line: Find healthy ways to reduce stress: exercise, walking, laughing, yoga. Consider replacing your daily coffee with green tea, such as our IASO Tea.
3. Estrogen - Unbalanced Estrogen Expands Your Fat Cells
Although estrogen is responsible for making women uniquely women, it's also the hormone that can be the most troublesome in the fat department. At normal levels, estrogen actually helps keep you lean by boosting the production of insulin, a hormone that manages blood sugar. When estrogen gets thrown off, though, it turns you into a weight-gain machine. How do estrogen levels climb? Meat is one of the primary causes of increased estrogen levels. You take in a lot less fiber when you eat meat; research suggests that vegetarians get more than twice as much fiber as omnivores. Because fiber helps us stay regular, and we process excess estrogen through our waste, not eating enough fiber drives up estrogen levels.
Bottom line: Bring your estrogen levels back into balance by reducing or eliminating your meat consumption and eat more fiber.
Now you have a sense of how hormones dictate what your body does with food. Fix your hormones and your body will slim down without any extra exercise. Flush our all the toxins and sludge faster by adding in our Iaso Detox Tea.
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Khyrunnessa Rabbani -Interested in health and fitness, lacking the bod and six pack to match. Perfectly imperfect! Love your body the way it is and focus on better choices that keep the inside working smoothly.