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Hormones

Adrenal Health

By Lisa Black The adrenal glands produce hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA, which help our body adapt to stress, triggering the “fight or flight” response. The increase of adrenaline level in our bloodstream causes our body to slow down our digestion, and repair and maintenance of other normal functions to channel energy into handling stress. Prolonged stress – which means ...[Read More]

My Story: How I Finally Got Results

A few years ago, when Patrick was deployed to Afghanistan, I was determined to be in the best shape of my life. I worked out hard, ate clean, and restricted my calories.  At the time, I was working as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and Health & Wellness director at my local gym, so in addition to my diet, I spent almost every waking moment at the gym–participating in ...[Read More]

Does Birth Control Make You Gain Weight?

Does Birth Control Make You Gain Weight?

By Kate Horney There have been countless times over the past 10+ years working with women that I’ve talked with women who are frustrated that they simply can’t lose weight.  Many come to me in tears: they are consistent with their workouts, their nutrition is on point, and yet… they’re not reaching their goals.   Or even worse- they’re GAINING weight.&n ...[Read More]

4 Weeks Out – Carb Cycling Diet

4 Weeks Out – Carb Cycling Diet

A common mistake when women begin dieting is to cut out carbs- even the good ones. If you choose the wrong carbs, or eat too many carbohydrates, then yes- carbs will cause you to store fat. Limiting your carbohydrate intake is important if you looking for fat loss results, but some carbohydrates are needed for energy, and not all carbs are created equal. That’s why one of my favorite advance ...[Read More]

Ditch the Scale!

Ditch the Scale!

By Kristen Durnan   I have touched upon this topic many times, but it is an important subject that I run into a lot.  The topic to which I am referring is: fat loss versus weight loss, and at the heart of this issue is the scale.   Many of us monitor our success through the scale.  Whether we are trying to get into shape for the summer, or want to finally fit back into tho ...[Read More]

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 6: Cortisol

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 6: Cortisol

By Kate Horney   Stress is something that busy women are all too familiar with. Whether it’s in response to physical, mental or emotional stress, when your body senses pressure it responds. External factors- things like jobs, busy schedules, fussy kids, etc and internal factors- things like perfectionism, negativity, worry, etc all cause your body to release hormones.  When you first bec ...[Read More]

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 5: Insulin

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 5: Insulin

By Kate Horney   Today as we focus on continuing to fix your fat fighting hormones, we’re looking at INSULIN.   Insulin is an anabolic storage hormone that is produced by the pancreas and serves to regulate carbohydrate and fat storage in the body.     Here’s what the cycle looks like in your body: You eat!  (yum!) Your food is broken down and absorbed into the blood strea ...[Read More]

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 4: HGH

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 4: HGH

By Kate Horney   HGH is a fat burning hormone that is produced in the pituitary gland, and as the name suggests, is a hormone that stimulates muscle tissue growth. The production of HGH (human growth hormone) slowly decreases as we begin to age. HGH fuels childhood growth and development and continues to help to maintain healthy tissues and organs. Scientific studies relate the loss of HGH to ...[Read More]

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 3: Leptin

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 3: Leptin

By Kate Horney   Yesterday we talked about the hunger hormone ghrelin, which causes your body to feel hungry.  Today, we’ll cover another hormone that may be making you fat: Leptin. Leptin is a hunger hormone, which is considered the counterpart to the hunger hormone ghrelin, and is produced by the adipose (fat) tissue. Leptin signals to your brain to let you know that you’re full.   ...[Read More]

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 2: Ghrelin

Fix Your Fat Fighting Hormones Day 2: Ghrelin

By Kate Horney   Are your hormones making you fat?  Or at the very least, are they causing you to feel hungry when your body doesn’t actually need fuel? It may seem simple: if you’re hungry, you eat.  But what causes you to feel hungry?  What if your body is telling you you’re hungry when food is not necessary?   Understanding why you get hungry is key to being able to lis ...[Read More]