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Are Your Hormones Making You Fat?

You eat right and exercise, but the scale won’t budge.
What gives?

Are Your Hormones Making You Fat?

When you have an imbalance, you can experience sugar cravings, lethargy, depression and weight gain.

Hormones are crucial for a balanced body environment. When your hormones are balanced, you can experience energy, strength and a trimmer body. When you have an imbalance, you can experience sugar cravings, lethargy, depression and weight gain. 

There are four hormones that can cause weight gain and poor health. They are insulin, estrogen, cortisol and leptin.


Insulin is the hormone that turns food into energy. But too much insulin will result in your body storing fat. The larger you get, the more insulin you make creating a cycle of insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, you can expect fatigue, mood swings, weight gain and a gateway into other diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer.

Eating a diet filled with fiber, high quality lean protein, whole grains, fresh vegetables, healthy fats and real sugar like fruit can help keep sugar levels are bay.

Exercise drives insulin levels down so get moving as well. Word of caution to those who eat artificial sweeteners: these are known neurotoxins and will only create a more toxic environment in your body. Stick with small amounts of sugars that have nutrients such as raw honey, pure maple syrup, and black strap molasses. My favorite is coconut sugar because it’s low glycemic and tastes great.


Estrogen can become unbalanced many ways; nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, stress and excess estrogen in our foods. When you become estrogen dominant (and progesterone deficient), it can wreak havoc on your body. Weight gain, low libido, depression, fluid retention, poor memory and poor sleep are just some side effects of estrogen dominance. Balance estrogen naturally by decreasing processed foods, foods rich in sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Meat, eggs and dairy can all have excess estrogen so choose organic when possible. Steer clear of heating food in plastics as BPA, an estrogen compound, can leach into your food.


Cortisol helps regulate blood sugar and the movement of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in and out of the cells. Cortisol also helps you deal with short-term stress. In today’s world of constant stress, cortisol levels stay in high gear resulting in weight gain, especially around the belly. It also creates dizziness, memory loss, decreased muscles and high blood pressure. Eating well, exercising and adapting proper stress management tools can help keep cortisol levels even.


Leptin is a hormone that tells your brain when you are full and helps keep your metabolism high. But when leptin levels are low, your body stores fat. Foods high in MSG are thought to lower leptin levels so steer clear of MSG and anything listed as hydrolyzed protein. Sleep deprivation can also cause leptin imbalance. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and zinc can help your leptin as well as eating slowly, getting plenty of water and eating green leafy vegetables.

By manipulating your hormones naturally, you’ll improve your overall body chemistry and experience great health and a trimmer, leaner you.

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