Have you noticed weight gain around your middle or between your armpits or even the top of your thighs? You’re not alone. Our hormone health effects our bodies in many ways, one specifically being an increase in weight where we want it least.
Why does this happen? Well, we can pretty much blame estrogen. You see, etrogen is produced in our fat cells. Estrogen increases fat cells. As a result more estrogen is produced, and so on and so on.
Kind of sucks, right?
In order to combat this darn hormone, we need to follow the 5 steps below to break the the estrogen cycle.
Step One: Evaluate your hormones.
It’s always advisable to seek the help of your healthcare provider first to find out the ratio of estrogen to progesterone presently in your body. If out of balance, we call that estrogen dominance. If you are estrogen dominant, then you will likely have or currently be gaining weight around your middle.
Step Two: Begin a hormone balancing nutrition program.
A little disclaimer on this one…. depending on what your test results show, your doctor may suggest following a nutritional program plus increasing your progesterone levels with a bio-identical progesterone cream.
Your hormone balancing nutrition program includes:
– Increase your fiber intake. That happens two ways: 1. Eat as much as you can by choosing fruits, vegetables and whole grains as your high fiber carbohydrate choices 2. Add a fiber supplement (Fiber Source 7) to consume 30 to 50 grams of fiber daily.
– Increase the cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower in your diet.
– Increase the essential fatty acids (EFA?s) in your diet. They are essential because the body does not make them. They help balance prostaglandin production in the body and thus help regulate estrogen.
– Increase your overall nutrition by taking extra vitamin C (Super C Crystals) and by taking a concentrated fruit and vegetable supplement (Fruit and Vegetable Essence).
Step Three: Eat 40/30/30.
Incorporate a new way of approaching meals by eating 40% of your daily calories as complex Carbohydrates, 30% from Proteins, and 30% from good Fats. When we eat balanced meals our weight will normalize, our energy levels will increase and our hormones will be in balance.
Step Four: Get Moving.
Incorporate a metabolic exercise program at least 4-5 days a week. Metabolic workouts, like the workouts we do at Nerdy Girl, actually burn more fat even after you’re done. And, work towards changing your thinking in terms of keeping our bodies moving and staying active for the rest of our lives. Couch potatoes are rarely healthy
Step Five: Celebrate!!
You did it! Women who have balanced hormones feel well. Achieving hormone balance will increase your overall health and wellness and help you lose weight. But, most important, you will have life long habits to help maintain a healthy weight and fitness for life!