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October 19, 2017

Why  am  I not losing weight  *      Could  it  be your Hormones


  • Being careful  about what you eat yet still unable to lose weight


  •   Is this  battle with the bulge ever going to end.


  •  Exercise and still not lose weight.     


  • Hormones  may be to blame.   


  • There a 6 hormones which can stop  your metabolism from going into Fat Burning Mode.   

  •    Here is how to Recognise   them  and  Re-Boot them.     

  •  1.    Insulin     Hormone


Insulin is a hormone    and this is how the body  regulates   glucose  (from foods)  to store  energy   in the form of fat.

When you eat carbs the body  coverts it straight into glucose  as it is a quick energy fix which is saves for later in the form of fat.

Solution    Lower your carb intake and replace it with protein  and high fibre grains 

Why -   Your body needs carbs to breakdown proteins and if you reduce your  carbs the body  has to convert fat back into energy to breakdown the protein  and the high fibre grains  means your body is working at getting rid of waste properly.

2.  Cortisol        is the Stress Hormone

Cortisol is a stress hormone which is supposed to regulate your reaction to stressful situations. Being Stressed  for long periods    can lead to cortisol  staying in the body  which upsets the whole  body function,  the sleep pattern and how the body is supposed to  relax.        So  you tend to crave certain foods such as crisps, sweets and readily available processed foods.

Solution  -  Easier said than done  but   small changes can start  the  process to  Break the cycle.

Reduce your Caffeine  or at least do not have any  5 hours before you usually go to sleep

Phones – computer games  or Computer work  -   Try   to  switch them off  at least 1 hour before you go to bed (reduce the stimulation or anticipation of waiting for a message)

Cortisol  can be cancelled with the mood lifting endorphins  so  that means exercise,  even a 15minute walk,  any exercise will do as look as you like doing it and it makes you feel better afterwards.

Sleep  if you can for 7 hours,  if your body is relaxed it heals and can get rid of cortisol.

  • Foods which are high in tryptophan  and melatonin     Do  look them up to see which ones suit you but here are a few.

  •   Seeds & Nuts High in Tryptophan (%RDI per ounce): Chia Seeds (44%), Sesame Seeds (39%), Sunflower Seeds (35%), Flaxseeds (30%), Pistachio Nuts (29%), Cashew Nuts (24%), Almonds (21%), and Hazelnuts (Filberts) (19%)

  •  Fruits and vegetables (tart cherries, corn, asparagus, tomatoes, pomegranate, olives, grapes, broccoli, cucumber)

  • Grains (rice, barley, rolled oats)

  • Nuts and Seeds (walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, mustard seeds, flaxseed)



3.   Estrogen   Hormone  



Estrogen  this hormone is responsible for a keeping the weight in balance as is regulates the insulin level and keeps the glucose in check  ready to be used up.    It is also partly  responsible for the  middle age spread in women  when the menopause seems to keep hold of fat especially around the  endocrine area.  (lower tummy)

  •  Balance Your Estrogen Levels     these are a few examples but do your homework  on what foods suit you.

  • Seeds: flaxseeds and sesame seeds.

  • Fruit: apricots, oranges, strawberries, peaches, many dried fruits.

  • Vegetables: yams, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, kale, celery.

  • Soy products: tofu, miso soup, soy yogurt.

  • Dark rye bread.

  • Legumes: lentils, peas, pinto beans.

  • Olives and olive oil.

  • Chickpeas.




4.  Leptin   Hormone 

This hormone  is responsible for  Overeating as when it is out of sync,  the body  does not recognise  when it is full and can result in putting on the pounds.


When you eat food high in fructose or processed foods the leptin levels can go a bit haywire   so keeping a check on these foods can   keep the body out of I´m always hungry mode.   Start looking at the food labels to see what the ingredients are  and check for levels of fructose. 

5. Testosterone    you  need it  To Burn Fats Better

Testosterone is very important as it  part of the metabolism process.  If you have not got enough it can lower your muscle and increase  your fat balance when we all want higher muscle and lower fat.  Be aware of the foods that lower the testosterone such as bread,  sugary drinks and alcohol   also be aware of too much testosterone in the body and adjust your foods to balance.

6. Get your  Thyroid Active To Improve Metabolism

Your Thyroid plays and huge part  in body weight regulation.  An underactive thyroid can cause your metabolism to become slow and bring on weight gain as well as  tiredness which makes exercise a challenge .   Do  seek medical  advice if you think your Thyroid  is out of sync.

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