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3 Hormones That Interfere With Your Weight Loss

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3 Hormones That Interfere With Your Weight Loss

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Can you relate to any of the following?

  • I follow all the rules, but I still can’t lose the weight.
  • I’m just getting old and my metabolism is slow.
  • It’s genetic. There’s nothing I can do.
  • Maybe I need to accept that I’m fat, and give up my skinny clothes.
  • Nutrition strategies that work for others don’t seem to apply to me.
  • I lose five pounds, and then I regain seven!

I hear these comments frequently from my patients and online community, and most of them don’t know an important secret: the reason for weight loss resistance is that our hormones are out of whack. When it comes to women and weight, hormones can make losing weight very challenging (if not impossible!) when they are out of balance.

Here are the top three hormones that are the most likely culprits when it comes to your difficulty with weight loss, and how you can begin to reset them.

1. Estrogen

Estrogen is the female hormone that gives women breasts and hips, and it keeps joints lubricated. Men have it too, but at far lower levels. But both men and women are at risk of estrogen overload, which is having too much estrogen in the body.

Here’s one action you can take today to lower your estrogen levels and help you lose weight: Eat a pound of vegetables per day. The fiber from the vegetables will help excrete estrogen so it doesn’t keep circulating in your body like bad karma.

Aim for 35 to 45 grams of fiber per day for women, and 40 to 50 grams per day for men, but slowly increase your fiber intake in 5-gram increments each day to get to the goal without gas or bloating.

2. Insulin

One in two Americans have some degree of diabesity, which is diabetes plus obesity. When you’re overweight or skinny fat (normal weight but you have too much fat mass), insulin becomes imbalanced and your cells become numb to the hormone. As a result, you experience blood sugar highs and lows, and you store fat because your glucose regulator is broken.
There are many ways to reset your insulin, but a personal favorite is to drink filtered water with apple cider vinegar. A recent study found that consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high carb meal significantly reduces blood glucose levels in people with insulin resistance1. In fact, apple cider vinegar might work as well as prescription drugs at fixing your blood sugar regulation2.

3. Cortisol

You make cortisol in response to stress, but most of us run around stressed all the time. All those stress hormones wreak havoc over time, and make you store fat — especially in your belly. High cortisol is also linked to depression, food addiction, and sugar cravings. What’s the net result? You get fat.

To reset your cortisol, you need to hit the pause button on your caffeine intake. Slowly wean off caffeine over three days, and notice how your sleep and stress levels improve! There are many more targeted suggestions in my new book, but kick the caffeine first.

My mission is to help people who struggle with weight issues from hormone imbalance. Understanding that permanent weight loss occurs as a result of hormone balance has helped so many of my patients and online community finally get their weight under control and break through weight loss resistance.

When you follow the right program, guided by a trusted mentor and armed with the best knowledge, it’s possible to lose the weight that’s burdened you for so long — and keep it off forever.

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Why You Should Sleep Naked

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Did You think pajamas were required at bedtime?  Think again!

It turms out that sleeping naked is beneficial for you over all

well being.

Here is How

Getting a solid night’s sleep sounds like a dream for those of us who are busy, stressed or light sleepers. Temperature affects how well you sleep, and the body’s core temperature needs to drop before bed in order to prepare you for a good night’s sleep.

The best temperature for deep sleep is between 60 and 70 degrees F. When it’s hotter than this, the body’s core temperature can’t drop as much as it should, and your body therefore isn’t as primed for sleep. Sleeping naked prevents the body from overheating, and therefore allows us to get a better night’s sleep.

You may age slower

There’s a reason the term ‘beauty sleep’ exists. When we sleep, anti-aging hormones, including melatonin and various growth hormones, are released. However, if our environment is too warm, our bodies overheat, which disrupts the release of these hormones.

Again, sleeping in the nude makes it less likely that we will overheat, so that the hormones that keep us young can be released and do their job.

It’ll make you happier… and friskier

Skin to skin contact releases the powerful feel-good hormone oxytocin—sometime called the ‘love’ hormone, which is associated with increased orgasm capacities and sexual responsiveness. This combination could lead to more frequent and more enjoyable lovemaking with your partner.

Furthermore, a recent study done by Cotton USA concluded that sleeping in the nude is beneficial for relationship health in that it encourages physical and emotional intimacy between couples.

It can reduce stress and body weight

Both stress levels and body weight are related to the hormone cortisol, which is actually responsible for a number of other health problems as well, including high blood pressure and cholesterol, disturbed sleep, increased appetite and a weak immune system. During the first few hours of the night, the cortisol levels in your body should decrease to their minimum level. Then, a few hours before you wake up, the body should start producing cortisol again to prepare you for the next day so that you’ll feel energized when you wake up.

However, if you don’t get quality sleep, your cortisol levels don’t have a chance to go down, and you wake up with even higher cortisol levels, which can stimulate your appetite for unhealthy foods, and increase your stress levels throughout the day. This is bad both for your waistline and your frame of mind.

As mentioned before, sleeping naked keeps you a healthy and comfortable temperature, and encourages quality sleep.

Tonight, try something new! Forgo the pajamas for your birthday suit, and sleep your way to better physical, emotional and relationship health.

Sources:

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/07/5-surprising-ways-sleeping-naked-can-benefit.html

http://www.medicaldaily.com/underneath-your-clothes-5-amazing-reasons-sleeping-naked-good-your-health-292278

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201301/cortisol-why-the-stress-hormone-is-public-enemy-no-1

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