Hormones are fun. Especially when a woman is accused of “being hormonal,” right? I am mostly kidding but hormones actually play a huge role in how much you weigh.
The irony of weight loss and weight gain is… it is incredibly related to your hormones.
Ever heard someone say, “I want to check my thyroid to see if that’s making me gain weight or stopping me from losing weight?”
The reason you are going to hear people mention their thyroid is that it has to do with hormones.
The best way to fix your hormones and promote weight loss is to recognize the issue and understand that there are steps you can take to create change.
You do not have to focus on what you cannot control. If your hormones are out of balance and causing you to gain weight, keep reading to learn about what hormones are and how fixing their balance can help you lose weight quickly and naturally.
Stress Less: Easier Said Than Done
“Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on and on,” according to Psychology Today.
Basically, cortisol is the lovely name of what is released when you are anxious. That fight or flight response you might experience when faced with a dangerous situation (or what you perceive to be a potentially dangerous situation) makes you release cortisol.
Specifically, “Cortisol is released in response to fear or stress by the adrenal glands as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism,” according to Psychology Today.
But how do we reduce stress? The answer is not as simple as we hope. Stress and anxiety disorders are not going to be cured overnight, but if you make a conscious decision to make stress relief a top priority in your life, you will watch as change happens slowly… but builds until you’re truly seeing the results.
I want to keep the focus of this article on stress because stress is so heavily linked to what causes your cortisol levels to be high.
How To Get Stress Relief
- Try Exercise—this releases endorphins, too, which improves your mood (a hormonal imbalance can cause a bad mood on the other hand)
- Live for the now and the present and try not to spend too much time ruminating on the future
- Take a deep breath in and out when life becomes overwhelming
- Find something you love to do as an escape when stress is on overload
- Drink chamomile tea either before bed or when you’re feeling stressed
- Focus on the things you love to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed so that you can reduce your stress and feel better about your day
- Binge watch your favorite TV show to help to relax and unwind at the end of the day
Other Ways To Naturally Balance Your Hormones
If you want to lose the most weight – keeping your hormones in balance (not just cortisol) is key to helping your body shed weight easily.
There are a few lifestyle changes you can make that will quickly help keep your body’s hormone production in balance and help you feel healthier and better every day. Let’s take a look at a couple of ways you can help your body keep its hormonal balance and stay healthy.
Eat Less Sugar & More Fiber
As a general rule of thumb, fiber helps regulate and balance your body.
On the flip side, too much dairy or sugar can do the opposite… including giving us a hormonal imbalance.
Fix this by trying to cut down on the amount of sugar and dairy you consume, while making a concerted effort to include more fiber in your diet. You will balance out your body and your hormone levels.
Add Probiotics To Your Diet
Your good bacteria and bad bacteria have a big impact on how much weight you gain (or lose).
If you want to set yourself up to lose weight and not put on excess pounds, you will want to eat food rich in natural probiotics (i.e. Greek Yogurt or drink Kombucha) or take a probiotic supplement you find at most markets.
Follow these tips to help your body feel more balanced and healthy, and to naturally balance your hormones to make it much easier for yourself to lose weight.
If you’re feeling like you have a medical condition underlying your hormone imbalance, talk to your doctor about treatment options that are right for you. Just fixing this one problem can be the key to getting back in shape and feeling better than you have in years – so don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor if you believe you might have a hormone imbalance.
By Alex Adams