Hormonal imbalance and weight loss resistance
by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
A lot of women think that menopause and weight gain go hand in hand — and that there’s
nothing you can do to stop it (or reverse it). While it’s true that many women do
become weight loss resistant during perimenopause, you absolutely can do
something to change that!
You can start by being mindful of when, where, and how you eat. All of these factors
affect both your hormonal balance and the way your body stores fat and builds muscle.
A diet that limits carbohydrates and emphasizes quality proteins and fats provides
the building blocks for all your hormones, including major hormones like cortisol
and insulin, as well as minor, but important, hormones like estrogen, progesterone
On the other hand, a diet that’s high in processed foods and sugar, but low in nutrients,
can throw off your hormones and the delicate balance between them. A high-carb diet,
for instance, encourages your body to produce excess insulin, which can lead to
instability in blood sugar — a “sugar rush” followed by a “sugar crash.” And these
fluctuations can trigger an overproduction of your stress response hormone, cortisol.
Why imbalanced hormones lead to weight gain
When you have consistently high levels of the major hormones, cortisol and insulin,
it can lead to eating more and gaining weight. And from what the research tells
us, weight gain itself leads to increased levels of sex hormones like estrogen and
testosterone in the body. We tend to think that fat tissue just “sits there” on
our bodies, but instead, it’s actively producing hormones (mostly estrogen), which
increases the amount of circulating sex hormones. Imbalances in sex hormones can
lead to gaining even more weight and stronger weight loss resistance. And this troublesome
feedback loop becomes especially apparent after menopause.
Release stubborn weight naturally
The great news is that by changing what you eat and how, you can help naturally
reset the balance between your major and minor hormones. You can jumpstart this
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and more that adapts to the hormonal needs in your body. This combination can ease
your hormones back into balance and eliminate bothersome symptoms. With the burden
of hormonal imbalance lifted, your body can release the stubborn weight it’s holding
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Last Modified Date: 12/12/2012
Principal Author: Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP