Healthy Diet Plans – We have discussed before how hormonal imbalance has made it extremely difficult for men and women to lose weight. This occurs no matter how hard and long you exercise and how much of the best fat burning foods you eat.
This is very frustrating for those determined to lose excess fat. But this is not an insurmountable problem. But losing belly fat in this situation is never easy.
First, you must understand that certain hormones cause you to store fat. You must know what foods release fat storage hormones and which foods release fat burning hormones.
Then you must restrict the foods that release fat storage hormones and increase those foods that release fat burning hormones.
That sounds simple but is not easy. It’s not easy to get your hormones into the proper balance.
One suggestion is to eat smaller, more frequent meals. 4-6 meals are preferable. The smaller meal allows your body to burn what it can over the next few hours. There is no need for fat storage hormones.
I read an article entitled, “The Hormone Diet: Why Hormone Balance = Lasting Weight Loss” written by Dr. Natasha Turner. Dr. Turner has written the book, The Hormone Diet.
Here is a quote from her article:
Imagine exercising daily and counting calories, only to have your belly fat and love handles grow bigger and bigger. The more you strive to meet your goal, the farther you are from achieving it. It’s the always shocking, incredibly frustrating, unsuccessful dieting phenomenon. And it happened to me. After being diagnosed with hypothyroidismn and PCOS while pursuing my degree in naturopathic medicine, I realized that I wanted to uncover and successfully treat the culprit behind so many ailments today–ranging from mood swings to stubborn weight loss, PMS and even certain cancers–hormonal imbalance, or as I see in many patients, imbalances.
My intense efforts failed because they only served to make my hormonal imbalance, the true underlying cause of my weight gain, worse. Unbeknownst to me, I had a deficiency of thyroid hormone lurking in the background. The imbalance only worsened because the physical stress associated with excessive caloric restriction and over-exercising actually increased the negative impact on my thyroid hormone deficiency and further slowed my metabolism. After this experience, three points quickly became very clear to me. First, weight loss is by no means only about calories in versus calories out; hormonal balance needs to be added to the equation. Second, hormones are very powerful substances that influence many aspects of our health and well-being. And third, the level of one hormone impacts another, which confirms the need to think big picture when it comes to weight loss.
The entire article can be read here.
If you have a problem with your hormone levels and/or are having trouble losing weight, I suggest that you take a look at Dr. Turner’s book. She is very well regarded as a naturopathic doctor. She should be able to assist you.
I would like to hear your comments on this topic. I have discussed it a few times before. But I think it is very important to consider if you are having trouble losing weight.