Once You Reset These 6 Hormones, Getting Rid of Excess Fat Becomes Way Easier
6 Hormones That TRIGGER Belly Fat Storage(And How To Control Them)
Love handles and excess fat on your belly. No one likes those things, yet so often those are the first places you gain weight and the last place to lose it.
It’s not about body shaming. All bodies are beautiful and you should love you in all shapes and sizes. But it’s not about body image, but rather your health. Extra weight on your abdomen can lead to health issues down the road and the extra pudge that just won’t go away may be a sign of an underlying problem.
Excess fat on your belly, waist, hips or thighs is often the key indicator of a hormonal imbalance in your body. Your hormones play an important role in your metabolism, your cravings, where you store fat and your appetite.
Hormones That Trigger Belly Fat
Excess fat on your abdomen can lead to premature aging, diabetes, heart disease and other diseases. To tackle this problem you must take into consideration your diet, exercise habits, sleep patterns and mindset. Balancing your hormones is usually a key element, as the extra pudge can mean one or more of the following hormonal imbalances:
- High Insulin
- High Estrogen
- Low Testosterone
- High Cortisol
- Low DHEA
- Low Growth Hormone
Controlling Insulin Levels
You’ve probably heard about insulin. Paying attention to your insulin levels is important, even if you are not diabetic.
Insulin helps your body to process sugar in your bloodstream and carry it to cells to be used as fuel or stored as fat. High intakes of processed sugars, processed and refined junk foods, lack of exercise, overindulging in alcohol, experiencing too much stress, family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and excess belly fat can all lead to insulin resistance that can lead to further weight gain, diabetes and other health conditions. Considering that 1 out of every 4 North Americans has insulin resistance, it is clearly an important issue to pay attention to.
Foods That Help
Reducing processed sugar and processed foods in general is a definite key in your diet. Eating real whole foods (greens, veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds) is essential. Foods that can help control your insulin levels include fiber-rich foods and dark green vegetables.
Controlling Estrogen Levels
Estrogen is a hormone that both men and women have to pay attention to. Estrogen dominance (when estrogen is much higher in the body than other sex hormones) can lead to fat accumulating in the mid-section, obesity and headaches. In women, it can lead to breast cancer, fibrocystic breasts and ovaries and irregular periods, whereas in men it can add to the risk of prostate cancer. In menopausal women, it can also lead to depression, low libido, low motivation and memory loss.
Foods That Help
Diet is one of the best ways to control your level of estrogen in your body. Plant foods with lots of phytonutrients and phytochemicals are key to protect you from excess estrogen and estrogen-activity. Nuts, seeds, berries, oats, lentils, yams, rice, alfalfa, carrots, apples, ginseng, fennel and anise are great choices to help with estrogen balance.
Controlling Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is another sex hormone – a male one – that can lead to extra fat and health issues.
Testosterone is responsible for more than just your sex drive. It affects your bone and muscle mass, hair growth and sperm production in men. As testosterone levels taper off with age, it can lead to some extra pounds. With increasing stress leading to increased cortisol and belly fat converting into estrogen, testosterone levels tend to decline. Testosterone decline early in life can lead to obesity, depression, loss of muscles, low motivation, decreased strength, heart disease, osteoporosis and early death.
Foods That Help
Among many important qualities, vitamin D is linked to testosterone production and a longer life. Besides being in the sun, you can eat vitamin D rich foods like mushrooms, egg yolks and fatty fish. Brazil nuts, bananas, broccoli and oysters can also help stamina, muscle growth and testosterone levels.
Controlling Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is not bad, but too much cortisol is. When you experience stress, your body naturally releases cortisol into your system. In small doses, this is natural and not harmful. But when you are under chronic stress, that leads to a chronic elevation in your cortisol levels. Too much cortisol can lead to obesity, abdominal fat, low mood, memory issues and sleep problems.
Foods That Help
There are certain foods that can definitely help you with lowering stress and balancing your cortisol levels, leading to better sleep, less stress, less belly fat and better mood. These powerful foods include spinach, citrus, foods with zinc (pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, beans, nuts, seafood), foods high in omega-3s (flaxseeds, fish, walnuts), beans and barley.
Controlling DHEA Levels
Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands that influences your overall health, ability to lose fat and gain muscle, motivation, energy, sleep, mood, immune system, and libido. When you reach 30, your DHEA levels start decreasing naturally. Since cortisol and DHEA go hand in hand with the opposite effects, when cortisol get released into your body, DHEA levels lower. With chronically elevated cortisol levels, your DHEA levels can drop too low, leading to health problems.
Foods That Help
Yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques, stretching and other de-stressing techniques can help your DHEA levels. There are also foods that come to your rescue, helping your adrenals and elevating your DHEA. These foods include foods high in omega-3s, yams, olive oil and soybeans.
Controlling Growth Hormones
Your growth hormones have a major impact on your entire body, as well as your mind. They influence your appearance, feelings and actions. They are necessary for muscle building, tissue repair, bone density and healthy body composition. With age, growth hormones tend to decline, which leads to higher risk of abdominal fat, elevated inflammation markers and cardiovascular disease.
Foods That Help
There are many foods that can help you increase your human growth hormones and help you out as growth hormones decline with age. Pineapples, goji berries, coconut oil, fava beans, raw cacao, greek yogurt, spirulina, chlorella, nuts, seeds, raisins, watermelon, beets, lemon and healthy water can all aid your body in increasing human growth hormones in your body and fighting belly fat and health issues.
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