Women Are Fat Because of Estrogen ?
Why women need their period to keep lean and how breastfeeding impacts fat loss.
Women Are Fat Because of Estrogen. While oestrogen dominance gets a bad rreputation for making us fat, the truth is we need enough oestrogen to keep a lean and tight body (think less body fat, more lean muscle).Without it we have a less forgiving metabolism largely due to lack of temperance of insulin and cortisol.
When women have low oestrogen levels, as found during breastfeeding, pregnancy or if, for any reason we aren’t ovulating, we also (commonly seen in oestrogen low states and certainly during breastfeeding) aren’t making much progesterone.
Progesterone plays a role in hindering belly fat storage by moderating cortisol’s effect in these fat cells. Take this low estrogen/low progesterone state and we see much more sensitivity to carbohydrates and a much harder time dropping belly fat – and fat in general.
This is more often than not coupled with a lack of sleep (when just given birth/new baby or when stressed) and the mummy tummy can be very tough to lose.
When we’re running on empty from the middle of the night feedings or mental traumas/stress, and often highly stressful time of having a newborn, or whatever your stressor may be, we’re typically in a high cortisol state – ingredient number one for belly fat!
And when we’re exhausted from being up all night, our cravings for carbs and sweets are usually in the clouds. If we indulge them, then we’ve added ingredient two for fat gain: surplus of easily absorbed calories!
This scenario is the perfect storm for difficult fat loss and easy fat gain, just what a new mum needs huh?
And those cravings aren’t just from the lack of sleep. Estrogen normally helps us have more serotonin and dopamine, and progesterone keeps GABA up.
Healthy levels of all these brain chemicals keep our cravings at bay. And making matters worse, oestrogen normally aids the hormone leptin in regulating appetite.
4 Advice For Women Avoid Fat
- If you’re not having your period and you don’t know why, get it checked out! You should be…
- Consider a lower carb, higher fat diet. The lower carb aspect will keep your insulin more managed while the higher fat intake will keep your calories up and keep you satiated. Overall you’ll likely feel more satisfied and won’t risk dropping calories to low your milk supply drops. (If breastfeeding) Remember, low carb is all relative too so what’s low carb for you might not be for someone else.
- At times of stress, skip the guilt. feel wracked with guilt that they are complaining about feeling chubby all of the time simply re-inforces negativity in your mind. Keep perspective and use the gratitude for the abilities and pleasures your body gives you right now, as it is.
- Trust that it will likely get easier with time. As your hormones rebalance, fat loss will become easier.
3 Benefits Of Ketogenic Diet
Keto is everywhere; it’s the new buzzword, the new favorite among those looking to shed pounds, and the new hate victim of the food-pyramid-spouting-eat-your-whole grains mainstream medical industry. The keto diet, while it is not the magic cure-all for every single disease on the planet, does a pretty dang good job at being the potential causer of healing many horrible conditions. So let’s cut through the science, separate fact from fiction, and look at the benefits of the keto diet.
Benefit #1: Weight Loss
Okay, so this one isn’t so astounding, but it is one of the most common reasons people embark on the keto diet. So why is weight loss usually so easy on the ketogenic diet instead of other regular diets? For all of the following reasons:
• The keto diet is composed of approximately 75% fat, 20 % protein, and 5% or less carbohydrates. The high fat content and lack of sugar means diminished cravings, lack of blood sugar swings and binges, and increased satiation. Increased satiation=eating less. Many people also have food sensitivities to grains, even gluten-free ones, so eliminating them may lead to an increased ability to absorb minerals like magnesium and potassium, which in turn means your body is more nourished and you have fewer cravings
• Ketones. When your blood sugar is running low, your body turns to its glycogen stores for energy. Typically glycogen stores house about 2000 calories of “backup” energy for when you run out of glucose. Like the intelligent machine it is, your body depletes the glycogen stores and then turns to your own body fat for fuel.
IMPORTANT: The ketogenic diet is not a free-for-all eat however much cheese or super low-carb fat bomb treats you want diet. If you are eating way more calories than you need, you will not lose weight. So focus on keeping your diet around fatty cuts of grass-fed meat, butter, eggs, avocados, lots of green veggies and cruciferous, and be modest with the keto desserts, dairy, and sweets.
Benefit #2: Brain Function
A poorly functioning brain, as you may have already experienced, leads to lessened work productivity, which in turn means an unhappy boss, lack of job satisfaction, sugar cravings for energy, and depression. It’s a horrible domino effect. The original ketogenic diet was formulated by Dr. Russell Wilder in the early 20th century to treat epilepsy. The success rate was phenomenal and it is still used today to treat epilepsy and other brain disorders. Research also indicates that ketones are more efficient brain fuel than glucose.
Benefit #3: Potential Cancer Benefits
One study showed implementing the ketogenic diet led to a dramatically increased survival time and slower tumor growth.
If you’re reading this article now, chances are you are in some sort of pain, whether physical and/or mental (being overweight, struggling with autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, fatigue, brain fog) and want to change. Use this information, don’t just skim through it and store it in the back of your brain and say “that’s nice for some people”, motivate yourself to change.