Does this sound familiar:
"I've tried EVERYTHING, but I'm not losing weight."
"I don’t choose my clothes after what looks best on me, but choose the clothes that camouflage me best."
"I've spent endless hours on the spinning bike and the weight needle does not move one even an inch"
"I feel more and more tired, floppy and sad. And my energy is nowhere to be found"
"I'm getting more and more dissatisfied with myself and now it also affects my mood. I shout at my children and my husband. I'm not myself at all"
Do you recognize yourself in some of these statements?
I hear them so often from my clients.
But don’t worry. It's not you who's wrong. It's most likely just your hormones.
And, most likely, the hormonal imbalances that affect your weight, is caused by too many diets and endless exercise regimes.
In that case, you should get to know especially these 3 hormones:
Adiponectin is the hormone that tells your cells that they should burn fat. This is really a hormone that can fire your fat burning.
The more adiponectin that circulates in your blood, the more fat you will burn. Low levels of adiponectin are associated with overweight.
But the bad news is that the more fat you have in your body, the less adiponectin you have in the blood - and that's when the fight against the dots begins. But there are some things you can do to boost the adiponectin formation.
1: Eat more magnesium.
Take a readily absorbed magnesium supplement, carve in epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) or butter with magnesium oil.
Eat lots of leafy greens: spinach, broccoli, savoy, black cabbage - the greener the better. The green pigment chlorophyll contains magnesium. The more chlorophyll - the more magnesium.
2: Periodic fasting (e.g. 16: 8, 5: 2 or 1-day cure) also appears to increase adiponectin formation.
Your body produces cortisol when you are stressed and prepares your body for battle or escape. That's super smart if you face an emergency hazard that you need to avoid. But unfortunately, a modern way of living often requires that we are constantly "in readiness" for today's many demands. And who don't know the cough of a cortisol rush? Your thoughts are completely clear, your muscles are tense, your blood sugar rises, and your heart is hammering. And it's fine if we manage to normalize cortisol levels again afterward.
Unfortunately, our lives often require that we are more or less constantly "on" and we are looking for these "cortisol highs" to get through the day. Each time you drink coffee (or energy drinks), you create exactly the same stress reaction in your body, which you experience when faced with an emergency hazard.
And constantly elevated cortisol levels lead to a long series of health problems over time - like e.g. reduced immune response, increased inflammation, and cortisol affects almost all other hormones in the body. BUT constantly having too high levels of cortisol also increasecravings for sweet foods and quick carbohydrates. The increased excretion of cortisol causes your body to break down muscle mass. And the less muscle mass you have, the slower your combustion will work - and you'll save fat more efficiently. Too high cortisol levels make you store fat much easier on your stomach. Well hello, muffin top!
And it's a bad circle, because the more abdominal fat tissue you have, the more cortisol you will produce under stress. And we have not even talked about what happens when the body burns out after a long time with increased cortisol.
Fortunately, there is much you can do to balance your cortisol levels:
1: Caffeine increases the excretion of cortisol.
Skip the coffee - at least until you're more in balance. Then you can have a cup of quality coffee again and again which you really enjoy.
2: Breathing exercises.
Breath in through the nose and fill the entire stomach up with air. Then hold your breath while slowly counting to 4 and let the air flow out through your mouth. Repeat 10 times.
3: Joy, cuddling, laughter, enjoyment, and presence inhibit stress instantaneously.
I know - ghrelin sounds like a little grumpy gremlin. In fact, a hungry Gremlin. Because ghrelin is the hormone that controls your hunger. The higher levels of ghrelin, the more hungry you are. Cravings and uncontrollable starvation can very well be found in too high levels of ghrelin. Ghrelin affects your brain's hunger centre by activating the reward centre and making you hungry for sweets and fatty food. And often, imbalances in ghrelin production give you cravings in the evenings or at night. I even see clients who have so elevated levels of ghrelin that they get up at night to eat.
Fortunately, the solution is pretty nice: SLEEP.
Sleep for a minimum of 8 hours in a dark and quiet room. It will quickly regulate your ghrelin levels.
Just a slight lack of sleep increases your levels of ghrelin. And don't we all know those days when we haven't gotten enough sleep for some reason? The body just hungers for crappy food all day. Salty, sweet and fat - all at once.
Photo: Camilla Hey