9 Hormones That Lead to Weight Gain and Ways to Avoid It

9 Hormones That Lead to Weight Gain and Ways to Avoid It

nine hormones that lead to weight gain and ways to avoid it most people think that you gain weight simply from overeating and while that often is the case weight gain can also be the result of your hormones being all out of whack triggers like stress age genes and poor lifestyle choice can cause a hormonal imbalance that leads to weight problems so here are 9 of those hormones and what you can do to avoid packing on the pounds before we get underway here take a moment to subscribe to our Channel and turn on post notifications to keep up with all our updates number nine sirens the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck it produces the hormones t3 t4 and calcitonin which are responsible for maintaining the body's metabolism if the thyroid doesn't produce enough of these hormones a condition called hypothyroidism the result is often weight gain since the body can't properly metabolize and burn fat it simply accumulates excess fluids also build up causing a puffy of bloated appearance what you can do to avoid the onset of this condition consume iodized salt or seaweed if you're on a low salt diet avoid processed foods take vitamin D supplements consume foods rich in zinc like oysters and pumpkin seeds number eight insulin insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas it helps carry glucose into the cells to be used as energy or to be stored as fat so insulin is basically responsible for maintaining glucose levels in the blood over consuming processed foods unhealthy snacks alcohol or artificially sweetened drinks can cause the body to develop a resistance to insulin this means that muscle cells won't recognize glucose bound insulin so all that extra glucose remains in the bloodstream where it doesn't belong this causes a spike in blood sugar levels leading to weight gain and type-2 diabetes how to avoid it consume lots of leafy greens and seasonal fruits and veggies keep foods full of omega-3 fatty acids they include fatty fish nuts olive oil and flax seeds drink at least a gallon of water every day exercise a minimum of four hours a week avoid alcohol processed foods sodas and artificially sweetened drinks number seven cortisol cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland when you're depressed anxious stressed nervous mad or physically injured its primary function is to decrease stress levels by increasing blood sugar levels among other things given our environment in poor lifestyle choices our body can be in a constant state of stress not only is it bad for you emotionally it also causes cortisol levels to spike and remain high and that's no good since cortisol makes the body store more fat here's what you can do to stop it get at least eight hours of sleep a night if your lifestyle or job prevents you from doing that you should consider making some real changes send sleep benefits not only your health but your looks to avoid processed foods fried foods and alcohol practice deep breathing yoga and meditation for at least one hour every single day it helps reduce stress levels spend time with your friends and family there's no better way to unwind and free your mind from worrisome thoughts number six testosterone testosterone is often considered a strictly male hormone but it's produced in women – it helps burn fat strengthen the bones and muscles and improve the libido agent high stress can cause a significant decrease in testosterone levels in women leading to a loss of bone density and muscle mass muscle mass is extremely important since it does a great job at burning calories that's why losing muscle tissue means increasing your risk of gaining weight how to avoid it work out regularly and focus on muscle building exercises it helps boost testosterone levels avoid alcohol take protein supplements get enough fiber in your diet with the help of whole-grain foods pumpkin seeds and flaxseed consume zinc rich oysters and magnesium packed nuts and greens number five progesterone progesterone and estrogen levels should be balanced in the body to make it function properly progesterone secretion can drop due to a variety of factors like stress birth control pills and menopause among others this can result in weight gain and sagging skin as well as depression insomnia and mental fog to bring your progesterone levels back to normal you should exercise regularly try meditation avoid stress easier said than done I know but it is indeed the solution to a ton of health problems add foods rich in vitamin C zinc and magnesium to your diet make sunflower seeds cashews and other nuts beef lamb and liver your frequent lunch or snack choices number four estrogen estrogen is the primary female sex hormone and when it's thrown off balance it can lead to weight gain high estrogen levels can be due to either an over production of the hormone in the body or because of a diet rich in estrogen when estrogen levels go up the cells that produce insulin gets stressed this makes you resistant to insulin which as we mentioned earlier causes a rise in blood glucose levels and leads to weight gain pre menopausal women have lower levels of estrogen so in order to replenish this deficiency the body starts looking for other sources that produce this hormone one such source is fat cells when estrogen levels drop the body starts converting all available sources of energy to fat to increase glucose levels this of course can make you put on the pounds here's what you can do to keep your estrogen levels under control consume whole grains fresh vegetables and fruits avoid alcohol exercise regularly avoid processed meat number three leptin leptin is a hormone that keeps the body's energy levels balanced by keeping hunger at bay but when we eat food rich in sugar the oversupply of fructose gets converted to fat that gets deposited in the liver belly and other regions of the body it's these very fat cells that secrete leptin as more and more leptin levels go up the body gets desensitized to the hormone that means that the brain stops receiving signals that the body doesn't need to eat at a particular moment so you basically start craving for more and more without feeling full or knowing when to stop how to avoid it avoid sugary foods have no more than three servings of fruit per day consume dark green leafy veggies avoid processed food seeing a trend here they're full of sugar artificial chemicals and trans fats none of which your body really needs get enough sleep again seven to eight hours is recommended keep yourself hydrated number two ghrelin secreted primarily by the stomach growlin is known as the hunger hormone it stimulates the appetite and increases fat deposition growlin levels are particularly high when people are on a strict diet or fasting how to keep your ghrelin levels in check work out regularly eat every two to three hours drink a glass of water twenty minutes before each meal eat fresh fruits vegetables and foods rich in protein number one melatonin melatonin is a hormone that regulates your natural sleep wake cycle while we're asleep the body releases growth hormones that aydin's cell renewal and repair improve body composition and build lean muscle tissue but if we don't get proper sleep this healing process gets disrupted which causes stress and ultimately leads to inflammation induced weight gain so next time someone accuses you of getting too much sleep you can just kindly inform them that you're working on your dream body how to keep the optimal amount of melatonin in your system do not eat late at night or ripe or bed get sufficient sleep sleep in a dark room with a temperature between 60 and 67 degrees turn off all your gadgets at bedtime their artificial blue light messes with your natural sleep cycles to sum it up while different hormones do different things and you might need more or less of them for healthy metabolism there are some key recommendations to keep them all in balance getting enough sleep keeping a nutritionally balanced diet drinking plenty of water getting at least some physical exercise and avoiding or limiting stress will keep your hormones under control and your body in tip-top shape both inside and out do you think you might have a hormonal imbalance that's causing you some unwanted weight gain tell us in the comments below don't forget to click subscribe to stay on the bright side of life

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  1. I have literally gained over 25 pounds in the last 2 years my thyroid level was fine my Tsh My T3 T4 i wonder why I have gained so much weight its a huge mystery my activity level is the same so is my diet. ;//

  2. ‘’Studies have shown that being highly competitive can raise testosterone levels in women”…….. Yup, that explains the one-sided obsession (they’re NEVER on my mind).

  3. Drink bottle guard juice in empty stomach. Believe me it's accelerate weight loss. It cools your body

  4. For swollen hand and feet plus puffy face eat in empty stomach ? banana with water ?. After half an hour eat breakfast. Add cumin seeds in your diet. Add black pepper seeds, red chillies in your diet. Drink in empty stomach one glass lukewarm ? with one juice of ? lemon

  5. Being Vegan, my life changes dramatically. I am more active. I have lost weight. I had hypothyroidism and pcos in the past. I do Yoga, Pranayam and Mudra. It helped me a lot. I eat nuts, fruits, vegetables and cereals. I am tetolaer too. Avoid doing Yoga during periods

  6. So…….I just need to get divorced, find someone to adopt my child, sleep, quit eating everything that I currently eat, start eating all the things that I hate, exercise, and not get stressed (ever). Okay, sounds easy enough. ROTFLOL as I eat ice cream before bed.

  7. Whole plant-based diet, intermittent fasting, proportional eating… This has help me to lose 12 lbs.

  8. Thyroid hormones..Yes!!! I suffered from Hashimoto's thyroiditis ??? On levothyroxine but doing gluten, diary, soy free can help you lose weight..

  9. Yes, I definitely do believe that my hormones are completely out of whack! I need to go have a full physical done find out what is going on. I have gained 40 pounds in 2 months! I was a size 3 to a 5 and now I don't even know what size I am. I just know I can't wear my clothes anymore! I will be making an appointment with my new doctor for a complete physical ASAP!

  10. Zn, vit d, omega 3,excercise, reduce cortisol, testosterone, progesterone, reduce estrogen, leptin, ghrelin,melatonin thyroid hormone

  11. I have some hair eruption on my jawline since some months… Do I have any hormonal disorder and how to overcome this? I am 30+

  12. Had to laugh, when talking about cortisol it said to sleep 8 hours per night ( I’ve never been able to do that, due to insomnia since I was 2 years old!) and the funniest was spend time with family to relieve stress! More than half of my stress COMES from my family (I LOVE you, kiddos!)!!!

  13. Watch the beans dry beans rice potatoes full of carbs. Try getting g organic and grass feed meat if you can afford it.

  14. Consume whole grains? Grains convert to straight sugar in the body which leads to insulin resistance which leads to diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, fatty liver…and so on…whole grains are glucose and fruit is fructose… ALL IS SUGAR!!! Sugar and carbs are evil!!!

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