Lesson 1: Stop Dieting, Balance Your Hormones!

Stop dieting, balance your hormones

Signs of hormonal weight gain

  • Resistant weight
  • Gaining weight even when eating healthy and watching calories
  • Gaining weight only in hips, thighs and bottom
  • Cannot lose weight even with exercise
  • Gaining weight in arms
  • Muffin top
  • Belly weight
  • You have a known hormone imbalance

Diets don't work

Eliminating healthy foods from your diet, especially healthy carbohydrates, and fats can hinder the production of hormones your body needs to keep your metabolism working effectively. Your body needs the right kinds of foods to fuel your metabolism. It's not helpful to deprive yourself with 'diets' or to over-exercise.

Some of the trends for losing weight actually do more harm to your metabolism, than good! Improving your metabolism should be about helping your body to work smarter - not harder! This is done when you prioritize hormone balance by eating and living a life that supports optimal hormone health.

Your Hormone body type

 Before you can figure out how to balance your hormones so you can lose weight, you need to know which hormones are an obstacle for you. Identifying your unique hormone body type is a way to do that!

I like the four hormone body types, as explained by Alisa Vitti from Flo Living.  According to Alisa, there are four primary hormone body types: estrogen type, cortisol type, insulin type, and testosterone type.

Estrogen body type

Struggles with weight around the hips, thighs, and rear end.

  • If you have extra weight in your hips, thighs, and butt, your body is producing too much estrogen. It means that your progesterone levels are also way lower than your estrogen.
  • On your period, you may experience irregular periods, heavy flow, and PMS symptoms.
  • Eat green leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli, cabbage, collards, cauliflower, spinach, and brussels sprouts to improve estrogen metabolism. You may also want to take Di-Indolyl-Methane (DIM) supplements, which help the body process excess estrogen.

Cortisol Body Type

Struggles with belly fat.

  • Putting on the pounds in your gut tends to point to stress and the over production of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • On your period, this can make you anxious and can lead to insomnia and PMS. It also causes skipped periods.
  • Eat oranges and bell peppers for their Vitamin C, which is important for stress management. Ashwagandha is my go-to for nourishing adrenal health and regulating cortisol.

Insulin Body Type

Struggles with muffin top.

  • If you have love handles this indicates that you have poor insulin efficiency. When your blood sugar levels are unstable, your body stores more fat around your middle.
  • On your period, this can cause fatigue, PCOS, and can also lead to skipped periods.
  • Eat for blood sugar balance. Avoid skipping meals and eating junk foods. Limit your intake of sugary snacks and white bread, rice, and pasta. Instead, go for fat-burning carbs like brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and buck wheat, which also improve your insulin resistance.

Testosterone Body Type

Struggles with arm, shoulder, and upper back weight

  • Storing fat in your upper arms/shoulder area suggests you have a sensitivity to testosterone or too low testosterone levels. You need testosterone to burn fat and build muscle mass.
  • On your period, testosterone imbalance can lead to PCOS, irregular cycles, hair thinning, irritability, low sex drive.
  • Eat healthy fats like avocados, which are also a great source of bioidentical testosterone. Maca root is an adrenal adaptogen that supports healthy testosterone balance.