There's a lot more to building metabolic fitness and a great body shape after 40 than simply cutting calories and exercising. Focussing your efforts on achieving an optimal hormonal balance will often result in breakthrough results. Today I will discuss the first three on the checklist of key hormones and how to reset them:
Insulin helps glucose get into body cells, but high levels reduce fat burning. Reset insulin by eating regular nutrient-rich meals, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Cortisol is the 'stress' hormone that's released in response to physical or mental stress. It can trigger food cravings and promote abdominal body fat. Reset cortisol by managing stress, avoiding overtraining, getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night and the extremely effective habit of mediation.
Ghrelin is an appetite stimulation relating hormone which can drive intense food cravings. Reset ghrelin by avoiding severe calorie restriction or waiting until you are ravenous to eat. Also, get adequate sleep and limit alcohol, both of which can disrupt ghrelin levels.
Resetting hormones can take time, so be patient in terms of results. These are my first three for you to apply and help balance your hormones, so stay tuned as over my next two Vlogs I will discuss the remaining seven (7).