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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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