The not-so-healthy low-fat diet

A common error that many individuals make when looking to lose weight is to avoid fat at all costs, as well as choosing processed, non-fat or low-fat products instead of natural fats.

While this tactic may help shed some unwanted fat, low-fat diets might actually be the culprit behind imbalanced hormone levels, weight gain, and the aging process.

Estrogen and progesterone (the female sex hormones) and testosterone (the male sex hormone) are vital hormones responsible for the regulation of several body functions, including weight maintenance.

As we age, the production of the sex hormones decreases and, in turn, so does libido, fertility, metabolism, and muscle mass, thus leading to excessive weight gain.

Luckily, there are foods and factors that can help balance and maintain these hormone levels, and ultimately promote weight maintenance.

Foods and factors that balance estrogen and progesterone include eating adequate amounts of:

* natural fats

* dairy products

* fruits

* fiber-rich vegetables

* organic animal products

* and green tea.

Testosterone is best balanced by eating adequate amounts of:

* natural fat

* protein

* foods high in zinc

* shellfish

* meats

* and nuts.

In short, a balanced diet with natural fats, lean protein, and adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables combined with regular physical activity promotes optimal levels of hormones and aids in delaying the aging process and preventing excessive weight gain.

Results may vary by individual, so consult your doctor today and see if this is right for you!