Sluggish Metabolism? Are Hormones To Blame?

 You workout, eat healthy and get the recommended 8 hours of sleep but still seem to have a tire attached around your lower abdominal.  What gives?!?

We’ve read all the “belly fat” busting health articles and watched recommendations from shows like Dr. Oz, but still can’t seem to shake the extra flub.

Odds are you have two very big hormones working against you.  Find harmony between them and you’ll be on your way to getting those defined lower abs you could only dream about at the moment. What key players am I referring to?  Cortisol and Insulin, heard of them?  If not let me enlighten you.


This metabolic hormone can be found within your pancreas.  It’s responsible for the way your body reacts to food, specifically sugars in food.  Insulin’s main objective is to lower the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood.  Insulin can also help convert glucose to fatty acids where they can be stored as fuel for later.  Given an overload of glucose, insulin levels increase and act like a blocker in the fight for the body to use your stored fat surplus.  The more balanced your glucose levels, the lower your insulin will be allowing your body to start using that stored fat for fuel. Exercise helps your muscles adapt to insulin and make it easier on the body to use glucose for fuel.

Insulin Outliers?  

prescription drugs, infections, inactivity, pesticides, stress, and not eating a healthy well-balanced diet.

Cortisol (hydro cortisone):

Produced in your adrenal gland, this hormone is activated when insulin levels drop (usually due to some type of stressor). Cortisol is responsible for helping your body decide how to use your stored fat, protein, carbohydrates.  When cortisol levels are too high the body panics and starts storing fat while stress may lead in an increased appetite and over eating.

Cortisol Outliers:

#1 reason for out of sync cortisol levels is stress

So take what you learned here and apply it to your every day life.  Continue eating healthy and maintaining exercise.  Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night, and most importantly don’t sweat the small stuff.

Source:  Dr. Oz Show, Jillian Michaels: Unlimited, Women’s Health Magazine


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