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You Shouldn’t Ignore Hormone Imbalance If You Want To Lose Weight Fast

You Shouldn’t Ignore Hormone Imbalance If You Want To Lose Weight Fast

How Are Hormones Important For Fast Weight Loss?

Hormones work as stimuli to our metabolic function. They determine the quantity of fat to be burned or stored. They also decide our food cravings, mood, and even motivation to exercise.

Each of us requires different levels of hormones to maintain a healthy weight. Hormonal imbalance can drain your weight loss efforts. Thus, it is important to keep a check on the hormones that decide our hunger, mood, and cravings. The ways to balance your hormonal levels can be found in simple natural remedies.

1. Eat Green Leafy Vegetables.

Our bodies contain a weight loss hormone called adiponectin. It literally works as a fat burning component in our metabolism. The tricky thing about adiponectin is that the more fat your body starts to store, the lesser the level of this hormone.

According to Dr. Leo Galland, Director of The Foundation for Integrated Medicine, “A lack of adequate adiponectin is emerging as a significant factor in people’s inability to melt flab and stay slim.”

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What to do?

To balance the level of adiponectin, it is important to increase your consumption of magnesium. This can be done by including green leafy vegetables like kale or spinach in your diet. You can also eat pumpkin seeds, which are good source magnesium.

2. Sleep Properly At Night.

Less sleep can also be a major factor that leads to weight gain, mainly because of the hunger hormone called ghrelin. This hormone works in the hunger center of our brain and produces cravings for fatty and sweet foods at odd hours of the night.

According to research published by the American Diabetes Association, ghrelin imbalance causes increased hunger and lowered fat utilization as energy.

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What to do?

Increased ghrelin levels are caused by a lack of sleep. It is important for your mind and body to rest. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is six to eight hours per night to help in balancing ghrelin.

3. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Before Every Meal.

While we all just love to munch on sweets and candies, they do us more harm than good. Excess sugar intake leads to insulin imbalance that lowers fat burning and rate of metabolism. The result is stored fat.

Insulin regulates glucose in our body and it is important to ensure that the carbohydrates we consume are not turned into fat. The hormone insulin is related to diabetes, but its imbalance does not necessarily mean that you are suffering from this disease.

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What to do?

An effective way to maintain glucose and sugar levels in your body is to burn it by drinking apple cider vinegar before each meal. A spoonful of vinegar 30 minutes before your meal will work to suppress hunger and maintain your blood glucose level.

4. Reduce Caffeine Intake and Stay Happy.

It is very difficult to reduce belly fat or abdominal fat that is controlled the hormone cortisol. An overload of this hormone is caused by stress due to any number of reasons.

Cortisol responds to our stress and causes our body to break down muscle tissue. This results in a decreased rate of metabolism and increased fat storage. Cortisol levels are mostly disturbed in people suffering from depression, but they can also be agitated if you have a hectic and stressful schedule.

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What to do?

We all know that stress and depression make us eat more at odd hours. We also tend to sip on more coffee that contains caffeine. However, increased caffeine consumption can lead to more stress. It is important to reduce your intake of caffeine and take a break when you need it. When you’re feeling stressed, spend time with loved ones or go for a short walk to stay happy.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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