It’s common for so many of us to start eating less when we recognize our weight is failing to come off. For me personally, I know this all too well. I gained more than 25 pounds even though I was exercising an hour a day and counting every calorie. The more I strived, the harder I failed. And here's why: When we cut calories so drastically, we cause a significant amount of stress on our bodies. This increases our stress hormone cortisol, which only sabotages our effort as it causes our appetite for comfort foods to surge and is also associated with increased belly fat, even for people who are otherwise thin. When one focuses on losing weight this way, it only inhibits our thyroid hormone’s ability to function properly, slowing down our metabolism.
No matter how an imbalance manifests on the outside, the internal reality remains the same: Any and all hormonal imbalances lead to difficulty losing weight and increased risk of obesity. To determine if your hormones are balanced, try asking yourself a few questions: Do you have trouble dragging yourself out of bed in the morning? Do you experience uncontrollable sugar cravings at 3 p.m.? Nagging PMS every month? Interrupted sleep patterns? Do you get stressed out just sitting in your office? Do you have difficulty coping with every task? Bloating after meals? Skin that has lost its luster or tone? Belly fat that just won’t go away? The list can go on and on, and I am willing to bet that many of you experience some of these frustrations every day. Believe it or not, these factors aren’t just making you feel bad, they may be impacting your ability to lose weight because they are all sure signs your hormones are out of whack!
You can restore hormonal balance and lose weight by eating the right foods at the right times and in the right combinations to optimize your fat-burning hormones. When you combine these steps with moderate exercise, it is the secret to success! Here is my simple "5-Step Hormone Reset Plan" to get you started: