The hormones in your body affect when you feel hungry and even how your body stores fat. But your hormones can actually help you fight fat and assist you in your weight loss goals. But you have to know how to get them working for you and not against you.
Here are a few secrets that explain how hormones can fight fat.
Insulin – Eating a sugary treat will send your sugar level soaring. In response, your body will produce insulin to pull the glucose from your blood stream. When there is too much sugar in your body it is stored as fat. Eventually your body may become insulin resistant which results in diabetes.
The best way to fight this is to not eat foods that spike your glucose levels. Sugary soda is one of the worst offenders but any food high in sugar or carbs can produce the same results.
Cut down on sugary foods and drinks. Eat fruit instead of candy. The fiber in fruit helps balance the amount of sugar. The fiber keeps your blood sugar from spiking and also helps you feel full. You can also help prevent spikes by eating several smaller meals throughout the day instead of two or three large meals.
Leptin -The hormone leptin tells your body when it’s had enough to eat. But too much fat makes your body leptin resistant. This results in always feeling hungry instead of satisfied after eating.
You can fight this by eating plenty of veggies and keeping your weight down.
Cortisol – Do you ever wonder why you want to eat when you get stressed? Cortisol is the hormone that tells your body that stress means you need more energy. It’s part of our “fight or flight” response. This was probably needed for our ancestors. Stress usually meant they were being chased by a bear or needed to catch food for dinner. Their body required energy and an adrenalin rush to deal with these stressful tasks. They burned off the extra calories completing the task.
But today’s stress usually means you have a report due that your boss is freaking out about or you have too many bills to pay. Not the kind of stress that will burn calories.
Serotonin – This hormone does the opposite of cortisol. It helps to calm you which leaves you feeling less hungry.
To keep these hormones in balance try to find ways to deal with stress such as meditation or deep breathing techniques. Make sure you’re getting your required seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
Eat lots of spinach, asparagus or even some lentils. The vitamin B in these foods will help your body produce more serotonin and help you feel calmer and less stressed. And therefore not craving carbs!
Irisin – The recently discovered hormone helps your body produce good brown fat. The kind that helps you burn calories. It also helps fight insulin resistance. How do you get your body to produce more of this hormone? Exercise. Yes…one more reason to hit the gym four or five times a week or set-up a consistent work-out plan at home.
You can make your hormones fight fat for you!