Our Sex Hormones, Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone, all play a part in maintaining our body weight and youthful figure.
Sex Hormones play a part in our metabolism, appetite, blood sugar control, muscle mass, and even sleep, which in turn effects our weight and body mass index.
Estrogen effects how well our bodies utilize sugars and starches. As your Estrogen declines, your body is less efficient at metabolizing sugars and starches and therefore a lower carbohydrate diet is more successful as you get older. This is also the cause of the MIDsection weight gain.
Estrogen and Progesterone together play a roll in your insulin levels.
Premenopause phase (up to 10 years before menopause), brings about Estrogen dominance, which then causes an increase release of insulin. Elevated insulin levels result in our muscles becoming resistant to insulin, which in turn can bring about pre-diabetes, and difficulty controlling sugar cravings.
Estrogen dominance also causes our thyroid hormone to be less efficient. This means that your thyroid hormones may measure completely normal in blood work, but the function of it's ability to burn calories is reduced.
Progesterone also plays a part in weight gain by itself too. One of the ways is by it's effect on our ability to reach deep levels of sleep. Without adequate sleep, cortisol rises, which in turn causes weight gain.
And how about Testosterone? Testosterone decline causes a loss of muscle mass. This effects our energy levels because our energy level is based on how much ATP our Mitochondria make. The more muscle you have, the more ATP you make, and the more calories you burn.
All of these changes during midlife, result in increased fat storage, Increased difficulty losing weight and keeping the weight off.
Fortunately, research has shown that Hormone Therapy can increase your metabolism, help balance blood sugars, decrease sugar cravings, restore restful sleep, help maintain muscle mass, and thus help us maintain our weight and our figures.
3 Anti-Aging Weight loss Secrets during Midlife Years.
A 3 part system.
- Happy Sex Hormones
- Happy Adrenal Glands
- Happy Gut
1. Happy Sex Hormones: The first key to keeping your figure is to make sure your sex hormones are balanced. Yes, it's true, we really do gain weight, especially around our mid-section during our midlife years.
Initially supporting the decline of progesterone is all you need. Progesterone declines faster than Estrogen starting around age 40 and causes "Estrogen Dominance." A little over the counter Progesterone goes a long way in taking care of that problem (and it helps so many other things too.) Our Young Hormones Progesterone only product is Hormone Protect.
Then as you get closer to menopause, supporting estrogen and progesterone levels are important. Our Young Hormones products with estrogen and progesterone are Hormone Heaven and Hormone Support.
2. Happy Adrenal Glands: The second thing you want to do is take care of your Adrenal Glands. Sure Progesterone, which is your calming sex hormone, is the first step, in supporting your Adrenal Glands because Progesterone actually goes on to make Cortisol, your main anti-inflammatory hormone produced in the Adrenal Glands. The second step is making sure your Adrenals have the support they need with Adaptogens. Adaptogens are herbs that help your Adrenal glands heal from years of stress and fatigue.
3. Happy Gut: The third thing is GI Detox / Cleanse to heal Leaky Gut, which just about everyone has to some degree unless they have already worked on their Gut. A GI cleanse and detox will turn on your fat burning signals while you remove toxins that have been building up from food and other toxic exposures that we face daily in our lives. In addition to boosting your metabolism, a GI detox / cleanse also boosts your immune function!
Why do Low Glycemic Diets work?
There's always a lot of "talk" about all the different diets out there.
Most come and go. But the ones that tend to stay or develop into newer, slightly different diets that are also successful, are the ones that incorporate a Low Glycemic index as part of their core program.
Two popular ones today are the Keto Diet and the Paleo Diet.
These are great weight loss diets because they have in common, the incorporation of a Low Glycemic food choices. It's important to recognize that this is the REAL reason they work.
Keto diets are extreme low glycemic diets and Paleo is also made up of low glycemic foods.
I personally am not in favor of any one "diet" over another because what I AM in Favor of - is what works for YOU. If it's a low glycemic index diet, it doesn't matter if it's Paleo, Keto, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescatarian, or any other LOW Glycemic diet. They all work because they are all LOW GLYCEMIC Diets!
Why do Low Glycemic diets work?
It's BASIC - just as ALL of our Universe Principles are founded!
When we eat Low Glycemic foods, our Pancreas secrets only a small amount of insulin to help the muscles take up the carbohydrates that are being released SLOWLY and over a longer period of time, which results in a nice even, ongoing, production of energy for our body.
High Glycemic foods do the opposite. They cause our Pancreas to secrete a large amount of Insulin at once that results in a spike of energy, a fast uptake of the carbohydrates into the muscles and cells, with a resultant DROP in blood sugar that sets off a CRAVING for more high glycemic foods!
If that wasn't enough problem for losing weight, Insulin is responsible for fat storage, and the more insulin our body produces, the more fat our body stores.
High Glycemic foods that stimulate Insulin release also cause the brain to release Dopamine, which simply makes us eat MORE Carbohydrates. It actually results in a dangerous addictive-type behavior!
What ever diet you choose, as long as it's LOW GLYCEMIC, you'll either lose weight or maintain your current weight throughout your life. Know the difference and this way you aren't so tough on yourself wondering which diet you should be on.
When it comes to weight loss, it doesn't really matter. What matters is that it be LOW GLYCEMIC and MATCH what you WANT in your life.
In fact, who says you have to be on ANY particular diet? Why not just call it a Wholistic Low Glycemic Diet that Matches YOUR Personally!
Research has shown topical application is the safest and best way to supplement your Progesterone and Estrogen hormones! It's the best method for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) before, during, and after menopause.
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