Hormones Responsible For Weight Gain In Women
The thyroid gland, which is present at the base of your neck produces three hormones—T3, T4, and calcitonin. These hormones regulate metabolism, sleep, heart rate, growth, brain development, etc. Sometimes the thyroid gland under-produces the thyroid hormone leading to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is often associated with weight gain, depression, constipation, fatigue, high blood cholesterol, slow heart rate, etc. There are many causes of hypothyroidism such as gluten intolerance, malnutrition, environmental toxins, etc. In fact, hypothyroidism leads to water accumulation and not fat that makes you look plump. You will gain 5-10 pounds more if your weight gain is only due to thyroid imbalance
How To Treat Thyroid Imbalance?
- report checked by a doctor,
- Avoid consuming raw veggies. Eat well-cooked food,
- Consume iodized salt,
- Consume zinc sources such as oysters and pumpkin seeds,
- Consume fish oil and vitamin D supplements,
- Take thyroid medicines if your doctor prescribes it.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas, which helps to carry the glucose into the cells to be used as energy or to store them as fat. This helps maintain the glucose levels in the blood. Over consuming processed foods, alcohol, artificially sweetened drinks, and snacking on unhealthy foods (or even consuming too many fruits) can lead to insulin resistance. In this case, the muscle cells are not able to recognize glucose-bound insulin, and therefore glucose remains in the bloodstream causing a spike in blood sugar levels. This finally leads to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes
How To Treat Insulin Resistance?
- Start working out 4 hours a week.
- Avoid eating processed food, alcohol, late night snacks, aerated and artificially sweetened drinks, etc.
- Consume green leafy veggies, seasonal veggies (4-5 servings per day), and seasonal fruits (3 servings per day).
- Consume fatty fish, nuts, olive oil, flaxseeds, etc. to improve your omega-3-fatty acid levels.
- Consume food that is low in calorie (2000-2200 calories) but high in nutrition.
- Drink 3-4 litres of water every day.