Weight Loss and hormones

Let’s talk hormones and how they may be affecting your Weight Loss:

Hormones have many important effects on women’s health. You feel like you’re doing everything right: eating healthy, exercising, not drinking alcohol and cutting off sugars from your diet. Yet your weight is not coming off as easily as before. What happened? Why is it harder to lose weight now? Why is the weight not going anywhere and in some cases, it’s even accumulating?

This makes you feel frustrated, angry or ashamed. You feel like giving up and just deal with this new you. You don’t have to settle.

Let me explain in a way that's easy to read and understand how your body works and what some hormones have to do with your weight.

Hunger is activated by the brain. Our brain sends a signal to tell our body what to do. This signal is sent by a system that is in charge of sending the messages from the brain to other parts of our body, its called the endocrine system.

As mentioned, this messaging system is in charge of sending messengers (hormones) to tell our body what to do. For example, when you go on a very-low-calorie diet, you’re affecting your hunger hormones as well. What you get is that after you’re done with “the diet”, you will feel hungry, maybe for months after, and then your weight comes back. You did not only affect your weight but also your endocrine system.

After years of dieting on and off many women find themselves losing control of how their body’s response to their eating habits. This creates a big problem that affects their physical body, their mind, self-esteem and relationships as it affects their mood too.

As women approach mid-life, they also experience a normal condition called menopause. Our hormones start changing and our body's start experiencing different symptoms from headaches, fatigue to weight gain.

Powerful hormones control your body. Let’s about a couple of important ones: Ghrelin and Leptin. They play an important role in your appetite and hunger.

Ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone, is released to tell your body “I’m hungry. Give me food!”. The result is that you increase your food intake and when this hormone is too high then it causes weight gain and reduced fat utilization. On very low restrictive diets this hormone will be released in higher amounts making you feel hungry most of the day.

In a recent study on “Spontaneous 24-h ghrelin secretion pattern in fasting subjects “, when you fast, ghrelin is usually released but not necessarily due to the lack of eating. During the morning time around 9:00am when you usually haven't eating for over 9-10 hours, most of my clients and friends have mentioned that they are actually not very hungry. Most of them will have a glass of water and coffee as soon as they wake up. Their breakfast comes hours later. Despite not having eaten for hours, they’re not hungry. As it was mentioned in the study, the fasting will actually control the release of ghrelin. But this hormone has other important roles. It appears to help control insulin release and plays a protective role in cardiovascular health. This well-rounded hormone has a job in many different bodily systems.

Leptin also is known as the satiety hormone, is the hormone produced by fat cells which turn off appetite and makes us stop eating. The main role of leptin is to help the body regulate its weight. Basically, the fat cells release leptin and tell our body we don’t need to eat and use fat as energy. When a person has too many fat cells, the sensibility to this hormone may be too low and the body doesn't recognise it, hence the person is always hungry.

Actually, the ideal balance between ghrelin and leptin lies between eating and fasting, your body type, your circadian rhythm, your mindset and your stress levels.

It's very common that when people set out to lose weight they want to lose it fast and see results even faster and this brings serious health consequences in the long term. By teaching my clients healthy lifelong eating habits this problem disappears. And the perpetual weight loss cycle is gone.

Slowly and steadily brings weight loss? Yes, Satisfaction? Yes.

Long Lasting results? Yes.

Control of your hormones? Yes.

Are you interested to learn more and find a hormonal balance, lose weight and feel in control? Reach out and I’ll be happy to help: hello@bodyglowfit.com