Hormones dictate what your body does with food. Fix your hormones and you will slim down without alot of extra effort from you. There is research being done on the effect of some weight affecting hormones other than the typical thyroid and insulin imbalances.
Under normal circumstances, the hormone “leptin” is released from the fat cells into the blood which then travels to your brain and tells you that you are full. This is one of the reasons we need to eat slower. Leptin is impeded when we consume a type of sugar called fructose, which is found in fruits and vegetables and processed foods. Small amounts are ok but eating more than five daily servings and then adding processed foods with added sugar is the problem. When eating too much fructose your liver can’t process it fast enough to use as fuel, so it starts converting it to fat. When this happens it sends the excess fat into your bloodstream as “triglycerides” and deposits them into the liver and elsewhere in your belly. As more and more fructose is converted to fat the levels of leptin increase. This happens because fat produces leptin so it becomes a vicious cycle. When you have too much of any hormone in your body, your body resists its message. When that hormone is too much leptin your brain misses the signal you are full so you continue to eat, thus gaining weight.
Another hormone, cortisol, the stress hormone, encourages the conversion of blood sugar into fat for long term storage or the survival mode. Unless you are in survival mode in an emergency this isn’t needed. Reducing stress will reduce this fat-storing hormone. Another common problem is our overconsumption of coffee drinks, which elevates the cortisol dramatically. This causes your body to hoard the fat. Your fat tissues can expand as much as four times to store extra glucose.
Insulin and glucagon are hormones that help regulate the levels of blood sugar or sugar in your body. Glucose from the food you eat moves through your bloodstream to help fuel your body. The glucose is broken down into two halves which can then be broken down into carbon dioxide and water that come together to form fat. These fats are released into the bloodstream and are stored in the fatty tissues in your body.
Sugar is intrinsically linked to the estrogen hormone. Estrogen helps optimize the action of insulin, the hormone that prevents high blood sugar levels. How do estrogens levels rise? Meat eaters are a primary reason, as they take in less fiber. and fiber helps you stay regular. You process extra estrogen through your waste. Less fiber raises your estrogen. Conventional meat is also loaded with steroids, antibiotics, and toxins that are in the food they eat. When you eat the meat and these substances are released in your body they behave like estrogen in the body and adds to your overload. There are about six different synthetic hormones in conventional meat. Combine that with the pesticides, herbicides and GMO foods and then add the toxins in our everyday use of creams, prescription drugs, processed foods, chemicals sprayed on our furniture, and even the air we breathe the overload just keeps growing. Many of these toxins behave like estrogen when absorbed. This is why girls are entering puberty sooner and boys are exhibiting feminine traits. Elevated estrogen is also a risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
All of this fake estrogen overloads your body with testosterone which is vital for hormone balance. Testosterone influences muscle growth and supports your metabolism. A survey by the CDC concluded that 93% of the population have bisphenol in their bodies, which is found in store receipts and canned food. that disrupts estrogen and other hormones.
Keeping your hormone levels in check can be a way to help you achieve the healthy weight and body you want.