Get back your energy and control your weight with Dr. Natasha Turner’s fixes for the daily habits sabotaging your hormones.
Even if you think you’re doing everything right, a few simple mistakes in your day-to-day routine can send your hormones out of whack and leave you feeling tired, overweight and crabby. Fortunately, you can reset your hormones and get your body and mind back on track with these five simple fixes.
Quit Crash Dieting
People looking to make a big change in their weight and health are often tempted to try crash dieting, but they may actually be shooting themselves in the foot. Suddenly reducing your calorie intake by too much can cause your thyroid hormone levels to drop, slowing down your metabolism as your body seeks to conserve energy. To fix this problem, follow the 80-20 rule. Eighty percent of the time, eat a good combination of protein, whole-grain carbs, healthy fat and fiber throughout the day to keep your hormones steady. Twenty percent of the time, allow yourself a reasonable treat like popcorn or dark chocolate to keep your taste buds interested and periodically boost your thyroid hormone.