From conquering cravings to revving metabolism,
hormones are the key to zapping flab.
Here’s how to use them to your advantage.
Ever wonder why a hectic day sends you diving face-first into a bag of chips? That’s the result of your adrenal glands releasing the stress hormone cortisol.
Cortisol is a Stress Hormone.
That response, which is meant to give you a burst of energy for fighting or fleeing, can often remain high due to sustained stress. leaving you craving high-sugar or high-carb – fast sugar – foods .
There’s even some evidence that cortisol causes you to accumulate fat specifically in your belly.
Serotonin has the opposite effect: It calms you down and is a natural appetite suppressant.
BALANCE THEM OUT
To get the same effect without drugs or sugary high-calorie carbs, load up on folate-rich lentils, asparagus, and spinach. Your brain uses the B vitamins in these foods to make serotonin.
Getting enough sleep helps, too. A study in the Journal of Clinical Neurology found that cortisol levels can double after a single all-nighter. The ball is in your court – small changes can make a huge difference on the balance of hormones in your system.
This post was made possible by Melinda Moyer.