Do you find yourself going on a new diet to lose weight every couple of months? Starving yourself or restricting certain foods just for the weight to come back in the following weeks? It can seem as if you're in a never-ending cycle of weight loss and gain.
The key to sustaining a healthy weight may be a healthy lifestyle. Rather than focusing on weight loss so you can live the life you want, there are benefits to going the other way around — living a healthy lifestyle to lose weight. Here's why.
Hormones are chemical messengers, and the body relies on them for its communication system. This communication helps the endocrine system talk to organs through the brain's hypothalamus (aka control center). These chemical messengers play a role in telling the body to perform certain activities. When these chemicals are imbalanced, the correct communication doesn't go through, potentially impacting the body.
High cortisol levels can keep your body in "fight or flight" mode, promoting fat accumulation, especially around the waist.
An imbalanced thyroid can slow your metabolism, making it hard to lose weight.
Insulin resistance causes your liver to turn extra glucose into fat cells, contributing to extra weight gain.
Elevated estrogen levelsor low progesterone can promote fat storage, making it difficult to lose extra pounds.
Unbalanced inflammation can make a difficult weight loss journey even harder. It may disrupt hormones, interfere with core functions of the body and even promote additional weight gain.
The cause of inflammation may be a poor diet of highly processed foods, environmental toxins, stress levels, unbalanced gut microbiome, a sedentary lifestyle or even food sensitivities — including ones you may not be aware of.
Because hormones and inflammation could be behind weight gain as well as explain why you find it so difficult to lose weight, it's vital to address those issues first.
How do you address hormone imbalance and inflammation? The answer lies with your lifestyle habits.
Incorporating healthy habits into your life is a path to losing weight — and keeping it off — without sacrificing overall wellness. Remember: Weight loss starts with a healthy lifestyle.