Weight Loss Block #3 Hormones
Weight loss is not as simple as 'eat less & move more'.
There are 8 physiological blocks to weight loss that have nothing at all to do with calories or exercise.
Here is how having issues with hormones block weight loss:
1 - At puberty, estrogen makes our breasts take shape, broadens our hips and gives us curves. It causes fat to be laid down on our hips, bottom and thighs. With estrogen dominance, we lay down more fat than we need ( additionally, after menopause excess estrogen causes the ‘apple body’ shape with the addition of dangerous visceral belly fat marbled in the organs in our abdominal cavity, making for hard swollen bellies). This issue relates to men as well - except they will lose their muscle tone, get man boobs and have a hard 'beer' belly (which is really just an estrogen belly.
2 - Excess estrogen also causes water retention making you feel puffy and fat at 'that time of the month' until hormones return to balance. This water weight gain ‘tricks’ women into thinking they’ve gained fat. The thought of 'that' often causes them to eat poorly because they incorrectly assume the next thought that naturally crosses the mind ‘nothing I do works anyway, so I might as well eat whatever I feel like’ - which is usually refined sugar and starchy foods which temporarily make us feel good in the moment, while simultaneously initiating a carb binging cycle that leads to long term weight gain.
3 - Fat cells themselves produce estrogen - so it becomes a revolving cycle. The more fat you have the more estrogen dominance you'll have - the more you store more fat.
4 - Estrogen dominance also plays a role in slowing the metabolism by inhibiting or blocking the delivery of thyroid hormones to the cells that need it. This will result in weight gain, even though the thyroid gland itself functions fine.
5 - Excess estrogen lowers the hormone progesterone. This causes your body to favour using glucose as your predominant fuel instead of using stored body fat for energy.
6 - Excess estrogen can inhibit optimal testosterone levels, leading to muscle loss which lowers the metabolism.
7 - Too little estrogen can also cause weight gain. One form of estrogen called estradiol decreases at menopause. This hormone helps to regulate metabolism and body weight. In it's deficiency, you are more likely to gain weight.
‘Hormone Issues' - are just one example of the '8 Weight Loss Blocks' we identify to individualize your weight loss journey.
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