Do you ever wonder if you are gaining weight due to perimenopause? Well, it is very, very common to see weight gain in perimenopause, and I am going to explain why and what you can do about it. Basically, weight gain is caused by an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone.
Normally, you should be making ten to fifty times more progesterone than estrogen, and you only do that if you ovulate regularly. And perimenopause is when you stop ovulating regularly, so you do not have as much progesterone on board. That makes you go into what is called an estrogen dominance state where estrogen is higher than progesterone in ratio.
What happens then is estrogen, being a growth promoter, will actually start to stimulate your fat cells to hold onto more fat. You will also see that you have much more water weight gain. It has to do with developing a little bit of what is called insulin resistance. When you have more blood sugar floating around than your body can use for energy, and estrogen will stimulate your need for that sugar and will stimulate insulin.
But if you are not using that extra energy, it is got to get stored somewhere, and it ends up getting stored in your body fat. The rest of your cells, like in your heart, for instance, will become resistant to that extra sugar. That insulin resistance forces more and more of the extra sugar to be stored in your body fat. The fat tends to be between your armpits and your hips. You get wider in the middle. And that is all an estrogen related body fat storage that is actually induced by an insulin resistance. It is because you do not make enough progesterone to actually balance out your adrenal glands. It is a complicated system, and perimenopause is the trigger to the system. So what are you going to do about?
Hormone Healing Tip 1: Follow an Insulin Resistant Diet
Number one, if you are having weight gain in perimenopause, the best thing you can do is follow an insulin resistant diet. So what you are doing with an insulin resistant diet is you are avoiding starchy, sugary foods. You are avoiding those carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar very quickly so that you will go into the fat storage. It is like your pantry’s full of snacks. Let us use those up first before we start filling up the pantry again. Go into that fat storage. Use that to burn energy, and you are going to start to see some fat loss.
So, we are talking about a moderate amount of protein, some healthy fats, vegetables, a little bit of fruits, and avoiding the starchy things like breads and pastas and sugars and baked goods. Trying to eat that way three times a day, drinking lots of water is the best way to actually start to break down that extra fat that you are storing.
Hormone Healing Tip 2: Focus your fitness on HIT exercise
Number two, what is the best exercise to really, for perimenopausal women when they are gaining weight? The best exercise is exercising every day, first thing in the morning, and three times a week doing a HIT exercise, which is where you actually have a little interval training. You speed up that aerobic workout for only twenty seconds. Just repeat that three times, three times a week. That’s all you need in order to actually start to see that weight loss.
Studies have been shown that, if you actually put a woman on an insulin resistant diet and have her add three HIT workouts three times a week, you will start to see a breakdown in body fat, especially around her middle. That is going to make a huge difference in the way she feels, and it actually decreases inflammation in the cardiovascular system.
Hormone Healing Tip 3: Use Genesis Gold for Diet Supplementation
Number three, there are some really good supplements that will really help you with your perimenopausal weight gain. I actually developed Genesis Gold to help balance out your hormones, and that is going to make a huge difference with your weight gain. Trying to make sure that you’re getting enough chromium, you can get it in your diet, but you can also take it as a supplement. It’s a very safe mineral that helps to reduce insulin resistance, will actually help to bring down that level of fat you’re storing and allow you to lose that mid-line fat that you gain in perimenopause.