Hormones & Weight Loss
Is weight loss still an issue for you, even if you’re obsessively doing everything right?
A lot of people seem to think weight loss is just a case of simple mathematics. Most go by the belief that all it takes is “eating less and exercising more.” Some may even go so far in saying that people are overweight because they lack self-control and discipline.
Yes, burning more calories than you consume is a weight loss equation that works for some. However, this process only applies to the perfect hormonal specimens with no issues around cortisol, thyroid, insulin, oestrogen or testosterone imbalances.
We have found through our experiences with women who discover the Happy Healthy YOU approach that it’s nearly impossible to lose that spare weight when your cortisol is too high or your thyroid has ground to a halt. Almost anyone who struggles with weight loss also battles a hormone imbalance as these factors are all interrelated. Rather than simply living on lettuce, these people need to activate their metabolism by levelling out the endocrine system, since hormones are the conductors controlling the weight balance.
Hormone clearance is one of the biggest culprits for weight gain. When estrogen particularly is not cleared well via the bowels and liver, then it recirculates and can have multiple stimulations on your system. Estrogen directly increases fat storage and promotes fluid retention. A combination of Happy DIM and Happy Liver can assist your body to clear excessive hormones and we encourage a plant based diet which is loaded with plant based fibres to assist in clearing hormones via the bowels.
If you’re struggling with hard-to-lose belly fat, you may have high cortisol (manufactured in high-stress states). Because cortisol is the alpha hormone, it holds a lot of sway in how well your other main hormones function. The first step in regulating cortisol is to manage how you respond to stress. In other words: Hit the pause button and do the opposite of what creates stress for you.
A sluggish metabolism is another common culprit when it comes to weight loss struggles. Stress and high cortisol can slow down your thyroid, but other factors contribute to low thyroid and slow metabolism as well. These include endocrine disruptors found in the environment, gluten sensitivity, and vitamin D deficiency. Symptoms of low thyroid include weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, and depression.
Insulin is a hormone that stores fat. When your cells become numb to insulin, you lay down fat, especially where you can readily use it for fuel, such as your belly.
Low estrogen stimulates appetite, as estradiol uses the same biochemical pathways in the body as leptin - a hormone released by fat that, when activated, pushes your “hunger button” and tells you that you need food. Low estrogen also encourages the body to increase fat cells as a method of producing estrogen which is needed. So not only does high estrogen cause weight gain, so does low estrogen!!
Low testosterone makes you doughy, less able to remodel your musculature with resistance training, and slows down your metabolism. Increasing testosterone (through hormonal balance) will ensure that your muscles maintain strength and form. Quite often, muscles will break down due to inactivity and increased fat stores. This has a detrimental effect on the hormonal system and may lead to weight gain.
Dump the sugar (including alcohol) and get label savvy as sugar hides in all sorts of healthy packagings. Better still drop the packaged and processed foods and concentrate on vitality foods which are alive, fresh, enzyme-rich, and nutrient-dense. Giving up alcohol means that your body will have a better chance at hormonal metabolism and clearance as it lowers cortisol and balances estrogen.
We strongly advise all women who struggle with their weight loss to investigate our free 8 week program. It is the ideal program for sustainable weight loss and incorporates many factors to improve your hormonal balance. You can also use Happy Shape as a tool to minimise your overall calorie intake. Most women lose 8 to 12 pound following this program and more if you continue with these lessons learnt.
Balancing hormones for weight loss
One of the wonderful things about weight loss and hormone balance is that they go hand-in-hand. Just as hormone balance can lead to weight loss, losing a few kilograms can help bring your hormones back to their optimal levels.
Our system assists you with weight loss by removing the blocks to weight loss. The reason why you can eat like a rabbit and still not lose weight. The combination of Happy Hormones to regulate hormones, Happy Shape to reduce overall calorie intake, Happy DIM to improve hormone metabolism and our 8-Week Program. Average weight loss is 6 to 8 kg to start, and you will continue to lose weight following the healthy eating principles.
We encourage you to take our FREE assessment so you can begin your journey to wellness and take back control of your health. We've helped thousands of women struggling with weight loss and our team of experts are standing by to assist you in your unique health journey!