Hormones, Women and Weight (what a great combination!)

'Don't blame me, blame my hormones!'

It is true to say that women’s hormones are usually the cause of life’s ‘little’ problems   such as skin break outs, OR suddenly bursting into tears OR feeling all ‘puffy’ around certain times of the month…. You know what I’m talking about!  However, another ‘problem’ which can be caused by female hormonal imbalance is weight gain.      

Have you noticed a few extra kilos padding your waistline? You may be in the throes of ‘midlife expansion’ — a familiar complaint among women in their 40s and 50s. During this time either you gain weight or you find that maintaining your usual weight has somehow become more difficult (even though your diet has not changed).  You also discover that the weight you gain tends to accumulate around your abdomen, rather than your hips and thighs.

For most women, increases and shifts in weight begin during peri-menopause — the years leading up to menopause. On average, women gain between half to one kilogram per year during this time.  It seems fluctuating hormone levels associated with menopause are a major cause of this sudden weight gain.

Of course, your doctor’s solution to any ill-effects of menopause is to prescribe HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) – however this type of therapy can increase risk of developing certain types of ‘female’ cancers and, again, lead to added weight gain.

It’s not just older women that can experience hormonal weight gain:  Some mums find it very hard to get back to their ‘old shape’ after giving birth, due to the hormonal roller-coaster they experience during pregnancy.    

Younger women can also be victims of weight gain due to hormonal instability – polycystic ovarian syndrome is becoming an increasingly common problem for girls and the two most common effects of this condition is weight gain and infertility.

The Natural Way understands the negative impact of hormonal changes on women’s weight and have developed a weight loss programme that really works.  Our all natural formulations address any body imbalances which may have contributed to the weight problem – and in the case of women, this is invariably a hormonal issue.

Call The Natural Way on 1300 SLIMMER (7546637) to book an obligation-free consultation and find out more about how your hormones may be affecting your weight.

For more information on The Natural Way, visit our website on:  www.thenaturalway.com.au

About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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