How should eat to balance my hormones for weight loss?
Different foods affect the hormones in your body in different ways. Specifically, foods affect how much of the hormone insulin your pancreas secretes in response to elevated blood sugar levels. Your body needs a certain level of sugar or glucose in your blood stream at all times, but, if your blood sugar level gets too high, it can be dangerous for your health. As soon as your body detects unhealthy levels of glucose in your blood, it triggers your pancreas to release the hormone insulin.
Insulin has the job of clearing out the extra glucose from your blood and pushing it into cells where it can be used for quick energy. But if there is a lot of glucose in your blood, the extra gets stored as fat. In fact, insulin is known as the fat storage hormone!
The key to reducing the amount of fat that gets stored is to reduce the amount of insulin that your pancreas releases. And the way to reduce insulin is to keep your blood sugar levels even, so your pancreas is not forced to pump out more insulin. The way to slow down fat storage in your body is done by careful food combinations. This is easy to do once you understand how your body reacts to different kinds of foods. Some foods are turned into glucose very quickly after you eat them. These include sugar, white flour, white rice and white potatoes. When you eat these foods, your blood sugar levels rise very quickly, triggering the release of insulin.
There are other foods that are not turned into glucose quickly. These include vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and proteins. These foods take longer to digest, so their effect on your blood sugar level is slow and even.
The key to moderating your glucose levels is to make sure you always include foods from the second group (veggies, proteins, whole grains, etc) when you eat foods from the first group (the “white” foods). When you eat slowly digesting food along with the faster digesting foods, it puts the brakes on the how quickly the glucose-raising foods get digested and released, and the overall effect on your blood sugar is much more even. Example: if you eat a white baked potato, be sure to put some broccoli and cheese on it. Or if you eat a cookie, grab a handful of nuts to go along with it. Reducing the amount of insulin that you have in your system will cause you to put on less fat.
- Eat balanced meals each time you eat (Lean Protein, Veggies, a little fat, colorful starchy carbs)
- Avoid processed foods (food from a bag, foods void of colors etc…)
- Avoid eating carbohydrates on their own.
- Eat at consistent times throughout the day.
- Controlling blood sugar will decrease your food cravings.
- Hormones will balance by eating better and eating better will balance your hormones.
To your health,