When it comes to frustrating fat gain for females over 40 it is all about estrogen dominance.
Estrogen -- along with its counter-balancing hormone progesterone -- are the reproductive hormones that allow women to be fertile and bear children.
Normally they’re balanced by your brain’s hormone control central -- the hypothalamus.
But the hypothalamus often gets confused... estrogen goes UP, progesterone goes DOWN, and you become estrogen dominant.
When you’re estrogen dominant, it not only commands your body to deposit fat SPECIFICALLY on your thighs, hips and butt, it also orders your fat cells to grow AND multiply!
Worse, because estrogen blocks your thyroid while progesterone stimulates it, too much estrogen and not enough progesterone is like taking your foot off your metabolic gas pedal AND then slamming on the brakes at the same time!
You can counteract this estrogen-induced metabolic slowdown. But first, let's look at the 3 reasons for estrogen dominance…
The primary cause of estrogen dominance is aging.
As you age past 30, you ovulate fewer and fewer months of the year, until ovulation disappears completely by, on average, age 52.
That's important, because whenever a woman ovulates, progesterone surges, counter-acting the estrogen surge that happens prior to ovulation, so fat-making and fat-burning stays in balance.
But as you age and ovulation starts to decrease, you get fewer thyroid-stimulating progesterone surges, leaving relatively more thyroid-blocking estrogen doing its dirty work!
The second cause of estrogen dominance is the 80,000+ chemicals released into the environment over the past few decades from pesticides, plastics, food additives, and chemical-filled personal and household products.
Once some of these franken-chemicals infiltrate your body, they can mimic the effects of thyroid-blocking estrogen, wreaking havoc on your fat-burning ability.
This is a real problem and it’s very real and very scary. Scientists have documented that some male fish found in our lakes and rivers are actually CHANGING into females from all the excess fake estrogen they are absorbing!!!
The third major cause of estrogen dominance and fat gain after 40 is something every woman today is familiar with -- excess stress.
When stressed, your body secretes a powerful hormone, cortisol, to help you deal with the stressful situation.
But if you are CONSTANTLY stressed, your body produces cortisol non-stop. And to get enough biological material to produce that cortisol, guess what? Your body must steal it from progesterone! So down go your progesterone levels.
Since the downside to lower progesterone is lower thyroid function, which takes the gas off your metabolism, once again fat starts to accumulate.
However, there is good news: To get rid of that annoying padding piled onto your belly, hips, thighs and butt, there are 2 simple things you can do right now to counteract estrogen dominance:
First, make as much of what you eat as clean and organic as possible. This minimizes your exposure to those fat-loss-blocking fake estrogens found in all the chemicals conventional food is treated with. It’s a simple thing you can do and trust me when I tell you it’s worth a few extra bucks when in comes to your health.
Second, remove as much stress as possible from your life and deal with the stress you do have in a control manner. Draw firm boundaries and make time for yourself to relax and "un-busy" your schedule. This will keep your cortisol down and, therefore, your thyroid-stimulating progesterone up. Relaxing and sleep are not just a luxury, they are essential to your health.
It’s all about small changes everyday that will add up to a healthier, happier you!