Even though your diet is healthy and you get regular exercise you still cant seem to lose weight, but why?
Perhaps it is your hormones that are making you fat.
Hormonal imbalances in women
Women often find losing weight difficult, usually due to having too high levels of estrogen.
Estrogen is a hormone produced by the ovaries that is designed to promote cell division and cell growth, however in large amounts it can lead to the formation of fat.
As women age another hormone known as progesterone will decline at a much faster rate than estrogen, which leads to these high levels of estrogen.
This is not the only cause of excessive estrogen levels. Your lifestyle and dietary factors also affect your estrogen levels:
1. Pesticides and herbicides may contain estrogen so it is best to try to stick to organic foods.
2. Poultry and beef may raise estrogen levels, which is why free range or grass fed options are the best.
3. Products such as creams, lotions, shampoo, perfumes, hair sprays and soaps all contains chemicals that may affect estrogen levels.
4. Glues, paints, varnish, fingernail polish and remover all contain industrial solvents that may affect estrogen production.
5. A lack of sleep and high stress levels can affect estrogen levels.
6. Too many calories can affect estrogen levels so please watch your eating habits. Try to eat more protein along with healthy fats and fibre.
7. Drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs can affect your estrogen levels.
8. Finally, a lack of magnesium caused by you not eating enough fruit and vegetables can also affect estrogen production.
If you can avoid some of these factors perhaps you could give yourself a chance at losing that excess weight.
What about hormonal imbalances in men?
Unfortunately, hormones can have an impact on a males weight too.
As men age and usually from the age of 30 on their testosterone levels will naturally fall, while those factors that affect estrogen levels in women can also play a part.
Combined this can cause a condition called hypogonadism or andropause to occur.
This condition is sometimes referred to as the male menopause or manopause, results in a loss of lean muscle mass and a lower metabolic rate, which will inevitably lead to weight gain.
If this sounds like it may be happening to you there are ways in which you can naturally increase your testosterone levels.
Testosterone raising tip #1
When your insulin levels are high men tend to produce an enzyme known as aromatase, which helps to convert testosterone into estrogen.
What causes high insulin levels? The constant snacking, large meals and the consumption of carbs and sugar.
Cut out these bad habits and you will be less likely to convert that all important testosterone. Eating food rich in healthy fats and protein can help too.
Testosterone raising tip #2
If you are suffering from stress, have trouble sleeping or exercise excessively then your testosterone levels maybe lower than normal.
This is because your levels of the hormone cortisol will be high.
By trying to reduce your stress, getting plenty of sleep and rest from exercise your cortisol levels will drop, which will positively affect your testosterone levels.
Although your hormones may play a part in your weight loss journey, you do not have to let them beat you.
There are plenty of ways that you can change your hormones for the better and finally achieve your weight loss goals.