No one wants having an excess body fat. Besides being embarrassing, it is also harmful over the health. To eliminate it, you need to find the root cause, and then to start having a healthy diet and exercising. If you cannot lose weight still, check your hormones because they influence your appetite, metabolism, weight loss, and food cravings.
The following 6 types of hormonal imbalances interfere your efforts for weight loss:
- Low DHEA
- Low Growth Hormone
- High Cortisol
- High Estrogen
- Low Testosterone
- High Insulin
Controlling Growth Hormone – It affects your actions, appearance, and feelings. It is released during sleeping and exercising. According to scientists, belly fat in women in post-menopause occurs as a result of increased risk of cardiovascular disease, low secretion of growth hormone, and increased inflammatory markers.
Water: It hydrates your body, thus maintains the optimal function of the hormonal system.
Lemons: Having alkaline nature, lemons balance the pH levels in the body, thus improving the hormonal system.
Beets: They balance the pH levels in the body.
Whey Protein: It increases the production of Human Growth Hormone because it’s rich in amino acids which boost the muscle growth.
Raisins: They are rich in L-Arginine, an amino acid which stimulate the growth hormone secretion. They are rich in boron that elevate the levels of testosterone.
Nuts: They are high in L-Arginine which boosts the Human Growth Hormone production.
Parmesan: Cheeses which are made from milk boost the Human Growth Hormone secretion.
Watermelon: Watermelon is rich in L-Citrulline, an amino-acid which transforms into arginine later in the body.
Eggs: Eggs are rich in vitamins D, K, E, A, DHA, amino acids, EPA, and growth elevating peptides.
Algae: Spirulina and Chlorella elevate the secretion of this hormone.
Raw Cacao/Chocolate: Both of them are rich in tryptophan that stimulate the pituiary gland to produce more Human Growth Hormone and dopamine.
Greek Yogurt: It’s rich in L-Glutamine which boosts the production of this hormone.
Grass-fed Beef: It is rich in bio-active amino acids such as L-Argininealong, L-Valine, L-Leucine, and L-Ornithin, all of which boost the levels of Human Growth Hormone.
Coconut Oil: It stimulates the Human Growth Hormone secretion 60 minutes after consumption.
Goji Berries: They are rich in nutrients that are beneficial for your hormones.
Fava Beans: They are rich in L-Dopa which boosts testosterone and the production of this hormone.
Pineapple: It is rich in compounds that release serotonin and melatonin which stimulate the levels of Human Growth Hormone.
Regulating DHEA Levels – The adrenal gland creates DHEA, a hormone that impacts all body systems. It helps the body to lose fat. It also:
- lowers stress and fear
- Blocks the carcinogens
- Increases the HDL cholesterol levels
- Boosts the mood
- Promotes sleep
- Promotes weight loss
- Maintain your cardiovascular health
- Boost your immune system
- Improve your sex drive
- Improve your memory
- Fight against erectile dysfunction
Yams and soybeans stimulate the production of DHEA. Salmon, olive oil, and flax seeds helps the body to use its DHEA more effectively.
Regulating Cortisol – Cortisol is a hormone the body releases whenever it experiences stress. In a case of chronic stress, cortisol affects your mood and provokes sleep disorders.
Cacao and Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants that reduce inflammation and lower the cortisol production.
Zinc: It blocks the cortisol production. Consuming foods rich in zinc such as chicken, spinach, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, seafood, beef, cacao, and pork lowers the stress levels.
Spinach: Spinach is rich in magnesium that controls the production of cortisol in the body.
Barley and Beans: To calm your nerves and improve your sleep, eat these foods since they are rich in phosphatidylserine.
Omega-3 Fat: They lower cortisol levels and inflammation. Eat more walnuts, mackerel, flaxseeds, haddock, and sardines.
Increasing Testosterone Levels – Testosterone is a sex hormone in males the impacts the sex drive. It influences the hair growth, bone health, and sperm production as well. Low levels of testosterone leads to obesity, depression, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Studies proved that men having low testosterone are more likely to develop a potbelly and feel lack motivation, strength and stamina, and drive.
- Brazil nuts
Oysters: They are rich in zinc which increases the muscle growth, sperm production, physical endurance, and testosterone.
Vitamin D improves calcium absorption and the immune system. It increases the testosterone production. Eat more egg yolks, trout, salmon, mackerel, mushrooms, and tuna.
Regulating Estrogen Levels – Estrogen dominance happens when the estrogen levels, compared to other 6 hormones, are the highest. The major symptoms of this are irregular periods, headaches, breast cancer, obesity, and fibrocystic ovaries.
Plant-based foods are rich in phytonutrients and phytochemicals that have estrogen-like activity. Lignans in nuts and flax seeds are transformed from the digestive compounds into elements with estrogen-like actions. Seeds, legumes, and nuts are rich in phytoestrogen. Other foods include: sesame seeds, tofu, soy milk, apples, soybean, anise, ginseng, fennel, rice bran, pomegranate, wheat germ, carrots, alfalfa, yams, rice, lentils, barley, dried beans, oats, wheat, and berries.
Regulating Insulin Levels – Insulin eases the sugar procession in the bloodstream and transports it to each body cell. If the insulin levels are high, then the risk of diabetes type 2 is high. The excess consumption of sugar and carbs are the major factors that lead to increased insulin levels in the blood. So, avoid low-fat foods, sodas, processed foods, and sugary drinks. Instead, eat more protein and fiber.
In a study conducted in 2002 which included 54 obese women and men who suffered from diabetes, a high-protein diet eliminates belly fat effectively. Their LDL cholesterol levels decreased and they experienced a significant drop in the total and abdominal fat mass. Protein controls the sugar levels in the blood, which in turn lower the appetite and promote weight loss. Protein-rich foods are: omega-3 eggs, turkey, chicken, cottage or ricotta cheese, lean, and shellfish.