So, you know I totally jacked up my hormones…grrrrrrrrr…
If you haven’t heard, check out this post: Adrenal Fatigue—How Chronic Stress Affects Your Hormones
I’ve never doubted the power of hormones since I had my first baby. Anything that sends you into a hurling tailspin simply by watching a McDonald’s Big Mac commercial deserves respect, ya know?
These babies are powerhouses when it comes to weight loss. If they’re off, your metabolism suffers. So I asked my friend Kenda to give us a few tips on stabilizing these suckers so that all our hard work pays off.
Guest post by: Kenda Mullert
As a mom we can figure out a last-minute costume, a school lunch to pack, and the exact words we need to use to comfort our kids when they fall down. But ask us about what our metabolism is – we respond, ‘slow’ with a side of blank stares.
Understanding our metabolism doesn’t have to be complex and frustrating but since it feels like a vague and inconsistent part of our life, it’s really hard to ‘control’ it. Having kids, getting older, experiencing grief, and other life-changing events completely changes our hormone levels.
Every woman is unique and what unlocks one woman’s metabolism, may not work for another woman. As a community of women, this is an incredible opportunity to support and cheer each other on. It’s easy to compare ourselves against each other and how well other women are doing, but when it comes to metabolism – it holds no weight.
Our metabolism is 100% made up of our hormones. Every woman’s hormone make up is unique. Your friend might have a greater proportion of estrogen than you and that will influence her weight gain and fat-loss. You may have greater levels of cortisol naturally which definitely has influence on lean muscle gain and fat-loss.
Our hormones are simply messengers. That’s it.
Hormones are messengers communicating specific messages to our body to behave a certain way. The two biggest hormones that have a influence on gaining weight and losing stored fat are insulin and cortisol. Both are used together and when balanced, fat-loss happens quickly.
Think about a see-saw that your kid might play on. On one side is insulin and the other is cortisol and when our two hormones aren’t balanced, one dominates the message that is being communicated to our body.
Insulin hormones tell your body to store fat, store muscle, and to release body fat.
3 Tips to Balance Your Hormones
Eat when you’re Hungry
Keep your energy levels up
Keep your cravings low
Understanding your metabolism doesn’t have to be complex or frustrating. I help women every day begin listening to their body (sometimes for the first time ever!) and begin to see changes immediately in their energy levels, how well they sleep, and even losing weight!
Kenda Mullert is a metabolism and weight-loss coach for women. Download her free check list: 8 different ways to speed up your metabolism here.