FEATURE ARTICLE: Hormones and weight loss what is the correlation? - DIANA PINTO

At the Very mention of Hormones can conjure images of menopausal women or nefarious food additives. For decades, an endless stream of well marketed diets and newfangled exercise programs, have been promising an easy path to a leaner, trimmer you. And then every year we are enticed to drop all “Bad carbohydrates” or “purchase a can of Whey Protein powder or BCAA’s” or “purchase the latest piece of gym equipment” to ensure that good health and happiness will finally be ours! But the rules of fat loss have changed from what we once thought them to be. No longer can we rely on diet alone to shed unwanted weight – nor can we only exercise the pounds away. Certainly, poor eating habits and lack of physical activity are two of the biggies when it comes to explaining escalating obesity rates – but they are by no means the only culprits.

Dieting alone – restricting calories and carbohydrates – does nothing to build metabolically active muscle, a necessary health reserve for our later years. Combine diet and exercise and you will lose the fat and save the muscle. The number on the scale is by no means your most significant indicator of health. It does nothing to identify how much muscle you have or where you carry your fat – both more important factors for wellness than how much you weigh. The type of exercise we choose is also critical. Strength training and eating a Nutritious diet together is the answer for achieving a lean, toned body and balancing our hormones - Add in the benefits of sleep, stress hormone control, health promoting supplements and an anti-inflammatory detox – and you’ve got the winning combination.

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