The main chemical agents that control the functions in the body are the hormones. Estrogen and testosterone are the main sex hormones in females and males. Apart from them, there are many other hormones in our body which take control of its functions.
To improve your health, you should know how hormones act. For example, there are hormones that control hunger and weight loss. They are known as insulin, leptin and cortisol. You can stimulate the hormones related with hunger controlling and losing weight by implementing certain habits.
The majority of people associate insulin to diabetes. It is determining whether the blood sugar is used for immediate energy or stored fat. When and how you consume it has a direct influence on the insulin levels. A great amount of insulin is produced when there is an excessive intake of carbs. In order to control your insulin levels you should eat small meals that contain high fiber grains, vegetables, and lean meats every 2-3 hours. At the same time, you should avoid or even exclude white pasta, highly processed food bread and white sugar completely from your diet.
Cortsiol is also called the stress hormone which affects the blood sugar. It also boosts the metabolism and controls salt and water balance. For example, when you are stressed out, the cortisol encourages the body to store fat around the vital organs. As a consequence, this process releases dangerous fatty acids into the blood and then increases both cholesterol and insulin levels. So, it is necessary to walk whenever you have lunch break, so as to control the levels of cortisol. Also, it’s important to reduce caffeine, make sure you eat slowly and sleep no less than 7 hours.
Leptin is also named as the hunger hormone and it is directly related to body fat and obesity. This hormone is also very important because it keeps you satiated on the long term. To maintain it under control, you need to avoid eating sugary and processed food. It’s is also necessary to engage yourself in some physical activity and have good night’s sleep.
How your meals should look like?
Bear in mind that you should eat small meals every and they should be consisted of healthy fats, veggies and lean proteins. Apart from these healthy meals, make sure you sleep 7-9 hours per night. In this way, you will be able to control your weight.