Maintaining your ideal body weight can be a frustrating and difficult task. You may have heard or suspected that your hormones have something to do with your inability to lose weight. Well, that can absolutely be the case for many women, especially if you have had children, been on birth control pills or are approaching mid-life.
- Excessive Estrogen Turns More Calories Into Fat.
You can see the dramatic effects of this in the dairy industry. They give excess amounts of estrogen to the cows because it fattens them up. Which is also why it is a good idea to eat and drink organic dairy and meat products. To make matters worse, your fat cells actually make more estrogen, and your estrogen causes more fatty tissue growth. This excess fat usually accumulates around the abdomen when you are estrogen dominant because estrogen levels also impact where the body distributes fat. This is a vicious cycle that can be greatly mitigated by balancing your estrogen out with proper levels of natural progesterone.
- Progesterone Helps Your Thyroid Hormones Function More Efficiently.
When you have low levels of progesterone your liver produces excess amounts of a protein called Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG). This TBG binds to the thyroid hormones your body makes. This basically means it blocks, or ties up the hormone so that it is not able to be utilized properly by your body. The net effect of this is a form of Hypothyroidism that some refer to as Type 2 Hypothyroidism, which does not show up on blood tests since the problem is within your cells rather than in your blood.
- Progesterone Lowers Insulin Levels.
Insulin is affected by hormone imbalance, and estrogen dominance can lead to the release of excess insulin. Increases in insulin can lead to sugar cravings that can be hard to control. This is why many women crave chocolate or other sweets during PMS. It’s all making sense now isn’t it?
- Progesterone is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory.
Reducing inflammation also helps your brain to receive anther hormone called Leptin, which helps to regulate your appetite. Balanced hormones make it easier to eat in moderation and lose weight.
- Progesterone is a Natural Sleep Aid.
This is because progesterone has a calming effect on the brain. Estrogen on the other hand has an excitatory effect on the brain. Because of this, women with estrogen dominance typically sleep very restlessly. Sleep deprivation is also associated with disrupting the hormone that regulates your appetite (Leptin). Lack of sleep has been linked to both increased calorie consumption and reduced energy expenditure (more calories in and fewer calories out).
- Progesterone Reduces Fluid Retention.
When Estrogen levels are not balanced out by adequate levels of progesterone, women tend to retain more fluid than usual. Progesterone is a natural diuretic and can greatly reduce bloating and swelling.