Many times women are unable to attribute their exceptional weight gain to one single factor. Whether it’s the monthly periods, build up of stress, menopause, a hysterectomy or simply your genes being at fault putting you in a vulnerable position of experiencing hormonal cravings and downright slothful metabolism, all may be the potential culprits. Only women know what they are going through and are always struggling to fight off the natural biological factors that continue to be a deterrence in their weight loss goals. Here’s how you can take control of yours.
Finding out the Root cause of your problem
Several bona fide links have been uncovered and revealed by science as it continues to make progress between female hormones and their resulting patterns of weight loss/gain, hunger schedules (Some women can get really cranky and hysterical when they are under the effect of hunger pangs. Yes! the hormones are to blame) and fat metabolism.
The resting metabolic rates of men and women differ drastically and even the hormones responsible for your internal fluctuations are not as inconsequential as you may consider them. The rise and fall in your hormonal levels can single-handedly be a crucial factor in controlling the complex aspects of your weight, from the timings you feel hungry to where your fat is most likely to be deposited. Did you know that even the fat cells have their own hormonal secretions? Such is the importance of knowing and managing your hormonal levels before they wreak havoc on your body.
Not only that, evidence suggests that female hormones can be capitalized upon by following an affecting female hormone-harmonizing plan and allowing the already established mechanisms in your body to take control and help you rationalize your appetite, inches and physical appearance. Encourage the “feel good” hormones in your body and do not let them escalate to undesirable levels. You can only do that once you know whether it is your thyroid, insulin or other background factors that are keeping you down.
Turn-off your stress hormones to turn-on your weight-loss hormones
Stress is an inevitable part of everyone’s life as it exists in one form or the other, taking a toll on one’s mental and physical health. An over-wrought or perplexed brain due to an exodus of responsibilities at all fronts leaving you to feel tired, depressed, anxious and easily incited. Chronic stress is at your doorstep which triggers the release of cortisol, the stress hormone which puts your body in a fight-or-flight state and makes your body involuntarily react to in the form of increased heart rate and short breath.
Now, what does it have to got to do with your weight loss? Cortisol has the ability to raise your appetite considerably and pushing you to not only become an impulsive eater but munch on foods that are high in sugar content. Carbohydrate rich foods cause your insulin levels to spike and give you a temporary feeling of satisfaction leaving you craving for more and more eateries to satisfy your taste buds. And the worst part is that you start accumulating fat in the most undesirable of all places and that is your belly. Belly fat is also known a “stress fat”.
Yes! You need to get rid of that mental pressure called “stress” off your mind
You need to declutter, go on a stress releasing spree and control your stress-related hormonal cravings by helping your internal mechanisms to restore normal function. Practice mindful meditation and release all the negative energy that you might be bottling up resulting in chronic stress. Spice up your workouts, laugh a little louder by consciously seeking opportunities to lighten your spirits, visit the spa and feel lighter from all aspects. Make love with your partner as it helps relieve stress and anxiety. And yes do not forget to catch up on sleep, a bit of fresh air, a stroll or walk around the neighborhood park or a visit to a naturally serene place that will be the right formula for you to de-stress.
One of the root causes of obesity and also commonly mistaken as being fat is chronic inflammation. It is also associated with other age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, it may even lead to digestive disorders, arthritis, painful headaches and the much hated abdominal fat. Hypothyroidism may also be a possible condition which may result in you feeling tired all the time, constipation and weight gain.