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Metabolism and Hormones - Making Natural Weight loss Easier

How do hormones affect your metabolism?

Research has proven that hormones slow your metabolism and cause weight gain. But balancing your hormones and kick starting your metabolism makes natural weight loss easier. Hormones such as Leptin, Ghrelin, Insulin, and Cholecystokinin (CCK) all influence your metabolism.  Thyroid hormones also have an affect making weight loss slow.

These hormones are all evident in health conditions that affect hormonal balance such as:

When we refer to 'metabolism' we are referring to chemical processes occurring inside your body allowing normal functioning. These processes require energy from food.

The amount of energy (calories) your body burns at any given time is regulated by your metabolism. You can't control your metabolism, but you can use natural treatments to make it work for you!

Your metabolism is controlled by hormones and your nervous system. Its functioning can be influenced by a number of things and among these are genetic disorders and hormonal problems.

The two main components of your metabolism are:

Your Metabolic Rate is the rate your body uses or expends energy; this is particularly relevant when you are trying to lose weight naturally. There are three components of your metabolic rate that you need understand.

  1. Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR) - Your BMR determines the amount of calories burned at rest by your body and the amount of energy your body needs to maintain itself. It usually contributes 50-80 per cent of your total energy used. Muscle mass is largely responsible for the BMR, so anything that reduces your lean muscle mass will reduce your BMR and make natural weight loss slow.
  2. Energy used during physical activity - Energy used during exercise is the only form of energy expenditure that you have any control over. In a normally active person, this contributes 20 per cent of daily energy use.
  3. Thermic effect of food - This is the energy you use to eat, digest and metabolise food. It contributes about 5-10 per cent of your energy use. Your BMR rises after you eat because you use energy to metabolise the food. The rise occurs soon after you start eating and peaks two to three hours later.

Your BMR, the major contributor to your metabolic rate, is influenced by a number of factors:

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