What do hormones have to do with weight loss? by Jillian Michaels

by Admin on April 6, 2010

So you know my book, Master Your Metabolism, is all about hormones and how you can balance them. But you might wonder, “What do hormones have to do with anything?” Let me explain.

If I were to ask you what your metabolism is, what would you say? I bet you would answer, “The way my body burns calories.” If so, you would be wrong. That’s one of the key things your metabolism does. But I’m asking whether you know what it is.

The answer is hormones! Your metabolism is your biochemistry. Some hormones tell you you’re hungry; some tell you you’re full. When you eat, hormones tell your body what to do with that food — whether to store it or burn it as fuel. And when you exercise, hormones tell your body how to move and consume energy stores, and how to boost or shut down different body parts. Hormones control almost every aspect of how we gain weight — and how we can lose it.

The endocrine system — the group of organs and glands responsible for releasing hormones that regulate key bodily functions — is sometimes compared to an orchestra. Each hormone is like an instrument. Playing together, in tune, they sound amazing. But what happens if, right in the middle of a concert, a violin suddenly goes wildly astray, twanging on its own? And then a clarinet starts shrieking? And then the pianist can’t keep up? The music would sound like crap, right?

It’s exactly the same with your metabolism. Your body can’t work the way it’s supposed to if any of your hormones is out of tune. Once one goes, they all follow. That’s why you can’t just focus on one hormone at a time when you’re trying to balance your hormones — you have to work to get them all in tune and playing in the right key again.

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Sweating & Screaming! April 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Yep. I’ve been on Isagenix for over 1-1/2 yrs now. Mostly maintaining after my first 30-day system, but over the last six months, weight has crept back on. Yes, I got sloppy and made poor food choices now and again, and I didn’t cleanse as often as I should have, and I caught myself before I got above my previous heaviest weight. I started another 30- day system 2-1/2 weeks ago, and this time the weight is not and the inches are not coming off as quickly as they did the first time. At 48 and having hot flashes at night and terrible mood swings, I’ve begun to wonder if my hormones are starting that trip to no-man’s land. I am a firm believer in bioidentical hormone replacement, and have began my journey toward balancing all of my hormones. In fact, I just had my blood test this morning and can’t wait to see where my levels are for the first time. Wish me luck!


Karen Salvador April 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

My thoughts are with you, Sherrie! I have struggled with hormones out of balance myself. Working with a physician to get them into balance is important. The nutrition end of things becomes even MORE important than ever. In the end, the best thing you can do for yourself is learn to be as consistent as reasonably possible with your foods and to make sure your body is getting the proper nutrition. Your body wants to be in balance. You are doing wonderfully! Keep it up.


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