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Balancing Hormones for Weight Loss: A Practical Guide for Menopause

Isn’t menopause fun?

As women over 45, we often juggle numerous responsibilities,
from managing demanding careers to caring for our families. Amidst all this, maintaining
a healthy weight can become a daunting challenge, especially when menopause and
hormonal changes come into play. Hormonal balance is a crucial yet often overlooked
factor in weight management. 

Let’s dive into achieving this balance and making weight loss more attainable. I found menopause challenging in many ways, not the least of which was my inability to release weight. I had been a lifelong dieter and could always take it off, not during menopause. No matter what I did, the weight wouldn’t budge. Maddening!! I went on a discovery journey to learn about food, movement, and balancing hormones.

Now, I help women who do not understand how they can eat well, spend hours in the gym, and the weight doesn’t budge. Let’s look at how hormones play a role in all the fun in a lot of stuff we deal with before, during, and after menopause.

Understanding Hormones
Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate various bodily functions, including:

  • metabolism
  • hunger, and stress response.

Key hormones involved in weight regulation include:

  • Insulin: Controls blood sugar levels. Imbalances can lead to weight gain and insulin
    resistance.
  • Cortisol: Known as the stress hormone. High levels can increase appetite and lead to fat storage, especially around the belly. Intense exercise can spike our cortisol to the point where it is counterproductive to our weight-release goals.
  • Estrogen: Fluctuates during menopause, which can affect fat distribution and metabolism.
  • Thyroid Hormones: Regulate metabolism. An underactive thyroid can slow down metabolism and lead to weight gain.

Signs of Hormonal Imbalance – Welcome to Menopause
Recognizing hormonal imbalances is the first step toward addressing them. Common
symptoms include:

  • Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Irregular periods
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Lack of focus, foggy brain

Many women have shared their experiences of struggling with these symptoms, often feeling frustrated and helpless. However, with the right approach, it’s possible to regain control.

Practical Tips for Balancing Hormones

Diet:
Focus on whole foods: Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats.  Avoid processed foods and sugars: These can cause insulin spikes and contribute to hormonal imbalances. Eat balanced meals: Ensure each meal contains a good mix of macronutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to stabilize blood sugar.

Exercise:
Strength training: Helps build muscle, boost metabolism, and improve insulin sensitivity.
Yoga and Pilates: Great for reducing stress and balancing cortisol levels.
Cardiovascular exercise: Regular walking, running, or cycling can enhance overall metabolic health. Skip the running for 30-60 days if you are starting a weight release program. Opt for walking, yoga, or Pilates.
Stress Management: Mindfulness and meditation can lower cortisol levels and improve emotional well-being.
Adequate sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night to support hormonal
health.
Self-care: Make time for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax. This is a biggie, and many women do not make the time. Don’t overthink this. Coffee with a friend, a manicure, a pedicure, or a relaxing massage will give you time for YOU.

Real-Life Success Stories
I now love helping other menopausal women understand how to release weight, minimize symptoms, take back control, look younger, and feel amazing.

Phyllis B.

Phyllis just loved the process of releasing weight with our program: “Today is day 100 for me. I am down 42 lbs!! I feel great! My arthritis and bad knee; are so much better, I sleep better, I have energy, and have lost a grand total of 36. 5 inches!!!! It seems unbelievable, but I am living this dream. I haven’t felt hungry or deprived.  I hit a plateau recently but stayed the course, and the scale is moving again. I think my body has to adjust and take the time to do so; the inches keep coming off. Don’t give up!!! It works if you work it!!! “

 

Mary Ann A.

Maynestreet testimonial: Good Morning, everyone! I am 53 pounds lighter. A couple more pounds to go. Took me some time but well worth it! Feeling 100 percent better, physically and mentally. I eat pretty clean. I have no desire to touch sugar or any junk. I made up my mind it is not worth it and I don’t like the way I feel afterwards. For the newcomers stick with it. You will feel so much better and look amazing! Would like to thank Debbie and Dave for bringing this program here. My coach Donna who is amazing!MaryAnn continues to enjoy her new, slimmer, healthier lifestyle. “Good Morning, Day 98. Lost so far 30lbs. Keep going, Everyone! This is the only program that has worked for me. I met my coach in a thrift store and she told me about the program! Best decision I have made!”

 

So many women have learned to live diet-free with a commonsense approach to exercise and food. Our approach is not about “never” eating something. It’s about learning what works for your body to maintain your ideal healthy weight.

Conclusion
Balancing hormones is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, especially for women over 45. By understanding how our bodies work and making practical lifestyle changes, we can overcome the challenges and live healthier, happier lives. And speaking of making weight loss more manageable, stay tuned for my upcoming book, “Dieting Sucks!” where we delve deeper into these strategies and more. Together, we’ll make dieting suck a lot less!

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