Diet programs, heavy-rigid exercise, expensive dietary supplements and many plans just to get rid of that flappy postpartum belly, yet it didn’t work? The problem is not you, it’s your hormones that is causing the belly fat. These essential entities in our body therefore can make or break your flat belly plans, thus it is only vital for you to know what are these, and how could they affect you.
Cortisol is produced in your body in response to stress and rises you up so you are prepared to fight or escape when you see a bear while hiking for instance which can be a good thing when you are in dangerous situation. On the other hand, there are constant stresses; crisis-driven world that could elevates your cortisol levels beyond the original designed to handle which can lead to overeating and constant hunger when there is an excess cortisol. It also causes your body to actually break down your muscle tissue for energy; the lower metabolism you have, the more fat you will gain. There is a large percentage of fat to be stored in the abdominal area when the cortisol level is high.
When you experienced some level of insulin imbalance which is resulting in excess glucose or sugar in your system, you are overweight. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you if you are overweight, you are automatically diabetic; it only means that your body’s insulin or glucose regulator becomes less effective at lowering your blood sugars which instead of using the excess sugar to feed your muscles or burn it for energy, the extra carbohydrates you consume get stored as fats. Thus, it is impossible to lose the fat belly if you have insulin resistance.
Adiponectin is literally the hormone that tells the body to burn fat for energy or commonly known as the fat burning torch. Studies have shown that the more of adiponectin circulating in your bloodstream, the more fat you burn. Hence, when you have low levels of adiponectin, you have a higher rate of obesity and that is the frustrating part about adiponectin – which is why losing flab is so difficult at the beginning.
This is the hormone that keeps you craving and running to the fridge especially at night which is the worst possible time to be overeating. Basically, ghrelin is called the hunger hormone and the more you have it in your system, the hungrier you are. When you find yourself wanting to munch out some goodies in your fridge after dinner and fighting your cravings because you have had enough of food taken, no wonder, you have high ghrelin levels. Unfortunately, ghrelin hormone works directly on the hunger center of your brain by activating the brain’s reward response to highly addictive sweet, fatty foods. Thus, this will increases your food intake usually at night, the worst possible time and surely it makes you gain more weight. Much worse, ghrelin makes you fatter whether you eat more or not.