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Hormone Balancing For Weightloss

Calories in + Calories Out = Weight Loss… or does it?

Unfortunately this an outdated and flawed formula is one that we still see and hear about all of the time. Do you want to lose a few pounds? Eat less and exercise more!

Does this method get results? Yes…until it doesn’t. Oftentimes this “in/out” method works when someone is younger and their body is more reliant and able to bounce back from a deprived state easily. Especially as women enter their 30’s and 40’s weight loss methods that previously worked, stop. It can be extremely frustrating to see no results or worse, be gaining weight with what previously worked to shed a few pounds!

The biggest flaw of the calorie model is that it doesn’t take into account the beautiful complexity of our bodies. As much as we are compared to machines we are not…our systems are dynamic and extraordinarily intricate. That said, you don’t need a degree to understand weight loss a level deeper.

If it’s not calories that determines weight loss, than what it is? Hormones! Hormones are what tell you to be hungry and full and whether or not to use those calories are fuel or storage (aka fat). One hormone to spotlight is Leptin, it is produced by our fat cells in order to let our brain know when we have too much fat stored. Ideally, higher levels of leptin tell the body to decrease appetite while increasing metabolism (sounds, dreamy, right?). Unfortunately, our brain can become sensitized or “deaf” to leptin levels keeping our appetite up and fat storage on believing we don’t have enough energy stored. Thankfully, rebalancing leptin can be done through nutrition.

Here are some simple ways to help your body rebalance leptin and get your metabolism in gear with your goals:

  • Ditch sugar. Yes, it’s that important. Processed sugar is one of the only things we eat that leaves our body with less nutrition than we started with. It takes your body 2 weeks to adjust your taste buds so you’ll be able to find pleasure in things like dark chocolate and foods that are naturally sweet, like berries.
  • Fruit and dried fruit are high in sugar, too. Yes, it’s natural sugar but in this case, you want to minimize your fruit intake to about 1 cup of berries a day, or a small apple or pear. It’s best to also eliminate things like honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar for now. This is not a forever thing!
  • Increase your intake of healthy fats. What do you replace sugary foods with? Healthy fats! These include grass-fed butter, coconut oil, unheated olive oil, ghee and foods like avocado and eggs. Aim for 2tbsp per meal or more (work up to this gradually especially if you’ve been following a low-fat diet).
  • Minimize grains. I know this one can be a challenge but here’s something to keep in mind. Two pieces of whole-grain bread spike your blood sugar more than a snickers bar. Yep, that’s correct. It doesn’t mean you can eat a snickers bar instead but having about 1 cup of rice, steel-cut oats or sprouted grains a day is ideal.
  • Fill your plate with veggies and some starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots & beets. Eat veggies you enjoy and for variety, try preparing them in different ways.

If you need meal inspiration, you can look at Paleo-style or grain-free recipes.

And finally, you need to eat enough! While calories do play a role, starving your body with super low calories (generally under 1300/day…but each person is different) will stall your metabolism more. Don’t be afraid to eat and you will find following the above guidelines you will be eating more volume than normal. That’s okay, it is possible to eat more and lose weight.

Hopefully, it’s clear that there can be a lot at play when it comes to weight loss and hormones. Estrogen can play a role. As well as many others. If you are trying to lose weight but are unsuccessful, it is a good idea to chat with someone who can see if there are underlying issues that need to be addressed before your body will release the unwanted weight.

Remember, you are working with your body, not against it and by finding a style of eating that is harmonious with your enjoyment and your body’s needs you will reach your goals over time.

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