Stress Hormone's Role in Weight Loss Success

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At Metabolic Research Center, we understand all the pieces of the formula, which impacts weight loss and weight gain. Many experts focus on everything from low-calorie and low-carb to fad diets of only one type of food. What you put in your mouth is only part of the picture. Daily habits, exercise, and hormones all play a vital role in determining your body composition.

When we only focus on diet and exercise, we leave out one of the most critical pieces of the puzzle, hormones. The hormones in your body can significantly accelerate your weight-loss regiment and can also work directly against your best efforts. Let's look at one of the most important hormones in your body when it comes to fat gain and loss, insulin.

Insulin is produced by the pancreas and is the hormone responsible for allowing your body to use the sugar found in carbohydrates as energy. Insulin is more widely known for its role in controlling your blood sugar level, especially in people with diabetes. The tricky thing about your body is that all of your cells use sugar for energy, however sugar cannot enter most of your cells directly. This is where insulin comes in. It attaches to your cells and signals them to absorb sugar from the bloodstream.

How Uncontrolled Stress Interferes with Weight Loss

The tricky part is insulin's role in energy usage and storage. Our bodies are always thinking ahead, preparing for times when we may be without food. However, in today's modern society, this isn't a regular occurrence like it was for our ancestors. Uncontrolled stress can cause trigger the body's "flight or fight" hormones and dramatically raise your blood sugar level. When we have excess glucose in the blood stream, insulin's job is to store this as fat for later use. This can be frustrating when we're trying to lose weight, even more so if our insulin is out-of-balance. So, exercise more and work on controlling stressors. You'll improve your chance for success as well as your overall health.

Your Metabolic Research Center consultant will work with you to measure and manage your hormone levels. Often, getting hormones in the correct balance is the key to successfully losing fat.


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