Dieting and exercising but still can’t lose weight? Hormonal imbalance and insulin resistance could be the culprits. Address the real problem and watch the pounds and body fat drop off!
Healthcare practitioners often hear women complain that they do exercise and try to watch their diet but their weight loss is very slow or non-existent, and they even gain weight and body fat. How can this happen? The answer is like the engine of a car, the body is a complex machine and many systems can malfunction. If your car is getting poor gas mileage, a mechanic or an auto dealer may tell you to drive slower to get better gas mileage, but if your spark plugs are fouled or mis-timed, you will never see the benefit of improved mileage despite your efforts to drive slower. Similarly, a lack of weight loss or even weight gain after dieting and exercise, can be explained and conquered, once disruptive hormonal imbalances and blood sugar irregularities (insulin resistance) are corrected.
Most women are familiar with the many pounds that some women gain during the time of the month while experiencing PMS. This is an example of how a simple hormonal fluctuation can cause weight gain – without you consuming one extra calorie. Likewise, many of you have seen the middle age weight gain and body fat increase of many middle-aged women who are approaching menopause. This is yet another example of how hormonal changes can cause significant changes in your weight and body composition, without consuming extra calories (which are normally thought to be the reason for weight gain).
Studies show that 90% of women gain weight between the ages of 35 – 55. Hormone changes and weight gain are directly related, and balancing your hormones is essential to prevent this weight gain. Weight gain during perimenopause is actually hormonal weight gain, and much of this weight may locate in the abdominal area. Cortisol is a hormone that we release when we’re under stress. Fat cells contain more cortisol than other cells. Fat cells located deep in the abdominal area that surround our organs contain the most cortisol. Cortisol increases the accumulation of fat in these cells and INSULIN RESISTANCE increases the abdominal accumulation of fat as well CAUSING SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT GAIN AND SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH RISK! Estrogen, progesterone and even testosterone levels can fluctuate quite significantly a few days before and after menstruation leading to migraines and causing symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) such as:
- PMS Symptoms:
- Menstrual migraines|
- Mood swings
- Changes in libido
- Cravings, especially for salty or sweet foods
- Abdominal and pelvic cramps
- Weight gain
- Breast swelling and pain
- Hair loss: similar to male pattern baldness
- Obesity and inability to lose weight
- Insulin resistance: The body does not respond well to insulin, which controls blood sugar levels and can lead to Type II diabetes and abdominal weight gain
High insulin levels due to insulin resistance increase the production of the male hormone, testosterone. High testosterone levels cause symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods and weight gain (all of these are PCOS symptoms). The testosterone causes much of the weight women gain to be in the abdominal area, which is where men carry much of their excess weight. Thus, it can be seen that the “Terrible Twosome” of hormonal fluctuations and insulin resistance can wreak havoc on a woman’s over-all health as well as her ability to prevent weight gain and lose weight. This “Terrible-Twosome” is also directly related to the occurrence of menstrual related migraines.
Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. Fluctuating hormones associated with menstrual migraines, PMS and PCOS can be controlled through specific doses of naturally occurring compounds..
A combination of naturally occurring compounds will not only control menstrual migraines, they will benefit women who:
1. Suffer from debilitating symptoms of PMS and PCOS.
2. Have a difficult time losing weight even after dieting and exercising
These natural compounds are:
High dose Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2, 400 mg/day)
Puracol Feverfew (100 mg/day)
Magnesium (citrate/oxide, 360 mg/day)
Chasteberry extract (175 mg/day)
L-Theanine (100 mg/day)
D-Biotin (15 mg/day)
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B-6, 100 mg/day)
For women who suffer from migraines occurring around their period, the combination of natural compounds above may be the solution they have been searching for. But the real breakthrough is the ability to address not only migraines, but also the accompanying symptoms listed above and unwanted weight gain.