Hormonal Balance Hints That’ll Help You Finally Incinerate Stubborn Fat

Do you feel like you’re doing everything right, but you’re still struggling to lose those extra pounds?

Like everything checks out except for the numbers on the scale?

Well, if you haven’t considered the very building blocks of your womanhood, you’ve probably missed out on the final but most important piece of the puzzle…

Hormonal Balance.

Female Hormone balance

Now, don’t get me wrong.

Your diet plan and exercise routine are two crucial aspects of shedding stubborn body fat. But if you aren’t balanced biologically, you’re only making fat loss harder on yourself.

So what should you do to bring hormonal balance back into your life and finally watch the pounds fall off?

Well, let’s take a look!

Cortisol and Belly Fat

High cortisol levels are one of the main underlying reasons that you may be holding onto more body fat than you’d like.

Cortisol is your stress hormone…

Cortisol

And in the 21st Century, it’s not difficult for your cortisol levels to get out of hand, because well, it’s difficult to avoid stress these days.

Whether you’re anxious about a project at work, you’re having some difficulty with your spouse, you’re having a hard time balancing your children’s crazy activity schedule, or all of the above and more, stress is always tugging for your attention, and it’s causing you to hold onto belly fat as a result.

And here’s the problem…

A lot of us begin to overeat when we’re faced with constant loads of pressure because our bodies tell us that we’re hungry when we actually aren’t.

Why?

“Because your body thinks you’ve used calories to deal with your stress, even though you haven’t, says Pamela Peeke, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. As a result, it thinks you need to replenish those calories, even though you don’t.” [1]

As so begins a cycle of overeating.

overeating

To make matters worse, increased levels of cortisol cause higher insulin levels, lower blood sugar, and as a result your body begins to crave sugary and fatty foods, commonly known as “comfort food.”

So basically, the formula for fat gain looks like this:

More Stress = More Cortisol = Appetite For Comfort Food = Fat Gain

But enough about fat gain…

Let’s talk about how to lower cortisol levels for fat loss.

There are several strategies that you can implement on a daily basis that will help bring some calm into the whirlwinds of life that can whisk you off into a stratosphere of stress.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is one of the most practical and accessible ways to lower your cortisol levels throughout the day because well, you can practice deep breathing anytime, anywhere.

Deep breathing helps you to de-stress because it slows down your heartbeat and stabilizes blood pressure.

Shallow breathing on the other hand, fails to fill the brevity of your lungs, and as a result, you start breathing in shorter pulses that cause you to feel anxious.

deep breathing

To practice deep breathing, breathe in through your nose for 6 seconds and then exhale for 10 seconds. Perform this type of breathing for 3 minutes at several points throughout the day: at home, at work, out at dinner, in the car, before bed, when you wake up in the morning…

Anytime. Anywhere.

As a result, you’ll breathe out that unwanted belly fat. 

Journal

Journaling is another way to de-stress and get rid of excess belly fat…

See, oftentimes when we’re stressed (even when we don’t realize it), we’re stressed because we aren’t processing the events happening around us. We aren’t processing how we feel about those things. We aren’t processing how we can change our responses to those external circumstances in order to handle them gracefully rather than anxiously…

Which is one of the reasons why journaling is so important.

journaling

Journaling allows you to filter your thoughts and problem solve so that you can eliminate stress.

Also, journaling gives you the opportunity to write out what you’re thankful for on a daily basis…

When you do so, you’ll gain a more encouraging perspective on your life.

I recommend journaling before bed: Write down 3 things you’re thankful for over the past 24-hours. Write down thoughts you’ve had throughout the day and quotes that you enjoy. You can even track your nutrition and exercise programs here. Make your journal totally yours…

And hey, you never know who will read it in the future and find your words inspirational to them.

Sleep More

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of hormonal balance because when you go to sleep at night, your body essentially resets itself for the following day.

So you want to make sure that you get plenty of quality rest each and every night…

I recommend that you make your goal snooze time somewhere between 7-10 hours a night…

Which means shutting the Netflix off early, which provides plenty of temptations in itself to snack late on junk food.

Another benefit of sleep is that most of the time, you aren’t stressed out when you sleep…

Sleeping weight loss

Sure, we’ve all had those nights when you feel like you’ve been tossing back and forth with something on your mind…

But for the most part, when you’re asleep, you’re stress free…

So the more sleep you get, the less stressed out you’ll be overall, even if you don’t realize it per se.

And for a little bonus tip, if you want to clear your mind before bed, practice something called a “brain dump.”

Before you go to sleep, jot down everything that you need to remember to do the following day (phone calls, projects, doctor’s appointments), so that you aren’t subconsciously trying to remember those things when the only thing you should be thinking about it whatever sweet dream you’re having in la-la land.

Next Step

Having a healthy hormonal balance is the key to shedding stubborn body fat…

And keeping it away in the long-haul.

Implement the above techniques to bring hormonal balance back into your life. Also, keep going strong on your diet and exercise programs to keep your body functioning at its best.

When you do, you’ll see some major improvements!

References

[1] https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/stress-weight-gain#1