Trying to Lose Weight? Know Your Hormones!

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hormones300Have you been dieting for a while and find that you’ve hit a plateau? Despite commitment and sticking to the rules, do you not see further progress? Or, perhaps you lost a few pounds only to regain more soon after. Many people do not realize that one of the causes of delayed or disturbed weight loss is hormone imbalance, especially in women. Here is what you need to know about hormones when attempting to lose weight:

Estrogen

Women have high levels of estrogen – a hormone which, among other things, helps lubricate joints and regulates the menstrual and reproductive cycle. While men also carry lower levels of estrogen, a surplus of the hormone in either sex can be highly detrimental. One way to check high levels of estrogen in the body is to eat a pound of vegetables per day. The fiber found in the vegetables will do the trick. Women should try to eat 35 to 45 grams of fiber on a daily basis, compared to 40 to 50 grams for men.

Cortisol

Your body creates cortisol in response to stress. Since many of us live stressful lives, our bodies could be producing too much of the hormone on a consistent basis – leading to fat cell storage, especially in the belly area. High cortisol levels have also been connected to depression and other maladies. One of the first steps to balancing cortisone levels in your body is to go on a caffeine fast – simply stop consuming caffeine for a few days.

Insulin

Diabetes and obesity go hand in hand, especially in America, where huge segments of the population suffer from both problems. If you’ve ever been overweight, it’s possible that insulin levels in your cell tissue became imbalanced and affected your body’s response to the hormone. Even after losing weight, you could still be experiencing highs and lows in blood sugar levels – because of imbalanced glucose regulation – resulting in fat cell storage. One method to reset insulin levels is to consume apple cider vinegar, either in liquid or pill form. Studies have shown that when apple cider vinegar was consumed before a meal, it significantly reduced blood glucose levels in people with insulin resistance.

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