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.
From conquering cravings to revving metabolism,
hormones are the key in weight loss or gain.
Here’s how to use them to your advantage.
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 Hormones 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.