9 Hormones That Can Increase Weight Gain and How to Avoid It

Overeating along with various hormones spiraling out of control is one of the major causes of weight gain. Losing weight is no easy process especially when you are plagued by factors like genetic disorders, aging, poor lifestyle choices, and stress. These factors contribute to the risk of becoming obese as they are responsible for hormone imbalances. This can easily be avoided once you are aware of the hormones that stimulate weight gain, and learn how to keep them in check.

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1Thyroid Hormones

The thyroid gland sits at the base of the neck and is responsible for producing the T3, T4, and calcitonin hormones that maintain the metabolism within the body.  When these hormones are not sufficiently produced it leads to a condition called hypothyroidism which is known to cause weight gain. This is mostly due to water accumulating in the body as a result of the underproduction of the hormones thereby giving the body a plump look.

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Ways to avoid it

  • Take vitamin D supplements
  • Avoid eating raw vegetables and eat only well-cooked foods that are rich in zinc (pumpkin seeds, oyster, etc.)
  • Consume iodized salt
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2Insulin

The pancreas secretes the insulin hormone which carries the glucose to cells which either uses the glucose for energy or stores it as fat. This helps in maintaining the glucose levels in the blood. However, the body can develop a resistance to insulin if you consume, alcohol, artificially, sweetened drinks, and unhealthy snacks in excess. This results in the muscle cells failing to recognize the glucose-bound insulin which eventually leads to the glucose remaining within the bloodstream. As a result of this, the blood sugar levels peak which can cause Type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

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Ways to avoid it

  • Don’t eat late night snacks or consume aerated and artificially sweetened drinks, and avoid alcohol
  • Drin at least 4 liters of water daily
  • Put in 4 hours of workout every week
  • Eat healthy stuff like seasonal fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables
  • Consume nuts, flaxseeds, fatty fish, and olive oil to improve your omega-3-fatty acids levels
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3Cortisol

The adrenal glands secrete the cortisol hormone in response to anxiety, nervousness, stress, physical injuries, and depression. It increases the blood sugar levels by keeping the immune system suppressed and aids in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, in order to decrease stress levels. However, our poor lifestyle choices cause our bodies to be constantly stressed which in turn causes overproduction of cortisol that is detrimental to our health. This is because it stimulates fat cells maturation, and aids in the deposition of visceral fat.

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Ways to avoid it

  • Practicing yoga, meditation, and deep breathing for an hour a day helps reduce stress levels
  • Sleep for up to 8 hours every night
  • To help yourself unwind and feel relax spend quality time with friends and family
  • Stay away from alcohol, processed, and deep-fried foods
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