A ‘mind’ is a terrible thing to waste and a ‘waist’ is a terrible thing to mind! 

Most women are told to exercise to get rid of their weight and to cut off many healthy nutrients, as dietitians recommend Atkin’s, Mediterranean, Keto, Portion and many other diet plans.

This is actually bad advice to give.

Exercise only plays a tiny percentage of our daily calorie burning. No doubt, diet plays an essential part to gain and weight loss, however ‘hormones’ are the true culprits behind ones’ weight gain.

Most women constantly fight against their hormones. Or in other words, their hormones are in constant stress making their metabolism come to a standstill.

Hormones are a chemical substance that act like a messenger molecule in the body. After being made in one part of the body, they travel to other parts of the body where they help control how cells and organs do their work.

As an example insulin is a hormone that’s made by the beta cells in the  pancreas. When it’s released into the blood, it regulates metabolism of glucose that is used as a source of energy.

There are two primary hormones that drive the menstrual cycle are estrogen and progesterone. Sometimes Estrogen is more dominant… other times Progesterone is more dominant.

For the first 15 days of the cycle, estrogen level is high. Calendar image days 1-14. In this phase, estrogen helps keep muscles tight and toned…Keeps your fat-storing hormones under control…and increases “feel good” chemicals in the brain…You’re basically in superwoman mode.

On other days progesterone moves to the higher position, your metabolism shifts. Calendar image days 14-28. This is when those cravings can hijack the brain…Every bite of food adds an extra inch to the waistline. And your body becomes more sensitive to stress.

The more extreme these shifts, the more severe the symptoms. That’s when bloating, breakouts, and those miserable cramps can take over the body. These constantly changing signals can make you feel unpredictable and unstable.

You can think of your menstrual cycle a lot like a see-saw. A balanced See Saw.

Imagine a little girl “A” in pink dress on one side. That’s estrogen. And another little girl “B” in a blue dress on the other side. That’s progesterone. In a healthy cycle, these two girls happily move up and down in a well-balanced routine.

While In an unhealthy cylce, one will be disturbed, while the other will be stuck. Other hormones that effect ones’ weight are thyroid, insulin, leptin,  ghrelin, cortisol, testosterone, melatonin and glucocorticoids.

Recommendation: It is strongly recommended to all readers to regularly visit your gynecologist and endocrinologist before any weight management plan. Endocrinologists have the training to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and solve problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in ones’ body.