It’s humiliating…confusing…and often painful. For women over 35, it can be infuriating. And a total nightmare once they hit menopause.
These women eat less and exercise harder, yet still put on weight, especially around the belly. Add in the hot flashes, disrupted sleep and mood swings, and life can feel unfair…like their body has suddenly betrayed them.
What the heck is going on?
It’s called hormonal burnout…and it can wreak havoc on the female metabolism.
Fortunately, research shows a clear way to reverse its effects.
While hormonal burnout can strike at any age, it affects all women as they mature through menopause. And some even a few years earlier.
It’s caused by declining levels of estrogen and its sister-hormone, progesterone.
Normally, they go up and down naturally like a see-saw. However, by 35, as ovulation slows, hormonal burnout begins:
When hormonal burnout strikes, a woman’s menopausal metabolism becomes vulnerable to two major threats.
First, the decline in estrogen hurts a woman’s ability to process carbs. That’s because estrogen helps her body manage blood sugar.
So less estrogen leads to higher blood sugar. And higher blood sugar turns into fat, especially around the belly.
That’s why an evening bowl of pasta can result in an extra pant size in the morning!
So should a woman cut out carbs completely? Absolutely not. That just stresses out her metabolism even more.
And that brings up the next threat…
Once a woman gets through menopause, her stress-hormone cortisol spikes up to 74%. That’s unfortunate, as a woman’s metabolism is already more sensitive to stress than a man’s.
But the drop in estrogen and progesterone makes matters even worse. That’s because they amplify the effects of the brain’s “feel good” molecules, serotonin and GABA.
Those molecules help a woman stay happy, relaxed and sleeping well. They act like a shield, protecting her from the damaging effects of stress.
So with a weaker stress shield (due to lower estrogen and progesterone) a woman is much more vulnerable to cortisol:
And that’s not the kind of miracle she wants.
Fortunately, there is a way to conquer these dual threats: Turn her natural hormonal rhythms into a metabolic advantage.
This is something women can do…but men cannot!
By working with this advantage, one study found women can burn 65% more fat during exercise than men. Plus, they can have more control over where that fat is stored.
And when this advantage is combined with a special type of exercise, it can really help a woman’s mid-section slim back down.
But every woman has a unique set of hormonal rhythms. So to tap into this advantage, her first step is to know and understand her own specific hormone type.