Gained Weight? It May Not Be Your Fault! It Might Be Your Hormones

18 Apr

Hormones have different effects on our bodies. One such effect, might be an increase in weight. In women, hormones may cause weight gain around the hips, thighs, and armpits. In men, hormones may cause weight gain around the waist and chest.

One such hormone is Estrogen. Estrogen is produced by fat cells which in turn cause fat production. This cycle of hormone and fat cell production is what causes weight gain.

Stopping this Estrogen cycle and joining a health and fitness program is the best way to counteract hormonal weight gain. The following steps outline other things you can try to re-calibrate your hormone balance:

  1. Have a professional evaluation of your hormones. Get a hormone profile done and find out the ratio of estrogen to progesterone in your body. You would be considered estrogen dominant, if this ratio was out of balance.
  2. Another solution might be to start an estrogen-lowering program. Your physician will determine whether you will need to increase your progesterone levels with bio-identical hormones.
  3. Other Estrogen-lowering alternatives might include:
    1.  Increasing fiber intake (choosing fruits, vegetables and whole grains high in fiber) or substituting with fiber supplements (i.e. 30-50 grams/day).
    2. Adding Indoles (i.e. broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower) to your diet or adding  supplements such as indole-3-carbinol.
    3. Increasing essential fatty acids in your diet. They are considered essential because your body cannot produce them (that is, they’re only obtained through food). Essential fatty acids regulate the body’s prostaglandin production which in turn help regulate estrogens.
    4. Add vitamin C to your diet.
    5. Follow the following Macro-nutrient breakdown (Carbohydrates=40%, Proteins=30%, and Fats=30%).
    6. Join an exercise program like the Finish Fit Boot Camp or Finish Fit Personal Training.

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