The Results You Want
In this episode of the Outside Health and Fitness podcast I talk with Gerald Smith about the connection between hormones and weight loss. If you’ve ever been frustrated that even though you’re doing all the right things you’re just not seeing the weight-loss results you want…you need to check out what my guest Gerald Smith shares on today’s show…
On Today’s show you’ll discover…
…the role hormones play in healthy sustained weight-loss;
..what you can do (beyond counting calories) to achieve your goals;
.. and an amazing clean eating program that can help you realize your health goals.
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My guest today is Gerald Smith you might remember him from episode 156. Gerald is a personal trainer from London England. He’s a former amateur boxer, writer and speaker who specializes in high intensity interval training.
3:10 Let’s talk about hormones and weight loss…
When it comes to weight loss many people approach it with the idea that if you eat fewer calories than you burn you’ll lose weight. This is true in theory however there are other factors to consider that play a role. One such area to consider are how hormones effect your body and how it responds.
4:20 Sometimes there’s a vicious cycle that occurs isn’t there. Stress can cause you to gain weight which causes you to become more stressed and the cycle continues.
Stress is a key factor and influences certain hormones in the body that impact how effectively you can lose weight. For instance when you’re stressed you release a hormone called cortisol. [Cortisol](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortisol) is one of the hormones you would release as part of the fight or flight response.
In days gone by your body would release Coritsol during periods of stress but they were short lived. You would eventually calm down and everything would return to proper balance. The problem today is that we’re constantly under stress with very few chances to calm back down and the result is a slow down in your metabolism and weight gain.
6:30 What sorts of advice do you give clients who are looking to lose weight but find themselves in a continuous level of stress.
There are a few things you can do to help reduce stress and relax. Deep breathing is a good way to help the body relax and “de-stress”. Meditation is also a good practice to help reduce levels of stress in the body. The more relaxed you can become the better your results will be as you reduce the production of Cortisol in the body.
Nutrition is another key factor to consider in achieving your weight loss goals. It’s important to reduce the processed foods you’re consuming as part of your diet. Reducing sugar is another key to help level out this undulation between sugar and stress in the body.
Another hormone that comes into play when sugar is consumed is insulin. Insulin works to reduce the sugar levels in your blood. It goes past where the normal blood sugar level should be causing you to release Cortisol and that tells your body your hungry. You crave sweets so you consume more sugar and your blood sugar levels spike back up and you have this roller coaster effect happening in the body.
9:04 What about nature and being outdoors how can that help with weight loss?
Yes, being outdoors can really help. One of the key things is called Vitamin D which is also a hormone and something we get from the sun. Vitamin D is essential for many things in the body including reducing inflammation in the body. It’s a key nutrient for your skin, your bones and many other areas of the body.
10:54 Weight loss is a very complicated matter, i