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Meet The 4 Hormones That Mess With Your Weight

By Anna Hartley, 12/05/2017

What we eat can, inevitably, have a huge impact on our waistlines — but we shouldn't forget about what goes on at the cellular level. These four hormones, if out of balance, may cause you to gain weight. Here's what you can do about it!

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1. Insulin

Insulin is produced in your pancreas and regulates glucose (a.k.a. blood sugar in your body). Your blood sugar rises after a meal, so your body releases insulin to signal your cells to take in all the glucose. When your carbohydrate intake is high, however, your cells may already be at maximum capacity and thus unable to absorb anymore glucose. With all the excess glucose floating around, your pancreas in turn releases even more insulin! The high amount of insulin then encourages fat buildup, and the vicious cycle continues. To avoid this, try to keep your blood sugar levels as stable as possible. That means eating more veggies, protein, and whole-grain foods.


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INGREDIENTS

  • Peanuts
  • Carrot
  • Mango
  • Rocket
  • 2 limes
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Red onion, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

METHOD

  1. Lightly sautée the peanuts until golden.
  2. Take the carrots and cut into thin slices.
  3. Peel the mango and slice into thin strips.
  4. Squeeze the juice from 2 limes into a bowl, and add olive oil, soy sauce, minced onion, salt and pepper.
  5. In a bowl, toss together the mango, carrot, rocket, and lime-soy dressing.
  6. Enjoy!

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