In addition to a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet, hormones might play a certain role in gaining weight. If you’ve been on one of the popular protein diets (meaning you eat only meat and have forgotten what carbs look like) for over a month now but your weight hasn’t changed, estrogen is probably to blame. In order to balance an excess of estrogen in your body, it’s recommended to minimize the consumption of products rich in protein.
Bright Side has a complete file on hormones that might become one of the obstacles on your way to the body of your dreams.
1. Eat less meat to get rid of excess estrogen.
High levels of estrogen make you gain weight, even if you stick to a healthy diet. This excess weight is mainly stored on the hips and your menstrual cycle becomes irregular. You may even have headaches or become overly emotional. Excessive estrogen might also be the reason for hair loss, memory loss, and irregular sleep.
The buildup of estrogen can be caused by eating meat that contains growth hormones. Substances similar to estrogen are also used in some plastics and household chemicals. To clear your body of the excess estrogen, eat less meat and try to replace it with vegetables. High-fiber foods will bind with estrogen and eliminate it from your body. Flaxseed, oats, apples, and pears can reduce its negative impact on the body, while Rosemary essential oil helps to restore the hormonal balance and improve your memory.
2. Eat foods rich in serotonin.
A serious lack of serotonin can often result in depression and a bad mood. Additionally, people with low serotonin levels often change their eating habits. If you feel like eating a whole chocolate cake all by yourself or you dream of chowing down on french fries at night, this is your body signaling to you that you have a deficiency of the happiness hormone.
The natural sources of serotonin are eggs, nuts, and pineapples. Pineapples also contain bromelain; a fermented substance that prevents swelling. Light physical exercise and spending more time outside can also increase the levels of serotonin in your body.