If you’ve ever tried to diet or start an exercise routine before, you probably know the frustration that comes with hitting a plateau. In terms of health and weight loss, hitting a plateau means that you have lost some weight, but cannot seem to shed that last 10 or 15 pounds. This can be frustrating and very discouraging.
Rest assured that not only is there an explanation for why the last few stubborn pounds are so hard to lose, but there is also a way around it.
Your hormones control a great deal when it comes to how you eat and metabolize your food. The hormone leptin is in charge of appetite control, grehlin determines when you are hungry, and cortisol is created in high-stress situations and will cause cravings for comfort foods.
Just because your hormones are preventing you from shedding those last few pounds doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of them. You just have to outsmart them and make sure you are doing all you can to counteract those surging hormones. This doesn’t mean taking pills or shots or any other expensive method. No, the way to fight back against Mother Nature and your hormone imbalance is simple and easy to follow. Here are two great tips to start with.
Exercise – Most people don’t like this answer, but it is tried and true for a reason. Not only will cardio and resistance training help kick your metabolism into shape, it will also produce endorphins to help deal with cortisol and help manage your stress levels.
Low/Medium/High Diet – A Low/Medium/High diet is one of the best ways to help deal with cravings and feeling hungry between meals. Low/Medium/High stands for Low Sugar, Medium Protein and a High Fiber diet.
It doesn’t matter if you are taking your first crack at weight loss or have been trying to lose those last few pesky pounds for years, you need not be a slave to your hormones. With proper diet and exercise as well as being mindful of what you eat and what your body is doing, you can get those pounds off and be the person you want to see in the mirror.