Hormones play a major role in fueling middle-aged weight gain, but you can accelerate weight loss and torch body fat by supercharging your hormones.
“Your hormones have everything to do with weight loss,” said Dr. Natasha Turner, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, the Supercharged Hormone Diet. “They control how your body responds to exercise, how it responds to diet, and your appetite. They also dictate where you store fat.”
Turner said there are more than 10 different hormones that affect your ability to lose weight, and that even just one hormonal imbalance can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. They’re the reason you’re packing on the pounds despite calorie restriction and rigorous exercise.
A hormone imbalance can slow your metabolism, wreak havoc on your digestive system, increase appetite, and even control where you store fat in your body, said Turner, who also wrote The Carb Sensitivity Program.
Excess belly fat indicates you have high cortisol levels, while too much fat around the hips and butt is due to too much estrogen. And those who have lots of back fat are suffering from high insulin levels.
A major sign of a hormone imbalance is an inability to lose weight no matter how hard you diet or exercise. Dr. Turner said she gained 25 pounds a few years ago despite a strict diet, but was able to slim down by super-charging her hormones through small dietary changes.
An way to burn body fat (or at least stall fat storage) is to never eat carbs alone. Instead, you should always try to consume twice as much protein and fat as carbs in a meal. Doing this slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream, and that limits insulin release, resulting in less weight gain from that meal.
This trick works even when you’re snacking on something sugary and unhealthy like a piece of chocolate cake. Eating that with a dollop of cottage cheese (which has both protein and fat) will ensure the high-carb snack won’t get immediately stored as body fat.