It’s hard to imagine that our weight depends not only on the number of calories we consume but also on some invisible chemicals inside us. In fact, hormones influence our metabolic processes and command our body to store fat or to stop gaining it.
We want our readers to be more knowledgeable when it comes to our bodies, especially if this knowledge helps us to become healthier and more beautiful.
There are numerous factors that can influence body weight. Among them are our physical activity, genetics, eating habits, and stresses. However, the most important role in this process still belongs to the hormones which are responsible for the regulation of metabolism.
How Your Hormones Affect Your Weight
Your hormones impact so many things—from your mood and energy levels to yes, your weight.
Your hormones fluctuate monthly, but also throughout the course of your life as you go from puberty to adulthood and then into menopause.
Unfortunately, our hormonal changes don’t get discussed much in the mainstream media. So I want to educate and empower you to know your body and know your hormones.
If you have some stubborn weight that just won’t come off, you’ve probably gotten so frustrated that you feel like it’s impossible. But I’m here to empower you and show you that you can lose weight, and you can do it naturally by bringing key hormones into balance.
I’ve gotten a lot of great information on hormonal imbalances from Dr. Sara Gottfried. She is a Harvard-trained doctor and hormone expert, and she offers up ways to balance your hormones—whether they’ve become imbalanced due to perimenopause, menopause, or lifestyle choices.
She has a fantastic program called The Hormone Reset Detox and lots of great tips about how hormonal imbalances make losing those last few pounds extra difficult. So let’s learn what hormones need to be balanced in your body to lose weight—and how to balance them naturally.
Estrogen is the hormone responsible for the development of female sexual characteristics (breasts and hips). There’s an interesting connection between estrogen and weight gain in menopause.
During menopause, levels of all your hormones tend to decrease, including estrogen and progesterone.
Your doctor may have told you that your estrogen levels are plummeting, which is why it’s confusing to hear that estrogen dominance can cause weight gain in menopause.
While estrogen levels decrease during menopause, if your progesterone levels are decreasing more than your estrogen, you can still have estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance is really about the ratio of estrogen to progesterone—if you have too much estrogen compared to your progesterone (no matter how little it is) you can gain weight and store more fat around your middle.
And, no surprise—it’s believed that most women tend to have estrogen dominance.
Another factor contributing to estrogen dominance is exposure to environmental estrogens which are estrogen-like chemicals in our environment. Some of these are things we ingest like pesticides, hormones in animal products, and plastics—all known as “endocrine disruptors.”
How To Balance Estrogen For Weight Loss
To avoid estrogen dominance, you want to keep a fine balance between your progesterone and estrogen.
Dr. Gottfried recommends eating a pound of veggies per day, as she states the fiber will help remove any excess estrogen from the body. Of all the out-there medical recommendations or far-fetched advice, I have to say: this one is pretty simple!
Gottfried also recommends that women seeking to lower their estrogen levels naturally aim for 35 to 45 gram of fiber per day, increasing their amount slowly so as not to cause stomach upset.
You can also naturally balance estrogen dominance by:
- Take Wild Yam (Dioscorea Villosa) in capsule or dried herb form (This contains a compound called Diosgenin which has been used as the base for synthetic hormone drugs but taken in its natural form can still help)
- Reduce your red meat intake
- Eliminate excess sugar or processed foods
- Exercise daily to promote detoxification