The hormone imbalance problem
A hormone imbalance of estrogen and progesterone contributes to fat storage around the hips and belly. Specifically estrogen is a major factor effecting fat storage around the hips and thighs.
Progesterone with estrogen halts the storage of fat around the waist, but high stress can have more of a negative impact on the progesterone production.
It’s also worth pointing out that the positive effects of estrogen and progesterone are wiped out by stronger hormones like excess insulin – (created by refined and starchy carbohydrates)
So contributors to fat storage in these areas are:
- lack of the right exercise
- high sugar diets
- insulin resistance from too many carbohydrates
- fizzy drinks
- excess alcohol
- too much stress
- getting older
Human growth hormone (HGH) and progesterone are both hormones that act as fat blockers helping women to stay lean and block fat from the midsection. Having a ‘low calorie’ diet and doing loads of aerobic exercise just compounds the problem because they do nothing to restore these powerful hormones and may actually worsen the estrogen / progesterone imbalance in the long run!
How to fix it?
Here is a simple 4-step formula that will help to restore hormone balance and start to decrease that fat storage in hips and thighs:
- Help the body deal with excess estrogen through natural detoxification. This is done through increased intake of green tea, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc), increased fiber, tailored supplementation, and decreased dairy and grain
- Decrease insulin and cortisol effects by decreasing most grains and starches and replace with fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water and green tea and skip coffee and other beverages.
- Supplement with calcium, and Fish Oil, yes to protect bones, but more importantly to decrease inflammation, protect against heart disease and cancer and balance female hormones
- Train with weights 3 to 5 times per week. If you want to burn fat, decrease belly fat, build bone, improve mood, enhance strength, bolster self-esteem, tighten the body NOTHING compares to weight lifting exercise. Walking is necessity NOT exercise. Women should walk as much as they can daily.
Reduced midsection before you know it!