Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Hormonal Supply and Demand
Your hormones are chemical messengers that control and coordinate activities throughout your entire body.
The main goal of your endocrine system is to maintain homeostasis so your body has enough – but not too much – insulin, cortisol, thyroid, and so on to make it function well.
When levels of certain hormones go down, or your body thinks it needs more for whatever reason, glands are triggered.
The released hormones then travel through your bloodstream to their specific receptors in tissues and organs all over your body.
Each hormone fits into its receptor like a key fits into a lock.
When they “click,” they activate body processes like hunger, thirst, digestion, muscle building, fat storage, menstruation, and sexual desire.
You name it, hormones control it.
Once the action is completed, homeostasis is restored – however temporarily – and the whole process starts all over.
The problems begin when we get too much or too little of certain hormones in our body.
Maybe your gland overproduces the hormone; maybe the receptors on your cells malfunction and don’t bond with the hormones as well as they should.
Maybe an organ in your body doesn’t work right, like your liver or your kidneys, and the level of hormones circulating in your body gets way too high.
Or maybe your endocrine system receives confusing hormone-like signals from toxins in food or the environment, and mistakenly releases the wrong hormones in response.
When hormonal “storms” like these hit your body, all bets are off.
Some glands get overstimulated and overproduce; some burn out and fail entirely.
In today’s world, these endocrine problems almost always happen because of things in our lifestyle and environment.
The “food” we eat now simply doesn’t give our hormones what they need to stay balanced.
The chemicals and toxins in the environment send signals to our bodies that make them produce more or less hormones than normal.
These “endocrine disruptors” are things that act like hormones, tricking your body into reacting (and often overreacting) to their signals, disrupting the normal, healthy functioning of your endocrine system.
We’ll talk about the most prevalent endocrine disruptors, and how they impact our metabolism, in a later post.
But for now, know that when your hormones get disrupted, not only is your health in serious jeopardy, important weight-control functions slow down or stop altogether.
That’s why we’ll get rid of as many of these external endocrine disruptors as possible.
Your hormone distribution system will work smoothly again, and your glands and receptors won’t go on strike.
We’ll get your body back to the business of building muscle, burning fat, and staying healthy and happy.
We’ll take a few moments to learn about the major hormonal players in your metabolism and what happens when they get all screwy.
Once we know a bit more about how our hormones are meant to work, we can fix them.
We’ll start there in the next post.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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