The weight loss failed. Why? The ever-arriving or not able to lose weight often leads to great frustration. What exactly is going on? The diet is neatly maintained and the trainings followed to the letter. Why does the body not cooperate? Various less obvious causes may underlie that problem. Fortunately, the causes are excellent. Which causes lead to overweight or do the scales stop and what can someone do about it? When the hormones are out of balance, it can support a diet by first getting the hormones back in balance.
The frustration is sky-high, when the weight increases – for no apparent reason – or a diet just fails. What is going on? The causes can be traced back to our hectic lifestyle. Today’s life brings with it various problems. For example, we may have a considerable dose of stress caused by, for example, our work, the private situation or by money worries, or because we set the bar too high because of all self-imposed obligations. Our bodies become victims of all accumulated stress. As a consumer, we also demand products that make life easy, long-lasting or in abundance in the right color or with the right fragrance. To meet this demand, manufacturers use chemicals.
People come into contact with many chemicals every day. They are found in, among other things, packaging materials, pesticides, foodstuffs and toiletries. Certain substances can imitate body hormones or trigger the hormone-producing organs to secrete more hormones than necessary. Unfortunately, it concerns the hormones that provide fat storage (survival strategy). The hormones they produce directly affect our physique (appearance). An imbalance in the hormonal system can disrupt the body considerably and eventually lead to obesity.
The hormonal system
The hormonal system – also called the endocrine system – consists of glands and organs, which produce the hormones. These are: the genital organs, the pituitary gland, the thyroid glands, the parathyroid glands, the thymus, paraganglia and the pancreas. The bloodstream spreads hormones produced by the body. The endocrine system regulates many body processes. For example, it regulates reactions to stress. Furthermore, it affects, among other things, the water and sugar household. It keeps man in balance.
Hormone disrupting substances
The body can get bad when it comes into contact with certain chemical compounds that disrupt the hormonal system. Such substances are hormone disrupting and are present everywhere, even in the air we breathe. For example, there are certain compounds that imitate the action of the hormone estrogen (xenoestrogens). The estrogen content in the body therefore increases unnecessarily. In addition, there are chemical compounds that trigger the unnecessary production of certain hormones, such as the hormone cortisol. These hormones can in turn suppress the production of other hormones (eg testosterone) or trigger them (eg insulin). As a result, the hormonal system can become more imbalanced and stay therein. Unfortunately, these endocrine disrupting chemicals have in common, that they frustrate the weight loss. They stimulate – each in their own way – the storage of fat.
Estrogen is the female sex hormone. Both men and women have a certain amount of estrogen in the body. Women have more estrogen in the body. Estrogen regulates everything about reproduction in women. Estrogen wants – with that purpose in mind – to have fat reserves built up by the body and to retain grease, such as on the abdomen, hips and thighs. In men, excess estrogen (estrogen dominance) is visible due to fat accumulation above the chest muscles. Too much estrogen can inhibit weight loss and increase weight gain.
Cortisol is a adrenal cortex hormone and is known as the flight or fight hormone. The body makes cortisol when it signals a threatening situation. It is a stress hormone. Cortisol provokes the production of glucose. Glucose is another name for sugar. The cells use the hormone insulin to take up glucose. Insulin transports glucose to the cells. When the body is hormonally well balanced, insulin regulates the sugar content in the blood. Once sugar enters the bloodstream, the brain transmits a signal to the pancreas to make insulin. The body uses insulin to allow the transport of sugar to the cells. The cells of the body want to get the sugar out of the bloodstream to use as an energy source. The cells are sensitive to insulin,
Testosterone is the male sex hormone. Men have more testosterone than women and therefore can relatively easily and faster make muscles and lose weight. Since women have less testosterone, they are more difficult to ‘grow’ muscles. Decreased testosterone means less muscle building and less weight loss. Decreased testosterone gives the effect of estrogen more space.