Thursday 27 July 2017

Hormones and Weight a Balancing Act | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm
Hormones direct every response in the body from how well we sleep to how much we eat. And, as women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm explains, hormones play a role in our metabolic function.

Metabolism explained

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that, first and foremost, metabolism is nothing but a series of chemical reactions on a cellular level. Metabolism is the process by which the body converts food into energy so that our bodies can keep moving. When metabolic hormones are out of disrupted, it can trigger a continual cycle of hunger, energy, and cravings.

It’s H.E.C, you see

Hunger, energy, and cravings, (HEC) can offer clues as to how a woman’s hormones are behaving, says Marla Ahlgrimm. When hunger is low, energy is usually plentiful, and cravings are few and far between. When energy is low, carb cravings may be unbearable.

But Weight…there’s more

When you’re hungry all the time, you will likely try satisfy your empty belly. The result is usually unwanted weight gain. But if your stomach growling is due to a hormone imbalance, you may be able to quell hunger pains and balance the scales by tracking your hormone fluctuations. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Marla Ahlgrimm insists the first step toward understanding your HEC is by recording your hunger, energy, and cravings at least once per day, always at the same time. Make notes of your snack attacks and rate your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10.

  • Step 2: Once you have a pattern established, adjust your daily meal plan by adding 20 to 30 g of protein and an extra serving of fibrous vegetables to your plate during the times when energy is low.

  • Step 3: Now that you’ve established eating patterns that provide a constant supply of energy, you can adjust your diet to include fewer carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. Also important are ample amounts of sleep and regular exercise. Adding these to your daily routine, you should start to see an improvement in your weight.

Marla Ahlgrimm encourages anyone with questions or concerns about their weight and overall health to talk to their doctor before beginning any weight loss regimen.


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