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Difficulty Losing Weight – Hormone Weight Gain

It can be very difficult, if not impossible, to lose weight if hormones are unbalanced.  Weight gain from hormone imbalance usually collects around the mid-section (belly) and thighs. It can seem that no matter which diet you try or which exercise you pursue, the weight doesn’t budge.

Particularly, once we hit menopause, it seems that all the old rules of fitness which we’ve clung to our whole lives no longer work for us. The rules have changed and no one has given us the new play book! It is imperative to understand that we will not lose our “hormone weight” until our hormones are balanced for our optimum health. The first step to this balancing act is to have our hormone levels tested, through blood test, saliva test, Vega test, or all three.

Once you receive your test results and have agreed on a plan with your doctor as to how to correct your hormone balance problem, be sure to speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be appropriate for you. This is very important because depending on your particular hormone profile, some exercises may be better than others, and some exercises may even be dangerous for you to try during this time.

It should be noted here, that even if your doctor recommends an exercise plan for you, be sure to do just a little investigation on her recommendation yourself. This comment comes from my personal experience. When I was diagnosed with an extremely overactive thyroid, my doctor at the time said that it was okay for me to continue the heavy cardio exercise program that I was on. This in fact was very bad advice. My own research showed me that cardio in particular, was very dangerous for my condition. This was due to the fact that in an overactive thyroid state, my resting heart rate was already 120 beats per minute. My exercise was throwing my rate through the roof and into a dangerous zone of cardiac arrest.

Battling this weight gain can be such a discouraging time for women.  Earlier in life, when our hormones were perfectly balanced, our exercise was often a means-to-an-end — to get fit and slim and improve our appearance.  Now, in the midst of menopause or other hormonal upset, it just doesn’t seem to work that way.  We have to put a “new tape” in our head as far as how we talk to ourselves about this.  The only way to succeed in losing hormone weight gain is, let me say it again, to ensure that our hormones are balanced.  Then we have to be faithful every day to eat properly and exercise.  It can take a long time for the body to release this weight.  Sorry for this bit of bad news, but there is no magic formula.  While we wait, continue to be faithful to yourself.  Instead of succombing to a pill that promises it all, spend that energy examining your diet.  Drink lots of clean water, and incorporate fresh veggies and lean proteins into your diet.  Be aware of what you are drinking when it comes to alcohol and caffeine.

We must always consult with our doctor when we make a change in our lifestyle, and just as importantly, we must take responsibility for ourselves and do just a bit of research on our own.