Hormones. There those tiny little things within your body that play a huge part in your weight, your height, the texture and the amount of hair you have, the size of your chest, your skin type and even your mood.
While hormones may be tiny, they have a huge impact on your overall health and well being. Your glands manufacture hormones and release them into the bloodstream, where they travel to different body organs. There are many types of hormones, and each one has a role in how your body functions. Hormones can affect your weight, mood and sex drive.
Many things can throw your hormone levels off balance including stress, anxiety and even your diet. Fortunately, there are ways to reset your hormones to lose weight and improve your health. Here are three examples.
- Stop Crash Dieting
Though the allure of a crash may be tempting, avoid it. A sudden reduction in your calorie intake can cause your thyroid hormone levels to drop and slow down your metabolism. You can still lose weight, though; just eight a well-balanced diet all the time.
- Pump Up Your Workouts
Exercise is important for many reasons including weight loss. While any activity is better than none, aim for exercise that gets your heart pumping. Moderate to intense activities encourage the release of endorphins, “feel good” hormones that lift your mood and minimize pain.
To pump up your workouts, listen to upbeat music while you exercise. Music enhances the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that also improves mood. Combined with endorphins, serotonin can keep you happy as burn away the fat.
- Get Enough Sleep
Your body cannot make enough leptin, a hormone that controls your appetite and weight, when you sleep poorly. Too little leptin makes you feel hungry, so you eat more food than your body needs to function. This can lead to weight gain and keep you from shedding those stubborn pounds.
To increase hormone production, aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. A cool environment can help you sleep better. Sleep with less clothing or bed sheets, lower the thermostat or use a fan to keep you cool at night.