Sunday, May 09, 2010

Your Hormones, Your Weight - How They Link Together

Hormones control everything in your body from stress lives to immune response. Research shows that hormonal imbalance could lead to breast cancer, short-term memory loss as well as what you eat, why you eat it and what happens to the your body after you eat it.

According to Dr. Robert Greene, M.D. that there are at least 40 chemicals in our bodies influencing our appetite and what we eat. "The good news is that we're developing strategies to shift hormone signals to help people avoid weight gain as well as lose weight," Dr. Greene said.

In the fitness and weight-loss industry, we have established the basic equation of calories in, calories out. In a recent study by Dr. Michael Aziz, M.D. in his The Perfect 10 Diet book, your hormone level and stability is at least as important as, if not more important than, calorie counting.

Calorie counting is important, but is not everything. Two people of the same size can eat the exactly same foods, but have totally different results. It's important to stabilize your body's insulin level. When insulin is secreted in higher amounts, you feel hungrier. Then you eat more. Your willpower would succumb to your hungry need.

In an another diet book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by neuroscientist Daniel Amen, he recommends optimizing hormone levels via daily exercise, balancing insulin, sleeping well and reducing stress.

"Serotonin affects mood and appetite and needs proper estrogen levels to be optimal," said Amen. "Low testosterone is linked to memory loss and belly fat."

So your hormones are running at a very sophisticated manner to keep your body and brain function properly.

Each of us is born with different genetic and metabolic profile. Eating according to our body type may hold the key to unlocking fat burning hormones.

A proven prescription is a balanced endocrine approach that control insulin with emphasis in lean protein, high fiber and lower carb.

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