So you’re looking to lose weight, burn some fat, build some muscle– all basic fitness goals that many of us have. You go to the gym, you change your diet habits, you try to get more sleep– all great things to do. But are you waking up your weight loss hormones? Have you ever even HEARD of weight loss hormones? Keep reading below to learn what they are and how to use them to your advantage!
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Leptin is responsible for helping us to feel full and avoid overeating or mindless snacking. So how can you wake this hormone up and put it to work fighting your hunger hormones? Get enough sleep! It sounds so simple and we hear it all the time, but getting 6.5-8.5 hours of quality sleep each night will help your body to produce and regulate enough leptin to give you the weight loss boost you’re looking for. A key step to keeping your leptin levels regulated is making sure you go to bed and wake up around the same times each day and night.
Ladies probably think of testosterone as the ”manly” hormone. It’s true that men have much higher levels of testosterone than we do, but it’s a hormone that we need too! What benefit does it have when it comes to weight loss? It’s one of the human body’s primary muscle-building hormones. And we all know that if we want to lose weight, adding some mucles onto our frames is a great way to do that, since our bodies will burn more calories each day maintaining muscle tissue! So how can you wake this hormone up in your body? Lifting weights! Our bodies respond to weight-lifting by producing testosterone, helping our muscles to take full advantage of this opportunity to grow! Make sure you’re hitting the weight section of the gym a few times each week in order to keep your testosterone production high enough to help you pack on a bit of muscle!
CCK, GLP-1, and PYY:
These 3 hormones work together in the intestines to slow the movement of food through the GI tract. Why is that important? That slow-moving food means you will quite literally stay fuller for longer after eating. So how can you get these hormones to work for you? Make sure each meal you eat contains proteins, fats, and complex carbs. That’s not permission to crazy– a piece of whole wheat toast with avocado smashed on top with an omelette on the side is enough for you to get this trio of hormones operating in your favor!
The hormones produced in our thyroid gland help determine how many calories out bodies burn when at rest (while driving, sitting on the couch, sleeping, etc.), so it’s important to give these guys a boost! Eat foods high in iodine! That means lots of seafood, including seaweed if you’re a vegetarian! Iodine deficiency is a common cause for thyroid hormones to get out of whack, so make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount of iodine in your daily diet! It fits in healthily with the FDA suggestion to eat fish three times per week, so hit up the seafood section of your local supermarket and get stocked up!
Which of these hormone wake-up calls will be the easiest to make for you?
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