Lockdown can be stressful, anxiety, and also depression, thus, leading to the secretion of various hormones by various glands. Hormones play a vital role when it comes to mental health and physical health of a person. Weight loss could be either aided or delayed because of the different hormones which control our body and mind. These are the chemical messengers that run across the body and send signals to the brain. So the question arises on how to make the hormone system work in favor of weight loss especially when we are in uncertain lockdown?
How to regulate hormones?
Good Food: Remember! Food be thy Medicine!
Exercise: The importance of workouts during lockdown can’t be more emphasized on
Meditation: This connects the mind with your soul.
What are the different hormones regulating your body?
Let us also get acquainted with various hormones in our body and the role they play.No, we aren’t bringing you the biological lessons here. But the few hormones which are related to your weightloss.
Thyroid-stimulating hormone:- This one is the most crucial of all when it comes to reducing your weight. This one is responsible for a sluggish or an overactive metabolism.
Insulin:- This hormone acts like a switchboard to fat loss. It is secreted by the organs called the pancreas. It helps in regulating the blood sugar levels which are directly related to the fats storage system in the body.
Glucagon:- Glucagon and insulin are inversely proportional to each other. If levels of insulin are high, then the glucagon will be less. This is a fat-burning hormone.
Cortisol:- This is a stress hormone that increases the level of insulin secreted in the body.
Ghrelin:- This is a hunger hormone. This is also related to hunger pangs. So if you take a balanced diet, chances of this hormone making you dance to its tunes are really less.
Now we know what makes us stressed? And what makes us run to the fridge after a full square meal.
What food would help balancing the hormones?
These are hormones that can be turned into a demon or our friend. Some foods are mentioned here. Clean proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fat.
Avocadoes:- A high source of monounsaturated fats. This also helps ladies with Polycystic ovary syndrome. This superfood can balance low estrogen levels, thus, helping weight loss.
Butter:- You can get clarified butter/peanut butter/almond butter. This wonder food is a powerhouse of vitamins. Butter or ghee (clarified butter) has a chain of fatty acids that helps in mobilizing the fats.
Nuts and Seeds:- Walnuts, Almonds, cashew nuts, peanuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds are the good food which has again taken the food industry with their miraculous omega 3 fatty acids and high fibre. This helps in keeping the insulin in control.
Vegetables:- Especially cruciferous veggies are rockstars with antioxidants and fiber content in them. The fiber breaks down slowly thus regulating your blood sugar levels and controlling your weight loss.
Fatty Fish:- Mind it, Fatty fish ! Tuna, salmon are some of the examples. Eating this gives you the same harmonizing effect as that after eating walnuts. A rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, this sea food will definitely is your friend during weightloss.
Hormone balance is all about calm
Hope you stay calm during the lockdown and enjoy your weight loss journey with these essential, easy to have hormone-balancing foods.
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