Do you ever wonder if there is another explanation for being over weight? Have you tried diet upon diet and still cannot shed your pounds? Well, I discovered a very interesting reason behind why some people have trouble losing weight. According to Dr. Steven Sisskind, your hormones play a huge part in your weight. The following are 4 hormones that are related to weight gain and the struggle with losing the extra weight.
Adiponectin is literally the hormone that tells your body to burn fat for fuel. Multiple studies have shown that the more of this super hormone you have circulating in your bloodstream, the more fat you burn. And research shows that low levels of adiponectin are associated with a higher incidence of obesity.
The frustrating thing about adiponectin is that the more fat you have, the lower your levels – which is why LOSING fat is so darn difficult at the beginning. (Sisskind)
Fat Burning Barrier #2: Too Much Ghrelin
Ghrelin is called the “Hunger Hormone” and, basically, the more ghrelin you have in your system, the hungrier you are. So if you find yourself fighting cravings and can’t seem to stay away from the fridge after dinner, it’s probably due to elevated ghrelin levels.
The hard fact is that ghrelin works directly on the hunger center of your brain by activating the brain’s reward response to highly addictive sweet, fatty foods. This increases your food intake at the worst possible time, usually at night, and ultimately makes you gain more weight.
Even worse, it appears ghrelin makes us fatter whether we eat more or not. You can see now why losing fat is almost impossible with elevated ghrelin levels.( Sisskind)
Fat Burning Barrier #3: Insulin Imbalance
If you’re overweight, there’s a good chance that you’re experiencing some level of insulin imbalance, resulting in excess glucose, or sugar, in your system. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re diabetic, it does mean that your body’s insulin, or glucose regulator, becomes less effective at lowering your blood sugars.
The end result is that instead of using the excess sugar to feed your muscles or burning it for energy, most of the carbohydrates you consume get stored as fat. (Sisskind)
Your body produces cortisol in response to stress and ramps you up so you can be ready to fight or flee. This can be a good thing sometimes, but the constant stress we’re all under elevates our cortisol levels far beyond what we were originally designed to handle.
The result is a quadruple whammy on your waistline:
#1 Excess cortisol increases your cravings for sweets and carbs, which can lead to overeating and constant hunger.
#2 Cortisol causes your body to actually break down your muscle tissue for energy.
#3 Elevated cortisol levels cause a larger percentage of fat to be stored in the abdominal area.
#4 Finally, recent studies link high cortisol levels to depression in adults and children. And we all know that when you’re depressed, you eat MORE. (Sisskind)
It’s amazing how much hormones can affect our bodies for the worse. It makes me wonder what else our hormones can do if they get out of balance. Know any other secrets about hormones? Let us know on our Facebook page!!