Hormones and Weight Loss:
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Hormones and weight loss go hand in hand. Hormones can really take a toll on a woman’s body. When a woman experiences a hormone surge, puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, she is prone to weight gain. An increase in estrogen can change her appetite, and lifestyle changes add and compound to the situation. When a woman can identify her weight gain is the effect of unbalanced hormones, she can determine causes to create a weight loss strategy. Also by talking to Dr. Angie about the changes that your body is experiencing, she will offer suggestions on how to lose weight successfully.
First, determine the factors that have instigated the weight gain. An increase in estrogen can cause a woman’s metabolism to decrease and compound other issues. For example, a woman may feel like moving less and eating more unhealthy foods because she does not feel up to exercising. She also needs to determine if there are other issues holding her back, so she can change the things she controls.
Second, increase physical activity. By participating in an exercise program, a woman can defeat some of the effects of hormone changes. Research shows that woman who exercise had less menopausal symptoms than woman who did not.
Third, enjoy a diet high in protein and fiber. This diet will make you feel full and control your appetite. If you are experiencing cravings, start a food journal to determine when you crave chips, cookies, and candies. When the cravings hit, have healthy snacks ready. Vegetables, low-fat cheese, apples, and whole wheat crackers can satisfy your cravings.
Fourth, join others with the same issues. A support group provides assistance so everyone stays on track with their weight loss goals. They can also compare changes they are experiencing in their bodies. When a woman realizes she is not the only one experiencing these new issues, she will feel less lonely and uncomfortable with her changing hormones.
Fifth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Angie to talk about treatment options. Do not let your hormones control your daily life and cause weight gain. She may talk to you about hormone replacement therapy, so you can bring your hormones into balance. She may also suggest ways to deal with your symptoms so you can participate in an exercise program and eat a healthy diet.