If your female metabolism functions at full speed, fat loss is relatively easy.
However, if its not, losing even a single kilo can become an uphill task.
Hormones are chemical messengers that coordinate or control processes throughout our bodies. There are at least 60 different hormones in humans. I shall tackle the different types of hormones in the next post.
Researchers are just beginning to understand how, what we eat affects them.
Menstrual Cycle & Weight-Loss
Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle influence energy intake and expenditure as well as eating preferences and behavior.
The menstrual cycle itself does not seem to affect weight-loss. Having a period may affect your weight in other ways.
Many women get Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
PMS can cause you to crave and eat more sweet or salty foods than normal. Salt makes the body to hold on to water, which raises body weight (but not fat).
For most women weight gained during their menstruation is temporary.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
1 in 10 women of child bearing age are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS).
If you experience irregular menstrual flows and weight gain, there may because for worry. PCOS is an imbalance of reproductive hormones that causes metabolism problems.
Weight-loss can help regulate the menstrual cycle of obese women who suffer from PCOS. Study shows that, fat itself can produce estrogen which can cause hormonal imbalances that can affect the cycle
Menopause and Weight-Loss
Hormonal changes are part of aging. Hormonal changes, stress and the aging process can all work against you.
Several factors play a role in weight gain around menopause, including but not limited to:
- Hormone fluctuations
- Loss of muscle mass
- Inadequate sleep
- Increased insulin resistance
Menopause officially starts when a woman hasn’t had a menstrual cycle for 12 months. Around this time, she may find it very hard to lose weight.
In fact, many women notice that they actually start to gain weight during perimenopause, which can begin a decade prior to menopause.
Thanks to research we have supplements which aid in balancing hormones both for men and women. Check them out in Amazon or a Pharmacy near you. Take time to talk to your physician before taking any supplements especially if you have preexisting conditions which you are on medication. Read the labels and pick what best works for you.
Eating healthy, paying attention to calorie intake, choosing higher quality and minimally processed foods and drinking plenty of water are strategies with a lasting effect.
Focus on diet quality, eat protein-rich foods and getting enough sleep can boost lower hormone levels. In turn this can support your weight-Loss efforts.
As much as hormones can be measured there is no sure way of adjusting them to our desired direction. We need to adopt a holistic approach combined with healthy living to achieve effective weight-loss.
To Fun Healthy-Living!