Your body uses a team of hormones to keep all things in balance.
ALL THE THINGS.
We call this process of creating balance homeostasis, but the reality is that our attempts to adapt (keep the balance) can become maladaptive when our mechanisms of balance, designed for an ancient world, create new problem in their best attempt to maintain order in the modern world.
In this post, we’re only going to discuss the connection between hormones and weight/metabolism.
The purpose of this article is to introduce you to your team of hormones and help you understand the role each team member was designed to serve, allowing you to work with your team instead of fighting it.
Insulin is the undisputed champion of the metabolism team. Whether you are losing or gaining weight is determined largely by levels of this single hormone.
That’s because insulin, almost single-handedly, determines which fuel your metabolic engine burns: sugar or fat.
If the metabolic fuel switch is flipped to sugar, your weight-loss efforts will be hard… thwarted by food cravings, mood swings, spells of hanger (hunger + anger), and fatigue. In this state, success – if achieved at all – may be short lived because you’ll be fighting so hard to that you’ll exhaust yourself and give up.
Humans don’t do willpower very well for very long.
The good news is that when your metabolic fuel switch is flipped to fat, your weight-loss efforts begin to feel… well, effortless.
After a brief period of overcoming the habit of cravings, your hunger will drop, your mood will feel stable and bright, you’ll forget what it’s like to feel hangry (no longer needing to carry nuts or a granola bar in your purse), and you’ll have more energy than you know what to do with.
Two things play the biggest role in determining the direction of the insulin fuel switch:
1 – what you eat
2 – when you eat.
In our next article, we’ll discuss these factors in more detail.