By Sara Vance, Nutritionist, Author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan
Feel an overwhelming urge to get an ice cream sundae? Your hormones could be driving you to go the ice cream parlour. Well not literally driving the car – but driving your desire to do it!
All too often – we blame ourselves or a lack of willpower for our inability to lose weight or resist temptations, when our hormones are really in the drivers seat!
As host of The Metabolism Summit, I was fortune to be able to interview 30 top experts from around the world all about the subject of metabolism. Hormones came up numerous times during my interviews – because hormones like thyroid, insulin, leptin, ghrelin, and others are a very important part of our metabolism. Hormones affect our appetite, blood sugar regulation, blood pressure, energy production, fat storage, digestion, and much more.
When the body is resistant to hormones messages – it can lead to hunger, cravings, fatigue, and sluggish fat burning. So even with willpower of steel – losing weight will be unlikely in that situation!
During my interview with Dr. Lauren Noel she shared how to turn on 6 fat-burning hormones, and turn off 3 fat–storing ones. Two hormones that can drive cravings are ghrelin and leptin. They are responsible for our feelings of hunger and satiety. When they are not communicating correctly – we can be hungry all the time, regardless of if we are full or not. When we are able to get those hormones back into balance, we will be more satisfied and crave that ice cream less.
Thyroid is another very important hormone to the metabolism – it is kind of like the engine that keeps things running and warm. But there is an epidemic of thyroid issues today. And many people are not getting adequately treated. If you are struggling with thyroid issues – your doctor is dismissing your symptoms, or your medication doesn’t seem to be working, tune in to my interview with Janie Bowthorpe, author of Stop the Thyroid Madness books and website.
Janie and I talked about the importance of the thyroid to metabolism and weight, her struggle with thyroid issues, and her quest to find a better treatment – which she found when she learned about dessicated thyroid hormone. This new treatment option transformed her health, and she created a The Stop the Thyroid Madness books and website in order to educate and help millions of people dealing with thyroid issues too.
I also talked to Andrea Beaman, season one Top Chef competitor, star of the cooking show ‘Fed Up’, and author of several books including her latest – Happy, Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally. Andrea shared her personal experience with dieting in her youth, her diagnosis of thyroid disease, and how she was able to heal herself and her thyroid with whole foods nutrition and lifestyle changes.
Dr. James LaValle shared with us so many amazing tips about our metabolism -including how our hormones are closely intertwined. One thing we talked about is the common issue of low testosterone in men today – he explained how correcting the blood sugar and lowering stress levels can often get testosterone levels to come back to normal, without having to replace the hormones. He also emphasized that testosterone is important for both men and women in the right amounts.
Dr. Marc Bubbs and I also talked about the issue of low testosterone. He shared the vicious cycle that is happening where excess fatty tissue causes conversion of testosterone to estrogen, which when combined with elevated cortisol – leads to a sluggish thyroid, weight gain – and therefore more estrogen, which leads to more weight gain and low testosterone!
One other thing to consider when we are talking about hormones – is our liver. Our body’s largest solid organ, what is referred to as “the general of the army” – the liver is responsible for over 600 functions in the body, including detoxification, elimination of excess hormones and regulation of blood sugar. When the liver is not in optimal condition, our hormones and metabolism can be out of balance, and the body will not be able to burn fat as effectively. One of the worst things to happen to our metabolism, liver, and gallbladder? The low fat craze. Throughout the summit, you will hear all about how the right kind of fats support a healthy metabolism, hunger hormones, and brain health!
Several speakers addressed the liver in The Metabolism Summit, including Dr. Lauren Noel, Dr. Ameet Aggarwal, and Ann Louise Gittleman, author of the newly revised book Eat Fat, Lose Weight, How Smart Fats Reset Metabolism, Stress, Hunger and Sex Hormones for Lasting Weight Loss and Radiant Health.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you will learn by attending The Metabolism Summit.
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Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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