Struggling to lose those few extra pounds


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Are you finding it hard to lose those stubborn kilos no matter what you do? You exercise, eat healthy and still nothing changes in fact you seem to be gaining kilos not reducing them. You feel that you're losing the battle and have given up hope. Well maybe you have been looking in the wrong direction. Weight loss resistance can be caused by hormonal imbalance. This alone can make the challenge all the more difficult if you don’t find out the cause. Booking into see your health practitioner to discuss and get tested for hormonal imbalance is recommended to rule out any other causes.

There are three main hormones that can be the offenders when unable to shift those kilos.

Cortisol:

Cortisol is your stress hormone and let’s face it in this day and age there seems to be so many causes of stress. Physical, emotional and environmental are three main reasons that our bodies become 'stressed'. Belly fat is stored and often linked to an over stressed system. Depression, anxiety and food cravings (salt and sugar especially) contribute to this issue also.

Naturopaths can use Herbs and Nutritional Medicine to support an overstressed system but in the meantime there are a few ways you can start to reset this hormone.

Try reducing stimulating substances like caffeine and alcohol. Wean coffee over a few days to reduce the withdrawal effect as much as possible. Try drinking herbal teas like chamomile or passionflower to gently reduce your stress. Practice mindfulness like meditation just start with 15 minutes a day. Breathing is a great way to do this. Take a gentle yoga class, or go for an easy walk taking in the views all the time checking in with your breath making it slow and steady.

Insulin:

Blood sugar control is becoming an ever increasing problem in the modern world. Unfortunately, a lot of the "foods" that are eaten have very little nutrition and fibre but both are important in the process of blood sugar stabilization. Try to find foods that are fresh and leave those cardboard boxes on the supermarket shelves. A good guide is when shopping at the supermarket shop from the perimeter of the store. This where you find fruit and vegetables, meats and fresher foods. Again your Naturopath will use herbs and Nutritional Medicine as well give you some lifestyle changes to help you stabilize your blood sugars.

Oestrogen: