If you are fighting the dreaded battle of the bulge, it may have less to do with your willpower to hit the gym and eat low fat foods and more to do with your hormones. Marjorie Nolan Cohn, National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of The Belly Fat Fix, says the secret to maintaining a health weight may be in balancing your hormones by giving yourself a hunger hormone makeover.
“Hormones play a role not only in weight gain but in our inability to lose weight once we’re already overweight or obese,” Nolan Cohn says.
There are two different types of hormones at play here: one that makes you feel hungry and one that makes you feel satiated.
Ghrelin is a hunger-stimulating hormone that also controls metabolism and thirst. But if you are hoping to take matters into your own hands and completely “shut off” this hormone and its effects, Nolan Cohn says that you are out of luck; but that you can be creative with it.
“The only way to shut it off