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
Rebalance Your Energy Out
You could follow this diet to the letter, get rid of all the toxins in your house, take the perfect vitamin supplements every day – but if you don’t learn how to manage your stress and Rebalance your energy, you’re still sabotaging your hormones.
We used to burn off our stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline when we outran lions in the jungle.
Now, if our boss makes unreasonable demands, we can’t release the stress by hauling off and popping him one.
Now, we just have to suck it up and sit there, with our hearts pounding and the adrenaline and cortisol pumping through our veins, and struggle to maintain our composure and be good and dutiful workers.
Constant overwork without enough relaxation will keep your body in fight-or-flight mode for far too long, corroding your organs and glands until your system basically breaks down.
People who secrete the most cortisol in response to stress also have the most fat on their bellies, no matter how much they weigh.
They are also more likely to experience regular spikes in carb cravings.
When you overwork your brain and underwork your body, when you sleep too little and worry too much, your growth hormone levels don’t get their regular daily and nightly bursts.
You can’t convert thyroid hormone as easily.
Hunger hormone ghrelin shoots up; satiety hormone leptin plummets.
Your blood sugar levels go through the roof, and within days, your body becomes insulin-resistant – even if you’re not overweight.
I’m all about hard work.
But I believe in full recovery as well.
Let’s look at how you can let your endocrine system take a breather, so it can repair itself and allow your hormones to Rebalance to their optimal levels again.
REBALANCE ENERGY TACTIC #1: SLEEP AT LEAST 7 HOURS A NIGHT
A full night’s sleep isn’t a luxury – it’s a basic necessity for healthy hormone balance.
Once you dip below 7 hours a night, you’re at a much greater risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, depression – and many, many more pounds.
Some researchers believe slow-wave sleep – the deep, dreamless sleep you ideally sink into about 3 or 4 times a night – may actually regulate your metabolism.
In fact, stage 4 slow-wave sleep, which begins about an hour after you fall asleep, is when you release your greatest pulses of growth hormone, the hormone that prompts your body to burn stored fat.
When we’re young, we spend about 20% of our sleep in slow-wave stages 3 and 4.
But as we get older, we may only spend about 10 or even 5% there.
Sadly, just 2 nights of bad sleep will cut your satiety hormone leptin by 20% and increase your hunger ghrelin by 30%.
That 1-2 punch makes you much more likely to snack on high-carb treats, which couldn’t come at a worse time for your insulin levels.
A University of Chicago study found just 3 nights of poor sleep makes your body 25% less sensitive to insulin, equivalent to the insulin resistance brought on by 20-30 extra pounds.
In order to block fat-storage hormones and allow the full release of fat-burning hormones, you need to get at least 7 hours a night.
Don’t forget this one caveat:
Absolutely no carbs before bed.
Your level of hunger hormone ghrelin needs to be high in order to slip into stage 3 or 4 sleep.
Carbs depress ghrelin faster than any other nutrient, so eating anything, especially carbs, before bed can delay your entry into deeper sleep for several hours.
The release of growth hormone is possible only when your body is in a semi-fasting state, so the insulin spike that comes after carbs will automatically interfere with growth hormone release.
Become fanatical about restricting carbs before bed – why would you knowingly eat something that interferes with restorative sleep and blocks one of the most beneficial hormone releases of the entire day?
Don’t do it!
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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