It could be that you know you’re overeating, or eating the wrong things. Hey, that’s what stress does. Trying to tackle that endless to-do-list of life can take its toll in mile-high burgers, deep, really deep-dish pizza and movie popcorn swimming in a deep, really deep sea of butter. You name it. You could admit that you rarely exercise at all other that using your digits to text or stream something that keeps you sitting comfy on the couch for hours on end. Sort of like a tech potato. But then you could also think, you’ve been healthy, exercising and eating right for years, content and comfortable with the body you’re in. You’re doing the same now, but for some reason you’ve moved into the officially “overweight” category and wonder if you’re doomed to a life of lettuce and legumes.
The Cause Is Probably Menopause
Here’s a hot flash; it’s possible that what you should really be blaming, are fluctuating hormones. If you’re in menopause, it could be the perpetrator. Although estrogen is responsible for making women uniquely women, it’s also the most trouble in the fat department. When estrogen gets thrown off, it turns you into a weight machine. The decreased production of estrogen by the ovaries causes a woman’s body to search for other sources of estrogen. Another source of estrogen is fat cells, so your body learns to convert more calories into fat, in order to increase estrogen production. Suddenly fat becomes your best friend. (Isn’t there any good new?)
Packing on the Pounds
A drop in estrogen and progesterone can increase a woman’s appetite and cause her to eat up to 67% more. Some women can gain as much as 30 pounds in menopause. (Five is enough to give you a fit.) Your cravings increase, their “stop now,” signal goes on the fritz, and loss of muscle mass makes a further mess of things. It’s like a fiendish fairy flew into your closet and shrunk all your clothes. Nothing fits. Jeans won’t zip (or even get over your hips). You’d rather die than have to buy anything with a stretch waist. Toss the scale in the garbage. The numbers can’t be right. You can’t talk about it to anyone, because the last thing you want to hear is “join a gym and go on a diet”! It’s regrettable, but you can expect to see menopause weight go to your hips, thighs and belly. Your pear shape becomes an apple. You feel like you’re blowing up like a balloon about to pop.
How to Stop the Muffin Top
Menopause can make weight gain a misery. More than 90% of women in menopause gain weight. (Feel like pulling the covers over your head and never coming out?) It’s enough to make anyone scream. You don’t just feel like you look fat and horrible, you feel like getting the weight off and keeping it that way is hopeless. No matter what you try, nothing seems to work. Well, we have a way to change that, and you don’t have to go it alone. Before anything else, you need to get any unbalanced hormones working efficiently again. The specialist to help you achieve that in the Denver area is Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein at Denver Hormone Health. No one understands how those extra pounds weigh on you and no one can help you get back to the you, you want to be, with such success. Beyond that, Dr. Goldstein has developed a unique hormonal weight loss support system to give you further support for both your moral and physical well-being. Along with targeted health-boosting supplements, he now offers access to the expertise of an accomplished nutritionist and personal trainer working together with the sole objective of helping you lose the weight, get over the obstacles, and gain the self-esteem (not to mention energy and health of overall fitness) that will help you feel your absolute best.
And it’s all just a call away. (You can come out from under the covers, now.)