Dr. Sarah Gottfried, a hormonal expert and doctor of medical science at Harvard University, explained how hormonal imbalances prevent women from losing weight. Communicating with patients in her practice and online community, she constantly comes across the same comments. Basically, they are: I follow all the rules, but I can not lose weight.

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Or I am getting older and my metabolism is slowing down. This is genetics. It becomes more difficult for me to lose weight. Universal exercises and dietary recommendations that are suitable for everyone do not work for me.

Do you know such situations? Are they familiar to you? If yes, then you probably do not know one secret: the reason why you so unsuccessfully fight with your weight is the failure of the hormonal background. We have a huge amount of hormones, but there are only 4, specific to the female, the failure of which makes it impossible to lose weight.

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#1. Imbalance of estrogen. Estrogen is a female hormone that gives the woman a breast and hips, and is also responsible for the interarticulate fluid. Men also have it, but in much smaller quantities. However, for people of both sexes there is a threat of an excess of estrogen.

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Moreover, estrogen continues to be produced in the ovaries even after the onset of menopause. If you have a low testosterone level, then the concentration of estrogen almost certainly exceeds the norm. Estrogen, like other hormones, is responsible for your reaction to food, drink and other supplements. Because of it, it becomes more difficult to lose weight with age. To lower the level of estrogen (and to get rid of excess weight), it is recommended to eat about 0.5 kg of vegetables a day.

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#2. High level of insulin. It is known that every second American suffers from this or that form of diabetes, which is accompanied by obesity. With excess weight, or excess fat mass at a normal weight, the insulin level is disrupted, and your body cells become insensitive to the hormone.

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As a result, the glucose regulator is broken, blood sugar starts to jump up and down, and fat accumulates. There are many ways to remove insulin, but one of the best is to drink filtered water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. A study conducted in 2004 showed that drinking water with apple cider vinegar before eating high in carbohydrates significantly reduces blood glucose in people with insulin resistance. Of course, there are many more ways to remove insulin - you know that you need to give up sugar and artificial sweeteners. Remember that if you have problems with metabolism - this is the first sign of problems with insulin.

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#3. Cortisol surplus. Cortisol is produced in response to stressful situations, but most of us experience stress all the time. Most of us know that an excess of cortisol spoils our self-esteem and a sense of reality, but the theory sometimes disagrees with practice. If your body constantly experiences the entire range of stress hormones, it accumulates fat stores. Most likely, they will be on the stomach. To reset the level of cortisol, you need to stop the consumption of caffeine. Limit coffee consumption for at least a week, and you will notice that you start sleeping better. Furthermore, in general you will feel calmer. If it is difficult for you to refuse caffeine, first try replacing coffee with green tea. It also has caffeine. Then, if necessary, you can switch to white tea, and then refuse it. Replace the tea with hot water with lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Drinking one or two cups of this drink in the morning will stimulate the work of the gastrointestinal tract.

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#4. Lack of adiponectin. Adiponectin is one of the key hormones that tells your body to burn fat. It is needed in order to regulate the level of glucose and the process of disintegration of fatty acids. Some people have a genetic tendency to produce less of this wonderful hormone, and unfortunately this leads to the fact that the body accumulates fat. To make the level of adiponectin higher, it is good to eat pistachios. Actually it is fantastic: one food affects the concentration of the hormone in the body as a whole! The study, which involved 60 people with metabolic syndrome, showed that if to give pistachios to people with low levels of adiponectin in the blood, then its level increases. Also, there were improvements in the waist area, blood sugar level and cholesterol level.

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We can talk endlessly about the fight against excess weight. It is about power over yourself and the ability to start all over again. Amazing things can happen when you feel energy inside yourself, strength and union with your body.

You will no longer feel flabby, irritable, quick-tempered and nervous, you will not feel guilt and hatred for your body. Finally, you can concentrate on your most cherished dreams and hopes, on your life plans. You can understand what helps you feel active and truly alive.

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