weight gain

Key hormones that affect weight

Because excess body weight can lead to many health problems including inflammation, diabetes, and heart disease it is (obviously) important to keep your weight under control.

For many - in fact, most - people this is easier said than done. Although everyone knows that frequent exercise and proper nutrition leads to weight loss, many people find that the generally accepted rule of eating less and exercising more simply does not work for them.

An imbalance of hormones could be to blame for why your efforts to lose weight may not be working.

How does stress affect your weight?

Are you eating healthy and exercising regularly, but still can't get rid of the belly fat?

Hormones may be to blame!  And a hormone we often ignore is cortisol, our "stress hormone".  Cortisol is made by the body in response to a perceived threat, but in today's society we have "perceived threats" daily: deadlines, traffic, constant stimulation via smart phones, TV and internet, the need to measure up against our peers, and even intense workouts on an already stressed body.

What results from all this daily stress?  Increased cortisol production, more insulin release, higher blood sugars, overeating (particularly of endorphin-releasing carbohydrates and processed foods), more depression/anxiety, and... increased belly fat.  So how can we manage this?  Click here to read more.