The prominent question is how you gain weight again and again and how to reverse it. The belief that excessive eating and too little physical activity leads to weight gain and obesity is a myth now.

There is another cliché as we age it is likely to put on few kilos and have less energy.

You can reverse weight gain condition with clinically proven ways by fixing the hormonal imbalance.
Some triggers such as stress, environmental toxins, poor gut health, and aging lead to hormonal imbalance and weight gain issues.

Hormones regulate the biochemical processes in the body. Therefore, for its proper functioning, you need to bring your hormones in harmony to lose weight.

What are hormones: Hormones are chemical messengers produced in the body that controls and regulates the activity of specific cells or organs. Hormones perform an everyday activity like digestion, metabolism, growth, reproduction and regulate mood.

Follow the Remedies to Lose Weight with Hormones in Harmony

1. Cortisol Hormone:

Cortisol hormone is secreted by ACTH hormone produced and released by the adrenal gland in response to stress and low blood sugar levels known as F3 hormone (fear, fight, flight) or stress hormone.

Triggers: chronic stress, disrupted sleeping pattern, anxiety, low blood sugar levels
Effect: increase fat stores in the body and leads to a poor choice of food.
Note: stress hormones block estrogen

Include following simple tips to reset hormones to lose weight :

(1) Take up exercise as it releases brain chemicals (brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF) that improve mood.
(2) Basil leaves works as an adaptogen and stabilizes cortisol levels.
(3) Avoid excessive processed food and caffeine.
(4) Indulge in mindful eating practices, meditate to calm and socialize.

2. Thyroid Hormone:

Thyroid hormone is a combination of iodine and tyrosine (amino acid) in the thyroid gland. Two hormones secreted by thyroid gland firstly, T3 (triiodothyronine). Secondly,  T4 (thyroxine) to regulate oxygen and energy use by cells, glands, organs, and tissues.
The thyroid works with the pituitary gland in a feedback loop to regulate levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Its function is to stimulate the thyroid to produce more hormone.

 With the release of T3, T4, TSH, and calcitonin hormone thyroid gland maintain body metabolism.

Low TSH levels disrupt normal thyroid hormone function. High level of TSH makes thyroid hormone underactive.

As a result, produce less hormone that arises a condition of hypothyroidism leading to weight gain.

Triggers: stress, unhealthy food choices, gluten intolerance

Follow right nutrition for thyroid function to balance hormones to lose weight:

(1) Avail vitamin D enriched foods and supplements such as cod liver oil, milk, egg, oily fish and pumpkin seed to release pituitary gland that produces hormones.

Get the sunshine hormone/vitamin: a few minutes of sun exposure as a daily dose to sustain your hormones.
Vitamin D benefits: relieves symptoms associated with estrogen, weight, and appetite.
Note: vitamin D deficiency causes an abnormal release of the pituitary hormone.
(2) Coconut oil, a medium chain triglyceride boost metabolism that is good for heart disease.

(3) Include fiber in your diet: eat whole-grain foods such as fruits and vegetables for ample an amount of fiber in your diet.

3. Insulin:

Insulin stabilizes blood glucose levels in the body. But in the case of insulin resistance liver don’t take up glucose.

As a result, extra glucose wanders in the bloodstream that leads to a spike in blood sugar levels, weight gain, and diabetes.
Take right nutrition for your Insulin:

(1) Eat food rich in omega-3 fatty acid due to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties produces and balances hormones. It also helps to lose weight.
Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: flaxseed, chia seeds, walnut, tofu, olive oil. Omega 3 fatty acid supplement (500mg/dl).
(2) Fenugreek seeds: the presence of phytoestrogen ‘diosgenin’ in fenugreek seeds improve glucose metabolism, provide a therapeutic effect in diabetes and associated obesity.

4. Leptin or satiety hormone:

Leptin keeps hunger off and maintains healthy weight and energy in the body.
An increase in leptin levels could not give a signal to the brain hence it demands more food that gets deposited as fat in the liver and other parts of the body.

How to fix it with the right nutrition:

(1) Control portion size.
(2) Avoid sugary and processed foods.

5. Ghrelin or hunger hormone:

Ghrelin hormone is secreted by the stomach in antagonist to leptin hormone to optimize its functioning.
How to fix it with the right nutrition:

(1) Stay hydrated: drink water 30 minutes before and after the food. Dehydration can cause headaches and loss of concentration. Drinking water regulates body temperature.
(2) Eat protein rich food such as eggs, nuts, greek yogurt, quinoa, lentils, brussels sprouts, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

Note: According to an article published in Society for Endocrinology, high protein diet helps to lose weight. Phenylalanine, an end-product of digested protein triggers a hormone GLP-1 that makes us feel less hungry in contrast to ghrelin, a hormone that triggers a feeling of hunger.

6. Testosterone:

Although testosterone is more prominent in males but also present in females as well. This hormone strengthens bones and muscles and burns extra calories.
Study proves that muscle mass decreases 3-8% per decade with increasing age. Due to significantly low levels of testosterone, a decrease in bone mass density and loss of muscle mass occurs. With less muscle mass, one is unable to burn calories that lead to weight gain.

Our metabolic rates can’t change because genes determine our metabolic rate by increasing lean muscle mass. It burns more calories per hour than fat.
Triggers: Aging and Stress

How to fix it with the right nutrition:

(1) Eat protein-rich foods and magnesium-rich foods such as nuts and grains or supplements, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds.
(2) Go for strength training, gardening, take stairs to the office.

7. Estrogen:

Estrogen is primarily present in females but, its over-production can cause thyroid dysfunction, weight fluctuation, water retention, bloating and obesity.
How to fix it with the right nutrition:

(1) Avoid processed foods and alcohol.
(2) Eat organic foods and try to add more of flaxseed and fenugreek seed to your meal.

A balance in hormone levels is an effective way to lose weight.

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