There May Be Reasons You Struggle to Lose Weight

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Hormones have a big impact on weight gain and weight loss. Some hormones, such as cortisol, ghrelin and leptin, increase your appetite and contribute to weight gain. On the flip side, other hormones can help you curb your appetite and get rid of unwanted pounds.

One particularly important hormone to pay attention to is adiponectin. Doctors are of the opinion that this hormone is the one that tells your body what to do with fat. It either orders your body to store fat for fuel or burn it for energy. The more adiponectin you have, the more likely you are to burn fat rather than store it; however, studies have revealed that adiponectin levels are lower in overweight people than in those who are at their proper weight. In other words, the more weight you need to lose, the less adiponectin you have to work with.

Thankfully, there are ways you can safely and naturally raise your adiponectin levels. One tried and proven method is to increase your magnesium intake by eating more pumpkin seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, fish, legumes, whole grains and bananas. Alternatively, you can take magnesium supplements or specialized supplements that boost your body's adiponectin production levels. Avoid the popular but unsafe intermittent fasting craze; this involves skipping meals for up to 24 hours and is not only bad for your overall health but may also slow your metabolism.

If you need help losing weight and/or want to learn how to keep your body's hormones working for you rather than against you, make an appointment with the Metabolic Research Center at your convenience. We offer free, personalized consultations that will enable you to create an effective yet realistic weight loss plan that will enable you to permanently get rid of excess weight.


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