4 Ways to Make Sure Your Hormones Help, Rather than Hinder Your Weight Loss Efforts
Poor balance of vital hormones such as the thyroid, insulin, cortisol and testosterone chemical messengers, can affect how your weight-loss journey goes. If your weight loss efforts don’t seem as effective as you would like, it’s possible that it’s your hormones that are to blame. What follows are tips on how to get your hormones into weight-loss mode so that they help in, rather than get in the way of, your efforts.
Make sure that your thyroid gland is healthy
Good thyroid health is crucial to effective weight loss. Healthy nutritional habits are a big part of keeping your thyroid gland in good shape.
Hypothyroidism is one form of thyroid disorder. When the thyroid gland underperforms, as it does in 10 percent of men and 20 percent of women, it slows down your metabolism and makes it harder for you to lose weight.
Studies show that 1 in 3 people around the world are deficient in iodine. Poor supply of iron, selenium, and zinc affect many people, as well. These deficiencies can cause hypothyroidism. Making sure that your diet is rich in seafood, dairy, and soy, can help you make sure that you get enough iodine. Poultry and eggs are rich in zinc, and beans and cereals give you plenty of iron. If your diet falls short in any of these areas, it may be your clue why you have a hard time losing weight. Improving your diet, or taking supplements, can help.
Watch out for stress
A certain amount of stress can focus the mind. Excessive, chronic stress, however, can cause insulin resistance and weight problems. Stress also causes secretion of a hormone called cortisol. The hormone helps with the fight-or-flight instinct and can be good for short-term alertness. Over the long term, it can slow down the digestion, and disrupt the metabolism.
If you experience stress for reasons of financial problems, professional concerns, or toxic people in your life, you need to know that these stressors can have an effect on your weight-loss efforts. It can be hard for you to lose weight as long as you don’t directly address your stress.
Practice relaxation techniques
Active relaxation techniques are activities that help you stop worrying. It can be deep breathing that helps you, a hot bath, or a massage. Meditation can help, as well. Meditation can mean the mindfulness of mentally living in the moment, or it can mean allowing your mind to deeply concentrate on work. Learning meditation techniques can help you relax, and improve your hormonal health. It can affect your weight-loss efforts.
A balanced diet that is high in fiber, healthy proteins and fats can help your metabolism and your body’s hormonal balance. Regulating the amount of alcohol that you get can help, as well.
It’s important to understand that weight-loss is a lifestyle, not a short-term activity that you try for a while to lose a little weight, before getting on with life as usual. You begin to lose weight when you bring healthy change to every part of your life, including your body’s hormonal balance.