Aug 2014 02

Guys have hormones too

By: Julie Dennis

Julie Dennis is a fitness coach specialising in weight loss and body transformation results. Julie is committed to helping people understand how they can get their body working with them rather than against them in order to achieve incredible lasting results.

 

Julie Dennis, founder of Southview Fitness Letchworth

 

Research has revealed that the mixture of a hectic lifestyle and the food that we’ve become used to eating is knocking our hormones out of balance.

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers and instigate changes within your body.  They control everything from the rate at which you burn calories, your moods, your sleep patterns, your blood sugar levels and even how hungry you feel.

Looking at your hormone levels rather than just focusing on the number of calories you are eating each day is crucial when it comes to helping you change your body shape and lose weight.

Different foods impact how and when hormones are released and how they work with each other.  For example, if you’ve eaten a lot of carbohydrates and sugars then this is likely to have an effect on your insulin levels – you only have to look at the increase of diabetes for evidence of this fact.

 

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If you’ve had a lot of stress in your life, then your stress hormone cortisol is affected.  Cortisol’s key role is to help control blood sugar levels, which in turn helps control the body’s metabolism.  It also has a very important role in helping the body respond to stress.  

If your cortisol levels out of balance your body will hold on to its fat stores, particularly around the stomach.  What happens is your body becomes better at storing fat rather than burning it and storing it in the areas you don’t want it to.

 

 

 

Not getting enough sleep affects the balance of your 'hunger hormones', ghrelin and leptin.  Ghrelin stimulates your appetite and leptin suppresses your appetite.  If they’re out of balance they send a message to your brain that more food is needed when in fact you’ve eaten enough.  It’s nearly impossible to overcome that message with willpower alone.

 

 

 

When hormones are out of balance they affect people in different ways and that goes for men too.  It’s not just women of a certain age who struggle (although imbalances are more common).  It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, male or female, the way you live your life will have an effect on your hormone levels.  If you are struggling with body shape, weight, muscle tone, sleep or moods then there is a very good chance you are out of balance somewhere.

The good news is that the right type of food and the right type of exercise can affect the ratios of hormones in your body and trigger the response necessary to create a fat burning environment.

So you see there’s more to weight loss than just looking at the number of calories you eat…

To discover how you can take control of your hormones, your weight and your body shape contact julie@juliedennis.net