By Dr. Tanvi Tijoriwala – Naturopathic Doctor
Have you ever felt frustrated because you have been dieting and working out for some time, but the number on the scale doesn’t seem to budge?
If you have tried everything from the keto diet to calorie counting or from HIT workouts to yoga and nothing seems to work to shift the weight, it is NOT your fault!
For women, weight loss is RARELY calories in and calories out.
There is ONE other factor that can play a role in accelerating or slowing down weight loss.
The one factor, that differentiates women’s weight loss journeys from that of men, is – HORMONES.
Several hormones, when not in balance, can prevent our body from losing the pounds regardless of how well we eat and how much we work out.
This article discusses four such hormones that might be hindering you from getting to your weight goal.
Typically, estrogen type weight gain is also accompanied by many hormonal problems such as heavy periods, irregular periods, acne or hormonal conditions such as fibroids.
Typically, insulin type weight gain is concentrated around the abdomen. Balancing insulin is important in maintaining healthy weight. Insulin resistance can be caused due to other conditions such as Type II diabetes and PCOS.
Typically, high cortisol weight gain is also concentrated around the abdomen. Managing stress and the body’s cortisol response is key to having a healthy weight loss journey.
Balancing the thyroid hormones is key for a healthy weight loss journey.
Yo-yo dieting, calorie counting and exercising till you faint should never be the road to a healthy weight loss. For women, all health factors, especially your hormones, need to be addressed before you embark on this journey. It is necessary to have a sustainable and healthy weight, one that will not increase once the special diet has been stopped.
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