With summer fast approaching, many of you may be thinking about getting your beach body ready. After months of winter, it’s definitely possible that you might have put on a few extra pounds. As well as eating, there are a few other things that are responsible for your weight gain or loss.

This includes:

  • Lack of physical activity,
  • Genetics,
  • Stress.

These primary things will affect your weight but there is another key factor that is influencing this as well; your hormones. Hormones such as insulin, cortisol, leptin, and thyroid hormones all play a key part in metabolism control.

They also tell your body to store or get rid of fat. Keep on reading to learn what to eat to help you lose weight and get your hormones under control.

1. Four Hormones: To start off, let’s take a closer look at the four chemicals that tell your body to store or burn fat. First is insulin. Since Glucose is a primary source of energy for the cells, when you eat foods that cause the blood glucose level to rise, the body releases insulin as it is the chemical that allows glucose to be released into the cell.

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Cortisol. This is a stress hormone. It’s produced to prevent blood sugar levels from dropping below normal. This is why you crave sugary snacks when you are stressed out. Cortisol helps slow down the metabolism so you preserve more energy. If you have high cortisol levels, you will gain weight.

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Leptin. This is the satiety hormone and it’s secreted by fat cells. It signals the brain that you are full. It helps to tell the body when to store or lose weight. When levels are low you will be hungry and the body may store excess food as fat.

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Thyroid Hormones T3 and T4 are produced by the thyroid glands. Their job is to prevent lipolysis and they help regulate the metabolic processes.

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2. What Should You Eat? It’s important to avoid a strict diet. The best plan for sustained weight loss is to eat three meals a day.

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Sticking to extremely strict diets isn’t healthy because when you’re not eating regularly the body begins to think it’s starving and takes energy from the muscle tissues while trying to conserve fat.

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Losing weight gradually and slowly is ultimately healthier for you in the long run. If you want to become slimmer, start a small calorie reduction.

Remember that each person’s calorie intake is different and should be calculated based on your height, weight, age, and activity level.

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3. Eat Foods With A Low Glycemic Index: Stick to foods that are less likely to contribute to glycemic levels in the body.

These include foods that have a low glycemic index or GI. So basically, you should stick to foods that will not increase the level of insulin in your body.

You can look up a list of foods that are GI foods such as walnuts, mushrooms, and cabbage online to help pick the ones that you like best.

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Remember that everyone loses and gains weight differently and for different reasons, so it’s okay to experiment with your diet and exercise.

4. Avoid Fast Carbs: Avoid foods that will fill your body with fast and fatty carbs. Go for foods that are rich in protein and fiber instead.

This will help you to feel full quicker and should help to prevent you from overeating.

Protein helps to build muscle mass and tissue. It can help you burn more calories than body fat, even when you’re sleeping or at rest.

Bonus: If you’re really serious about getting your weight gain hormones under control, it’s also important to exercise properly and to do the right type. If you’re an active person who exercises frequently it’s important to remember to replenish your sugar levels.

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