How Hormones Can Affect Your Eating Habits And Weight Loss Goals?
In the last post we had seen how lack of sleep affects hormones. Today let’s see how hormones affect your eating habits. Yes, that is true! Hormones do affect your eating habits. You see, they are responsible for triggering key functions in the body and providing vital info to the organs. Hormones influence several things, right from your mood to your eating habits.
As they affect your food preferences, there is no prize for guessing that they have an important role in weight loss. When your body’s hormones are balanced, everything seems to work fine on the inside and outside. However, your body is thrown off balance when your hormones are all messed up! This is detrimental to your weight loss plans!
However, you shouldn’t lose hope! You can get your hormones working for you and not against you by making a few diet tweaks. Let move on with the ways hormones mess up with your diet and what can be done about them.
Hormones can make you hungry and furious at the same time
It has happened to most of us at some point of time or the other. Post lunch stomach growling, sudden disappearance of a good mood and your transformation to a ‘hangry’ person! The lethal combination of hunger and anger happens because of hypoglycaemia. It is a common issue for women and it results from a drop in the levels of blood sugar along with a serotonin dip. Serotonin is a mood boosting hormone that gets released when you consume carbs.
What can be done?
In order to keep your mood stable try to have a balanced serving of healthy fats and carbs that are rich in fibre. That calls for avocado and whole wheat bread! You require both fat and carbs to bring back the normal levels of blood sugar without a spike. Post eating, your blood sugar and serotonin levels will be back to normal.
Hormones make you hit a weight loss plateau
In spite of working out regularly and following a strict diet, you are not able to shed the last 2 kilos. It is not your fault, it is the fault of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is responsible for instructing fat cells to release the stored sugar as glucose into the bloodstream. When you hit a weight loss plateau, it is because cortisol doesn’t relay the message to the fat cells and for energy your body burns less stored fat.
What can be done?
Things can be kept right by consuming leafy greens at every meal. Raw veggies provide glutathione (a micronutrient) to the liver that ensures breakdown of estrogen and keeps cortisol functioning fine!
Certain hormones make you eat whatever is in sight!
Ghrelin is the hunger hormone. It is produced inside the stomach and when your stomach is empty or if you are restricting calories, the hormone travels from the tummy to the brain to trigger appetite. Once you eat the problem is solved but there are certain foods that tame the hormone quicker.
What can be done?
Try a mix of lean protein and complex carbs as they are better at taming the hormone than fat. Have yoghurt or a whole wheat toast. So, when you feel famished, you know what to grab! However steer clear of fatty and sugary foods like ice-cream, chips and doughnuts.
Hormone leptin helps you focus on stuff other than food
Leptin is a hormone that signals the brain that you are full. When your levels of leptin are high, you will focus on tasks that don’t involve food.
How to maintain the right amount of leptin?
You are on the right track if you are exercising for 30 minutes a day. It would be better if you could eat a cup of veggies before 10 am each day. Veggies being full of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants help in reducing inflammation that can interfere with the production of leptin.
Balance your hormones! All the best!
Hope the post has been informative!
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