“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”—Albert Einstein
I know there are some of you out there that love my approach to weight loss but still hold on to old methods because they seem so convincing! So for all you science junkies out there I am going to make this very clear.
There are these very important things in your body called hormones. We all have them in different levels. They all have different roles. I am no hormone expert. However, I have done a lot of studying on this topic as it relates to weight loss. Here are the key facts when it comes to hormones and naturally thin people versus overweight.
- Naturally thin people have lower levels of cortisol (stress hormone).
- Naturally thin women have ideal levels of progesterone and estrogen (feel-good hormones for women).
- Naturally thin men have ideal levels of testosterone (feel-good hormones for men).
- Overweight individuals have high levels of cortisol for long periods of time.
- Overweight individuals’ cortisol stays high for so long, adrenals burn out (fatigue).
So if you look at those five facts, you can see why it doesn’t matter how much you eat, or how much you move, because if your hormone levels aren’t right your body can’t effectively use fat. It will hold on to fat instead of burn through it, as it does for someone who has lower levels of cortisol.
Now before you say that your friend has the most stressful job in the world and is thin, remember that everyone’s body looks at stress differently. When I am talking about cortisol levels staying high for long periods of time, I am really referring to low-level chronic stress, which is caused by your negative thoughts. “I look fat, I need to lose weight, I am worthless …”
So hopefully that can start your understanding of what is really going on in your body. If you have questions or comments I welcome them on my blog!