Hormones play a role in weight loss.
Insulin, Leptin, Ghrelin, Glucagon, and Gremlin (Just kidding about the last one).
The hormones listed above sound like a cast of characters that should be in the 1980s movie Gremlins.
More importantly these hormones play a role in our metabolism.
I chose the title of this post because when it comes to losing weight, it is more than just counting calories or points. It is true that food is the energy source for our bodies and an excess of this energy is stored as fat.
But there is more to it than that.
That is why you can have two people who weigh the same, have the same activity level, eat the same, and one will lose weight more easily.
Hormones play a huge role in overeating. Overeating is defined as, when we are eating more food than our bodies require for energy.
The state of our hormones and how we have conditioned our bodies will dictate how quickly the weight comes off and if it will stay off.
The cast of characters
Explaining in detail how each hormone operates is a much longer conversation than this one post, but here is a quick introduction.
- Insulin – Tells our bodies to import nutrients and is typically triggered by glucose (sugar) and carbohydrates, specifically refined sugars and processed carbohydrates. Reducing excess insulin levels is the key to losing weight.
- Glucagon – releases stored glucose (in the form of fat) to be used for energy. It is blocked by insulin.
- Leptin – lets us know when we are full and when it’s time to move. It is blocked by an excess of insulin.
- Ghrelin – lets us know when we are hungry and no longer hungry.
Our hormones dictate our metabolism. Meaning how fast our body will use the food as energy. It also determines how often we get hungry, how fast we fill full, and the types of foods we crave.
Learning about how our hormones are affected by the foods we eat and how often we eat is key.
We already established that the reason for being overweight is that we are consuming more energy than our bodies require. But here is the good news. What our bodies require for fuel is adjustable, and when you understand how hormones play a roll in it, you can then adjust this to get the results you want.
We must become fat adapted.
Learning to get our bodies to be more fat-adapted will be key. For this to happen we will have to lower insulin levels and retrain our bodies to use more fat as an energy source. I like to refer to fat as “stored energy.”
The habits that we have developed and how we respond to our emotions also play a role in how we have conditioned our hormones to operate.
This is the central piece of my coaching program. Learning about why we eat, when we eat, and what is causing us to overeat. Really understanding emotions, habits, and what works for you and what doesn’t.
Then little by little, we make adjustments to create the transformation and long-lasting results.
If you’re ready to take your weight loss to the next level, schedule a call with me (click here).