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DIET & WEIGHT LOSS: How Hormones Can Help
The battle of the bulge is a shared story among women. She was just losing the weight from baby #1 when along came baby #2. She doesn't have time to exercise (who does?). She can't drop that last 10 pounds.
We've yo-yoed ourselves unconscious, alternating between starvation and guilt, elation and devastation. Failure to success to failure again. And it's not just the extra pounds; it's how and where our bodies gain weight. The fat seems to accumulate around the stomach, buttocks and thighs. Bad diet? Lack of exercise? Not enough sleep? It all can contribute.
But while we've been told over and over again that we are gaining weight, that we are incapable of losing weight, because we didn't eat the right thing or weren't able to get our five jogs in this week, in truth, the problem is much more fundamental.
Hormones. Or, more specifically, hormone imbalance.
In order to do their job, hormones must be perfectly balanced. But those fine-tuned hormones are starting to seesaw.
The Usual Suspects: Progesterone and Estrogen
There are a dozen potential culprits and some combination thereof have more than likely ganged up on you (and your body's ability to achieve weight loss).
The usual suspects, however, are estrogen and progesterone - two hormones that need to stay in perfect balance. And, as you'll see, when one, or both, of these hormones is out of alignment, the seesaw begins.
When a woman's body no longer produces enough progesterone (the hormone needed to equalize estrogen so that, with a healthy diet and exercise, the body's metabolism will respond and weight loss can occur), she has entered a state of "estrogen dominance". Estrogen dominance causes an increase in what is called "thyroid binding globulin". When this globulin, basically a group of proteins, is present, the thyroid gland becomes dysfunctional, meaning we can diet and exercise with a vengeance and still not lose the weight.
There are all degrees of dysfunction and they are directly proportionate to the degree of estrogen dominance. By supplementing progesterone, we can effectively address some of the biochemical reasons for this weight gain. The goal is to address the excess estrogen and eliminate the hypothyroid condition so that, with a healthy diet and exercise, the body's metabolism will respond and weight loss can occur.
Also, by putting the estrogen-progesterone seesaw in balance, we can reduce weight that is essentially good, old-fashioned water weight caused by bloating. Too much estrogen causes tissues around the abdominal area to retain water. In younger women, this bloating is most noticeable around their menstrual cycle when their progesterone levels naturally drop to bring on menstruation. As women age and their progesterone levels do not cycle back up during the month resulting in estrogen dominance and non-stop bloating. Progesterone then acts as a natural diuretic, reducing the bloating and promoting weight loss.
The Other Offenders: Insulin and Cortisol
While estrogen and progesterone are the ringleaders, there are other facilitating hormones that may be acting as their cronies - most often, insulin and cortisol.
Many women in their thirties experience never before known food cravings and the target of those is sweets. There is a very significant connection between estrogen and progesterone levels and insulin.
Insulin is the hormone (yes, it's a hormone) made in the pancreas. This long thin organ is neatly tucked away under the left side of our rib cage and controls blood sugar levels. When insulin is released into our blood stream, the blood sugar level drops instantly. If too much insulin is released, the blood sugar level overshoots and drops too low. This sudden drop in blood sugar may leave us feeling weak, queasy, shaky, sweaty and craving sweets.
Of course, we're all familiar with the concept of "low blood sugar", but here is where things start to compound. As the body's production of progesterone decreases and circulating estrogen becomes dominant, insulin is released more rapidly and more often. So we are both unable to properly metabolize calories and, at the same time, taking more in. The seesaw has begun to spin....and we're not even done yet.
Enter cortisol, aka the "stress hormone", produced in the adrenal glands that sit right above the kidneys. When you are under stress and have high levels of cortisol, your body is physiologically unable to go into a weight loss mode. Elevated cortisol levels make the body believe that there is danger ahead. Your body is programmed to conserve all your fat reserves for impending crisis.
To synopsize, even if your progesterone-estrogen seesaw was perfectly level and unbothered by the effects of increased insulin levels, stress-produced cortisol would still be throwing up weight-loss roadblocks at every step of your journey.
Why Do We Need Weight Loss Hormones?
There are specific phases to being a human woman that dictate your hormone levels:
- The normal fluctuations of your menstrual cycle.
- The effects of plain old heredity
At different stages of life, women experience hormonal fluctuations, but key periods of womanhood, markedly the perimenopause stage, hit us hard. This is when the seesaw adventure of progesterone versus estrogen begins. Others join in - testosterone, thyroxine, epinephrine, glucagon - along with the aforementioned insulin and cortisol. And, thusly, it's not surprising that most women gain weight in their 30s and continue to gain into their 40s, 50s and beyond.
Recognizing what happening is the first step to rectifying the problem. Once you've identified the problem, it's time to look at weight loss hormones as a possible solution.