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Balancing Hormones to Help Your Weight Loss Efforts

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Poor balance of vital hormones such as the thyroid, insulin, cortisol and testosterone chemical messengers, can affect your weight loss journey.   If your weight loss efforts don’t seem as effective as you would like, it’s possible that your hormones are to blame. Here are some tips on how to get your hormones into weight loss mode so that they help rather than get in the way.

Keep Your Thyroid Gland Healthy

A healthy thyroid is crucial for effective weight loss. You can keep your thyroid in good shape with some simple nutritional habits.

Studies show that 1 in 3 people around the world are deficient in iodine. Poor supply of iron, selenium, and zinc affect many people as well. These deficiencies can cause hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disorder when the thyroid gland underperforms. It slows down your metabolism and makes it harder for you to lose weight.

Keep your diet rich in seafood, dairy, and soy, to ensure that you get enough iodine. Poultry and eggs are rich in zinc, while beans and cereals give you plenty of iron. If your diet falls short in any of these areas, it could be why you are having a hard time losing weight. Improving your diet or taking supplements can help.

Watch Out For Stress

A certain amount of stress can focus the mind. Excessive, chronic stress, however, can cause insulin resistance and weight problems.

Stress also causes secretion of a hormone called cortisol. This hormone helps with the fight-or-flight instinct and can be good for short-term alertness. Over time though, it can slow down digestion and disrupt the metabolism.

If you experience stress for reasons such as financial problems, professional concerns, or toxic people in your life, these stressors can have an effect on your weight loss efforts. It can be hard for you to lose weight if you don’t directly address your stress.

Practice Relaxation Techniques

Active relaxation techniques are activities that help you stop worrying. Some relaxation techniques include deep breathing, a hot bath a massage or meditation.

Meditation can be the mindfulness of mentally living in the moment, or it can mean allowing your mind to deeply concentrate on work. Learning meditation techniques can help you relax, improve your hormonal health and ultimately affect your weight loss efforts.

Eat Healthy

A balanced diet that is high in fiber, healthy proteins and fats can help your metabolism and your body’s hormonal balance. Regulating the amount of alcohol you consume can help as well.

It’s important to understand that weight loss is a lifestyle, not just a short-term activity. You begin to lose weight when you bring healthy change to every part of your life, including your body’s hormonal balance

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