The second category of supplement consists of those that can be used to overcome weight-loss plateaus – the natural hormone boosters. After a few months of achieving results, many people notice a decline or full stop in improvement on their weight-loss program they have hit a plateau. Patients often say with very frustrated looks on their faces and exasperated tones of voice “I am religiously doing all you have told me to do. I’ve been doing all my exercises, watching what and when I eat and avoiding lifestyle extremes. So why am I not losing fat or weight? Help!
This common problem is caused by hormonal imbalances brought on by your body’s internal defenses, which are trying to protect the last few pounds of excess fat. Your body is designed to hold on to some extra fat, causing everyone at some time or another to hit some kind of weight-loss plateau, no matter how good his or her diet, exercise, or overall lifestyle plan has been. (for more on identifying and overcoming weight-loss plateaus, see Article 5).
The good news is that there are some natural, over-the-counter supplements that are effective at boosting your fat-burning hormones.
Some unmistakable signs that hormonal imbalances are responsible for your plateau are:
1. Exercise and Lift Weights
2. Eat protein, fat, and carbs
3. Minimize stress and cortisol levels
4. Get some sun or take a vitamin D supplement
5. Take vitamin and mineral supplements
6. Get plenty of restful, high-quality sleep
7. Follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid estrogen-like compounds
If you have reached a tough weight-loss plateau and suffer from one or more of the above symptoms, a hormone-boosting supplement may be an excellent addition to your program.