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3 internal health factors that can prevent weight loss

3 internal health factors that can prevent weight loss

If you’ve been struggling with weight loss lately, it’s possible you could be suffering from one or more internal health problems preventing you from meeting your goals. While most people attribute weight gain and obesity to lack of exercise and poor nutrition, many fail to realize there are numerous other factors that can contribute to weight gain. For example, certain types of medications can cause you to retain water and gain weight, whereas foods that contain additives and chemicals can throw your hormones off-balance and trigger weight gain.

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Getting rid of clutter could help you lose weight

Getting rid of clutter could help you lose weight

You’ve heard about and have probably tried every popular diet out there. Instead of following the latest fads, why not try something designed to benefit your health and your home? Peter Walsh’s new book Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down focuses on de-cluttering your life to help you lose excess weight.

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3 hormones that could interfere with weight loss

3 hormones that could interfere with weight loss

The human body naturally produces a number of different hormones that support healthy overall bodily function. Hormones play vital roles in your body’s cellular metabolism, reproduction and sexual development, heart rate, digestion, and more. When you’re in good health and your body functions optimally, your hormone levels can maintain a healthy balance. However, some unhealthy lifestyle habits could result in hormonal imbalance and increase the risk for diseases such as obesity and cancer. Contributing factors may include poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep.

If you’ve been experiencing difficulty losing weight through diet and exercise alone, it’s possible you’re not making progress due to hormonal imbalance. Here are three hormones that can affect your weight-loss progress, as well as tips on how you can balance these hormones in a healthy manner.

1. Cortisol

Cortisol is a stress hormone that rises and fluctuates when you experience any type of stress, whether it’s from coping with unruly family members or putting in too many hours at work. Cortisol can cause your body to store more fat, especially in your abdominal region, and makes your other hormones go into overdrive to counteract the rising cortisol levels. Hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin can rise when cortisol rises, and lead to overeating and cravings for junk food. Most individuals under stress tend to sleep less and make poor nutrition choices.

The most ideal way to balance your body’s cortisol levels is to find new ways to manage stress, or work on eliminating stressors from your life. Start exercising regularly, find new enjoyable hobbies, or if possible, remove yourself from situations that cause undue stress.

2. Estrogen

Estrogen is more commonly associated with females, but men also produce estrogen in smaller amounts. Estrogen imbalance, which is also sometimes be referred to as estrogen dominance, can lead to weight gain and increase your risk for other health problems, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and breast cancer. Estrogen imbalance can be caused by excess exposure to free radicals and toxins, poor nutrition, smoking, stress, and alcohol abuse. To balance your body’s estrogen levels, start exercising regularly and consume a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, protein, and healthy fats. Eating fresh, whole foods can help your body flush out excess estrogen.

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How the "hunger scale" concept can help with weight loss

How the "hunger scale" concept can help with weight loss

Nutrition and dieting can be a tricky game, even if you’re feeling confident that you’re nailing it and doing it correctly. If you’ve managed to cut out sweets, fried foods, and processed foods in general, now you’ve got to nail the timing aspect. If you go too long without food, you may end up overeating, whereas if you eat too frequently, you may be consuming more food than your body actually needs.

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Eat soy in moderation to protect your health

Eat soy in moderation to protect your health

In recent years, there has been much confusion over whether soy is good or bad for your health. Some health experts say that soy products offer a number of health benefits and can contribute to weight loss, whereas others say soy can increase your risk for cancer and hormonal imbalance. Given the many different resources that highlight the pros and cons of soy, how do you know what’s really true?

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