Hormones-for-faster-weight-lossIf you are struggling to lose weight—no matter how little you eat or how grueling your exercise routine is—you may be suffering from a simple and treatable hormonal imbalance. The key to correcting these pesky imbalances is to confront the problem, along with New York Health and Wellness’ integrated wellness approach and its patented Balance 3-H Weight Loss Program. The Balance 3-H program is a scientifically formulated and proven way to balance your hormone levels. Balance 3-H guarantees up to a 20 pound weight loss in your first month! It is designed to help you balance hormones naturally and features an individually customized plan that includes vitamins and supplements, dietary changes, an individualized fitness routine, stress management and sleep techniques, among other recommendations that are tailored to your individual lifestyle.

Hormones are biochemicals in our bodies that regulate several biological processes including metabolism, growth and development, reproductive functions, libido, and even mood. They essentially serve as our bodies’ chemical messengers, travelling through the bloodstream to relay messages to organs and tissues. When hormones fall out of balance, we encounter a slough of health issues such as fatigue, irritability, mood swings, poor digestion, and of course, weight gain. When a hormone imbalance is not treated properly, these symptoms can persist. The good news is that there are many ways to balance your hormones naturally and, in turn, help you lose that stubborn weight you’ve been trying to shed.

At NY Health and Wellness, we are ready to get you slimmed down quickly with our Balance 3-H program, which guarantees up to a 20 pound weight loss in your first month! Call today for an appointment, (914) 703-4811.

You can also get started right away at home with some of these easy-to-do lifestyle modifications:

1. Sleep

We all know sleep is important to give the body rest and fuel for the next day, but did you know a lack of restful sleep can contribute to weight gain? Insufficient sleep affects your levels of ghrelin, leptin and cortisol — the three hormones that control hunger and fullness. Ghrelin sends the signal to your brain that you are hungry and that it’s time to eat. When you are sleep deprived, your body produces more ghrelin. On the flip side, leptin controls feelings of satiety, cueing your brain when you are full. When you are not getting adequate levels of sleep, leptin levels decrease, causing your brain to keep eating. Cortisol levels spike as a result of too little sleep. This surge of cortisol tells your body to conserve energy, which means that your body is more likely to store fat, especially in the stomach region.

Aim for at least eight hours of quality sleep every night and make it a priority to get some Z’s tonight, and every night!

2. Avoid Sugar

It shouldn’t be a surprise that foods with added sugar need to be limited. Excess dietary fructose from processed sugar is directly linked to weight gain, as it is one of the leading causes of a clinical condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance leads to chronically high levels of insulin, the hormones that move glucose into your bloodstream. If you have insulin resistance, not only will you have trouble shifting the scale with traditional weight loss remedies (because your body won’t be able to burn the fuel in the way it should be burning it), but you will also be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Instead of eating foods that are processed with added sugars, try to consume lean protein, healthy fats, and foods that are high in fiber, including low-glycemic fruits that also have a sugary taste (apples, pears, cherries, grapefruits, apricots, etc.)

3. Limit Caffeine

In recent years, coffee has entered the weight loss conversation in a big way, but few people have actually studied or explained its effects on weight. Proponents of coffee for weight loss point out how it has very few calories and little to no fat. This is an oversimplified view which overlooks how the caffeine in coffee can impact our hormone levels and ultimately lead to weight gain. Recent studies suggest that coffee may actually facilitate weight gain by stimulating your body’s production of cortisol (the stress hormone that promotes the accumulation of fat on your belly), and insulin resistance. Despite its low calorie content, coffee may not be a helpful part of your weight loss journey.

Letting go of a coffee habit is hard, but replacing your cup of java with decaffeinated herbal teas or simply with lemon infused water each morning can fight your coffee urges and kickstart your metabolism!