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So, tell me where you have trouble burning fat. Is it your arms? Your belly? Or maybe it's under your neck?
When it comes to getting in to shape and living a fit and healthy lifestyle, it's not all black and white. We encounter some road blocks, or weight loss blocks, that stop us from having the bodies that we want and desire. Our hormones play a large part in losing weight, being strong, energy levels, mood, skin and much more, here is a quick guide to where your hormones will visibly react with your body!
This is the first one I want to touch on, I find this in most women, it's normal for females to have a little extra oestrogen, especially if they have been on any contraceptive. Having an unbalanced level of oestrogen usually means you have:
- stubborn fatty areas (thighs, hips, back of arms)
- become more emotionally sensitive than usual
- lack of strength
- water retention
If this sounds like you, you must be thinking holy bajeebus!!! Increasing your intake of green cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, spinach) can help reduce signs of oestrogen dominance as well as reducing the amount of soy products you consume. If you feel like you haven’t been yourself lately and are really emotional, you may be high in oestrogen too, so check your diet. What we recommend is taking an all natural supplement called “Alpha Venus” by ATP Science, this helps balance oestrogen and reduce the side effects of oestrogen dominance. The arms being larger than usual can also be a sign of a female's testosterone level being a little bit out of order, any sex hormone issue is likely to show up in this area on a woman's body, a prime example of this is PCOS and common stubborn fat areas.
If you are stressed, drink too much coffee, or retain weight around your belly, you most probably have high Cortisol levels. Produced by internal and external stressors in the body, no matter if they are emotional, physical or work related, you can't escapes the body’s natural defense system, Cortisol. You might have a few of these symptoms if you’re high in Cortisol:
- stubborn fatty areas (belly)
- lack of sleep
- lack of energy
When we are stressed we release a chemical through our brain that lets us know that we need to calm down or go into overload, when that chemical has dealt with the issue it then goes and stores as belly fat. So if you’re stressed and you feel that anxious sensation in your chest, you know that’s Cortisol. It is also what wakes us up in the middle of the night, if your Cortisol levels are stable you should have a peaceful nights sleep. Doing exercise for longer than usual can also cause the release of Cortisol. Do you drink coffee, pre-workout or energy drinks and find they aren’t quite working the same anymore? That’s also a result of your adrenal glands being drained. It's a great idea to practice meditation!
A slow Thyroid is also common in a lot of women, when the glands are under active they don’t produce the right amount of growth hormones to stimulate your metabolism. The regular symptoms that appear are:
- stubborn fatty areas (neck, upper back)
The Pituitary Gland regulates how much of the hormone should be released by your T4 and T3 gland to control your bodies ability to burn fat, when the Pituitary Gland is not functioning properly, then you may have Hypothyroidism.
Insulin resistance is a common problem in men and women who have lots of sugary, starchy, carb-like foods that then tend to create what we call love handles. Insulin is like the worker bee that helps transport blood sugars through out the body to help produce energy.
When the bodies cells become resistant to insulin, the pancreas creates more insulin to help maintain the right levels, but ends up becoming over-productive and storing as fat. You may also have these symptoms:
- stubborn fatty areas (love handles)
- fatty liver
- hair loss
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), is also related to higher levels of Insulin. If you are a female with irregular periods, obesity, and increased body hair you could be a sufferer.