Obese individuals love to blame hormonal imbalances for their condition. While it is possible in a small amount of cases that hormonal imbalances may be the cause of weight loss or weight gain, it is far more common that these losses and gains are caused by the foods that we eat, how much we eat, how often we eat, and the amount of exercise that we engage in.
Likewise, our individual metabolic rates are also affected by various hormonal levels. Various hormones in the body act to cause certain changes. And of course, the converse is true as well – certain bodily changes will affect hormonal balances.
What exactly is a hormone?
Our hormones are powerful chemical agents that catalyze bodily changes. Levels of specific hormones will vary from day to day. Further, all changes in hormonal balances within the bloodstream must be caused by something. And it is known that the main causes for hormonal changes are our lifestyle habits. Our bodies adapt to the activities we perform and the foods that we eat – and these adaptations affect our hormonal balances.
Facts about hormones:
- Hormones are powerful intracellular chemical messengers;
- They help the body to adapt to changes in physical activity and food intake;
- Various hormones are produced and released into the blood from various glands and organs;
- Hormones can either inhibit or stimulate cellular growth;
- Hormones can either hinder or enhance the performance of the immune system;
- Hormones control our libido levels and reproductive cycles such as puberty and menopause;
- Hormones regulate our metabolism rates;
- Hormones can directly affect our energy levels and our moods;
- The lifestyle habits that we engage in concerning physical activity and dietary choices affect our hormonal balances;
- Testosterone is a powerful hormone found in both males and females;
- Increased testosterone levels facilitate the metabolism of visceral fats;
- Visceral fats are stored under the muscles and are considered very unhealthy as they are known to be associated with the onset of preventable diseases;
- Sedentary individuals produced less beneficial hormones than do active individuals;
Hormone Fact: It is very rare that a hormonal imbalance causes weight gain or prevents weight loss.
For example, consider the amount of testosterone present in any given male. When activity levels are high, testosterone levels increase. And when testosterone levels increase, metabolism is boosted and therefore more fat is burned.
A type of domino effect is created where activity increases testosterone, increased testosterone speeds up the metabolism, increased levels of fat are burned, and the cycle repeats. And again, the converse is also true.
When activity levels are low, testosterone levels are decreased. When testosterone levels are decreased, the metabolism is slowed. With the slowed metabolism rate, fat cells grow and testosterone levels are further decreased.
Of course, there are many types of hormones. And many hormones are affected primarily through our nutritional intake. With a wholesome, nutrient-packed diet, an individual is able to manufacturer more beneficial hormones. These beneficial hormones help the body to perform various duties more efficiently.
The result is an organism that performs at higher levels. When poor food intake choices are made, the nutrients required for efficient hormone synthesis are not present. Now lacking in these beneficial hormones, the body is unable to thrive – and thereby begins to decline.
To summarize, it is the choices that an individual makes concerning what they put down their throats – and the amount of physical activity that they regularly engage in – that determines their levels of given hormones.
So you see, your particular levels of given hormones are directly affected by your choices. If you choose to eat poorly and live an idle lifestyle, then your body will be unable to produce as many beneficial hormones as if you chose natural, healthful foods and engaged in regular physical activity. And of course, there is also a direct relationship between the food you eat, the exercise you perform – and your ability to maintain a healthy weight level over extended periods of time.