Is This Hormone Keeping You From Losing Weight?

Is This Hormone Keeping You from Losing Weight?

Here’s why you might not be losing weight, and it’s not your fault…

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Is This Hormone Keeping You From Losing Weight?

There’s a huge myth that all it takes to lose weight is willpower…

Because that’s kind of true… But it doesn’t tell the whole story…

Willpower IS often required to lose weight.

But willpower alone isn’t usually enough…

Instead, you have to set yourself up for “willpower success.”

Let’s take a look at the data…

And I’ll show you how to set yourself up for greater and greater success when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.

Neurocognitive and Hormonal Correlates of Voluntary Weight Loss in Humans

The hormones of weight loss

There are two hormones that trigger the body to eat: leptin and ghrelin…

These hormones are activated when you restrict your calorie intake in order to lose weight.

The role of these hormones is to make you want to eat.

“Two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, are known to trigger the body to eat in a weight-loss setting. Previous research confirms that these hormone levels change rapidly when weight is shed.”

This doesn’t just happen to some people – it happens to everybody.

It’s our body’s way to keep us from starving to death…

And, overall, that’s a really good thing.

But this does make losing weight really difficult for many people.

Now, some people are able to ignore these hormonal signals and lose weight anyway.

The big question is “How do they do that?”

“Everybody who loses weight sees this change in leptin and ghrelin… It is just that some people, for reasons we do not know, are able to maintain their self-regulation in the face of that signal.”

How to stand strong in the face of those hormones…

It turns out that people who were able to lose weight in this study had the most activity in the areas of the brain that govern self-control.

For many people, self-control equals willpower.

But they are not exactly the same thing.

“In the fMRI, the self-control area increased its activity and the value area decreased its activity… And the amount of change was predictive of successful weight loss.”

“While all participants lost weight, those who achieved the greatest weight loss had fMRI levels indicating a better ability to self-control.”

Willpower is inherent, but self-control can be LEARNED.

You can learn self-control through various techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation.

That means you can give yourself an edge against the deluge of hunger hormones when trying to lose weight.

The effort is really worth it too.

If you can manage to stay on track for three months, those hunger hormones (leptin and ghrelin) end up resetting to baseline…

Meaning you end up staying at the new weight more easily without tons of cravings.

“And, at the end of the 3-month study, the hormones ghrelin and leptin were starting to return to baseline, suggesting that a new set point was achieved.”

But it doesn’t matter how much you’ve built up your self-control.

If you do the wrong things to lose weight (and many of the wrong things are peddled by the popular gurus) you could damage your health.

The Matt Cook approach to weight loss

Right now, there are two big fads for losing weight that are super-bad for you.

One is to cut carbs like crazy, and the other is to add tons of fat to your diet.

Both of these methods can send your body into metabolic syndrome and put you at risk for developing diabetes – because it’s fat and not sugar that triggers diabetes.

What we teach instead (and our students are getting GREAT results) is a very different way of eating that includes Coke and rice as well as specific lean meats and fruits and veggies.

Most people find this to be a much easier plan to follow long-term and lose a lot of weight.

In the meantime, if you want to lose weight, it’s a good idea to strengthen your self-control skills.

Meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy are both good tools for this.

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1. What hormone helps with weight loss?
Did you know that an imbalance of hormones in your body can affect your body mass and weight? According to New York bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried, “The true key to losing body fat actually lies with your hormones”.
As normal as we look upon hormone levels, it plays an important role in how much fat one's body can gain or lose in a period. Contrary to the usual belief that diets and lifestyle habits can only cause effective weight loss, the true power is held by the hormones. Most people follow all the diet protocols and strict food plans but still fail to see anything positive happening with their weight loss aspirations. Some believe that it is all in the genes and there is no way around it.
So what hormone helps with weight loss? How can one manage hormone levels that are positive for one's body mass?
Insulin and Glucagon are two hormones that play a big role in weight gain or loss. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas. It helps to regulate glucose levels in the body, with any excess stored as fat in the body. While Glucagon is an opposing hormone which helps to burn away fat.
Cortisol is another hormone which messes with the natural weight loss abilities of the body. The body forms cortisol when it is stressed and chronic stress levels can induce the body to store more of fat. Food addiction and craving for more sugar can also happen due to a spike in cortisol levels. This can influence the weight of the body. Our mood and happiness also affect the hormone levels of the body and painful food addictions can get triggered.
A high level of Leptin in the blood can also cause an increase in weight. The main role of Leptin is to signal the body that it is full, when one has had enough to eat. When a person is overweight, what happens is that the leptin levels of the body may get overwhelmed and get shut down. Thus even though one has had enough food that is required by the body, the hunger signals will still continue without stop. This results in food addiction which becomes difficult to stop.
Thyroid problems can also alter weight gain or loss patterns of the human body. When the thyroid is sluggish it can lead to depression, an increase in body weight and even constipation.
There is nothing more important than a daily regimen of exercise.
Exercise helps to reduce cortisol levels which reduce the fat-storing reflexes of the body, thus aiding in better management of the body fat too. To make sure that one's hormonal balances are maintained, specific steps can help ensure the same.
The first approach includes minimizing the intake of sugary products. Glucagon stimulating foods include those that are usually known as protein foods. This includes chicken, turkey, fish, cottage cheese and eggs. It is a good idea to have Omega-3 rich fatty acid foods since this has been found to have many beneficial properties. Taking adequate amounts of water is pretty important too. It helps to keep the body hydrated and improves the vitality of the body.

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