Losing weight is probably the hardest process for most of the people, and as well as keeping it off. As a result of that we are constantly overwhelmed with information of how to quickly lose weight with so many miraculous products that are offered to us that.
Not to mention the appearance of so many self-proclaimed health gurus that have the product for you and the secret for weight loss. However, there is no such product; it is all about business and profit.
When weight loss or weight gain is concerned there is more to just the right diet and the right exercise, and this should turn into a common knowledge, but it seems that all those flashy advertisements know how to hit the nerve when weight is an issue.
Many factors impact the rate of weight loss like chronic inflammation, nutrient imbalances, gut health, environmental toxins, and so on. Naturally, there is the issue with your hormones and the needed balance.
Note that all the above mentioned factors are inter-related which we shall show you later in the text, and as well as influence the hormonal balance of the body.
How to get your hormones into weight loss mode?
Hormones like cortisol, insulin, thyroid, and sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone play an important role in the reaching the weight loss mode.
As you may have already known the fact that the thyroid gland is the one accountable for the weight index of the body and because of that we need to keep its health. In order to function accordingly we need to offer the right nutrients.
The most common disease which results from malfunction of this gland is hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). In this case the production of the thyroid hormone is low. By this condition are being affected both genders, female 20% of them and as well as male 10%. However, this condition is often misdiagnosed.
The common factors of hypothyroidism arelack of iodine. As per the statistics of the World Health Organization over 30% of the global population is iodine-deficient. Aside the iodine deficiency the thyroid is being affected by shortage of nutrients that affect the health of the thyroid like iron, zinc, and selenium.
These minerals can be found in the following food sources:
Iron: beans, iron-fortified cereals, legumes, tofu, and supplements
Zinc: eggs, soy, seafood, poultry, legumes, and supplements
Iodine: dairy, soy, seaweed, seafood, and supplements
Here is the RDI – Recommended Daily Intake of these valuable minerals:
Iodine, 150 micrograms (mcg)
Zinc, 15 mg
Iron, 17 to 19 milligrams for women, 19 to 20.5 for men.
Incorporate a lifestyle of balanced diet and exercise
The proper diet and exercise are highly needed for hormonal balance and weight loss which need to be followed on daily basis. This is not a short-term solution, but it needs to be a long-term one if you want to successfully lose weight and keep it off. It needs to be a lifestyle so that to enjoy all its benefits like the optimal weight index and optimal health.
Here it is to what you should stick to:
Keep a balance: consume the right amounts of fats, carbs, and protein. As per conducted studies a diet rich in healthy fats and protein, but low in refined carbs like sugar and starches, is the most appropriate one for the overall health.
Proper fiber intake: the right amounts of fiber offer good digestion and metabolism. Foods high in fiber are whole wheat, bran flakes, oats,organic fruits and vegetables.
Reduce alcohol: excessive consumption of alcohol causes all sorts of problems like hormonal imbalances.
Introduce a physical activity: swim, hike, cycle, walk, play basketball, or any other activity which can easily turn into a hobby as following an exercise program can be rather boring and you will easily give up.
Stress is not always bad for you as it can be a trigger in fulfilling certain tasks, and this is considered to be a “healthy” stress. Unfortunately, today is very difficult to experience this type of stress as we are constantly underpressureand this prolonged exposure to stress leads to various ailments. Namely, it can lead to the activation of metabolic resistance pathways, often causing insulin resistance and weight gain. The balance of the cortisol is being disrupted which results in high cortisol levels that hinderthe normal function of the metabolic system and slows down digestion.
Therefore, you should try to avoid unnecessary stress, and eliminate these triggers in your life that can lead to such conditions:
Regrets about the past
Inability to let go
Although some of them are beyond your control at the moment, you can try to neutralize their bad effect by following some relaxation techniques.
Practice “active relaxation” every day
In order for things to be better for you, you need to learn how to control your mind as you are the only one in charge of it. The Japanese refer the afflicted human mind as “monkey mind” as the mind acts as a monkey: it hops, moves, and swings around (jumping from one thought to another).
The mind is strongly connected with the body. Therefore, stiff posture, tension, shallow breathing are directly affecting the brain. You should make a habit to sit and stand in an upright and relaxed posture thus easing the tension in your shoulders and muscles.
The term “active relaxation” refers to a technique that involves any method that takes your mind off things. For instance, you can take a hot bath, get a massage or practice deep breathing.
The best solution would be regular meditation as in that way you are becoming the master of your mind. By mediating you are focusing to the present moment while breathing deeply. Naturally, it requires practice, but ultimately as a skilled practitioner you will be able to master your mind.