Ever wonder what happened to our bodies after the age of 30 or 35? Well you will be surprised to know that our bodies are not just 5 or 10 years older but our hormones, how we react to emotions and even how we digest our foods are not the same, all of these factors affect how we feel about ourselves, how our clothes fit and the amount of energy we have throughout the day.
Hormones are powerhouses and when it comes to weight loss. If they’re off, your metabolism suffers. Every woman is unique and what unlocks one woman’s metabolism, may not work for another woman. As a community of women, this is an incredible opportunity to support and cheer each other on. It’s easy to compare ourselves against each other and how well other women are doing, but when it comes to metabolism – it holds no weight.
Our metabolism is 100% made up of our hormones. Every woman’s hormone make up is unique. Your friend might have a greater proportion of estrogen than you and that will influence her weight gain and fat-loss. You may have greater levels of cortisol naturally which definitely has influence on lean muscle gain and fat-loss. Our hormones are simply messengers. That’s it.
Hormones are messengers communicating specific messages to our body to behave a certain way. The two biggest hormones that have a influence on gaining weight and losing stored fat are insulin and cortisol. Both are used together and when balanced, fat-loss happens quickly.
Think about a tug-a-war, on one side is insulin and the other is cortisol and when our two hormones aren’t balanced, one dominates the message that is being communicated to our body and wins over the other, in this game we want to a tie. Cortisol hormones tell your body to store fat and burn fat. Insulin hormones tell your body to store fat, store muscle, and to release body fat. The best thing we can do is to listen to our body and respond to how our body communicates and i'm going to give you tips on how to balance your hormones and not feel like the best years in your life were in your 30's as i believe the older we become the more wisdom, love and information we gain, so lets get education, shall we!
Tips to Balance Your Hormones
EAT WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY
On a scale of 1-10, your hunger should never get above a ‘5’. Even if you have to eat a snack before a lunch date, don’t allow your hunger to get too high. When you do this, your metabolism will slow and you will more likely binge eat when you do finally eat.
Slim Tip. Drinking water with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cinnamon or cayenne pepper speeds up metabolism, allows you to get fuller faster and aids in liver cleansing.
KEEP YOUR ENERGY LEVELS UP
Similar to car if you forget to fill up the tank with gas then the car will slow down and eventually leave you stranded. This is similar to your metabolism. Keep your metabolisms energy up by eating enough carbs or reducing your carbs at your meals. Your energy levels should remain above ‘5’.
Slim Tip. if your goal is to lose fat then make sure most of your carbs come from leafy greens and one serving of grains or starch per day (1/2 cup). If your goal is to lose fat and build muscle and your exercise, make sure to have 2 servings of grains or starch per day, best before and after strength workout.
KEEP YOUR CRAVINGS LOW
Most women think that having cravings are normal – but it’s a sign that your hormones aren’t balanced. Craving sweets, salty things, or even alcohol, are a sign that you may not have eaten enough carbs the last time you ate or your cortisol levels are a bit too high. Do your best to keep them at a level ‘2’ or below. Understanding your metabolism doesn’t have to be complex or frustrating. Start to listen to your body and begin to see changes in your energy levels, how well your sleep is, and even begin losing weight!
Slim Tip. Fat cravings and salt cravings are also a sign that your hormones are not balance. Make sure you are taking a good fish oil mostly of Omega 3, Calcium- Magnesium and a good multivitamin to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are causing cravings
CARE FOR YOUR LIVER
We all know that the liver filters our blood that naturally detoxifies of our bodies, but did you know it also regulates hormones. Yes that is right it regulates he balance of sex hormones thyroid hormones, cortisone and other adrenal hormones. It transforms or removes any excess from the body. So when the liver is sluggish due to mostly poor diet, stress or lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking alcohol caring for it is vital. Taking a herb combination of liver support supplement is most ideal and works very well, this will allow your liver to work more productively and allowing your hormones to balance out.
Slim Tip. Taking liver supplements before each and every meal will help you with good digestion and detoxification, also adding on probiotics to your regime balances out the hormones that produce in our guts, the same hormones that balance out cravings for sweets
EXERCISE FOR YOUR AGE AND GOAL
Moving your body when your in your 40's is not the same as 10 years ago, you will naturally lose muscle and stamina. Exercising in shorter duration's at the highest intensity you can do is the best way to increase energy, balance out hormones and build muscle. Exercise balance out insulin levels and when you exercise within a good duration you will achieve a nice balance of cortisol to help with fat burning not fat storing.
Slim Tip. Tabata, HIIT workouts are the best result producing workouts for ladies over 40 with stubborn belly fat to lose. I teach these classes in group setting to many women who struggle with stubborn fat, and have seen great results, called Ignite 30-60
Veronica Vargas Mother of 1 and business owner of Bodies By V.V. guides busy moms and women towards eating and moving towards a healthy lifestyle. The Blog that gets right to the point!
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