Hormones and Weight Loss: Why You Aren't Losing Weight
If you’ve been eating clean and exercising for a while, but aren’t quite seeing the weight loss results you want to see, you may have some hormonal issues going on.
Here are just a few ways your hormones might be affecting your ability to lose weight.
Hypothyroidism is not as uncommon as you may think. In fact, if you have been yo-yo dieting for years, you may be experiencing the symptoms of hypothyroidism. These symptoms include weight gain, difficulty losing weight, fatigue, joint/muscle pain, and mild depression. If this sounds like you, then your thyroid may be under active and throwing off your weight loss efforts.
Cortisol is your stress hormone. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol, which can then trigger an increase in your insulin levels. Heightened insulin levels will have you craving sugary, fatty foods. In addition, when your body is under constant stress, you will store more fat, specifically in the midsection.
The hunger hormone, ghrelin, can have you reaching for unhealthy snacks regularly. When you don’t get enough sleep, your ghrelin levels will increase and you will feel hungrier all day.
So, how do you handle some of these hormonal issues?
Sleep, more effective exercise, carb cycling and intermittent fasting will go a long way in regulating your hormone levels. In addition, eating enough of the right foods will help your hormonal output in a big way. Many women don’t eat enough when they are dieting and that can adversely affect your long term weight loss efforts. If you are really concerned, specifically regarding hypothyroidism, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider to do some testing!
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