Weight gain is often associated with overeating and can be caused by various hormones going berserk. While gaining weight is easy, losing it is not. Various triggers like stress, age, genes, and poor lifestyle choices can cause a hormonal imbalance leading to obesity.
Bright Side identified 9 hormones that cause an imbalance in the body resulting in weight gain. Also, we will tell you how you can keep these hormones in check. Be sure to keep reading!
The thyroid gland is at the base of our necks. It produces hormones T3, T4, and calcitonin which are responsible for maintaining the body’s metabolism. Underproduction of these hormones leads to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is often associated with weight gain mostly due to the accumulation of water in the body and not fat, making a person look plump.
How to avoid it:
- Consume iodized salt.
- Eat well-cooked food and avoid raw vegetables.
- Take vitamin D supplements.
- Consume food rich in Zinc content such as oysters and pumpkin seeds.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas. It helps to carry the glucose into the cells to be used as energy or to be stored as fat, thereby maintaining the glucose levels in the blood. Overconsumption of processed food, unhealthy snacks, alcohol or artificially sweetened drinks can lead to the body developing a resistance to insulin.
This causes the muscle cells to not recognize glucose-bound insulin, resulting in glucose remaining in the bloodstream. This causes a spike in the blood sugar levels leading to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.
How to avoid it:
- Consume green leafy vegetables, seasonal fruits, and seasonal vegetables.
- To improve your omega-3-fatty acid levels, consume fatty fish, nuts, olive oil, flaxseeds.
- Drink at least 4 liters of water every day.
- Start working out at least 4 hours a week.
- Avoid alcohol, late night snacks, aerated and artificially sweetened drinks.