We all know that hormones can have some surprising effects on our health and our moods. Among the most well known and detectable impacts that hormones can have on us include those effects that occur during premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and in menopause. Those hormonal changes in the body can lead people to experience mood changes, aches and pains, water retention and many other effects. For instance, hormones and diet are in a constant battle.
That said, some of the more subtle impacts of hormones are not as easy to detect and they could actually be the culprits behind the challenges you are experiencing in losing weight. Many people experience a time of fatigue in the middle of the day as a result of estrogen levels. That said, many people also experience food cravings because of ghrelin levels. While hormones are vital to our health and wellbeing, they can sometimes send your body some signals that don’t play very well with your schedule or goals.
Because of this impact on your mood, motivation and hunger levels, they can wreak havoc on your ability to lose weight quickly and easily. This also helps to explain why some doctors have been encouraging their patients to take on lifestyles that will encourage a better hormonal balance when the goal is proper weight loss or maintenance. Because of the close connection between hormones and diet, it pays to know how to win the battle.
The good news is that we do not necessarily have to be victims of the effects of our hormones. While you can’t completely rewire the way your body works, there are some techniques that you can use to help to make sure your hormones won’t have full control over whether or not you can successfully lose weight.
Your hormones and diet battle plan:
• Adopt a diet of eating healthy fats, lean proteins, and only carbs that are high in fiber. Before you get too “hangry”, make yourself a great snack to put yourself back on track. Mash half an avocado and spread it on a piece of whole grain toast. The fat and carbs will rebalance your blood sugar without the type of spike that would happen if you’d chosen something sugary…which would then only lead to a crash. This healthy fat and carb balance will help you to keep blood sugar and serotonin levels where they should be.
• Take walks early in the morning to ensure that you’ll be active, to get your vitamin D from the daylight exposure, to encourage the release of endorphins (feel-good brain chemicals) and to reduce the release of cortisol (the stress hormone). Even fifteen minutes will help you to get into a better mood and burn more calories. This will be critical to overcoming plateaus.
• Keep to a strict bedtime and waking routine. The better you sleep, the more likely your body will be to naturally balance your hormones. Better rested people will also have more controlled levels of gherlin, which means you’ll be less likely to feel “starving” and will be more equipped to make smart eating choices.