There are multiple ways to reset your hormones and avoid the stubborn belly fat with low sugar intake and eating healthy. By the way, here’s how you can find out the type of belly shape you have how you can treat it!
Loosing belly fat around your waistline can be strenuous and before you beat yourself up for not going to the gym regularly, try figuring out what’s causing this fluctuation in your body to cause that belly fat to stick to you like glue. Whilst there are several causes, but how your hormones play a part in that stress belly is what we’re sharing with you.
Ps. I have a hormonal belly, which is why I’m sharing what may seem like out of a book, but in actuality it’s based on my personal experience.
YOU CRAVE SUGAR ALL THE TIME
If you’re craving sweets all the time then that means that your body is insulin resistant. Basically in the case of insulin resistance, your body is unable to absorb sugar from the bloodstream, which leaves your cells starved for carbs. This can have a negative impact on leptin levels. Leptin is the hormone that alerts your body when you’re full, but elevated insulin levels. With decreased sensitivity to leptin and insulin, you will keep eating sweets and don’t know when to stop, which leads to hormonal belly fat.
YOU HAVE TOO MANY MOOD SWINGS
The pre- and post- menopause days are the toughest on any woman. And with age, the estrogen levels fluctuate often, which can lead to mood swings and stubborn weight gain around the midsection aka belly. That’s why women get elevated levels of depression and mood swings. You have to pick up these cues to realise that your hormones are working against you and that it’s time to reset them
YOU’RE STRESSED ALL THE TIME
Cortisol isn’t your bff, which means that high levels of stress and anxiety can send the body into survival mode which increases our cortisol levels and signals the body to store more fat and make it difficult to lose weight. It’s like when your body senses that you’re in stress, your cortisol level increases so you need to work on countering the stress in order to avoid hormonal weight gain.
Lack of sleep can cause multiple issues including fatigue and exhaustion in addition to your over all health. Moreover, insomnia is a big sign that your hormones are at some kind of war with you.
YOU DON’T FEEL FULL AFTER EATING
Did you know that your reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone) can indirectly impact your hormones that regulate your metabolism?
Low levels of estrogen in the body can make you feel hungry after having a meal. Estrogen impacts the leptin, and the more leptin you have, the more problematic it is.
If your testosterone levels go up, the leptin decreases. Leptin helps regulate body weight and has a major influence on energy balance.